Desk Attendant


Create affordable, safe, and well-maintained University Housing that supports participation in healthy, inclusive and sustainable communities where students invest in their academic success and personal growth


Students living in University Residences engage in a community unlike any other, where they explore their passion, purpose and place at Western.

Position Summary

The Desk Attendant (DA) position provides front line and building operations service to students, staff and the residential community, in support of the University Residences mission. It is the expectation of University Residences that DAs adhere to the highest standards of ethical behavior throughout all of their functions and areas of responsibilities.


Under direction of supervisor, tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Create a welcoming environment through friendly, knowledgeable, and respectful customer service
  • Assist in the response to immediate student concerns and give referral information as needed
  • Provide general information about University Residences and other University resources
  • Know and support the mission of University Residences
  • Manage desk supplies and resources
  • Facilitate the resident room check in & check out process 
  • Assist with key management, maintenance of key inventories, reporting of lost/damaged keys, lockout key tracking and key transaction documentation
  • Sort, distribute, and audit mail and packages
  • Submit Maintenance Requests for residents within the community
  • Maintain daily shift logs
  • Organize and maintain desk area at shift end
  • Online file management
  • Document accurate and timely submission of time sheets and payroll logs
  • Appropriately handle confidential information
  • Perform other duties assigned by supervisor(s)

Required Qualifications

  • Enrolled at WWU for the academic hiring year
  • DAs must live on campus their first year working as a DA
  • Experience or interest working with a diverse population and ability to create an inclusive community
  • Available to work flexible hours, including intersession breaks, finals weeks and some holidays throughout the academic year
  • Experience working or volunteering in customer service
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to establish work priorities, manage time and work independently
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively on a team


Application opens | March 20, 2023

*Application currently closed*

Virtual interviews offered and conducted | Spring and Summer 2023

Start Date | Sept. 11, 2023

End Date | June 14, 2024

Conditions of Employment

Must meet student employment credit requirement of six credit hours.

Conduct violations may result in termination.


Most desks are open seven days a week from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Desk Attendants must be available during desk hours preferably at least 10 hours per week, plus rotating weekend shifts with a max of 19 hours per week. Hours vary by community needs, with evenings and weekends and finals week shifts required. Winter and spring intersession shift coverage established during the academic year.

Academic year position: some positions may continue pending good performance evaluations. Summer positions may be available.

Pay Rate

Starting at Minimum Wage


Attend and participate in departmental training as directed including training prior to the start of or during Fall Quarter


Employment is based on positive periodic performance evaluations.

Students must also fulfill all other requirements outlined by Student Employment Services for employment by the University, and live-on students must adhere to the Housing Agreement and University Residence Policies & Procedures.

Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action

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. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity & 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);

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).


For any questions about the Desk Attendant position, please contact Rebecca Hill at or 360-650-2493.