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Assistant Dean for Access, Inclusion & Student Programs

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at the University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for an Assistant Dean for Access, Inclusion & Student Programs. This position provides vision and leadership for the recruitment and success of outstanding and diverse students, faculty and staff. The position leads our efforts to make pathways into our college available and accessible to all students. This position also leads a suite of student programs that improve and complement our engineering curricular experience. The Assistant Dean for Access, Inclusion, and Student Programs is a member of the College’s senior leadership team, as a participant in the Dean’s Cabinet and the Administrative Council. The incumbent works closely with the Dean, the Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Education, the Associate Dean for Students, and other college leaders to promote student achievement and inclusion.

Who We Are

Founded in 1893, the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder is the second largest of seven schools and colleges at one of the nation's top public research institutions. As Colorado's flagship university, CU Boulder has selective admissions standards and a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Education Access
  • Lead College strategic planning efforts related to student recruitment.
  • Supervise Director for Recruiting and Access and oversee college undergraduate recruitment efforts.
  • Manage college scholarship programs.
  • Manage college financial aid efforts, including the exploration of new funding options for students to access education.
  • Create and nurture community college pathways into the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
  • Serve as Chief Diversity Officer for the college.
  • Lead College strategic planning efforts related to inclusion.
  • Supervise Director of Broadening Opportunity through Leadership and Diversity (BOLD) Center and oversee retention, success and inclusion efforts for underrepresented students in the College, including several scholarship programs.
  • Oversee the National Center for Women In Technology (NCWIT) by providing continuity for the organization, leadership, and support of the organizational mission and goals.
Student Programs
  • Supervise Director of Student and Professional Development and oversee the Student Professional Development team, including international student programs and active learning.
Supervision and College Leadership Participation
  • Budgetary oversight of access, inclusion and student program areas.
  • Human Resource Management and oversight for 18+ positions under education access, inclusion and student program areas of the BOLD Center.
  • Participate in the Dean’s Cabinet and the Administrative Council of the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
  • Serve as a lead CEAS participant in campus efforts to improve diversity and inclusion.
  • Be a national leader in understanding, implementing and communicating effective strategies for broadened participation and improved performance of students in engineering.

What You Should Know

  • We are currently undergoing a search process for a new Dean for the College of Engineering and Applied Science. The Assistant Dean for Access, Inclusion & Student Programs will report to our Interim Dean until the new Dean is hired.

What We Can Offer

  • Salary range starts at $115,000 commensurate with education and experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Master’s degree in engineering, science or related field. Ten years of experience in leadership as an executive, manager, director or related roles in multi-faceted organizations. Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.

What You Will Need

  • Leadership qualities that include the ability to provide vision and leadership; ability to apply innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship toward substantial and positive change; the ability to effectively interact and achieve outstanding results with teams; and the ability to independently prioritize and attain key objectives
  • Strong organizational, communication, and time-management skills
  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural, political, and geographical differences, with ability to work well with faculty, staff, and individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications

What We Would Like You To Have

  • The ideal candidate will have a unique passion for education and seeing students succeed, especially in the engineering fields.
  • The ideal candidate will have an intimate understanding of the needs and challenges facing diverse populations and have experience building programs to meet those needs.
  • The ideal candidate will know how to build relationships in a community and will have built successful outreach and recruitment programs; knowledge of the University of Colorado Boulder community as an employee, alumnus/a, and/or volunteer is helpful.
  • The ideal candidate will have extensive leadership experience as an executive, manager, or director in large, multifaceted organizations and a passion for sharing and imparting leadership skills to others.
  • The ideal candidate would have prior experience in teaching within engineering, science or related fields.
  • A candidate with a Doctoral degree in engineering, science or related field, and knowledge and interest in engineering education literature and trends with suitable qualifications and interests may be considered for a faculty appointment and with a modest engagement in scholarly work and teaching as part of the position.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.
Please apply by January 31, 2020 for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.