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HR Consultant Assistant 1

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Business and Financial Affairs

Position Title HR Consultant Assistant 1
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 90,000 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 Human Resources Department supports Western’s mission to serve the people of the state of Washington, the nation and the world by bringing together individuals of diverse background and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities.

Western’s faculty and staff are one of our greatest resources and are committed to support a vibrant learning environment for our students. From recruitment to retirement and everything in between, we strive to impact the personal and professional lives of faculty and staff in meaningful and significant ways. We believe that healthy and happy employees are productive employees and are better able to carry out the University’s mission. Western employees truly care and come from all walks of life. We work for the common goal of making Western’s workforce the best in its class, where all employees are treated with equity and dignity.

HR serves as a model for accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion while acting as continuous learners and striving for innovative improvement. Our department creates and supports a culture of action-oriented wellness and uses active communication to embody a collaborative culture. HR develops and empowers the Western community through innovative and adaptive partnerships, which include University leadership, our community, labor leadership, colleagues, LGBTQ+ Western, the Faculty and Staff of Color Council, and many others.

The Human Resource Department and the Division of Business and Financial Affairs 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

As our HR Consultant Assistant 1 you will be the first point-of-contact for the Human Resources department. You will have an opportunity to make a positive impact on the Western employee experience through assisting employees with their new hire paperwork, handling initial information inquires, coordinating new employee orientation, and other administrative support responsibilities.

In this position, you will also apply specialized knowledge and use independent judgment in resolving technical and paraprofessional problems and interpreting and applying human resource rules, policies, regulations, or procedures. This is a great opportunity to work with a range of human resource disciplines as you will be performing HR related paraprofessional and technical duties in support to our various HR units.

Required Qualifications
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Four years of professional office experience or equivalent education/experience
  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office including Excel, Word and Outlook
  • Strong customer service skills, including demonstrated ability to work with all levels of the organization and to apply appropriate flexibility in response to issues and opposing points of view
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
  • Working knowledge and experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Strong organization skills and excellent attention to detail
  • Demonstrated commitment to support a workplace culture in which diversity is honored, respected, and celebrated

All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working in a Human Resources environment
  • Experience using Ellucian Banner or comparable HRIS


Salary New hires typically start at $2864/month including an excellent benefits package
Bargaining Unit This position is part of bargaining unit A and is covered by the collective bargaining agreement with Washington Federation of State Employees.
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 Position closes 10/25/2021

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 Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, 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 at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

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.

Job no: 498997
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Applications close: Pacific Daylight Time

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