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Senior Director, Puget Sound West

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Location: Poulsbo, WA
Categories: Academic Affairs

Position Title Senior Director, Puget Sound West
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

Extended Education at Western Washington University expands and diversifies Western’s offerings throughout Puget Sound, the state of Washington, and globally to provide learning options for the contemporary student.

Extended Education connects learners of all ages to the Western Experience through collaboration with colleges, departments and the community, linking university resources with educational needs and opportunities both on and off campus.

Extended Education 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.

For more information on Extended Education, please visit our website.

About the Position

In this position you will Lead Extended Education in the development and implementation of long-range strategies for educational outreach, external partnerships, and program delivery to advance the University mission and to reflect the institution’s goals and priorities. Actively develop the market for Western programming by designing and implementing strategies to penetrate new market segments and increase "high touch" personal interactions with potential students and their employers. Lead and work alongside a small recruitment team in targeted communities throughout the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas. In collaboration with Western’s colleges, develop and deliver programming which enhances the university’s ability to offer instruction, increase access, and address the needs identified through corporate and community outreach. Monitor and maintain knowledge of higher education trends to meet the needs of diverse constituencies in the communities and on the campuses which Western serves. Advise, consult and report to the Vice Provost on the financial and organizational aspects of current activities and future opportunities. Direct the multiple units which comprise Puget Sound West including administrative, organizational, instructional and financial activities. Make prudent investment decisions and carefully manage university resources. Ensure adherence to institutional, state and federal laws and regulations to mitigate risk to the university. Develop and maintain communication networks among internal and external stakeholders.


  • Develop and implement the long-term strategy for strengthening, enhancing, and expanding the university's presence and visibility throughout the Puget Sound West region in support of the university's mission to serve the citizens of the State of Washington. Collaborate with regional institutions of higher education, school districts, government entities, and private industry to increase access to an ever-expanding range of robust high-quality educational programs. Provide tactical guidance on the ground to ensure the delivery throughout the region of said programs and other services is of the highest quality and done in the most cost-effective and efficacious manner.
  • Cultivate new relationships with key regional constituencies, forge partnerships and other collaborations, and negotiate and administer contractual relationships with partners and third parties
  • Develop partnerships and relationships with campus, school districts, educational organizations, international clients, and surrounding community to create new opportunities for program development with each partnering entity.
  • Identify and develop mutually beneficial opportunities, to include program initiatives, shared staffing and faculty, student services, instructional resources, etc. with current partners
  • Build additional external partnerships to increase and enhance educational pathways (k-12, Native American relations, business, local organizations and governments) 
  • Implement extended community outreach
  • Develop and implement targeted community outreach initiatives in service to the mission of the University
  • Represent the university and actively participate in local community and government organization forums

Manage the portfolio of education opportunities

  • Direct and play an active role in student recruitment
  • Encourage and assist colleges and academic departments to expand programming to meet emerging economic and educational needs
  • Meet regularly with constituents and conduct environmental scans to identify innovative and relevant programming to capitalize on new and emerging opportunities
  • Enhance lifelong learning opportunities for a spectrum of learners, youth through seniors
  • Pursue varied funding options, particularly grants and special funding

Oversight of WWU’s footprint in the Puget Sound West (PSW) geographical area including management of the institutional and contractual relationships Western has with multiple community colleges and K-12 school districts throughout the PSW region, and management of operations, and capital investment in, multiple owned and leased facilities, most notably, the SEA Discovery Center and Western on the Peninsulas, located in separate facilities in Poulsbo.

Current WWU Puget Sound West locations include: WWU at Olympic College Bremerton, WWU Center at Olympic College Poulsbo, Peninsula College in Port Angeles, and the SEA Discovery Center in Poulsbo                                           

  • Represent Western in new and existing facility discussions and initiatives
  • Property management of Western's owned facility (SEA Discovery Center) in Poulsbo
  • Acquire space for new programs and program expansion as needed
  • Manage new and ongoing facility space needs (furniture, technology, lab space and additional space needs)
  • Supervise associated program staff of Puget Sound West   

Overall responsibility and accountability for all performance metrics and indicators as determined by the university

  • Develop budgets, manage expenditures, enhance revenue
  • Deliver new resources to academic affairs, colleges, and departments
  • Meet recruitment and enrollment targets 
  • Achieve university's and college's non-monetary objectives for outreach programming   
  • Provide adequate return on investments     
Required Qualifications
  •   Master’s degree or equivalent administrative experience as director or assistant director;
  •   Five years of personnel management and supervision of a diverse workforce;
  •   Demonstrated strength in organizational leadership and strategic planning;
  •   Demonstrated experience in fiscal management;
  •   Evidence of commitment to serve the needs of diverse populations;
  •   Demonstrated experience in collaborative initiatives with internal and external stakeholders;
  •   Evidence of project management skills;
  •   Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of policies and procedures;
  •   Demonstrate proficiency in MS Office Suite or equivalent to include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook;
  •   Familiarity with relevant educational, productivity, and customer-facing technologies.
  •   A valid driver's license and a willingness and ability to travel regularly to various sites and   locations throughout the service region.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Continuing education experience in higher education;
  • Conversant in higher education trends;
  • Familiarity with the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas region.
Salary Starting at $86,570 and commensurate with experience; includes excellent benefits package.
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Position closes March 1, 2019

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).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the office of the Vice President for enrollment and Student Services. The report can be found at

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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