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AS Social Issues Resource Center Work-Study Position 2013-2014
About the Position: The Social Issues Resource Center Work Study Position provides support to the SIRC Coordinator and SIRC Assistant Coordinators in all aspects of running the Social Issues Resource Center, including event programming, assisting with the logistics of operating the office, and answering visitor or clients’ questions under the guidance of the Assistant Coordinator and Coordinator.    

Term of Position:  
Position begins after a qualified work study student is interviewed and selected turns in their paper work to the AS Personnel Office. Position holder is required to attend any trainings or orientations as required by the office coordinators or Director.

About the College/Department:
The Social Issues Resource Center (SIRC) is responsible for raising awareness about social issues, including those not commonly represented in the mainstream media, and inspiring students to be more active and engaged citizens. The SIRC facilitates the sharing of diverse perspectives by providing resources, information, and the coordination of events. It also serves as a networking center for related AS clubs and community organization.  

Resource & Outreach Programs Statement of Purpose:
The purpose of the seven centers of the Resource and Outreach Programs (ROP) is to provide information, advocacy, activities, and peer education to Western students. The ROP strives to empower and support all members of WWU’s diverse community. The ROP also provides the Opportunity for WWU students to gain valuable work, volunteer, and life experience.
Position Responsibilities:
  1. Participating in event planning meetings, taking notes, and dispersing them to all members of the planning committee
  2. Assisting with publicity by updating social networking sites, drafting mass emails, and maintaining consistent communication with the Publicity Center on current publicity requests.
  3. Be responsible for heading up special projects (i.e. updating and organizing the resource library, coordinating the compilation of a SIRC newsletter, compiling a resource notebook, etc.)
  4. Perform other duties as assigned.  


Resource and Outreach Programs Responsibilities:
  1. Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with other ROP team members.
  2. Behave in a manner that communicates the ROP philosophy which includes providing unbiased, non-judgmental information to students.
  3. Participate in ROP inclusive events (such as VU Late Night, Red Square Info Fair, etc.).
  4. Turn in paperwork to ROP Director in a timely manner (Program Planning Worksheets prior to dedicating any time or money to an event and Event Evaluations within one week after event).
  5. Participate in office-tracking systems in order to assess client use, frequently asked questions/concerns, etc. Turn in weekly to the ROP Director.
  6. Attend a weekly meeting with the position supervisor.  

AS Employment Responsibilities
Serve the membership of the Associated Students in a professional and ethical manner by:
  1. Being familiar with and upholding the AS Charter, all WWU policies, and all AS policies including the Employment Policy, Code of Conduct, and Program Standards.
  2. Attending AS staff development events as assigned.
  3. Being knowledgeable of the AS organization and its general operations.
  4. Serving on search committees as designated by the AS Personnel Director.
Required Qualifications:

  1. Maintain a minimum credit load throughout term of position of 6 credits for undergraduates and 4 credits for graduates.
  2. Maintain a minimum of a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
  3. Ability to complete the entire term of the position.
  4. Must have and upload work study award.
Preferred Qualifications:
 
  1. Basic knowledge of historical and current issues of social justice
  2. Previous experience in social justice work
  3. Ability to balance school, work, and personal commitments
  4. Demonstrate a self-motivated approach to work and tasks
  5. Some familiarity with different offices/clubs/individuals on Western’s campus who are also engaged in raising awareness of social issues
  6. Flexibility, interpersonal communication skills, problem solving ability, organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work with people of diverse opinions.
Academic Emphasis: All majors encouraged to apply.
Job Location: Western Washington University-Viking Union 512
Salary: Level II ($9.19/hour)
The position holder will receive a financial award as directed by the work study award letter. The weekly hours and work will be determined by the amount awarded, the need of the office and the direction of the supervisor.

Bargaining Union: Not applicable
Application Instructions and Requested Documents:

Please log in below and submit your application via Western's Electronic System for Employment (EASE). Note: You will need to be using Internet Explorer to utilize our online application system.

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 events
       (this will not conflict with school) 
   5. What is your schedule of availability for a job interview?

You may cut and paste or upload your resume and cover letter as noted on the EASE application. Please complete the education and work experience section of the EASE application and submit the names and contact information of two professional references.

You must upload your work study award.
Other Information:

Educational Benefits
  
  1. Learn to work within a bureaucracy to accomplish office goals. ·        
  2. Learn how to effectively plan events.
  3. Gain and enhance communication skills by working with students and employees.
  4. Develop skills in providing resources, information, and peer referrals.
Job Posted: 9/20/2013
Closing Date: 11/6/2013
Recruitment #: 130460
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, 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 Providing Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination. EO/AA inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX 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); EOO.

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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