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AS OCE Local Issues Coordinator 2020-2021

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Student Employee

Position Title AS OCE Local Issues Coordinator 2020-2021
About the Department

The AS Office of Civic Engagement exists to provide the resources, services, and support necessary to ensure student representation in decisions that impact students at the university, local, state, and federal levels; to promote effective citizenship and civic engagement through services, programs, and collaboration.

About the Position

The AS Local Issues Coordinator serves to better promote relations between the Associated Students and the City of Bellingham, Whatcom County Government, Campus Community Coalition, the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission, and other bodies of importance to students on the local level. The AS Local Issues Coordinator must act in the best interest of and represent the Associated Students Executive Board and AS Student Senate on set issues, and will report through the AS Vice President for Governmental Affairs regarding all local policy activities. The AS Local Issues Coordinator reports to the OCE Director for all work within the OCE.

Terms of Position

This is a three quarter position. This position starts 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
  • Background and/or interest in civic and local issues.
  • Access to reliable transportation, whether it be a personal vehicle or knowledge of WTA routes.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, this position will require extensive evening work.
  • 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, 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 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 Office of Civic Engagement Responsibilities

  • Empower and support the Associated Students membership with civic engagement information, activities, and peer education by:
    • Maintaining 10 regular posted office hours per week as arranged with the OCE team. 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.
    • Provide voter education and voter registration information.
  • Ensure the smooth, effective operations of the Office of Civic Engagement by:
    • Attending weekly OCE staff meetings, office check-ins, and any additional departmental activities.
    • Promoting teamwork and collaboration throughout the OCE office.
    • Assisting with the coordination of activities, materials, and tabling schedules for all OCE civic engagement events.
    • Establishing and maintaining active working relationships with other OCE team members.
  • Develop and enhance the teamwork, communication, and effectiveness of the OCE by:
    • Planning short- and long-term goals for the OCE with office staff and the OCE Director.
    • Continually receiving feedback from participants of events and services.
    • Maintaining regular communication with OCE staff outside of meetings.
  • Foster working relationships with related campus and community resources by:
    • Being aware of and participating in OCE related events.
    • Fostering and enhancing working relationships and communication with Western Votes and other civic engagement organizations on campus.
Position Responsibilities
  • Keep the Associated Students updated on all local issues relevant to students by:
    • Obtaining and reviewing all agendas of the City Council, County Council, WTA Board of Directors, Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission, Campus Community Coalition, and all other relevant local bodies.
    • Assist the AS Vice President for Governmental Affairs by attending the meetings of City Council, Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission, and the Campus Community Coalition.
    • Serving as the Alternate Representative for the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission.
    • Providing biweekly reports to the AS Vice President for Governmental Affairs on all local issues.
  • Work towards local policy favorable to students by:
    • Actively establishing working relationships with local civic leaders.
    • Giving oral and written testimony to the appropriate local body with approval of the AS Vice President for Governmental Affairs.
    • Partnering with complimentary University offices, employees, and faculty, as necessary, to advocate outcomes on the local level in the best interest of students.
    • Serving on the AS Legislative Affairs Council as a voting member and actively contributing to the development and drafting of local agenda items.
    • Seeking approval from the AS Vice President for Governmental Affairs before representing the ASWWU on any local policy issue of concern to students.
    • Partnering with, as necessary, AS offices, employees, and committees involved in work with a local policy dimension.
    • Partnering, as necessary, to coordinate the Housing and Hash browns program which occurs in the winter quarter.
  • Encourage local civic engagement by students by:
    • Publishing reports on local policy issues.
    • Taking an auxiliary role to any voter registration campaign undertaken by the Representation and Engagement Program and chartered organizations to promote voting in local elections.
    • Coordinating and promoting the political engagement of students at the local level, including local lobby day.
    • Coordinate and promote local election candidate forums at WWU.
  • Provide managerial and administrative support to the Representation and Engagement Programs as necessary by:
    • Assisting with OCE events and special programs as requested.
    • Performing other tasks as needed or assigned.
Academic Emphasis All majors are encouraged to apply. 

Starting hourly wage at $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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