Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Seattle, WASHINGTON
Deadline: Open Until Filled

HFS provides on-campus housing to over 10,000 student residents and operates over 40 dining and café locations that serve the entire campus community. In order to successfully accomplish this, we employ over 1,200 students, classified and professional staff members who work throughout HFS, providing residential and dining services to the campus. As reflected in our mission statement—working together to enhance student life —teamwork and service to our students and customers are at the heart of our business.

To learn about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at UW Housing & Food Services, you are encouraged to review our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement Training .

The Specialist for Student Leadership & Equity develops and manages residence education programs, initiatives and activities to support residential students in achieving success academically, socially and personally.


Residence Education Programming (REP) Team:
• Supervise Residence Education Programming team, ensuring consistency and support of Departmental standards and expectations.
• Participate in student leader recruitment and hiring efforts, including screening, interviewing, and training.
• Oversee the implementation and assessment of Residence Education Programming including educational programs, implemented in each residential community.

Students Expressing Environmental Dedication (SEED):
• Serve as the indirect advisor to SEED (Students Expressing Environmental Dedication) through supervision of the Assistant Residence Education Specialist.
• Assist in facilitation of membership selection and training along with program assessment.
• Promote collaboration between SEED and both Community Councils and student leaders.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
• Participate in short- and long-range planning for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
• Assists with actualizing concepts surrounding inclusive practice into student leadership and advocacy.
• Provide leadership to diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives through committee leadership.
• Support Gender-Inclusive Housing, including the review of student applications, disseminating information to Residential Life staff, and working in collaboration with Student Services to manage Gender-Inclusive Housing process.

Living Learning Communities:
• Collaborate with campus partners in the annual review and revision of Memorandums of Understanding.
• Plan, implement and assess Living Learning Community training in conjunction with the Assistant Director for Residential Life.
• Assist with the RA selection process, including Living Learning Community Resident Advisers.
• Maintain information online regarding Living Learning Communities.
• Provide support and coaching to Residential Life staff regarding the continual development of Living Learning Communities.
• Support HFS Student Services Office in the dissemination of housing information to campus partners, students and staff.
• Plan, schedule, and facilitate quarterly roundtable meetings with Community Managers who oversee LLCs, RAs who work in LLCs, and LLC campus partners.
• Contribute to academic connections between Residential Life and the general University community.

Student Development:
• Assists in the recruitment, selection and training of student leaders and full-time staff.
• Assists in the development of initiatives to promote a welcoming living environment for all residents.
• Co-manage Student Leadership Curriculum development, implementation, and assessment with Residence Education Specialist for Leadership & Programming and Assistant Residence Education Specialist.
• Develop, monitor, and update department resources related to student programming and student leadership, including database management, resource management, and guides.

Other Position Responsibilities:
• Serve as a member of the Residential Life team.
• Contribute to Residential Life initiatives such as committee membership, committee leadership staff selection, opening activities, and recognition events.
• Develop, monitor and track budget expenditures of areas of responsibility.
• Assess efforts and prepare written reports and documents encompassed by areas of oversight.
• Provide feedback to Administrators regarding Community Manager performance in supporting student leadership initiatives and expectations.
• Participate in the day-to-day operational priorities within the Residential Life unit.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

An effective residential life program supports student retention, socialization and academic success. This position advances the core mission of the University by developing and supporting learning communities and promoting student development and academic success.

HFS Residential Life houses over 9000 students in residence halls and apartments. This position is responsible for program development, and the operationalizing of student development and applied environmental theory within this complex and quickly evolving environment.

• Supervises 8 student leaders responsible for educational programming and assigns tasks to Office Assistants.
• Supervises 1 student leader responsible for direct advising of SEED.

The position works under general supervision and reports to the Assistant Director for North Campus & Diversity Initiatives.

The position works a regular Monday through Friday schedule; however, it requires some evening and weekend commitments throughout the year.  Position involves program and project management, chairing meetings and speaking publicly.

• Master’s degree in Student Development or a related field or a relevant undergraduate degree and two or more years of relevant professional experience including academic advising.
• Three or more years of full-time experience working with Student Life and/or academic success initiatives in higher education.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may substitute for requirements.

Experience that demonstrates:
• Strong oral and written communications skills with high attention to detail.
• Evidence of pursuit of ongoing training and personal development.
• Exposure to an academic environment.
• Knowledgeable regarding university programs and services.
• Demonstrated commitment to promoting and incorporating promising practices surrounding diversity and community equity.
• Demonstrated commitment to student learning/development and collaboration with staff, faculty and students in delivery of programs and services.
• Ability to develop ideas and implement them through teamwork and collaboration.
• Demonstrated success in delivering results and building buy-in and accountability for staff.

A satisfactory outcome from the employment verification and reference check processes.

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

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