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Coordinator for Student Advocacy & Identity Resource Centers

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Enrollment & Student Services

Position Title Coordinator for Student Advocacy & Identity Resource Centers
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 The Associated Students and the Viking Union support 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

The Viking Union is a responsive and student-focused organization that promotes connections through engaging student activities, exploration in outdoor recreation, and excellence in facilities and services.

The Coordinator for Student Advocacy & Identity Resource Centers is responsible for providing program management, advisement, and professional expertise to the equity and identity resource centers within the Associated Students/Viking Union. These programs currently include the:

  • Womxn’s Identity Resource Center (WIRC)
  • Queer Resource Center (QRC)
  • Legal Information Center (LIC)
  • Disability Outreach Center (DOC)
  • The work of the Veteran Community Coordinator

Typical duties include:

  • Engage in professional development opportunities that support increased effectiveness in the area of inclusion, diversity, multicultural and cross-cultural proficiency, and other related topics
  • Build and maintain working relationships with other campus departments/colleagues related to program objectives or needs.
  • Assist in the recruitment, selection, training, and supervision of student employees (approximately 12-15)
  • Serve as Budget Authority maintaining close oversight of the budget for each student advocacy and identity resource center.
  • Engage in professional development opportunities to support the development of competence and effectiveness in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least three years of work experience focused on social justice, diversity, and inclusion work, in either a higher education or community organization setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of equity & social justice issues facing historically and currently marginalized communities, including the complexities of interwoven systems of oppression, identity development, and the importance of examining the intersectionality of identity.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current literature and theory relating to anti-oppression work and strategies for creating inclusive environments.
  • Demonstrated experience advising and/or supervising college students and/or student organizations grounded in theoretical framework.
  • Communication: Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and professionally, including written, interpersonal, and public speaking skills. Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a diverse student population in a positive and empowering manner. Experience with managing complex situations that involve conflict in a way that all allows all voices to be heard and respected.
  • Supervision: Experience supervising others and the ability to train students in effective supervision.
  • Training: Knowledge of and experience in developing and presenting training programs for student leaders and/or employees.
  • Budget Management: Knowledge of and experience in budget development and management.
  • Organizational Skills: Demonstrated organizational and time management skills, with an ability to manage multiple tasks in a dynamic work environment.
  • Diversity/Cultural Competency: Ability to work successfully with a diverse student body and staff and possess a strong commitment to creating an inclusive environment for staff and students, the delivery of programs that support the diversity objective of the campus community, and the development of cultural competency skills.
  • Technology: Experience using and learning new software technology and using social media
  • Ability to work weekend and evening hours is necessary as many organization meetings and events occur during these times.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor's and/or Master’s degree in a relevant field, such as Sociology, a form of Cultural Studies, Gender & Sexual Identity Studies, Human Services/Social Work, Political Science, Equity & Diversity in Law, Policy Studies, Student Affairs/Higher Education Administration, or other similar academic background.
  • One or more years of professional work experience in an organization, or on a program, specifically designed to meet the needs of an under served, underrepresented, and/or marginalized population.
  • Event Planning: Knowledge of and experience in planning, advising and coordinating events and activities.
  • Student Leadership/Student Development: Knowledge of student leadership and student development theories and their applications in practice.
  • Knowledge of current resources and trends in student activities, educational and social issues programming.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with students, staff, and faculty.
Salary $43,400 - $50,700 commensurate experience, including an 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 Application review begins July 5, 2019; 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).

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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