Western Washington University, with over 15,000 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 83,000 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 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department
The Division of Enrollment and Student Services Department 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 Position
The LGBTQ+ Director is a newly created position at Western Washington University. This is an exciting opportunity to cultivate a welcoming academic, cultural, and social environment for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff and to advance Western’s mission of “...bringing together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university.”
The LGBTQ+ Director will oversee and provide a wide array of services to students, faculty, and staff to increase awareness, critical competencies, and intellectual engagement across campus and with local communities. To develop the LGBTQ+ Office, the Director will work in collaboration with existing student, staff, and faculty organizations and groups. The Director engages in all responsibilities with a commitment to equity and inclusion.
The Director reports to the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, with a consultative relationship with and to the Provost.
● Master’s degree in a discipline such as, but not limited to, Higher Education Administration, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Human Services/Social Work, Political Science, Equity and Diversity in Law, Policy Studies, or related field ● Minimum 5 years experience working in higher education or a related field ● Demonstrated ability to plan, design and implement programs, curricular and co-curricular activities, seminars, trainings, and events ● Demonstrated effectiveness in working with LGBTQ+ communities, including leadership in promoting equity and inclusion, and working effectively with diverse LGBTQ+ populations ● Demonstrated knowledge of current literature and theory relating to anti-oppression work, and strategies for creating inclusive environments ● Demonstrated experience working with equity and social justice issues facing historically and currently marginalized communities, including examining the intersectionality of identity ● Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work effectively with broad and diverse groups of faculty, staff, students, and community members ● Demonstrated ability to work independently and make decisions that align with organizational mission and goals ● Demonstrated fiscal management skills, including experience monitoring budgets ● Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
● Professional experience developing higher education policies and procedures, structures, and systems ● Proficiency using social media platforms for outreach, research and/or communication ● Experience working with marginalized communities and interwoven systems of oppression
Starting salary $71,558 - commensurate with experience and qualifications
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
Application review begins April 8, 2018; position is open until filled
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); firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.