Assistant Vice Chancellor

Boulder, CO
Jun 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Who we are:

Student Affairs is committed to enhancing student academic success while mitigating obstacles that may impede progress. We create inclusive environments to address student social, emotional, physical, spiritual, professional and academic needs to increase retention, academic progress and graduation rates. We provide programs and services to support student health and wellness, personal and professional goal-setting and progress, social involvement, motivation and academic self-efficacy.

The Assistant Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Social Justice and Inclusion reports to, and partners with, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (VCSA) to develop the vision, direction and actualization of an inclusive co-curricular learning environment. The AVC serves on the Vice Chancellor's Executive Council (EC), a small group of the division's senior leaders. The AVC acts as the senior diversity officer for Student Affairs, providing consultation and guidance across all Student Affairs departments (including auxiliaries and cost centers) to ensure that divisional services and polices promote an inclusive student learning environment.

The AVC develops and promotes a co-curricular infrastructure that incorporates social justice and inclusion through community based learning, social action, and intersections. The AVC furthers the vision of Student Affairs and the university by driving strategic initiatives and developing new programs and policies that cultivate an engaged, informed and equitable learning environment.

The AVC leads divisional efforts around student success and retention by supervising the directors of the Women's Resource Center, the Gender & Sexuality Center, Cultural Unity & Engagement, and the Volunteer Resource Center. The AVC builds a network of university and community resources to provide a matrix of support to campus-wide diversity and inclusion efforts in consultation with the VCSA, Chief Campus Diversity Officer in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE), and other campus senior leaders.

What your key responsibilities will be:

Leadership & Administration
  • Supervises the Women's Resource Center, Gender & Sexuality Center, Cultural Unity & Engagement, and the Volunteer Resource Center. Provides knowledgeable oversight of these departments' operations and devises optimal staffing models to ensure strong strategic and day-to-day leadership.
  • Drives student services, policies, and protocols for the division to ensure the framework of equity and social justice is part of the fabric of the day-to-day work.
  • Works collaboratively and creatively with the VCSA, AVCs, directors and others in leading the Division, recognizing and responding to opportunities and challenges, and progressively and appropriately developing key relationships with academic and administrative colleagues to further the mission of Student Affairs.
  • Creates an environment within the AVC portfolio that leverages the strengths and accomplishments of directors and staff, promotes synergy and teamwork, and empowers experienced professionals with diverse responsibilities. Fosters a workplace climate that is supportive of employees and respectful of difference.
  • Serves as a member of the EC to lead and support Student Affairs.
  • Contributes to the Student Affairs' commitment to social justice and diversity by creating an inclusive campus for all students encouraging personal development, self-reflection, and academic success.
  • Cultivates and implements innovative ideas and design to further enhance diversity and inclusion throughout the student experience.

Campus Representation & Strategic Partnerships
  • Works to create a strong sense of team and enduring spirit of collaboration and common purpose among members of the senior leadership, EC and throughout the Division.
  • Envision, conceptualize, and communicate the diversity mission of the university through a broad and inclusive definition of diversity within Student Affairs and in collaboration with campus partners.
  • Serve on a variety of Division, campus and university-wide committees and work groups to ensure a more seamless educational experience for students.
  • Advises the VCSA, increases the effectiveness and efficiency of the Division, serves as a visible and vocal leader in the Division and the university, and creates new strategies to propel the Division forward.
  • Develops partnerships with campus and community stakeholders to identify gaps in supporting needs of the student body through a multicultural competence lens.

Assessment and Evaluation
  • Identifies, collects and analyzes appropriate data in order to assess institutional climate and develop key strategies and effective programs.
  • Facilitates the divisional working groups around the undergraduate and graduate student climate survey data, ensuring the Division is meeting its outcomes/goals around creating a welcoming environment for all of our students.
  • Develops, implements, and analyzes assessment initiatives that foster student success, preparing and overseeing the preparation of departmental publications, statistical and annual reports.
  • Devises and implements process improvements and aligns programs to meet current and future campus and community needs. Develops and implements ongoing programs and services for traditionally underserved students, first generation, lower socio-economic status, particularly those from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds, to promote academic and personal growth and success.

Professional Development
  • Stays abreast of current literature, ongoing trends, demographic changes, laws and policies that impact the diverse student body.
  • Ensures staff have a professional development plan that incorporates and encourages best practices and new programming models for student learning.
  • Participates in local, regional and national research and presentations pertinent to job functionality.
  • Attends conferences and professional institutes to stay relevant and build a professional network that enhances the potential for innovation at CU Boulder.

Budget and Fiscal Operations
  • Budget oversight for reporting units, ensures the responsible planning and expenditure of fiscal resources in a manner consistent with all University policies and applicable local, state and federal laws.
  • Routinely assess the necessity of various monthly programming activities and associated expenses.
  • Meet deadlines for all requests for reports, data, publications, and budgets.
  • Provide timely/pertinent budgetary information to staff as necessary throughout the year.

What we can offer:

The salary range for this position starts at $128,000.00.

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 impactful. Be pioneering. Be Boulder.


What we require:
  • Master's degree; progressive experience with diversity and multicultural affairs in higher education.
  • Minimum of 6 years with increasing responsibility and leadership positions within the college/university setting including experience as a Director of a unit within Student Affairs.
  • Demonstrated advanced administrative skills, strategic leadership, and supervisory experience of professional staff. Strong initiative, self-motivation and high standards of excellence also required.

What you will need:
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice research and commitment to diversity scholarship. Documented evidence of a proactive role in leading initiatives that contribute to diversity and inclusion. Knowledge and understanding of the contexts, cultures, and politics within institutions that impact the implementation and management of effective diversity change efforts. Ability to work collaboratively with the campus community in addressing issues related to historically underrepresented, marginalized and/or underserved students.
  • Knowledge of how various forms of institutional data is used to benchmark and promote accountability for the diversity mission of higher education institutions. Knowledge of campus climate research in the development and advancement of a positive and inclusive campus climate for diversity. Familiarity with recruitment, retention and issues/conditions that impact traditionally underrepresented students in higher education.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines. Excellent computer skills and proficiency with a variety of computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, on-line systems, Internet as well as online calendaring and email. Outstanding communication skills, written and oral political acumen and the ability to drive change.
  • Ability to interact successfully with senior level decision-makers within a large and complex organization.
  • An understanding of student development concepts and ethnic, gender and sexual orientation student development theoretical models. Demonstrated understanding of, and success working with, student leaders in a university environment.

What we'd like you to have:
  • Doctorate degree in higher education, leadership, student development, social work/psychology or related field.
  • Increasingly responsible experience as a director and/or experience as a senior Student Affairs administrator.
  • Advanced experience managing staff, experience with complex budgets and operations.
  • Experience with assessment, strategic planning and implementation.
  • Initiative to be a regional and/or national leader in diversity and inclusion working in higher education.

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 June 30, 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-09674.
Please do not upload references at this time.

Job Category: Executive

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10371 - VC Student Affairs

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jun 6, 2017

Closing Date: Jun 30, 2017

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00733924


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