Director of the Center for Inclusion & Social Change

Job description

The Student Affairs Division at the University of Colorado Boulder is inviting applications for a Director of the Center for Inclusion and Social Change. The Director will provide leadership for the newly created Center, which directly supports the divisional efforts around student success, retention, and inclusion. The vision of the Center is to provide high impact transformational community building and educational programs for the CU community and to nurture leaders grounded in the core concepts of intersectional identity development, diversity education, equity, and social justice. The position reports to, and partners with, the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (AVC) to develop the vision, direction and actualization of an inclusive co-curricular learning environment. In addition, the position will work collaboratively with the campus community in addressing issues related to historically underrepresented, marginalized and/or underserved students.

Who we are:

The Division of Student Affairs values the diverse backgrounds, histories, identities and life experiences of every member of our community. We strive toward inclusive excellence in making our policies, processes, and actions socially just and equitable. We celebrate and embrace differences. We are committed to welcoming and including diverse groups and perspectives in building a climate in which all members can thrive in an environment where they feel at home, welcome and safe.

What your key responsibilities will be:

Leadership and Assessment

  • Supervise the newly created Center for Inclusion & Social Change, Program Directors for Education, Identity Development, Cultural Engagement & Enrichment, and Administrative Assistant. Provide knowledgeable oversight of each area and devise optimal staffing and operational models to ensure strong strategic and day-to-day leadership.
  • Lead the Center for Inclusion & Social Change to serve as an important resource for the University community on best practices and national trends. Provide expert advice, consultation and influence to faculty, administrators, staff, students, and the community in the areas including, but not limited to: identity development, diversity education, social justice and concerns that affect students.
  • Coordinate and deliver programs to promote inclusion and social change, and facilitate a campus that actively engages and resembles activities and behaviors of social justice in action.
  • Serve as a catalyst for the development of programs that promote civility and a respectful campus environment.
  • Actively strive to foster and maintain a workplace climate that is supportive of employees and respectful of difference, as well as to create a learning environment for students that encourage personal development, self-reflection, and academic success.
  • Assist staff in creating and implementing outcome-based innovative transformative programs that invite all students to communicate across lines of race, ethnicity, sex, religion, gender, class, sexual orientation, and other social identities.
  • Identify, collect and analyze appropriate data in order to assess institutional climate and develop key strategies and effective programs.
  • Develop and implement initiatives that help all members of campus community grow in mutual respect and understanding; facilitate multicultural interaction and learning among students, staff, and faculty.
  • Assist the AVC for Student Affairs to facilitate 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.
  • Collaborate with the AVC for Student Affairs to develop, implement, and analyze assessment initiatives that foster student success, prepare and oversee the preparation of departmental publications, statistical and annual reports.
  • Work with the AVC for Student Affairs to devise and implement process improvements and align programs to meet current and future campus and community needs. Develop and implement 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.

Campus Representation & Strategic Partnerships
  • Assist the AVC for Student Affairs to 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.
  • Collaborate with administration, faculty and staff in the broad-based promotion of inclusion, social change, campus diversity as well as support for underrepresented students/student groups.
  • Provide leadership in developing collaborative efforts with departments within the Division of Students Affairs, Academic Affairs, Athletics, the Boulder community, etc., to create and implement sustainable innovative transformative diverse workshops and services related to engaging students and enhancing the campus climate for underrepresented communities.
  • Actively participate in Student Affairs divisional projects and initiatives.
  • Represent the Center at student events, in both on and off-campus locations. May require evening and weekend commitments.

Budget and Fiscal Operations
  • Budget oversight for all Center area reports, ensure 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 you should know:

This position requires the availability to work some evening and weekend hours.

What we can offer:

The salary range for this position starts at $95,000.00.

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 driven. Be inclusive. Be visionary. Be Boulder.


What we require:
  • Master's degree in higher education administration or related field.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant full-time professional experience in post-secondary education administration, including professional experience in program planning, assessment, budget formulation, staff supervision and decision-making.
  • Availability/flexibility to work evenings and weekends.

What you will need:
  • Appreciation for, and sensitivity to, issues such as equity, diversity, campus-climate and community.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and student development skills to interact effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students, parents, faculty, alumni, and constituents of the University including, but not limited to University leadership and management.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals and groups from a variety of identities, cultures and backgrounds.
  • Understanding and proven ability to develop, coach, supervise and manage professional staff.
  • Proven record of creating strong working relationships, advising students and student organizations, developing programs, and coordinating and facilitating workshops.
  • Creativity, ability to navigate ambiguity, resourcefulness, initiative and a high degree of motivation.

What we'd like you to have:
  • Administrative leadership experience/directorship at the campus level, preferably at a large and complex University.
  • Demonstrated ability in strategic planning: setting a vision for an organization creating buy-in, and implementing vision.
  • Doctorate degree in a related field.
  • Leadership experience in retention program development, diversity programming/education and implementation.
  • Demonstrated experience with the intersection of multi-cultural/multi-ethnic dynamics, sexual orientation, and gender identities within a University setting and the academic and social pressures encountered by students at a large major research University.
  • Demonstrated experience in understanding issues and trends in higher education programs which focus on the retention needs of low-income first generation, historically underrepresented, marginalized and/or or underserved college students.
  • Demonstrated experience with leading/implementing co-curricular campus-wide diversity educational trainings to all students with strategic partnerships across campus including, but not limited to Academic Affairs.
  • Demonstrated experience with providing high impact social identity based cohort model leadership development program experiences for undergraduate students.
  • Demonstrated experience with providing high impact campus-wide culturally engaging educational programs.

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 April 24, 2018.

If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact the CU Careers help desk at [email protected]. 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-13048.
Please do not upload references at this time.

Job Category: Student Services

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10429 - Cultural Unity & Engagement Ce

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Apr 3, 2018

Closing Date: Apr 24, 2018, 10:59:00 PM

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00744923





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Posted: 4/4/2018
Application Due: 4/26/2018
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