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Chief of Staff and Director of Human Resources

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver, CO

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University of Colorado | Anschutz Medical Campus

College of Nursing

Official Title: Chief of Staff

Working Title: Chief of Staff and Director of Human Resources

Position #00634068 – Requisition #26746

*This position is open to current CU Anschutz and CU Denver employees only*

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

The University of Colorado has a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and full completion thereof by 9/1/21 or upon start date.  Information regarding this requirement, and exemptions can be found at:


Exemptions vary by campus location/department.

Anschutz Campus – Accommodations may be granted for medical or religious reasons.

The University of Colorado Anschutz 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 College of Nursing has an opening for full-time University Staff (unclassified) Chief of Staff and Director of Human Resources position.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care.  Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

Nature of Work

The Chief of Staff and Director of Human Resources for the College of Nursing is responsible for strategic initiatives and effective conduct of the human capital processes. As Chief of Staff, this positon is responsible for special projects, facilitating effective decision making, and responsible for the overall culture and strategic direction of the College. Oversees all human resource aspects of personnel administration, including all employee classifications and faculty ranks.  This position plans, directs and assesses the business operations of the College related to human resources, faculty affairs, facilities and space planning.  Advises other leadership within the College on human capital and personnel matters to include strategic planning, policy guidance and interpretation on a wide range of personnel, faculty affairs, facilities and administrative related issues.  This position represents the Dean and the College on related matters to the campus and University as well as coordinating University and College of Nursing personnel policies, strategic direction and procedures.

The successful candidate will relate well to the diversity of faculty, staff, and students, and to the unique needs of these constituencies and of the College.  This position must be committed to shared governance, team work, and creative leadership with the overall aim of supporting the College’s mission in all areas from a personnel perspective.

Professional Field

Operations, Human Resources, Faculty Affairs, Facilities and Administration.

Supervision Received

Work is performed under the general direction and authority of the Dean of the College of Nursing.

Supervision Exercised

This position supervises the Assistant Director of HR, HR & Payroll Professional, and Facilities Coordinator as well as potentially supervising other administrative support personnel as needed.

Examples of Work Performed

Chief of Staff (30%)

  • Serve as the Chief of Staff for the Dean by providing oversight and guidance to projects of high importance.  Responsible for the management and integration of new initiatives into the College of Nursing, including aspects of communication, contracting, administration, and troubleshooting. Some examples would include:
    • Durango Satellite: ensuring cross-team/unit collaboration on long-term strategic goal of opening satellite site in Durango, CO.
    • American Association of Colleges of Nursing New Essentials: competency-based curriculum
    • Graduate Simulation: introduction of simulation into nurse practitioner education
    • Roadmap for Enrollment Growth (5-year project)
  • Organizes and prioritizes critical issues and required information for the executive to facilitate efficient decision making.
  • Assess inquiries directed to the Dean, determine the proper course of action and delegate to the appropriate individual to manage.
  • Exercises considerable judgment within scope with the responsibility for analyzing policy issues, identifying College-wide impacts and coordinating responses to the Dean on strategies and alternatives for dealing with the issues.
  • Maintain a comprehensive knowledge of the overall departmental function.
  • Maintain overview of Dean’s Office primary speedtypes and ensure appropriate usage within Dean’s priorities and following all college and campus policies and procedures.
  • As assigned, represent Dean in discussions with external constitutions and across campus, including leading ad-hoc analytical studies, committees, and data collection efforts that respond to requests from Campus Leadership such as the Chancellor, Provost, and outside agencies.
  • Examples include Annual Reports/Evaluation related to AACN, campus, etc.
  • Manage confidential and sensitive issues for the Dean and develop solutions to a wide range of issues in all areas of the College of Nursing involving the Dean.
  • Interact regularly with AMC legal, compliance, marketing, and communication on situations related to the College of Nursing.
  • Oversight of Dean’s Office operations including supervision of Dean’s Executive Assistant, oversight of policy review process, mission area annual calendars process, college-wide events, etc.
  • Position reports directly to the Dean and is a key member of the Dean’s Executive Council.
  • Strategy and Analysis (25%):

    • Coordinate the execution of strategic initiatives for the College.
    • Advise Dean and collaborate with other Senior College Leadership (Sr. Associate Dean, Associate Deans), to include policy, programs, personnel, and priorities.
    • Independently manage relationships with external units, agencies, and the Office of the Provost to proactively represent and advocate for the College of Nursing.
    • Serve as Dean’s Point of Contact for development of communication strategies relating to the College of Nursing external constituents and work directly with the College of Nursing Executive Council.
    • Collaborate with senior officials and executives from within and outside the university; and provide strategic perspective and serves as sounding board for Executive Council.
    • Develop recruitment strategies and ensures that the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in employment is included in the recruitment process and present in related policies and procedures.
    • Develop standardized guidelines and procedures applicable to the College of Nursing related to human resources, faculty affairs and support and facilities.
    • Provide direction for staffing of faculty and staff positions to align with strategic objectives, including the development of recruitment plans, succession planning and retention strategies.
    • Development of business intelligence tools related to human capital, personnel, faculty affairs and facilities matters.
    • Evaluate organizational needs of operating, business and functional units related to human capital management.
    Human Capital/Personnel Administration (25%)

    • Serve as the chief personnel officer for the College with responsibility for overseeing all employment processes including recruitment and hiring, job description development, staff training and development, payroll and compensation, performance management, employee relations, etc. as well as promoting a healthy work environment and enriched work experiences.
    • Advise supervisors on policies and procedures governing employee groups; coordinate and serve as reviewer on faculty and staff evaluation processes; provide consultation on performance concerns to support supervisors within the College of Nursing.
    • Responsible for annual salary compensation analyses and collaborate on the annual salary setting processes including recommendations on annual compensation increases for faculty and university staff based on salary pools, merit scores, availability of funding, and external and internal equity reviews.
    • Oversight of HCM system approvals for all College of Nursing employee classifications, including hires, transfers, promotions, leave, payroll and other personnel actions.
    • Serve as College of Nursing primary liaison with:
    • AMC Human Resources regarding performance concerns or disciplinary procedures and other human resource matters.
    • Other AMC and System offices related to employee relations issues regarding employee conflicts (e.g., interpersonal, performance, etc.). Counsels employees and supervisors on employee relation issues.
    Organizational Development (7%):

    • Under the guidance of the Dean, oversee the College’s culture and strategic direction.
    • Foster an environment that recognizes and rewards employees, and enhances employee morale. Coordinate employee recognition functions in collaboration with faculty and staff leadership.
    • Develop and foster an environment of health and physical wellness by promoting University-wide initiatives and seeking out/creating other opportunities for College of Nursing employees to participate in.
    Policy (5%)

    • Oversee operational review of College of Nursing Policies and Procedures and mentor/guide Executive Assistant on the operational aspects of policy review/storage; keep Dean and Executive Leadership in College apprised of pending/suggested changes to internal college policies/procedures; ensure full review of all college policies/procedures by appropriate college leadership.
    • Remain apprised of new and changing legislation and/or policies regarding personnel (e.g FMLA, conflict of interest) related to both faculty and staff.
    • Evaluate policies and exercise good judgment in the interpretation and application of policies, procedures and rules.
    • Maintain in-depth knowledge of personnel administrative practices, State of Colorado Personnel Rules and Regulations, visa acquisition procedures, and training and retention programs for personnel including both faculty and staff employee classifications.
    • Ensuring compliance with relevant University policies, procedures and guidelines regarding human resources, faculty affairs and facilities.
    Facilities and Space Planning (8%)

    • Oversee the college’s facilities, space planning and operations.
    • Ensure that the campus space guidelines are followed.
    • In collaboration with the Associate Dean of Finance and Administration:
    • Facilitate major space changes to include project planning, communication, and follow-through.  Ensure that the College is in compliance with campus space productivity guidelines.
    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 (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $120,000 to $150,000.

      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.

      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.


      Total Compensation Calculator:

      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 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.

      Minimum Requirements

        A bachelor’s degree in human resources, public administration, public policy, business, higher education administration, social sciences, behavioral sciences, or a directly related field from an accredited institution. Ten years of progressively responsible experience in human resources and/or faculty affairs particularly in the areas of payroll/compensation, recruitment/selection, faculty promotion/tenure processes, and/or employee relations. Experience supervising human resources professional staff and/or facilities personnel.
      Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.


      • Professional level Human Resources experience can substitute for the degree on a year-for-year basis.
      Preferred Qualifications

      • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field.
      • Professional experience at an institution of higher education providing support to Senior Level Executives.
      • Eight years’ experience with payroll and HR operational processes, including experience utilizing Human Resources Information Systems (such as HCM and/or Taleo).
      • Experience with space planning and/or facilities processes within the University of Colorado System.
      • Experience in culture change management and strategic plan/initiatives implementation and tracking.
      • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. 
      • Experience with State of Colorado and/or University of Colorado system and campus rules, regulations, policies and processes relative to recruitment, performance management, and compensation.
      • Experience with the University of Colorado faculty personnel processes. 
      Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

      • Highly motivated and a professional self-starter, able to successfully manage multiple and shifting priorities in a fast­ paced environment.  Understands boundaries in a sensitive position.
      • Knowledge of, and experience with supervisory techniques, management principles, and organizational leadership.
      • Ability to master a wide range of relationships, tasks, and perspectives required.
      • Ability to work with higher education executives at an academic institution.
      • Strong negotiation and management skills.
      • Ability to analyze, interpret, and evaluate a broad range of laws, rules, and regulations in order to exercise good judgment in applying them to human resource challenges.
      • Knowledge of the professional standards, concepts, and practices of recruitment and selection, employee relations, organizational development and human resource policy.
      • Ability to work independently with reliable professional judgment in difficult personnel situations.
      • Demonstrate strong problem-solving skills.
      • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with senior level faculty, campus and school administrators.
      • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with senior level administrators and faculty as well as staff and external customers.
      • Demonstrate and promote a commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout the college and institution.

      Job Category: Executive
      Primary Location: Aurora
      Schedule: Full-time
      Posting Date: Jul 18, 2022
      Unposting Date: Jul 20, 2022, 11:59:00 PM
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