Graduate Studies Program Director

Denver, CO
Apr 25, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado Denver

Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Graduate Studies Program Director

Position #693479 - Requisition 09280

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

The Department of Political Science has an opening for a part-time University Staff (unclassified) Graduate Studies Program Director position.

The University of Colorado Denver is a public research university serving more than 14,000 students. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 100 highly rated degree programs through eight schools and colleges. In the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers-CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

Located in the heart of downtown, CU Denver provides a vibrant, urban research university experience, with academic programs ranging from the liberal arts and sciences to global energy management, music industry studies and criminal justice among eight schools and colleges. The classroom extends into the city as students study, network and build careers in the surrounding business district. CU Denver unites quality academics, ambitious research and creative work, civic consciousness and driven students-all in the lively setting of downtown Denver. Read CU Denver Quick Facts here.

Jobs in this career family provide direct professional support for the teaching and/or educational service mission of the university. Functions include academic advising/counseling, student personnel administration, recruitment and admissions, registration, financial aid, faculty affairs, library services, curriculum administration, and others involving direct support of the educational mission of an academic unit.

Directors are responsible for the ongoing leadership and oversight of a department, including the development of strategies and processes which contribute to the University and/or campus mission and accountability for services provided. Directors are responsible and accountable for the analysis of fiscal and human resources required to achieve department objectives including hiring, compensation, termination, and performance management of subordinate employees.

Position Emphasis:

This position is a part-time (50% time), 1 year appointment. The Director will be under the supervision of the Chair of the Department and will be responsible for: recruitment of students and adjunct faculty; curriculum design; oversight of New Directions student credentialing; class scheduling at the CU South building and the Durango Campus; coordination and oversight of course delivery by various instructors; advising of students, graduate committee work for final project defenses; budgeting; and the teaching of 1-2 graduate level courses per year. The Director will also interface with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs regarding the annual "Best and Brightest" intern selection program, and with city, county and non-profit agencies who serve as internship placement sites for New Direction students. The Department seeks a Director who can sustain the Center for New Direction's current strong partnerships with small and rural government jurisdictions across Colorado, while also developing new partnerships with Denver-area community-based organizations. Because the program is a "Continuing Education" program of CU Denver, all revenues are derived from student tuition, requiring extensive recruitment of students.

A Graduate Student Assistant (15 hours per week) will also be provided to assist the Director in managing the program.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at


Minimum Qualifications:

Since the position teaches graduate courses, a Ph.D. in the field of Political Science, Public Administration or related disciplines is required.

The position requires extensive, diverse and progressively responsible experience in local, state or national government, or in leadership positions in non-governmental public policy or community leadership/development organizations.

Substitution: As an alternative to this professional experience, candidates must have substantial teaching and/or administrative experience in university settings in the field of Political Science, Public Administration or related disciplines.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience directing programs, including supervision of staff.
  • Experience and ability to teach at the graduate level.
  • Experience working with government jurisdictions across the state of Colorado.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Required Application Materials: To apply, please visit: and attach: 1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV/resume 3. List of three professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references) Questions should be directed to: Michael Berry at

The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees. The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Review of applications will begin 5/8/2017, and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Category: Academic Services

Primary Location: Denver

Department: D0001 -- Denver Campus - 30109 - CLAS-Political Science

Schedule: Part-time

Posting Date: Apr 24, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

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Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00693479


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