||AS SAIRC Disability Outreach Center Community Engagement Coordinator 2019-2020
|About the Department
The AS Student Advocacy and Identity Resource Centers provide information, advocacy, events, and peer-to-peer education to Western students. The four centers within the SAIRC strive to support and empower all members of Western’s diverse community. The SAIRC also provides the opportunity for Western’s students to gain valuable work and life experience. The AS Disability Outreach Center (DOC) is a resource for students with disabilities and community allies. The DOC provides information, referrals and educational programming relating to disability topics in order to provide students with a connection to community resources, raise awareness and to advocate for their human and civil rights. The DOC also provides a safe space for all students, social programming and promotes community building and pride for students with disabilities.
|About the Position
The AS Disability Outreach Center Community Engagement Coordinator is responsible for providing social and community-building programs for the disabled community, offer peer support and resources, assist in the coordination of all DOC events, as well as day-to-day operations of the DOC.
|Terms of Position
This is a three quarter position. This position begins the Monday two weeks before the start of classes fall quarter and ends the Friday of finals week the following spring quarter. This position works an average of 15 hours per week. The position holder may work more some weeks and less other weeks depending on the office’s needs. The position holder is neither required nor expected to work during intersession, winter break or spring break.
AS Employment Qualifications
- Maintain a minimum credit load throughout term of position of 6 credits for undergraduates and 4 credits for graduates.
- Maintain a minimum of a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
- Ability to complete the entire term of the position.
- Prior experience with managing volunteers or employees.
- Budget management knowledge or experience.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds and opinions.
- Conflict management knowledge or experience.
- Organizational and time management skills
- Basic knowledge of issues and/or concern pertaining to the disabled community
- Ability to work independently and responsibly, while supervising others
- Knowledge and passion about disability topics
- Ability to facilitate small group discussion/interaction
- Ability to communicate and work effectively with a wide variety of people on Western’s campus and in the Bellingham Community
- Ability to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all Western students including those of marginalized and underrepresented identities
- Prior experience facilitating committee meetings
- Ability to work flexible hours.
|AS Employment Responsibilities
- Serve the diverse membership of the Associated Students in a professional and ethical manner by:
- Being familiar with and upholding the AS Charter, all WWU policies, and all AS policies including the Employment Policy, Code of Conduct, and Program Standards.
- Attending all AS staff development events including, but not limited to: pre-fall orientation, pre-winter, pre-spring, and mid-quarter staff developments.
- Being knowledgeable of the AS organization and its general operations.
- Serving on search committees as designated by the AS Personnel Director.
|AS SAIRC Responsibilities
- Empower and support the Associated Students membership with information, activities, and peer education by:
- Maintaining 10 regular posted office hours for students to utilize office safe space, access resources, and seek peer education.
- Providing unbiased, nonjudgmental, and accurate information and services to students.
- Maintaining up-to-date records and information of on and off campus services in order to provide effective referrals.
- Providing a confidential, safe, and inclusive space for students.
- Maintaining client confidentiality in conversations, written correspondence, and any other forms of communication
- Updating office libraries, magazine and journal subscriptions, and contacts for library cataloguing.
- Ensure the smooth, effective operations of the Student Advocacy Resource Centers by:
- Attending weekly SAIRC staff meetings, office check-ins, and any additional departmental activities.
- Promoting teamwork and collaboration throughout all the SAIRC offices.
- Assisting with the coordination of activities, materials, and tabling schedules for SAIRC involvement in campus events such as VU Late Night, Red Square Info Fair, AS Job Fair, and the Campus Activities Showcase
- Establishing and maintaining active working relationships with other SAIRC team members.
Disability Outreach Center Responsibilities
- Develop and enhance the teamwork, communication, and effectiveness of the Disability Outreach Center by:
- Attending all office meetings as scheduled
- Establishing and maintaining an effective working relationship with all DOC staff
- Plan short- and long-term goals for the DOC with office staff and the EIRC
- Continually receiving feedback from participants of events and services
- Maintaining continual communication with DOC staff and interns outside of meetings
- Promote disability-related events and services to the campus community by:
- Being aware of and posting disability related events to appropriate calendars.
- Publicizing disability Information services, programs, and events pertinent to position through social networking, Publicity Center requests, and other mediums.
- Foster working relationships with pertinent campus and community resources by:
- Collaborating with all disability related clubs and organizations on campus
- Regularly communicating and/or cosponsoring with appropriate organizations including, but not limited to: Disability Resources for Students (DRS), Disability Advisory Committee, Equal Opportunity Office, UW DO-IT, and appropriate professors.
- Serving as a member on Facilities and Services Committee
- Create an atmosphere of confidentiality, inclusion, and accuracy within the offices and programs by:
- Portraying a diverse representation of disability topics.
- Striving to include all disability topics pertinent to students.
- Assessing and being responsive to student’s needs.
- Deliver social and community building opportunities to the campus community by:
- Coordinating 1 – 2 community building events per quarter.
- Coordinating one event per year geared toward an audience of 250 people or more.
- Planning informational tables to increase student outreach in Red Square, Viking Union lobby, Vendor's Row, etc.
- Maintaining a balanced representation in programming for/about multiple identities.
- Provide the most relevant and effective resources, outreach, and programming by:
- Developing and maintaining tracking systems in order to assess client use, frequently asked questions, concerns, office visits, and other usage statistics.
- Collecting and inputting office traffic forms.
- Collecting and inputting audience evaluations which should include demographics, promotion success, relevance, and success of the program in meeting needs of the student body, and other important statistics.
- Foster a safe and inclusive campus by:
- Offering healing spaces for disabled students to focus on strengthening and empowering individually and with one another.
- (Co)Hosting social opportunities for disabled students to connect and create networks.
- Assist with peer advising efforts as needed.
- Being knowledgeable of campus and local resources that may be of use to disabled students.
- Keep in constant communication with other DOC staff members.
||All majors are encouraged to apply.
Starting hourly wage of $13.36.
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 also specifically address the following questions:
1. Why are you interested in working for the Associated Students?
2. Why are you interested in working in this position?
3. What specific skills, knowledge, and/or experience (paid and volunteer) do you have that would help you be successful in this position?
4. Will you be available for all mandatory AS Staff Development trainings (this will not conflict with school) including Fall Training between September 9th – September 20th, Winter training on Jan 6th, and Spring training on March 30th?
5. What is your schedule of availability for a job interview?
|Closing Date Notes
||Application closes on April 12th.