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Assistant Director of DU Discoveries

University of Denver
Denver, Colorado
The salary range for this position is $48,000-$55,000.
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Student Affairs & Inclusive Excellence (SAIE) is the central student affairs division of the University of Denver. SAIE includes Housing and Residential Education, Student Engagement, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Health and Counseling, Inclusion & Equity Education, Disability Services Program, Cultural Center, Access & Transitions, Learning Effectiveness Program, Veterans Services, Student Outreach and Support, Student Rights & Responsibilities, Budget, Operations and Division Resources, New Student and Family Programs, Community and Driscoll Commons.

We are committed to providing students with the support and skills needed to become empowered citizens that positively impact the communities they are a part of, now, and in the future. We do so by challenging students to:

  • Reflect on their values and identities
  • Recognize their strengths and acknowledge areas for further growth
  • Understand the importance of needing support and seeking it
  • Cultivate their passions
  • Foster the public good

DU Discoveries is committed to the successful transition of first-year, transfer, and returning students into the University of Denver community. We do this by providing inclusive, holistic, student-centered programming aimed at empowering student academic success, personal growth, and meaningful connections.

Position Summary

The Assistant Director of DU Discoveries partners with the SAIE Division Leadership Team, Office of Student Engagement, Parent & Family Engagement, Housing and Residential Education, Academic Resources, Office of Admission, Conference and Events, Facilities, and Sodexo Dining Services to strategically plan, implement, and assess programming and engagement outreach for incoming first year and transfer students in fall and winter, and creates additional programming and outreach for returning students to reconnect with the campus community.

The Assistant Director serves as the primary event manager and meeting convener for all Discoveries Orientation program planning including the development of a campus-wide Discoveries Partnership Development Team.

The Assistant Director must demonstrate a commitment to the values of inclusion, equity, and diversity. This is a full time position and reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Engagement.

Essential Functions

First Year and Transfer Student Programming

  • For incoming first year and transfer students new to the DU community, Discoveries Week provides transitional and community education during a full week of programs and activities designed to educate students about community values and expectations.
  • Help students build and maintain healthy relationships, develop and practice autonomy, introduce them to campus resources, Mountain Campus, and provide a foundational framework for living responsibly on campus and exploring the Denver area.

Returning Student Programming

  • Second year students returning to campus receive two days of programming and activities which help them rediscover their campus community.
  • Build and maintain healthy relationships, reconnect with campus offices, find new ways of engaging with the campus community, and reinforce their foundational knowledge of campus resources.

Program Leadership

  • Manage logistics and timeline of Discoveries Orientation programs.
  • Identify a small support team of dedicated staff volunteers to serve as leads for individual programs and to manage implementation of tasks during events.
  • Lead in collaboration with SAIE and campus partners to create, implement, and assess the strategic vision, programming, and outreach of Discoveries Orientation programs.
  • Oversee and manage online and on-campus programming and outreach of Discoveries Orientation programs.
  • Partner with various offices within SAIE and across campus to create accessible and inclusive experiences for all students.
  • Lead a campus-wide Discoveries Partnership Development Team.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of Discoveries Orientation programs.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Student Engagement to develop late night programs and other essential student engagement strategies.
  • Participate in Discoveries Orientation budget development, monitoring, and accountability in collaboration with SAIE Budget and Operations area.

Programming and Outreach

  • Develop a comprehensive vision for Discoveries Orientation programs and outreach.
  • Implement programs and outreach, and assess the Discoveries Orientation experiences of new and returning students.
  • Develop programs for incoming students to experience Mountain Campus.
  • Analyze program assessments and make recommendations to division leadership.

Administrative Duties

  • Facilitate meetings and communication with the Discoveries Partnership Development Team.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Teaching & Learning and Institutional Research to develop online courses and assessment tools.
  • Create monthly summaries of tasks, accomplishments, and future goals of the Discoveries Orientation program for leadership review.
  • Maintain communication with division leadership and provide regular updates on Discoveries Orientation programs, outreach, and assessment.


  • Hire and evaluate graduate and undergraduate staff.
  • Train graduate and undergraduate staff by means of a holistic student development approach.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Serve on University, division, area, and department committees.
  • Collaborate with the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Engagement to determine other duties which enhance and support the mission, vision, and goals of Discoveries Orientation programs.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Understanding of student development, policies, and procedures as it relates to new student transition.
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity.
  • Ability to work independently, solve problems, provide positive leadership, demonstrate discretion and excellent judgement, and delegate appropriate tasks to student leaders and staff volunteers.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree from an accredited institution.
  • 5-7 years of professional experience in higher education or related field.
  • Significant experience with event planning and programming.
  • Experience with strategy and problem-solving in a complex organization.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree in education, student affairs, or a related field.
  • Experience with supervision.
  • Proven experience with student supervision and developing student leaders.
  • 5-7 years of experience leading a student orientation program in higher education.
  • Experience in goal setting and program assessment.
  • Experience working with faculty and staff in higher education.
  • Significant experience in new student and orientation programs.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) January 7, 2022.

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 8.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $48,000-$55,000.

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 candidate’s 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 an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

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


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