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Assistant Director of Multicultural Student Services

Western Washington University
Bellingham, Washington State
Hiring range for position is $62,855 -$72,283. Through longevity this position tops at $81,711
Date posted
Aug 4, 2023

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*Initial review of candidates will begin on August 11th

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. 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 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

About the Department:

The Office of Multicultural Student Services supports Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. 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 Assistant Director of Multicultural Student Services (AD-MSS) leads initiatives and programs supporting Western’s strategic goals in equity, excellence, and inclusion for our students. The AD-MSS will support and lead an excellent team of professional staff and student employees. The AD-MSS will develop and lead co-curricular programs and create inclusive spaces supporting students’ retention and holistic development. This will include developing programs which center racial and ethnic identities, experiences, and histories, with a focus on marginalized and intersecting identities. These programs will provide opportunities for transformational learning, develop students’ skills in intercultural communication, community building, conflict resolution, and offer inclusive celebrations.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree
  • Five (5) years of increasingly responsible professional experience working in programs related to access, diversity, equity, and inclusion, including significant relevant experience in higher education.
  • Experience effectively advising students and/or young adult leaders to support their leadership development, including demonstrated success providing culturally responsive advising services to BIPOC students.
  • At least two years of experience supervising professional staff and student employees.
  • Experience advising student clubs and organizations.
  • Experience designing and delivering programming and trainings that advance positive identity development and build leadership skills for students who hold multiple marginalized identities.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage students of diverse identities in intercultural learning and dialogue.
  • Strong small and large group facilitation skills and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform job responsibilities collaboratively with colleagues and students across departments and disciplines.
  • Experience developing and managing budgets.
  • Knowledge of student leadership and student development theories and their applications in practice.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills, excellent professional judgment, and the ability to make decisions that align with organizational mission and goals.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in strategic planning and assessment of programs, services, and/or student learning outcomes.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a field related to job responsibilities, for example: Student Affairs Administration, Education, Ethnic or Cultural Studies, or Psychology.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in multicultural services or identity-based resource centers in higher education.
  • Fluency in a second language (other than English).

Conditions of Employment:

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.

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