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Temporary Office Assistant

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Enrollment & Student Services

Position Title Temporary Office Assistant 
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. Equity and inclusion are guiding values operationalized through strategic planning, programming, and daily practices to support students of all identities ( 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

In support of WWU bringing together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university developing the potential of learners and the well-being of communities, University Residences (UR) works towards our vision and mission:

Vision: Students living in University Residences engage in a community unlike any other, where they explore their passion, purpose and place at Western.

Mission: Create affordable, safe, and well-maintained University housing that supports participation in healthy, inclusive, and sustainable communities, where students invest in their academic success and personal growth.

We house over 4,000 students in 15 residence halls and one apartment complex.  The residence life staff consists of one associate director, three assistant directors, one conduct/care case manager, two support staff, three supervising resident directors, five resident directors, three assistant resident directors, and approximately 100 paraprofessional staff.  We are seeking candidates who have a commitment to re-designing policies, practices, and daily operations to eradicate racism and all forms of oppression to transform the on-campus student experience at Western Washington University to create communities where difference is valued.  Our Residence Life team works together to build a culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse identities, backgrounds, and perspectives of our employees through supervision of staff, training, engaging students and staff in dialogue and implementing systemic strategies to create more inclusive and equitable living communities.  This drives our innovation and connects us to the students we serve in each of our residential communities.

Please refer to the WWU, University Residences, Residence Life, or Bellingham, WA websites for more information.

About the Position

This Fiscal Unit of University Residences is in need of some temporary support. This position will be responsible for a portion of the daily operational business activities within the unit such as: 

  • Assist in the department’s student accounts receivable process
  • Prepare and send communication notices and respond to students' questions
  • Provide information appropriate to the student’s situation and make appropriate referrals to Financial Aid, Student Business Office, Student Outreach Services, and other campus departments as needed
  • Review P-Card activity and assist the Fiscal Specialist as needed with hall council accounts, P-Card reconciliation, follow-up, and training
  • Implement housing deposit deferrals, tracking, and verification of paid deposit discrepancies
Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook
  • Ability to prepare and maintain fiscal records and reports
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and to prioritize deadlines
  • Ability to communicate effectively with students
  • Ability to work in a diverse, collegial setting

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.

Salary Salary Range 34 ($15.74 - $20.32/hr) 
Bargaining Unit This position is covered by a Washington Federation of State Employees bargaining union. New employees are eligible for membership under the current collective bargaining agreement at 350 hours of employment.
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 is open until filled (we would like to fill the position ASAP)

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 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: 499246
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