1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 176640
Department: Q CENTER
Posting Date: 02/11/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience. 
Shift: First Shift 

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a Great College to Work For for six consecutive years. 

The Q Center has an outstanding opportunity for an Associate Director.  This position will assist the Director in developing, managing, promoting, and strengthening the effectiveness of LGBTQA+ programs and resources through the University of Washington Q Center; providing professional development and campus leadership on issues related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation; hiring, training, and supervising staff; promoting collaboration and partnerships across campus to advance support, safety, and inclusion of LGBTQA+ students, faculty, and staff.

This position supervises a growing staff of 9 - 10 members and is ultimately responsible for all programming operations (education, policy advocacy, Safe Zone training, support and referral services, community building, peer mentoring). The Associate Director also collaborates with the Director to develop the Q Center's strategic plan, standard operating procedures, fundraising efforts, program evaluation, and campus needs assessments. This position requires a broad body of knowledge in Student Life practice, as well as specialized knowledge of LGBTQA+ issues, social identity development, intersectional frameworks, and ally development. This position also requires significant knowledge of health and mental health resources, and must be proficient in brief crisis intervention and service referrals.

The Associate Director is ultimately responsible for the center's daily operations including planning, budgeting, delivery and evaluation of LGBTQA+ programming, training and supervision of student staff, and cultivating external partnerships. In addition to providing education, advocacy, and support services, this position provides broad consultations to the university community regarding the climate, safety, wellness, and positive identity development of/for LGBTQA+ students, faculty, and staff.

Student Support and Development
Provide direct and ongoing support of LGBTQA+ students to promote their personal, social, academic and professional development, and advocacy to support students in navigating through challenges, discrimination, and bias incidents.

  • Manage the the LGBTQA+ Peer Mentoring Program, discussion groups, and informal networking and community efforts to promote peer to peer support and connection to UW's LGBTQA+ resources

  • Provide advising, support, and student leadership development to student organizations including the Queer People of Color Alliance, AdvoQTs, ASUW Queer Student Commission, academic department-based LGBTQA+ organizations, Delta Lambda Phi, and multicultural organizations.

  • Develop and maintain collaborative partnerships with staff, faculty, administrators, offices, departments, and student organizations to ensure that a comprehensive and effective network of support is in place across campus to effectively and collaboratively support, provide services, and respond to the needs of LGBTQA+ students, students of color, and underrepresented students.

  • Assist in the retention and persistence of underrepresented students by addressing academic, social, cultural, financial, and climate issues.

    Department Operations and Supervision of Staff

  • Supervise, train, evaluate, schedule, and delegate work for ~10 student staff, 15 Safe Zone volunteer facilitators, LGBTQA+ mentors, and undergraduate and graduate student interns.

  • Primary management of daily operational procedures and programs of the Q Center, as well as long-term strategic planning.

  • Manage the budgets for staff as well as individual programs and events by preparing budget projections and reports. Participation in annual Student Activities Fee (SAF) budget review process.

  • Conduct evaluation of programs, office procedures, the work of staff, and own professional work.

  • Oversight of websites, design of office brochures, and promotion of the work of the office and other collaborative resources through social media.

  • Support of fundraising opportunities such as donor cultivation, newsletter development, crowd funding, grant applications, and fundraising events.

    Outreach and Professional/Organizational Development

  • Design and manage Safe Zone trainings that service hundreds of students and colleagues each academic year.  Training should increase LGBTQA+ awareness, knowledge, growth, inclusion, equity, bystander accountability, as well as knowledge of intersecting social justice issues.

  • Manage, develop, and facilitate professional development trainings for faculty and staff at UW Tacoma and UW Bothell as requested.

  • Develop and facilitate trainings for student staff and student leaders on LGBTQA+ issues and other social justice, inclusion, and equity topics to promote workplace and organizational environments that are inclusive and welcoming of LGBTQA+ students and colleagues.

  • Provide counsel to faculty, staff, student leaders, departments, offices, etc. based on best practices for supporting students and colleagues who are LGBTQA+ and/or from underrepresented social identities and backgrounds.

  • Develop a comprehensive set of resource materials and information to keep the campus community informed and updated about LGBTQA+ issues/initiatives and other social justice, inclusion, and equity issues and topics.

  • Engage with external community resources, including local and state organizations, to serve as a resource and to establish community partnerships that benefit the University community.

  • Representation of Q Center on various University and Student Life committees as requested.

    Program Development and Implementation

  • Collaborate with Director to design a sustainable operational structure.  Lead the collaborative processes of planning, developing, and implementing campus-wide programming to promote LGBTQA+ community development, support LGBTQA+ students, faculty, and staff, and provide education to advance understanding of LGBTQA+ people and experiences. This includes such annual events as the Welcome Luncheon, Lavender Graduation, Qolors Reception centering queer and trans people of color, Coming Out Week, Trans Day of Remembrance, Pride Month, Open Houses, and other programs as assigned.

  • Develop methods to promote intersectional community building opportunities among students, faculty, and staff who are LGBTQA+, people of color, and allies.

  • Ongoing development and co-facilitation of Safe Zone and Queer 101 curricula.

    Development of Policies and Procedures

  • Advise, develop, and co-coordinate the implementation of policies and procedures related to improving the campus climate, safety, equity, and inclusion of LGBTQA+ students, faculty, and staff from across campus including Student Life, Admissions, Registrar's Office, Athletics, in academic classes and departments, etc.

  • Ongoing policy advocacy and implementation to improve inclusion of LGBTQA+ populations such as all gender restrooms, gender neutral housing, preferred name and gender marker options, etc.

  • Develop and update standard operating procedures related to working with students in distress, advising and referral services, emergency preparedness and response, and other emerging issues. 

    As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

    Masters Degree in Social Work, Higher Education, or other related field, or equivalent experience.
    Four to five years experience in the following:
    o working on issues of gender and sexuality and/or with students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, agender, gender fluid, gender queer
    o Specific knowledge and experience with intersectional work in social and/or racial justice
    o Ability to deal effectively with students, faculty, staff, the general public, and external agencies
    o Supervisory skills
    o Administrative abilities
    o Human relations and intercultural communications skills

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.

    Desired Qualifications:
    Masters degree, preferably in social work, higher education or human services, and two years of counseling and/or related work in planning, organizing, and evaluating educational programs, or Bachelors degree and four years of related experience
    Experience working with people from underrepresented identities including race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, romantic identity, religion, nationality, disability, language, etc.
    Strong ability to work collaboratively with students, staff, faculty, community members, etc.
    Experience working in higher education environment
    Experience with assessment and student learning outcomes
    Experience developing and implementing training
    Previous experience working with students of color

    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 Workforce 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.
  • Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.


    Posted: 2020-02-11 Expires: 2020-04-10

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