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Executive Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

University of Denver
USA, Denver, Colorado
Closing date
Jul 6, 2021

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Denver (OLLI at DU) is an adult learning membership program designed for inquiring adults, age 50 and "better," who wish to pursue lifelong learning in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere. OLLI members come from diverse backgrounds and professions and share the desire to stay intellectually active and engaged. No one is a stranger for long at OLLI because everyone who joins has the same desire to learn and share expertise in the company of peers. Thanks to the generosity of The Bernard Osher Foundation, OLLI at DU joins a network of more than 120 institutes across the U.S. that are helping older learners find personal fulfillment.

Position Summary

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Denver (DU) executive director's primary responsibility is to lead this vibrant and rapidly growing membership-based program through oversight of all aspects of the program. Working closely with University of Denver personnel, The Bernard Osher Foundation, OLLI site managers, and OLLI advisory council, the executive director will be responsible for strengthening the existing program and broadening access to the program for the 50+ community within Colorado. The executive director will adhere to the policies and procedures of the University of Denver and will follow the guidelines of OLLI at DU. The executive director position reports to the Dean of University College at the University of Denver and represents OLLI, and the university, throughout the Denver Metro Community, as well as, the national OLLI community.

Essential Functions

  • Oversight of OLLI at DU. Awareness of major aspects of the entire OLLI program working closely with OLLI site managers to maintain a healthy, inclusive, responsive, and forward-thinking organization.
  • Oversight of the OLLI site managers; ensuring the efficient and effective administrative and programmatic operations of each site.
  • Ensures quality of academically influenced curriculum and interactive classes and activities.
  • Balances site integration with single unit recognition. Encourages individual site creativeness in programming and activities.

Ancillary programs may include programs such as:

  • Weekend in the Rockies: A two-day mountain retreat with three speakers on aspects of a general topic, combined with outdoor activities.
  • OLLI WELLaware: An ongoing wellness program with classes and activities customized and implemented by the individual OLLI sites.
  • The Summer Seminar of OLLI: 7-8 seminars held annually involving university professors and community leaders.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Experience in executive leadership and management of large team organization.
  • Strategic planning, budgeting, and forecasting experience.
  • Program development and quality implementation.
  • Experience building community partnerships.
  • Contract negotiation.
  • Marketing experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Adult learning program development and implementation.
  • 8-10 years of leadership experience in a volunteer organization, such as OLLI.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Some evenings and weekends as required.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Tuesday, June 29th, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is 11.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $60,000 - $70,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


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