Job Positions

Diversity Recruitment & Retention Specialist

Categories: Pacific Region 9


Woodring College of Education


Western Washington University

Date Posted:


Close Date:

January 13 or until filled

Position Description

The primary function of the Diversity Recruitment & Retention Specialist will be to monitor, evaluate and coordinate programs designed to recruit and retain members of under-represented populations into Woodring College of Education (WCE) programs. The person in this position works closely with faculty, students, schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations to conduct outreach efforts and information sessions, to enhance pre-admission advising for potential students. With the WCE Equity and Diversity Committee, the Diversity Recruitment and Retention Specialist collaborates with faculty and staff to create a more supportive and welcoming environment for diverse Woodring students. “Underrepresented students” include: students of color; Pell eligible 1st generation; transfer; males; high need subject areas; Future Woodring Scholars; Diversity Scholarship recipients, and bilingual students.  This is a (permanent) 12 month position. This position reports to WCE Dean.

•Work with Woodring College of Education program admission offices and Western Washington University Office of Admissions to identify and establish contact with prospective WCE students of color, underrepresented students included above, as well as community college and non WWU students.
•Provide pre-admission advising for students, including conducting information resource sessions and general college program information sessions (including participating in new student orientation programs).
•Work with WCE faculty to facilitate courses to introduce freshman students to education careers and provide on-going support for these students through programs such as a study skills course or homework help club.  
•Manage mentoring program for prospective WCE students, including selecting, training and supervising mentors.  
•Serve as a WCE representative in working with WWU offices that address admission, recruitment and retention of diverse students.  
•Work with college faculty and administration to further develop programs based on the recommendations of the Recruitment and Retention Task Force Report (2010).  
•Collaborate with departments and the WCE program admissions offices regarding application procedures and materials and advising practices.
•Collaborate with EDC for retention of under-represented students in WCE.
•Participate as a liaison in college and university committees or work groups (e.g. Center for Education, Equity, and Diversity, Future Woodring Scholars, the EDC, Latino/a Action Team) as assigned.  
•Assist with grant writing to support programs as needed.  
•Collect, report, and analyze program data that pertain to recruitment and retention.
•Participate in outreach efforts at middle and high schools.
•Work with assigned recruitment and retention advisory group (key personnel) to determine needs of the college around recruitment and retention.
•Serve as an overall liaison to WCE programs and be assigned specific leadership initiatives, e.g. Future Woodring Scholars.
•Coordinate activities, including event planning, in conjunction with outreach programs.
•Travel (primarily local) to fulfill position responsibilities.

Institution Information
The Woodring College of Education is one of the premier teacher education institutions in Washington State, with programs on the main campus in Bellingham and outreach locations. WCE programs include Human Services and Rehabilitation Counseling, Nursing, Continuing and College Education, Educational Administration, and Teacher Education. The mission of WCE is to facilitate learning that prepares and advances quality educators and human services professionals throughout their careers.  WCE fosters community relationships and a culture of learning that advance knowledge, embrace diversity and promote social justice.  We are committed to ensuring that the demographics of the student population in Washington are reflected in our professional programs; therefore we are creating programs to recruit and retain members of underrepresented populations.

Additional Information
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, 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 Providing Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination. EO/AA inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX 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 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.

Application Process

Please log in below and submit your application to WWU’s Electronic System for Employment (EASE).  Note:  you will need to use Internet Explorer to utilize our online application system.  A cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications and your experience related to the position responsibilities, vitae, and contact information for three references are required.  You can cut and paste or upload your materials as noted in the EASE application.For a complete job description and application requirements:

Contact Information
Inquiries should be directed to Karen Dade, Associate Dean, Woodring College of Education, at or 360-650-3319.


Required Qualifications
•Bachelor’s degree.
•Minimum of two years of experience working in P-20 educational settings or in the non-profit sector.
•Experience facilitating mentoring programs and advising for underrepresented college students.
•Experience in program evaluation methods.
•Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
•Strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
•Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage logistical details.
•Computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite and web-based & social media communication tools.

Preferred Qualifications
•Bachelor’s or advanced degree in education, human services or related field (i.e. higher education counseling).
•Teaching or counseling experience in K-12 educational settings with diverse populations.
•Experience with outreach to and recruitment of underrepresented students in P-12 and community college settings.
•Demonstrated grant-writing experience and knowledge of community resources.
•Database system experience: Banner, BI-Query, etc.