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AS SAIRC Disability Outreach Center Community Engagement Coordinator 2020-2021

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Student Employee

Position Title AS SAIRC  Disability Outreach Center Community Engagement Coordinator 2020-2021
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. 

Required 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. 

Preferred Qualifications
  • Basic knowledge of issues and/or concern pertaining to the disabled community. 

  • Knowledge and passion about disability topics. 

  • Ability to facilitate small group discussion/interaction. 

  • Ability to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all Western students including those of marginalized and underrepresented identities. 

  • Prior experience facilitating committee meetings. 

  • 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.  

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, and pre-spring 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 5-10 hours of unpaid internship as well as providing a 5-10-hour internship to the incoming position holder. 

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

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 Center 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. 

AS DOC 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. 

Position Responsibilities
  • 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. 

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 Fall Training between September 7th – 18thWinter 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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