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Western Washington University
  • Position Number: 1188387
  • Location: Bellingham, WA
  • Position Type: Student Affairs and Services -
Position Description

LGBTQ+ Director

Position Purpose and Functions:

The LGBTQ+ Director is a newly created position at Western Washington University. This is an exciting opportunity to cultivate a welcoming academic, cultural, and social environment for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff and to advance Western's mission of "...bringing together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university."

The LGBTQ+ Director will oversee and provide a wide array of services to students, faculty, and staff to increase awareness, critical competencies, and intellectual engagement across campus and with local communities. To develop the LGBTQ+ Office, the Director will work in collaboration with existing student, staff, and faculty organizations and groups. The Director engages in all responsibilities with a commitment to equity and inclusion.

The Director reports to the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, with a consultative relationship with and to the Provost.



  • Provide visionary leadership that carries out the mission and goals of the LGBTQ+ Office

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate annual goals and objectives for the LGBTQ+ Office and its programs

  • Participate in the development of policies and procedures that promote fairness and equity for LGBTQ+ students, staff, and faculty

  • Responsible for developing and monitoring LGBTQ+ Office budget. Has budget authority, works within budget guidelines, and uses organization resources effectively

  • Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate student staff

Program Development

  • In consultation with multiple stakeholders, establish strong collaborative partnerships, both on and off campus, that address the goals of the university and the LGBTQ+ Office

  • Develop and implement social, cultural, and educational programs intended to address the experiences of LGBTQ+ communities

  • Manage the collection and evaluation of program data. Prepare reports evaluating program outcomes and effectiveness

Advocacy & Outreach

  • Oversee communication and marketing with a goal to increase awareness of topics important to LGBTQ+ communities

  • Fulfill public speaking opportunities that further goals and mission of the LGBTQ+ Office

  • Outreach to special populations including first year, transfer and graduate students, new faculty, Residence Hall Directors, alumni, and community members and organizations

  • Provide assistance, referrals, and resource information to students, staff and faculty related to grievances, alleged discrimination and harassment, campus climate issues, social service referrals, mentorships, and scholarships


  • Serve as a resource for faculty on the integration of LGBTQ+ content and inclusive pedagogy in the curriculum

  • Develop and implement anti-bias workshops and awareness training programs for student, staff, and faculty organizations and departments.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

Master's degree in a discipline such as, but not limited to, Higher Education Administration, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Human Services/Social Work, Political Science, Equity and Diversity in Law, Policy Studies, or related field

  • Minimum 5 years experience working in higher education or a related field

  • Demonstrated ability to plan, design and implement programs, curricular and co-curricular activities, seminars, trainings, and events

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in working with LGBTQ+ communities, including leadership in promoting equity and inclusion, and working effectively with diverse LGBTQ+ populations

  • Demonstrated knowledge of current literature and theory relating to anti-oppression work, and strategies for creating inclusive environments

  • Demonstrated knowledge of equity and social justice issues facing historically and currently marginalized communities, including examining the intersectionality of identity

  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work successfully with a broad range of faculty, staff, students, and community members

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and make decisions that align with organizational mission and goals

  • Demonstrated fiscal management skills, including experience monitoring budgets

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • Professional experience developing higher education policies and procedures, structures, and systems

  • Proficiency using social media platforms for outreach, research and/or communication

  • Experience working with marginalized communities and interwoven systems of oppression

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