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 University Residences 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
As our Communications Consultant you will be part of the Occupancy, Communication and Administrative Services team within University Residences and serve as the marketing and information design specialist. Under general direction, you will develop and coordinate communications for current and future students, families, and customers through print and electronic publication production, creative web writing and visual design, and social media support.
In addition, you will consult with housing staff, provide recommendations on projects, produce quality information pieces, provide written material and ensure information design supports the mission of clients, department and university. You will also manage the Housing Ambassador Housing Tour Program which includes student worker supervision; manage the UR Housing Information Desk which includes directing student workers; and ensure current occupancy management information and communication. You will occasionally participate in meetings and teams, presentations, and backup support for the Associate Director.
Bachelor's degree in English, Communications, or a related field from an accredited institution and one year experience designing, writing and preparing information for web and print OR equivalent experience
Experience with communications work with social media
Demonstrated experience in editing written publications
Demonstrated ability to work well with diverse groups
Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and pay attention to details
Excellent written communication and public speaking skills
Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
Ability to accept feedback on, and make changes to, creative work
Working knowledge of the Banner Student Information System
Familiarity with campus housing in a higher education setting
Understand user-centered design processes and information architecture principles
Experience with Adobe Creative Suite
Experience with visual information design
Experience with photography, video and image editing concepts
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
Experience handling confidential information
New hires typically begin at $3795/month; including an excellent benefits package
This position is part of a Public School Employees of WWU bargaining union. New employees are required to meet the membership requirements of the current collective bargaining agreement within 30 calendar days of employment.
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
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); email@example.com
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.