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AS Ethnic Student Center Advocacy & Programming Coordinator 2020-2021

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Student Employee

Position Title AS Ethnic Student Center Advocacy & Programming 2020-2021
About the Department

 The ESC is a community that supports historically underrepresented ethnic students and allies by providing a social atmosphere and inclusive environment where we engage in identity exploration and strive for cultural awareness and academic excellence. 

About the Position

The Advocacy & Programming Coordinator represents the Ethnic Student Center (ESC) within the Associated Students and assists in community development, building operations and plays a positive role in helping achieve the mission of the ESC. The position oversees front line operations and services the ESC space, maintain day-to-day office systemsThis position will be an advocate for ESC students and other underrepresented student identities on campus. The coordinator provides leadership for the Associated Students as a whole, and represents the ESC to Western and Bellingham community.

Terms of Position This is a four quarter position. This position starts the Monday before summer classes begin 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.
Required Qualifications
  • Maintain a minimum credit load throughout term of position of 6 credits for undergraduates and 4 credits for graduates. Enrollment in summer quarter not required.
  • Maintain a minimum of a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
  • Ability to complete the entire term of the position.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Effective organizational and time management skills. 

  • Ability to work independently and responsibly. 

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds and opinions.  

  • Ability to work within deadlines and problem solve. 

  • Ability to communicate in an effective manner that is welcoming to wide variety of people. 

  • Knowledge or experience with Budget Management.  

  • Knowledge of department and the position’s responsibilities. 

  • Experience working with underrepresented student population on campus. 

  • Ability to work with minimum supervision, while supervising others. 

  • Ability to work with confidential materials. 


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 Personnel 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. 



  • Ensure the legacy of this position by: 

    • Working with supervisor and Personnel Director to revise and update position job description. 

    • Working with the previous position holder to complete a minimum of 15 hours of unpaid internship as well as providing a 15 hour internship to the incoming position holder. 

    • Developing and maintaining a legacy document as required by the AS Personnel Policy. 



AS Ethnic Student Center Responsibilities
  • Contribute to the operations of the Ethnic Students Center by:

    • Attending all ESC staff meetings as scheduled.  

    • Devote an average of 15 hours a week to AS Business 

    • Posting and maintaining 10 posted office hours per week 

    • Assisting and participating in all ESC Building Unity Trainings throughout the year.  

    • Working with the ESC staff and volunteers on projects.  

    • Plan short – and long-term goals for the ESC with office staff and the ESC Clubs Advising Manager.  

    • Serving at the front desk when needed. 



  • Maintain a professional environment in the ESC by:

    • Attending all ESC staff meetings as scheduled.  

    • Devote an average of 15 hours a week to AS Business 

    • Posting and maintaining 10 posted office hours per week 

    • Assisting and participating in all ESC Building Unity Trainings throughout the year.  

    • Working with the ESC staff and volunteers on projects.  

    • Plan short – and long-term goals for the ESC with office staff and the ESC Clubs Advising Manager.  

    • Serving at the front desk when needed. 

Position Responsibilities
  • Represent the interests of the AS ESC and the Associated Students by:
    • Serve on the ESC Leadership & Advocacy Force
    • Serve on the AS Management Council
    • Meeting with the AS Vice President for Diversity at least once a month to discuss ESC advocacy efforts.
    • Maintaining a professional working relationship with VU Management and front desk staff
    • Working collaboratively the ESC Cultural Education Coordinator on projects for ESC events and programs.
    • Outreaching to students during SummerStart, Transitions and other related events.
    • Staying informed of WWU relevant resources on campus for the ESC.
    • Serving on the ESC Conference Planning Committee
    • Advocate for the needs of students of color and empower and support ESC students through civic engagement and community building
    • Serve on AS Legislative Affairs Council
    • Serve on AS Underrepresented Student Leadership Council
    • Work with the AS Vice President for Diversity, AS Vice President for Governmental Affairs, and the Legislative Affairs Council with the drafting of the Ethnic Student Center Lobby Day Agenda.
    • Promoting ESC student involvement in AS Western Lobby Day, and other lobby days.
    • Collaborate with the Representation and Engagement Programs, Student Advocacy and Identity Resource Centers with programming about community engagement
  • Oversee office and space management in the ESC by:
    • Organizing/overseeing storage closet and supplies room, maintain cleanliness in ESC space, and order, purchase, and maintain supplies inventory.
    • Planning and maintaining day-to-day office systems: photocopying, posting, mail distribution and organization, resources, and office access.
    • Monitoring ESC club computer usage and folder access such as managing club q: drive access with IT manager, approving individuals for access to ESC club files, and other technical needs.
  • Provide staff assistance to the ESC by:
    • Developing the special-group contact information listing for ESC club leaders and maintaining/updating the contact list throughout the year.
    • Maintaining facility schedule for weekly and special events, and promoting any events by serving as a communication between clubs and staff
    • Receiving, directing guests, presenting tours, and providing orientation service as individual needs necessitate.
    • Recommending computer programs and assist with the development of data files.
  • Create an atmosphere of identity-inclusivity within the offices and programs by:
    • Portraying a diverse representation of multiple identities beyond just culture and ethnicity.
    • Striving to include all identities and expressions within the center.
    • Reflecting intersections of identity throughout all parts of the position such as hiring, training, and professional development
    • Outreaching specifically to other marginalized identity offices at WWU
Academic Emphasis All majors are encouraged to apply.

 Starting hourly Wage of $15.15.

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. 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 Summer Training on June 22nd, Fall Training between September 7th – 18th, Winter training on Jan 4th, and Spring training on March 29th
5. What is your schedule of availability for a job interview? 

Closing Date Notes Application open until April 10th.

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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