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Talent Acquisition & Inclusion Specialist

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Business and Financial Affairs

Position Title Talent Acquisition & Inclusion Specialist
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 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 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department Human Resources 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 In coordination with other HR Professionals and with the Equal Opportunity Office (EOO), under the direction and guidance of the Assistant Director of Organizational & Talent Development, as our Talent Acquisition and Inclusion Specialist, you will:
  • Assist colleges/departments with identifying & attracting a broad and diverse applicant pool for staff positions
  • Develop, enhance, and maintain relationships with individuals and organizations, internal and external to the university who are focused on achieving a diverse workforce
  • Identify, evaluate, and present new recruitment sources that will generate a quality, broad and diverse set of applicants
  • Work with community and state contacts to enhance workforce diversity
  • In coordination with EOO, develop and manage outreach programs for women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans
  • Coordinate, develop and implement strategic programs, advertising, web and social media outreach, to recruit an increasingly diverse pool of applicants; and conduct market research as needed to inform this process
  • Represent Western at local and regional recruiting events
  • Work with search chairs / hiring authorities to accurately represent position needs in search materials and to provide hiring authorities with any unique insights for recruitment materials to attract applicants
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources or related field
  • Two (2) years experience with diversity and inclusivity-focused employee recruitment or equivalent combination of education and similar experience
  • Experience addressing issues of diversity and inclusivity in the workplace
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate and work with a wide range of individuals and constituencies within a diverse and inclusive community
  • Exhibit a strong client focus and relationship-building skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of recruiting processes including selection methods
  • Previous experience with candidate sourcing tools and methods
  • Excellent knowledge of recruitment marketing, trends and best practices
  • Knowledge of relevant federal, state and local employment laws
  • Effective negotiation, influencing and communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in time management and multitasking
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to compose and edit written materials
  • Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality of clients and records
  • Ability to travel locally
  • Ability to work nights and/or weekends as required
  • Experience in Human Resource Management
  • Experience in a higher education environment
  • SHRM-CP certification or equivalent
Salary Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience; includes an excellent benefits package
Application Instructions

Submit cover letter, resume and names & contact information for 3 references.

Cover letter should address the required and preferred qualifications.

Also submit a separate one page statement regarding your experience addressing issues of diversity and inclusivity in the workplace.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins December 12, 2018. Position 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).

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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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