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Coordinator of Equity & Identity Resource Centers
About the Position:
The Viking Union at Western Washington University is excited to invite applications for its new Coordinator of Equity & Identity Resource Centers position.  The Coordinator of Equity & Identity Resource Centers is responsible for providing program management, advisement, and professional expertise to the equity and identity resource centers within the Associated Students/Viking Union.  These programs currently include the:
  • Social Issues Resource Center (SIRC)
  • Womxn's Identity Resource Center (WIRC)
  • Queer Resource Center (QRC)
  • Legal Information Center (LIC)
  • Disability Outreach Center (DOC)
  • The work of the Veteran Community Coordinator

The Viking Union supports Western's mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities.  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 College/Department: This position is part of the Viking Union staff and organized under the Dean of Students.  The Dean of Student's administrative unit is comprised of Student Outreach Services, the Office of Student Life, and the Viking Union Organization.  The unit provides services and support in a diverse range of functions to support in a diverse range of functions to support individual student development and student organizational leadership opportunities.

The Viking Union connects a dynamic and diverse campus community, providing welcoming and supportive spaces and activities that advance engagement in leadership, service, adventure, and celebration.

Western Washington University is a comprehensive state university, highly ranked nationally, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school.  The campus, overlooking the San Juan Islands, is located in Bellingham, a coastal community of 83,000, 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, B.C.
Position Responsibilities:
  • Program Management
    • For all centers in portfolio, facilitate: staff meetings, office check-ins, event planning discussions, organizing committee meetings, developing agendas, identifying tasks that need completion by student staff members, and other managerial and coordinating functions as assigned
    • Supervise the student coordinators in each of the centers named above, as well as co-supervise the Veteran Community Coordinator (in conjunction with the Assistant Director of Veteran Services); secondarily supervise 12-15 students in the various resource centers
    • Provide event and other program management in a manner that demonstrates a commitment to equity and inclusion and that facilitates programming, activities and services that address the diverse needs, interests, and identities of WWU students
    • Serve as Budget Authority, responsible for development and implementation/annual reconciliation of all budgets
    • Provide on-site support for program activities as warranted by program needs, often requiring evening event attendance
    • Provide one-on-one or small group meetings with students who may be struggling or in need of guidance when working on their own identity development, challenging issues facing marginalized student communities, or navigating systems and services of the university
    • Maintain current knowledge of resources, trends, and issues related to social justice and anti-oppression work as well as other trends in higher education and broadly as related to the position
  • Student Development, Advising, Training and Education
    • Ensure quality events for the campus community
    • Ensure learning and development for student employees by providing training and resources for event planning and implementation, peer advising, interpersonal interviewing, intercultural and non-violent communication, risk management, assessment, contract processes, publicity, policies and procedures, budget management, and event evaluation
    • Serve as advisor to various AS Committees that are related to the advocacy missions of the equity and identity resource centers
    • Serve as resource person for AS Clubs that have a social issues or justice-oriented mission
  • Administrative Leadership
    • Engage in professional development opportunities that support increased effectiveness in the areas of inclusion, diversity, multicultural and cross-cultural proficiency, and other related topics (this is included in all Dean of Students' Unit job descriptions)
    • Support an inclusive environment for the campus community by actively assessing structures and programs within the AS and within the equity and identity resource centers, and by identifying methods for making positive organizational change
    • Manage processes for and organize the preparation of contracts for event speakers/performers consistent with University and AS guidelines
    • Participate in the development and assessment of learning outcomes for equity and identity resource centers, including both the student employee experience as well as the student attendees/users of the programs
    • Lead the development and ongoing revision of a multi-year strategic plan for the Equity & Justice Programs, including student representation in that process
    • Serve as a liaison to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Advocacy Council (LGBTAC), a university committee composed of faculty and staff, with student representation
    • Build and maintain working relationships with other campus departments/colleagues related to program objectives or needs (e.g. Campus Community Coalition, Residence Life, Student Life leadership Development Specialist, Prevention & Wellness Services, Counseling Center, Student Health Center, Disability Resources for Students, Consultation and Sexual Assault Support (CASAS), Education & Social Justice faculty, Center for Education, Equity & Diversity (CEED), Ethnic Student Center, etc.)
    • Maintain thorough knowledge of AS, university and state policies and procedures as they relate to student activities
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in a relevant field, such as Sociology, a form of Cultural Studies, Gender & Sexual Identity Studies, Human Services/Social Work, Political Science, Equity & Diversity in Law, Policy Studies, or similar academic area
  • At least three years of work experience focused on social justice, diversity, and inclusion work, in either a higher education or community organization setting; work experience as a student may be included
  • Demonstrated knowledge of equity and social justice issues facing historically and currently marginalized communities, including the complexities of interwoven systems of oppression and the importance of examining the intersectionality of identity
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current literature and theory relating to anti-oppression work and strategies for creating inclusive environments
  • Diversity/Cultural Competency - ability to work successfully with a diverse student body and staff, with a strong commitment to creating an inclusive environment for staff and students, the delivery of programs that support the diversity objective of the campus community, and the development of cultural competency skills
  • Experience advising or supervising college students or student organizations
  • Communication:  Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and professionally, including excellent written, interpersonal, and public speaking skills
  • Managing Conflict:  Experience successfully managing complex situations that involve conflict in a way that allows all voices to be heard and respected
  • Supervision:  Experience supervising others and the ability to train students in effective supervision
  • Training:  Knowledge of and experience in developing and presenting training programs
  • Budget Management:  Knowledge of and experience in budget development and management
  • Organizational Skills:  Demonstrated organizational and time management skills, with an ability to manage multiple tasks in a dynamic work environment
  • Technology:  Experience using and learning new software technology and using social media
  • Ability to work weekend and evening hours is necessary as many organization meetings and events occur during these times
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in a relevant field, such as Sociology, a form of Cultural Studies, Gender & Sexual Identity Studies, Human Services/Social Work, Political Science, Equity & Diversity in Law, Policy Studies, Student Affairs/Higher Education Administration, or similar academic area
  • One or more years of professional work experience in a capacity designed to meet the needs of an underserved, underrepresented, and/or marginalized population
  • Event Planning:  Knowledge of and experience in planning, advising and coordinating events and activities
  • Student Leadership/Student Development:  Knowledge of student leadership and student development theories and their applications in practice
  • Knowledge of current resources and trends in student activities, educational and social issues programming
Academic Emphasis: N/A
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: $41,430 - $44,000 - starting salary will be at or near the beginning of the range
Bargaining Union: Not applicable
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Applicants must apply online via Western’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE) at wwu.edu/jobs. A cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, a resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references are required.
Other Information: Follow Western Employment on Facebook and @WWUEmployment on Twitter

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Cindy Monger, Search Coordinator, at Cindy.Monger@wwu.edu or 360-650-4154.
Job Posted: 6/15/2017
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins July 10, 2017; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 170240
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); eoo@wwu.edu

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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