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Executive Director, Strategy and Communication

University of Denver
USA, Denver, Colorado
$108000 - $120000 per year

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Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence (SAIE) is the central student affairs division of the University of Denver.

SAIE supports students in their holistic development through advocacy, collaboration, and education, and we strive to be full partners in students learning experience. SAIE values student centricity; diversity, equity, and inclusion; collaboration; adaptability; and accountability. The Divisions strategic priorities are:

  • Enrich the holistic student experience
  • Elevate & Embed diversity, equity & inclusion
  • Engage purposeful partnerships
  • Enhance staff development, learning & wellbeing
  • Enact sustainable practices & operations
  • SAIE includes Housing and Residential Education; Student Engagement; Fraternity and Sorority Life; Health and Counseling Center; Inclusion & Equity Education; Disability Services Program; The Cultural Center; Access & Transitions; Learning Effectiveness Program; Veterans and Military Resources; Student Outreach and Support; Student Rights & Responsibilities; Budget, Operations, and Division Resources; New Student Programs; Parent & Family Engagement; and Community and Driscoll Commons.

    The Executive Director of Strategy and Communication area includes administrative functions and operations for the Office of Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. The area consists of central SAIE staff, and it manages SAIE content and communication. In addition, the Executive Director of Strategy and Communication area ensures implementation, monitoring, and assessment of the divisional strategic plan and alignment among the 20+ departments that operate under the plan.

    Position Summary

    The Executive Director of Strategy and Communication reports directly to, and works in close partnership with, the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs (Vice Chancellor). This position serves a vital role in developing long-term strategic objectives for the Division and supporting the efficient and effective operations of the Vice Chancellors Office. The executive director will advise the Vice Chancellor on policy, procedural, and operational issues. The executive director plans, coordinates, and executes strategic internal and external communications. Additionally, the executive director serves as a liaison between divisional and other senior administrators, DU departments, and external constituents. The position directs strategy & communication, including internal and external messaging.

    Essential Functions

  • Direct strategy and communication-including internal and external messaging-for the division of Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence
  • Identify, analyze, monitor and, as needed, respond to issues that affect organizational culture and effectiveness
  • Oversee divisional strategic planning-including process development, implementation, and ongoing assessment
  • Assist the Vice Chancellor with organizing the agenda, priorities, and subsequent implementation of action items for the SAIE Leadership Team
    (SALT), including meetings, retreats, and work sessions
  • Supervise the SAIE Executive Assistant and provide functional oversight of administrative operations
  • In conjunction with the AVC for Business, Operations, and Division Resources, supervise the director of Assessment & Planning
  • In partnership with the AVC for Student Engagement & 4D Experience and the Senior Content Specialist, develop and disseminate communication
    aimed at engaging students (undergraduate and graduate/professional) and amplifying 4D initiatives, programs, and opportunities
  • Oversee SAIE administrative operations, including budget and staffing
  • Serve as divisional liaison to key campus partners, particularly Advancement, Facilities Management and Planning, and Marketing and Communications, and Mountain Campus/Recreation
  • In consultation with Vice Chancellor and Student Affairs Leadership Team (SALT) colleagues, recommend and develop strategies and operational
    plans to execute high-priority projects and strategic goals
  • Conduct research, source data, and map processes to advance and implement key divisional priorities
  • Coordinate activities, events, projects, and schedules between the Offices of the Chancellor, the Provost, and the Vice Chancellor (SAIE)
  • Support SAIE capital construction, renovation, and real estate projects
  • As needed, serve on, convene, and chair divisional and University committees, working groups, and task forces to advance divisional priorities
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Effective communicator within the division and on its behalf
  • Excellent written and oral communication, editorial skills for marketing and press materials, as well as background developing planning documents, proposals, and research documents
  • Proven skills with thinking creatively and strategically to address complex problems
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Proficient with standard office productivity software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Required Qualifications

  • Masters degree in (higher) education, policy, business, or a related field
  • Seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in higher education
  • Experience at a senior administrative level/post in higher education
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree, PhD, or EdD in higher education administration, business administration, or a related field
  • Ten (10) plus years of progressively responsible experience in higher education
  • Working Environment

  • Standard office environment.
  • Unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high.
  • Noise level is quiet to moderate.
  • Physical Activities

  • Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period.
  • Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.
  • Work Schedule

    Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with some nights, weekends, and holidays as required.

    Application Deadline

    For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) October 10, 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 $108,000-$120,000.

    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 candidates 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:

  • Resume
  • 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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