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LGBTQ+ Director

Mar 9, 2018
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA
About the University 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 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.”

As our LGBTQ+ Director, you 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, you will work in collaboration with existing student, staff, and faculty organizations and groups. You will engage in all responsibilities with a commitment to equity and inclusion.

You will report to the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, with a consultative relationship with and to the Provost.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Administration
  • Program Development
  • Advocacy & Outreach
  • Education
Required Qualifications
  • 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

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