Social Climate Strategist

Boulder, CO
Apr 22, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Who we are:

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement (ODECE) works to achieve the University's commitment to inclusive excellence and uphold it as a priority across the campus. The office fosters CU Boulder's vision for a diverse campus climate and works with students, faculty, and staff to implement the campus diversity plan. Programs and activities are sponsored by ODECE to engage the campus and community members in valuing our common experiences and celebrating our differences.

The Social Climate Strategist serves as an important team member within ODECE. Reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Climate and Community Engagement, the position is responsible for collaborating with division leaders, department directors, students, faculty, and staff to facilitate activities designed to educate and motivate members of the University community. In addition, the position is responsible for promoting inclusive excellence as a core value to be collectively practiced in the University. A priority focus is providing ongoing project management for the campus diversity strategic planning process. This position will provide structure in the areas of strategic development, implementation, and metrics in an effort to align the direction set forth by the Diversity, Inclusion and Academic Excellence Plan (DIAEP) with the University's mission.

The position works with various units in ODECE, Student Affairs, Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, CU Student Government, Faculty Affairs, and Strategic Relations and helps to manage and coordinate efforts across units in fulfillment of this mission.

What your key responsibilities will be:

Project Management of Social Climate Enhancement Efforts

Facilitate the strategic planning process for the Diversity, Inclusion and Academic Excellence Plan (DIAEP). Serve as a resource and provide consultation for all university constituent bodies, strategic planning working groups; coordinate follow-up efforts; identify specific needs of constituent groups; monitor progress in the implementation and evaluation phases; and employ accountability measures to track progress towards achieving goals.

Effective Communication Development

Develop and implement communication strategies and methods to convey progress towards implementation of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Academic Excellence Plan. Serve as a liaison with University Communications contributing expertise on the content, tone, mode and timeliness of institutional communications pertaining to the social campus climate. Coordinate dialogue across appropriate entities on how to approach issues as they arise, ensure the adequate administration of communication activities including timely updates of website for all social climate enhancement initiatives.

Student Success Support Activities

In support of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Learning and Student Success, contribute to divisional efforts facilitating the academic and personal success of specific cohorts of student scholar groups. Take ownership of special meetings, events and dinners for CU LEAD Alliance students, ASSET/DACA students, and special donor funded scholarships (e.g. Korczak RAP, Rothberg, Trailblazer, etc.). Oversee scholar cohort progression, and provide "high touch" follow-up to students and donors. Assist with various aspects of the ODECE scholarship award process (e.g. CU LEAD, PCDP, etc.) including assisting with proposal writing for donor funding.

Social Climate Education and Cross-Cultural Interaction

Coordinate activities aimed at promoting cross-cultural interaction and intercultural understanding with students, faculty, and staff, including numerous and diverse subgroups. Build partnerships and cultivate collaborative networks between campus units, and individual faculty and staff. Serve as a representative of ODECE when addressing incidents disruptive to the campus social climate that require an institutionally coordinated response involving offices such as Undergraduate Education, Student Affairs, CU Student Government, Institutional Equity and Compliance, University Communications, and Campus Police.

Other Duties as Assigned

Additional duties include supporting various other activities such as elements of the Annual Diversity Summit, and also serving as consultant to staff, faculty and administrators on a broad range of strategies, opportunities and initiatives that will further diversity and inclusion within the university community.

What we can offer:

The salary range for this position starts at $70,000.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be inclusive. Be inspired. Be empowered. Be Boulder.


What we require:
  • Master's degree.
  • 5 years' experience in higher education with demonstrated success implementing diversity initiatives and understanding of the implications of diversity and inclusion in the work place (e.g. teaching, program design, etc.).
  • Familiarity and experience working with social climate survey data and analysis.

What you will need:
  • Strong interpersonal, presentation, and communications skills, oral and written; effective listening skills.
  • Adept in ability to articulate an understanding of the issues and dynamics of difference.
  • Experience with public relations and organizational communications; proficient in designing and applying multiple forms of media: electronic, web, social networking.
  • Ability to assess needs and articulate end goal outcomes, develop and present programs and/or workshops; ability to work collaboratively; strong organizational and problem solving skills.
  • Strong relationship/community-building skills; demonstrated competencies for trust-building; further demonstrated capacity to navigate difficult conversations, facilitate communication, and bridge relations between audiences who typically do not interact with each other.

What we'd like you to have:
  • Ph.D.
  • Broad experience in the development of educational, cultural, and social programs designed to improve the quality of educational and social environment within a large organization or educational setting, including experience with equity, multicultural education, and/or civil rights matters.
  • Experience demonstrating commitment to goals for equity and inclusion, community well-being and positive community-building.

Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Please apply by 5/25/2017.

If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact the CU Careers help desk at All other job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact for this posting.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions:To apply, please submit the following materials to this posting at

1. A current resume.
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

Please combine materials into one document and upload as titled: Last-First-09091.
Please do not upload references at this time.

Job Category: Student Services

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10030 - Diversity & Equity

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Apr 21, 2017

Closing Date: May 25, 2017

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00732569


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