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Associate Dean of Students, Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence

University of Denver
Denver, Colorado
$107,000 - $125,000

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Alt-Ac & Post-Ac
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Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Student Affairs and 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

The Dean of Students (DOS) Office oversees and elevates student support, accessibility programs, diversity, equity, & inclusion initiatives, and behavioral accountability. This office supports and serves as a central point of contact for students and their families, faculty, and staff. Areas within the DOS include: Access & Transitions, Cultural Center, Disability Services Program, Inclusion & Equity Education, Learning Effectiveness Program, Student Outreach & Support, Student Rights & Responsibilities, and Veterans Services

Position Summary

Reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence & Dean of Students, (DOS) the Associate Dean of Students (ADOS) is a senior leader in the Division of Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence. This position is the individual to whom the DOS delegates authority for the Dean of Students Office in her absence. The ADOS is a member of the DOS leadership team and of the Student Affairs Leadership Team (SALT). This position supervises the directors responsible for critical University initiatives and functions: Access & Transitions, The Cultural Center, and Inclusion & Equity Education.

In partnership with the Vice Chancellor (VC) of SAIE and the DOS, the ADOS will establish a comprehensive strategic vision for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for SAIE. This position partners closely with SAIE colleagues, the University's Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, academic colleges, and campus partners as the representative of student experiences on various DEI University committees.

This is a new role for SAIE with opportunities to further evolve based on strategic planning and alignment. Further developing context for this role will be an opportunity for our new leader in partnership with the VC and DOS of SAIE.

This is a full-time, 12-month position.

Essential Functions

Departmental and Divisional Leadership:

  • Serve on the Student Affairs Leadership Team (SALT) and Dean of Students (DOS) Office leadership team
  • Serve as a Senior Subject Matter Expert with DEI for SAIE
  • In partnership with the SAIE Director of Assessment and Planning, oversee and manage a comprehensive assessment plan for the areas of oversight and work with each departmental leader regarding their comprehensive plans
  • Collaborate with the DOS to establish a strategic vision, sustainable infrastructure, and assessment plan for the SAIE Division and DOS area focused on the values of DEI and aligned with University planning
  • Oversee and manage budget of the ADOS area and support the departmental leadership with fiscal responsibility and budget management. Partner with the DOS and divisional leadership on budget development processes
  • Supervise, evaluate, and lead the Directors of Access and Transitions, The Cultural Center, and Inclusion & Equity Education. Partner with all three offices to develop a collaborative DEI plan for comprehensive student support for students of color, LGBTQ+, first generation and underserved populations that is in alignment with SAIE and Division of DEI goals and objectives
  • Manage family, staff, and faculty-related matters and triage crises that escalate through ADOS departments or that the DOS delegates to the ADOS
  • Serve as a member of the DOS on-call team when this is developed
  • Serve on University DEI committees
  • Keep current in effective practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • In partnership with Divisional and DEI departmental oversight, engage in donor relations and collaborate with the SAIE Advancement representatives regarding information needed for grants and other funding resources


  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and establish performance goals for Directors and other direct reports
  • Provide professional development on intersectionality, DEI, team cohesion, and supervision to direct reports and their departments and other campus departments as the need arises
  • Set annual goals for each team member and team supervised


  • Collaborate with University departments, SAIE leaders, and campus partners to advocate for and elevate diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility for students
  • Create a sustainable infrastructure to engage student affinity groups and students from underrepresented communities and provide them a process through which they can share their experiences and voices
  • Convene the DEI Student Advisory Committee to provide an avenue through which to share student input with SAIE and University leadership


  • Oversee relevant administrative operations, processes, and transactions to support adherence to University, local, state, and federal policies and procedures
  • Partner with the annual review of DOS Office student policies and serve as a consultant for the Division with a lens towards equitable and inclusive policies and procedures
  • Develop, implement, and oversee protocols to handle employee and student personal information
  • Develop working knowledge of administrative software systems such as Banner, Inspire, Maxient, and other relevant software
  • Trained as an appellate officer for Student Rights & Responsibilities and other relevant student processes


  • In consultation with the VC of SAIE and DOS, serve on institution-wide committees, taskforces, councils, and advisory boards and engage in other opportunities relevant to enriching student experiences
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Comprehensive experience and proven track record in advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Collaborative and transparent leadership style
  • Strong interpersonal skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate with and advise affinity group leadership and student organizations
  • Ability to collaborate with faculty, staff, and students from all backgrounds, identities, and experiences
  • Ability to build consensus, cultivate collaborative teams, and integrate multiple perspectives
  • Facilitate dialogue on sensitive topics / difficult issues in a complex and diverse environment
  • Develop, implement, administer, and evaluate practices that foster programmatic success
  • Commitment to providing high-quality student experiences

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Higher Education, Counseling Psychology, Intercultural Studies, or similar field
  • Five (5) years’ experience supervising, evaluating, and training, full-time professionals
  • Experience overseeing areas such as accessibility services, social justice education, cultural centers, and/or first-generation programs
  • Comprehensive knowledge of and demonstrated practice with intersectionality
  • Five (5) years of progressive leadership and professional experience working in a college or university setting
  • Five (5) years of progressive leadership overseeing DEI areas and a proven record of advancing DEI
  • Experience managing, monitoring, and forecasting budgets
  • Experience facilitating organizational change and managing conflict
  • Experience with assessment planning

Preferred Qualifications

  • Earned doctoral degree in higher education or related field
  • Ten (10) + years of professional leadership and professional experience working in a college or University setting
  • Experience with donor relations and grant writing
  • Experience with and or knowledge of Student Rights & Responsibilities, Behavioral Intervention, and Veterans Services.

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 24, 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 15.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $107,000 - $125,000.

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.


Founded in 1864—just a few years after the city of Denver itself was founded—the University of Denver is one of the country's premier private universities.

The University's 125-acre campus, a few miles south of downtown Denver, is home to more than 11,500 students hailing from all regions of the United States and 83 other countries.

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