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Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs

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University of Colorado | CU Denver 
Office of the Provost 
Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs 
Position #00350743 – Requisition # 24979

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The University of Colorado Denver seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The Office of the Provost has an opening for a full -time University Staff (unclassified) Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs position.

The University of Colorado Denver is the state’s premier public urban research university and equity-serving institution. Globally connected and locally invested, CU Denver partners with future-focused learners and communities to design accessible, relevant, transformative educational experiences for every stage of life and career. Across eight schools and colleges in the heart of downtown Denver, our leading faculty inspires and works alongside students to solve complex challenges through boundary-breaking innovation and impactful research and creative work. As part of the state’s largest university system, CU Denver is a major contributor to the Colorado economy, with 2,000 employees and annual economic impact of more than $800 million. For more information, visit

Nature of Work:
The Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs is a member of the Provost Leadership Team and is strategically responsible for supporting, developing, and enhancing the professional growth and welfare of faculty, broadly and inclusively defined, throughout the faculty life cycle. This position will also lead the design, coordination, and implementation of policies, practices, programs, events, and activities on the CU Denver campus focusing on faculty development and welfare. The Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs reports to the Provost. 

The AVCFA provides faculty with opportunities to engage with the campus community and create a sense of belonging and ownership of the institution and its academic programs. The role involves creating partnerships with the colleges, schools, and other administrative units to support faculty in their mission-critical roles, providing faculty with policy advice and clarity on merit and other review processes, and creating partnerships to publicize faculty research and creative work, while planning celebrations of faculty achievements, awards, and public scholarship.

As the major functions of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs (AVCFA) align with the stages of faculty life cycle and welfare, it is understood that these will evolve with academic culture change. The AVCFA guides the development and oversees the implementation of policies affecting faculty hiring; plans, coordinates, and manages activities and events related to the onboarding of new faculty (most inclusively defined); provides vision for and programming to elevate the professional development and excellence of ALL faculty; manages faculty annual performance, tenure, promotions, and retention reviews; manages and resolves faculty grievances; and advocates for faculty welfare writ large. 

Specific aspects of this responsibility include:

Faculty recruiting, hiring, onboarding, mentoring, and overall orientation of faculty to their job responsibilities, with emphasis on:

  • Receiving, reviewing, and discussing pre-hiring plan proposals from academic colleges and schools to guide the alignment of proposed hires with CU Denver’s strategic goals. 
  • Managing the faculty FTE pool collaboratively with the CFO and collegiate deans and school directors.
  • Verifying availability of funding within the sources identified by the colleges and schools for each proposed hire before approving the pre-hire plan.
  • Reviewing and approving search committee composition to ensure process integrity and adequacy of representation of diverse relevant constituencies.
  • Working with colleges and schools to identify and embed trained search advocates within faculty search committees, to the extent feasible.
  • Ensuring that new faculty hires are afforded an onboarding process that makes their entry and transition into the CU Denver community a smooth and positive experience.
  • In collaboration with other campus faculty development units, planning, organizing, and sustaining faculty professional development programs and activities throughout the faculty life cycle.
Faculty mentoring and professional growth; management of faculty activity reporting, performance evaluations, tenure, promotions, and post-tenure reviews; management of faculty sabbatical leave requests and reporting, and faculty grievance processes; with emphasis on:

  • Developing clear university-level general guidelines and consulting on faculty performance expectations and standards and assisting units with developing workload differentiation metrics upon request.
  • Coordinating and managing the faculty activity reporting and annual faculty performance evaluation process for fairness, process integrity, and timeliness of review completions.
  • Reviewing credentials of new faculty hires for accreditation compliance and alignment with rank and teaching assignments. 
  • Overseeing implementation of faculty mentoring and provision of professional growth opportunities throughout the faculty life cycle, in coordination with other campus faculty development units. 
  • Managing faculty professional development leave requests, including the sabbatical leave requests and reporting processes, and reviewing requests for faculty retirement incentive program. 
  • Managing and overseeing campus compliance with policies pertaining to faculty personnel actions and coordinating with System administration to obtain Board of Regents and/or President approvals as needed.
Academic culture change management and faculty governance, with emphasis on:

  • Soliciting faculty input on and leading aspects of institutional change that affect faculty. 
  • Working closely with the Faculty Assembly and UCDALI to understand issues of concern to faculty, and to represent those issues to the Provost and Chancellor for consideration. 
  • Designing, implementing, and managing the faculty component of the grand university-wide annual honors and awards celebration to celebrate the highest achievements of faculty.
  • Managing a faculty leadership development pipeline program to prepare faculty for various leadership roles within departments, colleges and schools, the university, and in the profession.
  • Promoting a mission-driven culture among faculty towards teaching, research, and service.
  • Facilitating faculty-led CU Denver community conversations on difficult subjects. 
Faculty benefits and welfare, with emphasis on:

  • Championing and being an advocate for faculty welfare and wellbeing.
  • Annually reviewing CU Denver faculty workload analysis reports prepared by Institution Research and working with academic deans and school directors to achieve intra-unit consistency and equity across academic colleges and schools.
  • Managing the faculty salary adjustment process, reviewing, and making recommendations to the Provost for approval of extra-cycle requests for faculty retention matches or equity adjustments in coordination with collegiate deans and school directors.
  • Overseeing and managing CU Denver’s compliance with and reporting on the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (EPEWA) related to faculty.
  • Working to promote healthy, trusting, relationships among faculty and among faculty and administration. 
This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

Salary and Benefits:
The salary range for this position has been established at $190,000 to $210,000.   

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.
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Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned Doctorate or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited institution
  • Five years or more of higher education experience in a leadership role from an accredited institution
  • Extensive experience in strategic planning, faculty performance evaluations, and establishing and managing faculty professional development programs. 
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preferred candidates must show accomplishments at the rank of full professor.
  • Experience working with faculty governance bodies, as a member or leader.
  • Experience leading a primary academic unit at or above the role of department chair/head at a research university.
  • Experience managing conflict resolution
  • Experience forming and leading teams.
Competencies/Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated understanding of and/or experience with managing institutional culture 
  • Demonstrated success in presenting information and analyses clearly and accurately in communicating in both verbal and written formats.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage a team of instructional, research, and service-oriented professionals.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage across a complex and dynamic set of projects with competing deadlines and priorities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of content expertise in leadership, innovation, studies of culture, and/or change management. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in partnership with senior leadership.
  • Demonstrated commitment to building and sustaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable working and learning environment.   
  • Understanding of complexities inherent in large, multi-campus university systems. 
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from faculty, department chairs, program directors, deans, the provost, the chancellor, and the CU System leadership.
  • Commitment to data-informed decision-making. 
  • Demonstrate understanding of principles and practices of human resource management, in faculty recruitment, performance, compensation and workload analysis. 
Diversity and Equity:
The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected] 

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community, and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees. 

Job Category: Executive
Primary Location: Denver
Schedule: Part-time
Posting Date: Mar 1, 2022
Unposting Date: Ongoing
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