Housing Safety Assistant (HSA)

Position Summary

Housing Safety Assistants play an important role in on campus live on safety, community development, providing general support to residents, and in helping to achieve the mission of University Residences (UR).  The core focus of the HSA is to promote an environment that students feel supported and safe to engage in student development and learning through University Residences Initiative for Student Engagement (URISE).  The HSA position requires ongoing communication with the UR Facilities Secretary Senior and Associate Director, departmental staff and students, as well as participation in ongoing training and development. It is the expectation of UR that HSA’s adhere to the highest standards of ethical and role-modeling behaviors throughout all functions and areas of responsibilities.  

Tentative Agreement Dates: Sept. 21 – June 12

Benefits of this Position

Our goal is to develop each HSA and give valuable opportunities to receive key experiences that will enhance a resume and provide skill development that will serve our staff as they enter the professional workforce.  HSA’s learn a variety of skills that can make them more marketable to future employers:

  • Role modeling for peers.
  • Analytical thinking.
  • Building relationships with different people and community development.
  • Communication and self-awareness.
  • Cultural competencies and social-perspective taking.
  • Leadership development.
  • Personal development.
  • Safety and crisis response.
  • Teamwork experiences and collaborations.
  • Time management.

Primary Responsibilities

Building Security Checks, Resident Lock Out Assistance, Community Visibility

  • Conduct regular perimeter walks of residential buildings to troubleshoot existing and potential issues.
  • Respond to student lock out requests. Follow UR procedures related to entry and access control.
  • Observe, investigate, and report all violations that come to their attention during their duties.
  • Report maintenance issues and safety hazards via FM’s Ready request system. Urgent matters should be immediately directed to UR Facilities during work hours or UPD dispatch after hours.
  • Complete on call shift log and report issues to appropriate authorities.
  • Ensure audits, checklists, and other documentation associated with facilities are completed.
  • Work varied shifts, odd hours, and sporadically late at night.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all information gathered.

General Support

  • Occasionally interact with Residence Life staff to gain perspective on community activities, to fortify working relationships, and to enhance team dynamics as appropriate.
  • Serve as a positive role model and educate students regarding University policies and procedures.
  • Work in conjunction with Residence Life staff and University Police to intervene with individuals or groups allegedly involved in policy violations.
  • Attend staff and individual meetings with supervisor and participate in ongoing training sessions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Secondary Responsibilities

Potential Services to be Provided

  • Provide escort walks at designated times in the evening for residential students who feel unsafe or require assistance. NOTE: This capability may be available starting Winter 2021.
  • Perform administrative tasks or analysis related to building requirements (maintenance, custodial, other). NOTE: Duties may be available starting Winter 2021 and is geared towards providing students with special project work opportunities that bolster practical business, operational, other management experiences supporting professional development.
  • Assist with hall opening and closing procedures as directed by the Associate Director of Facilities.

Role-Modeling & Ethical Behavior

  • Serve as a role model and act in congruence with WWU standards and code of conduct.
  • Represent Western and UR accurately.
  • Exhibit ethical behavior in fulfilling one's role.
  • Maintain confidentiality and use appropriate discretion.
  • Exercise good judgment in upholding established policies of the University and the UR system; support and obey all federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.
  • Maintain fairness and act respectfully.

Application Eligibility

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

  • Candidates must be currently enrolled at WWU or be officially admitted by Summer 2020.
  • 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 2020 must provide a transcript from their previous institution which demonstrates a cumulative 2.5 GPA.
  • Candidates must not be on disciplinary probation or in deferred-eviction / eviction status.

Required Qualifications

  • Build and maintain relationships that support an inclusive and diverse community.
  • An ability to role model ethical decision making that upholds the values of the university.
  • An ability to serve as a first responder, problem solver, and peer leader for the community.
  • Must have a valid Washington state driver’s license.
  • Must be able to bend, kneel, squat, stand, and lift heavy objects as needed.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Must have a valid driver’s license and good driving record.

Terms of Employment


  • Be able to serve in the role during the tentative agreement dates listed in table under position summary.
  • Average weekly workload is 10 to 19 hours.
  • Must be willing to work evenings, weekends, holidays, and during intersession and/or break periods.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 while enrolled in 12 to 18 credits per quarter; obtain supervisory approval to enroll in less than 12 credits or more than 18 credits.
  • Fulfill position requirements as described in this document, the position agreement, and as assigned while in the position.


Compensation is $13.50 per hour

Selection Timeline

Applications will be initially reviewed to ensure that all required qualifications are met. Depending on the outcome of the review you may be offered an interview. Those who are offered an interview will be notified by email to schedule a time.

  • Application opens: Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020.
  • Application closes: Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.
  • Interviews offered (virtual or call): starting Friday, Sept. 4, 2020.
  • Interviews conducted (virtual or call): Monday, Sept. 7 through Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.
  • Job offers provided: starting Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.
  • Offer decisions from finalists due: starting Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.
  • Mandatory training: Monday, Sept. 21 through Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.
    Actual time for training will be determined based upon staff schedules. Training will be no longer than 90 minutes.

About Us

UR 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, UR provides on-campus housing for over 4,000 of Western’s 16,000 students.  More than 165 students are employed by UR in part-time positions ranging from entry level to paraprofessional.  Questions about this job posting can be directed to UR Facilities (EH 119), symondt@wwu.edu or 360-650-7322.

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); eoo@wwu.edu.

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).