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MENV Assistant Director Programs

Job description

Areas of Intereset: Admissions
Functional Areas: College of Arts & Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies Program
Requisition Number: 14450
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: University Staff
Schedule: Full-Time
Posting Close Date: 02-Dec-2018

Job Summary

The Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder welcomes applications for a MENV Assistant Director for Programs position. The Assistant Director for Programs sits within the Masters of the Environment (MENV) professional degree program, which is administered by the Environmental Studies Program. The MENV program is an interdisciplinary professional graduate degree that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to address complex environmental challenges, and prepares them to become leaders in a wide range of careers in the environment, energy, natural resources, and sustainability. The Assistant Director for Programs serves as the internal administrator of operation for the MENV program. This position will be responsible for program coordination by providing administrative support to faculty in their teaching efforts and by designing and implementing program procedures that ensure that program goals are fulfilled. The Assistant Director for Programs will interact continually with admitted and current MENV students, faculty, staff, and CU administrative offices, including the Graduate School and the offices of the Registrar and Bursar. The Assistant Director for Programs manages a staff to support the functions of the MENV programs office. This position will focus on all facets of the student experience, as well as the development of a nationally recognized professional degree program.

Who We Are

The Masters of the Environment (MENV) Graduate Program at the University of Colorado Boulder is an innovative, interdisciplinary professional master’s degree that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to address the complex environmental challenges of the 21st Century. This 17-month, immersive, cohort-based graduate program builds students into leaders in a wide range of careers in conservation, consulting, energy, natural resources, planning, policy, sustainability, and more.

The Masters of the Environment Graduate Program values diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be


  • Lead program planning, including drafting of program plans, analytics, and status reports.
  • Facilitate the implementation of all facets of program monitoring and evaluation and strategic plan benchmarks.
  • Develop and execute new program improvements in concert with MENV staff.
  • Identify challenges, weaknesses, and trouble spots and make recommendations to relevant MENV committees and the Advisory Board for program growth and improvement, including new policies, resolutions, strategic planning, and other innovations.
  • Support integration of new specializations into overall program.
  • Provide non-academic support to the program (e.g., conflict resolution, logistics, funding issues, etc.)
  • Provide instructor and faculty support including consult on resolving student issues, approval for course related expenditures, notification of program policies.
  • Direct program administrative operations.
  • Oversee MENV program budget development and management of MENV funds
  • Monitor MENV expenditures, income, and reconciliation budget-to-actuals by working closely with the MENV Finance Professional.
  • Coordinate with the Graduate School on receipt of tuition revenue from the campus budget office.
  • Oversee contracts and human resources requirements of MENV instructors, staff, and student workers.
  • Onboard new faculty, staff, and graduate student workers, including coordinating all necessary administrative paperwork and familiarizing new employees with all relevant program and CU-Boulder policies and proceed.
  • Oversee communications to admitted and current students, faculty and staff
  • Coordinating with the MENV Associate Director, and other members of the MENV administration, to establish policies and procedures as needed.
  • Serve as liaison on administrative and staff matters with the Environmental Studies Program.
  • Participate in intra-campus working groups and committees.

Student Admissions, Advising and Retention

  • Oversee incoming student processing following their acceptance into the MENV Program. This includes providing all relevant information to incoming students to allow them to successfully matriculate into the program. This includes guidance on registration, tuition payment, financial aid, and other relevant information. This also includes coordinating with other MENV staff to ensure a smooth transition from student recruitment to incoming student processing activities, the student experience on and off campus, and oversee engagement and cooperation with other CU units on all CU campuses.
  • Oversee engagement and cooperation with student support units at the University of Colorado.
  • New Student Orientation: oversee planning and execution along with the MENV team for a successful introduction to the MENV program.
  • Assist the Assistant Director for External Relations and Recruitment with the development and implementation of a career services program.
  • Oversee student advising staff.
  • Advise students regarding electives, general path through and navigation of the program, and any student life and wellness issues they may encounter, and also coordinate with the Assistant Director for External Relations and Recruitment on providing advising for students on prospective career paths.
  • Organize all elements of MENV Graduation, including planning, information distribution, and implementation.

Management of MENV Staff

  • Manage all MENV Programs staff including the Graduate Program Coordinator, the Finance Administrator, graduate student workers, as well as any others.
  • Coordinate searches for any new MENV Programs staff, including interviewing and hiring, as well as mentoring, coaching and evaluating all MENV Programs staff under her/his management responsibility. Mentoring and coaching should be both written and oral, as needed.
  • Responsible for providing MENV Programs staff with regular performance feedback and meets with staff to schedule pending projects and activities.

Other Activities

  • Participate with MENV staff in recruiting and professional development events, as needed, at the direction of the MENV Associate Director. Some events may fall outside of regular work hours.
  • Participate in other MENV activities, as needed, at the direction of the MENV Associate Director. Some events may fall outside of regular work hours.

What We Can Offer

The anticipated starting salary is $70,000, commensurate upon experience.


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.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant subject area, such as Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, or Business Administration.
  • 8 years of professional experience including four years of budget and budget tracking responsibilities.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite.
  • 4 years of supervisory experience.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to support and encourage a diverse and inclusive learning and professional environment.
  • Ability to contribute to a team-oriented, collegiate work environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship building, and communication skills, including assertively communicating concerns, issues, and suggestions on operations and other program matters to leadership and colleagues.
  • Must be able to work independently.
  • Experience with and ability to operate in a fluid, fast paced environment, where exposed to constant feedback and requests.
  • Proven organizational and leadership skills.
  • Well organized and adept at developing and enforcing procedure and policy.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in relevant subject area, such as Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Law or Business Administration.
  • 10+ years of professional experience.
  • 5 years of employee supervision and management responsibilities of at least three staff, including demonstrated supervisory and coaching skills.
  • At least 5 years in program management and/or project management.
  • Experience in education program development, budget, and coordination.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by December 2, 2018 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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Posted: 10/13/2018
Application Due: 12/12/2018
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