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Latine Student Retention Specialist

Western Washington University
Job Location:
Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

This position will be open until it is filled. The priority application deadline is November 27th.

We highly encourage interested candidates to reach out to us at with questions about the position. Please see the Western Washington University position listing for complete details about the position and to apply. 

About the Position:

Under the supervision and direction of the Assistant Director of Multicultural Student Services, the Latine Student Retention Specialist supervises multiple student staff, develops and creates bridges to academic and co-curricular resources, advises and supports students with culturally-appropriate and inclusive services, and supports the retention and graduation of Western Washington University students through co-curricular programming, supportive advising and counseling, and referrals to other ESS and university services, with emphasis on the needs of Latine students. The Latine Student Retention Specialist leads initiatives and programs supporting Western’s strategic goals in equity, excellence, and inclusion for our students.

Western seeks our inaugural Latine Student Retention Specialist to advance the holistic thriving of Latine student populations through program development, outreach, education, and advising. This position will support the development of and work closely with University Residence's Latine affinity housing community opening Fall 2024. The Latine Student Retention Specialist will join a growing team in the new Access, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Unit of our Enrollment and Student Services Division. We seek a caring and collaborative leader with strong communication skills and a proven commitment to serving Latine students and communities.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree and one year of relevant work experience in student affairs, student services, or higher education, or a bachelor's degree in a relevant field and two years of relevant work experience in student affairs, student services, or higher education, or an equivalent combination of education and professional work experience.
  • Knowledge of current and historical statewide and national Latine student movements and historical issues impacting Latine student success.
  • Experience effectively advising students and/or young adult leaders of programs, clubs, or organizations to support student leadership development, including demonstrated success providing culturally responsive advising services to BIPOC students.
  • Ability to orient Latine students to the culture of the university and provide support services to help Latine students achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals.
  • Experience designing and facilitating programming and trainings that advance positive identity development and build leadership skills for students who hold multiple marginalized identities, with a specific focus on Latine populations.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage students of diverse identities in intercultural learning and dialogue.
  • Experience supervising student employees.
  • Strong small and large group facilitation skills and written communication skills.
  • Ability to develop and manage budgets.
  • Knowledge of student leadership and student development theories and their applications in practice.
  • Excellent professional judgment and the ability to make decisions that align with organizational mission and goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform job responsibilities collaboratively with colleagues and students across departments and disciplines.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills, with ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a field related to job responsibilities, for example Student Affairs Administration, Education, Ethnic or Cultural Studies, or Psychology.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in multicultural services or identity-based resource centers in higher education.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in strategic assessment of programs, services, and/or student learning outcomes.
  • Fluency in Spanish.

This position will be open until it is filled. The priority application deadline is November 27th.

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