System Administration Senior Diversity Officer

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Position Description

The System Administration Senior Diversity Officer advises the President of the University of Colorado (CU) regarding Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategy and provides regular reports to the President and is a member of the President’s Executive Team. This position convenes and collaborates with campus DEI officers that report to the campus chancellors, to support a collaborative environment and share best practices. System Administration is comprised of roughly 600 staff employees and about 20 departments. System exists to support the CU system consisting of four campuses including: Anschutz Medical Campus, Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Denver. CU is governed by the Board of Regents, comprised of nine publicly elected members serving staggered six-year terms. The University of Colorado is committed to providing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff.

The position works to promote and sustain an inclusive, equitable and supportive environment at system administration consistent with all university laws and policies. The System Administration Senior Diversity Officer collaborates with campus DEI Officers to support successful efforts, highlight diversity and inclusion best practices, and support campus efforts when areas that need attention are identified by the campus. The position supports the campuses’ efforts to promote a university culture of respect while recognizing the important role of critical thinking and freedom of expression within higher education.

This position is responsible for providing strategic and functional support and expertise to Employee Services to increase diversity and inclusion for system administration employees and will have a dotted line to the System Chief Human Resources Officer who will provide day to day direction to the Senior Diversity Officer relative to this portion of the role. The System Administration Senior Diversity Officer is also expected to collaborate and coordinate with the System Chief Compliance Officer, the Office of University Counsel and the campus offices of diversity, equity and inclusion.

This position reports to the President of the University of Colorado and receives day to day direction from the System Chief Human Resources Officer with regard to Duties in Support of System Administration and is exempt from the State of Colorado Classified Staff System.

The System Administration Senior Diversity officer supervises a DEI specialist and an administrative assistant.

The University of Colorado has a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and full completion of the attestation form within the first 30 days after hire date.  Information regarding this requirement, and exemptions can be found at

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to: 

Duties in Support of President (approximately 50% time)

  • Provide expertise, advice and strategic support regarding all DEI issues to the President and President’s executive team.
  • Present updates to Faculty and Staff governance groups and to the Board of Regents, as requested.
  • Lead efforts to ensure system administration DEI priorities are effectively represented in system strategic and annual planning. 
  • Convene campuses and facilitate a system-wide planning group to conduct a university culture survey on a regular basis (approximately every three to four years)
  • Administer other systemwide projects or initiatives as directed by the President.
  • Identify and offer DEI-related training and professional development opportunities for campuses and for system employees.
  • Regularly convene campus DEI Officers to facilitate collaboration and share best practices.
Duties in Support of System Administration (approximately 50% time)

  • Support Employee Services in identifying and implementing strategies to ensure diversity and inclusion in hiring and retention at system administration.
  • Help identify and address potential barriers to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce in System Administration.
  • Assess the need and provide training on topics designed to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values.
  • Identify, coordinate and facilitate culture survey response teams to respond to action items for System Administration employees.
  • Work with System Administration leadership, including Employee Services’ recruitment team, and consult with campus diversity officers to ensure System Administration fosters perspectives, behaviors, policies and procedures needed to serve diverse markets and talent development processes that promote inclusion.
  • Develop diversity and inclusion best practices to foster a productive and engaged workforce in System Administration.
What we offer:

Salary: The anticipated hiring range has been established at $180,000 - $230,000.

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 (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Benefits: The University of Colorado offers an excellent benefits package including:

  • Medical: Multiple plan options
  • Dental: Multiple plan options
  • Additional Insurance: Disability, Life, Vision and Wellness
  • Retirement 401(a) Plan: Employer contributes 10% of your gross pay
  • Paid Time Off: Accruals over the year
    • Vacation Days: 22
    • Sick Days: 15
    • Holiday Days: 10
  • Tuition Benefit: System employees have the benefit on all campuses 
  • ECO Pass: RTD Bus and light rail service
  • Additional Perks & Programs: Click here to access a few more Perks and Programs
Click here to access our Total Compensation Calculator to see what your total rewards could be at CU. This position is a University Staff position.

Additional taxable fringe benefits may be available.

More information on benefits programs, including eligibility, is available at

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

To be successful in this position, candidates will need the following:

  • A track record of leadership in advancing equity, diversity and inclusion at higher education or similiar institutions.
  • Experience approaching diversity, equity and inclusion in a holistic manner that seeks to build a community of diverse perspectives and ideas
  • Success as a strategic leader and intellectual catalyst on diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Demonstrated cultural awareness and agility and ability to build trust, credibility and navigate a complex landscape
  • Demonstrated success in working collaboratively to develop and implement recruitment and retention strategies focused on building a diverse workforce
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, with the ability to articulate the importance of inclusion and diversity to the broader educational mission of higher education institutions
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations and guidelines related to diversity, inclusion and nondiscrimination in higher education, including Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, Clery Act, ADEA, ADA, and Section 504
  • Proven analytical skills and ability to provide oversight for system wide projects as assigned by the President
  • History of effective leadership in a culture of shared governance or similar structure
  • Ability to collaborate and foster relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including campus diversity officers, and leadership
  • Knowledge of the business and organizational structure of CU or a similar organization
  • Demonstrated experience or understanding of dynamics associated with a university system that includes multiple, distinct campuses

Minimum Qualifications:

Please ensure your resume includes any and all relevant experience to be accurately assessed against these qualifications.  You must meet all minimum requirements listed at the time of application to be considered for this role.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education, or equivalent professional experience (professional experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis)
  • Seven (7) years’ professional experience working in diversity and inclusion or related field 
  • Three (3) years’ experience in a leadership role, which includes experience in area(s) such as, but not limited to: directing a major business function, developing and implementing strategies and initiatives, and/or managing personnel and finances
  • Willingness to engage in local and regional travel to CU’s campuses
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or post-baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education in diversity, gender studies, education administration, or a related field or equivalent professional experience
  • Ten (10) years’ professional experience, as indicated above
  • Five (5) years’ experience in a leadership role, as indicated above
  • Prior leadership experience in a higher education setting

Job Category: Executive
Primary Location: Denver
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Apr 29, 2022
Unposting Date: Ongoing


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