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Manager, Equal Opportunity Programs

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Location: Bellingham, WA
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Position Title

Manager, Equal Opportunity Programs

About the University

Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

About the Department
The Equal Opportunity Office serves faculty, staff, and students in ensuring that the campus climate is free from all forms of discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. The Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity also serves as the Title IX and Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, and reports to the Provost administratively and to the President for Affirmative Action purposes.

The Equal Opportunity Office supports Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position

This position serves as a critical member of the Equal Opportunity (EO) Office team and is a managerial level position that provides institutional support and facilitation for matters related to EO-related training, educational programs, and communication. This includes leading and managing multiple education and training programs and projects in furtherance of Western’s equal opportunity and affirmative action obligations and commitment to diversity and inclusion. The Manager, EO Programs conducts training, and provides specialized support to advance additional EO Office functions in furtherance of these objectives. The position serves as the subject matter expert regarding the development and delivery of these programs and works collaboratively with campus partners to proactively provide consistent, accurate, and reliable training, education, and communication to the campus community.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Apply specialized civil rights knowledge, conduct research, and interpret federal and state equal opportunity and affirmative action laws/guidance in all aspects of position functions.
  • Manage on-going curriculum development and delivery of search committee training regarding equal employment opportunity and affirmative action for all stages of the hiring process for professional staff and faculty searches; provide broad consultation and guidance on classified searches. This training includes discussion of implicit bias and proactive outreach and recruitment methods.
  • Provide consultation to search committee chairs, Department Chairs, managers, and supervisors about best practices in conducting an equal opportunity and affirmative action compliant search in accordance with state and federal mandates and to advance the university’s mission to increase diversity.
  • Develop, manage, and implement outreach programs for women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans; coordinate, develop and implement strategic programs for these groups by working with community contacts to enhance workforce diversity in accordance with the university’s mission and federal and state laws.
  • Manage on-going development and delivery of all EO-related training programs, including mandatory sexual harassment prevention training (SHPT) required for all permanent faculty and staff. This includes conducting training, updating curriculum (per new court findings), evaluating training, and developing and implementing refresher courses.
  • Serve as lead trainer for equal opportunity compliance and diversity-related training, including developing curriculum, facilitating training, and evaluating training within the context of civil rights laws/regulations and University policies.
  • Manage information dissemination and marketing plan for EO Office, per compliance requirement for broad information dissemination of EO and AA non-discrimination rights and responsibilities. 
  • Produce and distribute quarterly newsletter; develop publications regarding legal compliance and best practices; prepare articles for university media; develop informational handouts; and develop/update content for the EO Office website.
  • Serve as liaison to students on equal opportunity and employment diversity related issues by managing programmatic efforts designed to inform, educate, and assist the student/faculty community regarding equal opportunity and employment diversity matters.
  • Conduct legal and other research and develop narrative, statistical and visual reports on equal opportunity, affirmative action, and employment diversity topics, to include:  legal developments and their implications; ADA architectural access issues; and other topics requested by the Vice Provost to further the EO Office’s mission.
  • Utilize specialized knowledge to respond to a variety of civil rights protected group issues and inquiries from campus community regarding equity; recommend to Vice Provost policy and programmatic efforts to further Western’s strategic commitment to inclusion and in line with following best practices regarding legal compliance.
  • Perform other specialized duties as required in support of the EO Office.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two to five years of experience in equal opportunity, affirmative action, human resources, or related field.
  • Experience working with Federal and/or state statutes, regulations and agency guidance.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to support a workplace culture in which diversity is respected and demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and cultivate and contribute to an inclusive climate.
  • Demonstrated strong training skills and ability to design, implement, and evaluate training, curricula and pedagogical approach.
  • Ability to present effectively in front of small and large groups.
  • Strong program development, management and implementation skills, including ability to successfully lead and manage multiple time-sensitive projects.
  • Ability to handle complex and sensitive situations confidentially, and to use discretion in strategically sharing sensitive information.
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office suite
Preferred Qualifications
  • Relevant Graduate degree.
  • Experience working in a higher education setting and with college students.
  • Knowledge of web-based training and familiarity with web design and update.
Salary $59,670 - $69,615 based on experience; includes a full benefits package.
Application Instructions

Please log in and submit your application via Western PageUp. A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications. In your cover letter, please specifically address your demonstrated commitment to support a workplace culture in which diversity is respected and demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and cultivate and contribute to an inclusive climate. Please upload your resume and cover letter as separate attachments as instructed in Western PageUp.

Also required are the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins November 19, 2018; position is open until filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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