The Registrar's Office is committed to the integrity and accuracy of institutional records, policies, and procedures. Our office is responsible for, but not limited to, registration, residency, transcripts, commencement, scoring services, degree evaluations, academic records, scheduling and analysis, and veteran services.
The Registrar's Office supports Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
Western Washington University seeks its next Registrar. The successful candidate will be an experienced, innovative, and thoughtful leader who has a strong understanding of best practices in student registration and records, and understands the role of the Registrar in strategic enrollment management. Western’s Registrar will be capable of managing challenging and complex situations, interpreting policy, and contributing at both a strategic and tactical level to the work of the Division of Enrollment and Student Services and to the campus at large. While performing critical responsibilities for the university, the Registrar will focus on supporting the academic enterprise, advancing academic initiatives, creating an administrative structure that forwards student success, and promoting the University’s mission and vision. The fostering of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community is a cornerstone of Western’s mission. Western seeks a professional who is skilled in change management and communicates a vision for a Registrar’s Office serving a public university with an undergraduate student population of approximately 15,000, a growing graduate student population, and multiple locations.
Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management (AVPEM), the University Registrar ensures the integrity, accuracy, and security of all academic and educational records of Western students and works with campus partners to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations, as well as those of other regulatory agencies. The Registrar provides strategic planning, direction, and supervision for the Registrar’s Office and manages all operations within that office, including the student information system, registration, scoring services, student academic records, degree evaluation and the awarding of degrees, commencement, student certification services, transcripts, athletic eligibility and certification, residency review, transfer credit evaluation, course scheduling, publications (schedule of classes, catalog, and university calendar), exam scheduling, and enrollment reporting and data. Oversight of certain tuition waiver programs, and residency classification are also among the Registrar’s responsibilities. The University Registrar serves as a member of the Enrollment and Student Services leadership team, contributes to strategic enrollment management (SEM) planning, and is responsible, in part, for the execution and evaluation of a number of SEM initiatives. The University Registrar also serves as the athletics certification authority; administers all functions of confidential student records, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); supervises various institutional certification functions such as veterans’ benefit eligibility; leads the development of the academic infrastructure, to include secure administrative systems for maintenance and reporting of student and course information; consults on the development of and administers university academic and administrative policies affecting students and courses; manages a dynamic team of six direct reports and a total of 20 staff members plus a significant cohort of student employees, overseeing all training, supervision, and evaluation of staff; and develops and administers an annual operating budget of approximately $2.3 million.
Western is looking for a candidate with:
In addition to the responsibilities outlined above, the division and the search committee have identified the following opportunities and challenges:
One of the most commonly cited reasons for working at Western is our incredible benefits package. We have multiple medical plans available to choose from with monthly premiums ranging from $25 to $165 for your own coverage; in addition, you have the option to elect coverage for your family. Western provides dental, basic life insurance ($35,000), and basic long-term disability insurance all at no monthly cost to you. You will also be eligible for our employer-matched retirement plan and receive a generous leave package, which includes 24 vacation and 12 sick days each year.
Take advantage of the Tuition Waiver! After meeting the requirements, you are eligible for a tuition waiver of up to 8 credits during the academic year and 4 credits during summer quarter.
We have wellness classes right here on campus. Whole Body Fitness, lunchtime basketball, resources for nutrition and more! The Wade King Recreation Center is a state-of-the-art fitness facility with unparalleled accessibility and competitive rates. Swimming, climbing wall, and more are all within close proximity to your work space.
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Starting salary range is $88,700 - $103,500, commensurate with experience; includes an excellent benefits package.
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Application review begins April 10, 2020; position is open until filled.
Western Washington University is an energized community with more than 16,000 students, 160+ academic programs, and six locations across Washington state. Western’s main campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. This coastal community of 83,000 is nestled between Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the peaks of the North Cascades. Western offers the student focus and faculty access of a smaller college, but with the academic choice, opportunities for research, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university.
Western is recognized nationally for its successes, from being named the top master’s-granting institution in the Pacific Northwest for more than 20 years in a row by U.S. News and World Report, which also named WWU as one of the best public schools in the West for veterans, to its recognition as one of the most sustainable, green campuses in the nation by the Sierra Club.
Western’s goal is to build a stronger Washington by being an international leader in active learning, critical thinking, and societal problem solving, as evidenced by the university’s 7th place ranking among more than 600 master’s-granting institutions for the number of graduates who go on to earn a research Ph.D. from the National Science Foundation’s Survey of Earned Doctorates. After its initial classification in 2010, Western was again one of 118 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification in 2020.
Western’s record for academic excellence is underscored by finishing third in the nation, tied with Stanford University, as producers of prestigious National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hollings Scholars, third place among master’s-granting institutions nationally for Fulbright Scholars, and second in the nation among medium-sized universities sending graduates to the Peace Corps. The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Academic Workplace report named Western as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, winning honors in two categories: teaching environment and tenure clarity and process.