Black Affinity Program Assistant

We're Hiring!

Don't wait to apply! Applications are open until the position is filled.

How to apply:

Submit the following materials to

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for three references

About the Position 

Residence Life is seeking a Black Affinity Program Assistant.  

Black Affinity Housing, located in the newly-built Alma Clark Glass Hall, is designed to assist members of the Black identified community in supporting each other. It helps to create an added level of psychological comfort and safety for those who choose to live in those spaces. 

Creating these safer spaces, in collaboration with campus resources, will benefit the entire community. 

The ideal candidate will assist the Assistant Director of Residence Life in planning an early arrival program, a year outline of engagement opportunities, assessment strategies, and other initiatives for the launch of Black Affinity Housing.   

They will report to an Assistant Director of Residence Life, responsible for providing their training, oversight, guidance, and development. The Black Affinity Program Assistant will also work closely with other full time staff, the Black Affinity Advisory Group, specialists of the Black Coalition and other elected student officials - such as members of the Associated students and Residence Hall Association. 

About You

  • You are creative, a collaborator and enthusiastic with the proven skills to work toward realizing a vision.
  • You are engaging and supportive with individuals from multiple constituencies and diverse backgrounds.
  • You can manage competing demands with a focus on priorities and judicious use of resources and handle unexpected changes with positivity.
  • You have experience in advocacy, awareness and community building centering the Black identity and student experience at Western.  

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability while utilizing effective time management skills to accomplish job responsibilities 

  • Has reliable attendance and completes tasks in a timely and accurate manner while being prepared for meetings and educational strategies 

  • Understands and maintains confidentiality requirements 

  • Utilizes basic computer skills to perform job responsibilities, including but not limited to MS Office Suite 

  • Meets expectations set by the AD supervisor, SRD/RDs and Residence Life 

  • Attends weekly staff meetings with residence life staff and Black Advisory board meetings 

  • Attends supervision meeting every other week with AD supervisor 

  • With the support of supervisor, creates and plans programmatic initiatives for Black Affinity Housing.  

  • Collaborates with staff, faculty, Black Coalition, AS, RHA and others to build shared initiatives that meet Black affinity Housing learning goals 

  • Performs other duties as assigned 

Application Eligibility 

In order to apply for this position, candidates must meet the following criteria: 

  1. Candidates must be currently enrolled at WWU at the time of application. 

  1. Candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. If a Fairhaven College student, the candidate must be in good academic standing with the Fairhaven College administration. New transfer students for winter 2019 must provide a transcript from their previous institution which demonstrates a cumulative 2.5 GPA. Please contact Residence Life for more information at 360-650-2960. 

  1. Candidates must not be on disciplinary probation or in deferred-eviction/eviction status. 

Required Qualifications 

  • Demonstrated experience and interest in developing inclusive communities particularly centering Black identity 

  • Demonstrated experience supporting under represented populations 

  • Experience planning, implementing, and evaluating programs 

  • Demonstrated ability to manage time effectively and independently 

  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, including Microsoft Outlook 

  • An ability to role model ethical decision making that upholds the values of the university 

Terms of Employment 

  1. Anticipated dates of employment: June 14 - Aug. 27 

  1. Average weekly workload is 10 hours 

  1. Compensation $13.50 an hour 

  1. Available for staff meetings, supervision meetings and trainings  

  1. Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 while enrolled in 12–18 credits per quarter; obtain supervisory approval to enroll in less than 12 credits or more than 18 credits 

  1. Any off-campus employment or extra-curricular activities should be discussed with your supervisor. 

  1. Fulfill position requirements as described in this document, the position agreement, and as assigned while in the position 

Application Requirements

A letter of interest 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 references. 

Send to  

Selection Timeline 

Application review begins June 4, 2021; position is open until filled. 

Anticipated start date June 14.  

About Us 

University Residences engages students in diverse and inclusive, healthy, safe and sustainable communities that foster academic success and personal growth. Through 16 residence halls and one apartment community, University Residences provides on-campus housing for over 4,000 of Western’s 16,000 students. More than 165 students are employed by University Residences in part-time positions ranging from entry level to paraprofessional. Questions about this job posting can be directed to Residence Life (EH 113), or 360-650-2960. 

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).