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Associate Director of Educational Initiatives

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

Residence Life at University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for an Associate Director for Educational Initiatives! This role is a twelve month, live-out professional exempt position. Some of the focal responsibilities will include working to streamline our academic programs, such as our Residential Academic Programs, Living Learning Communities and First-Year Interest Groups. This position will also lead efforts around implementing the residential curriculum for the entire residential population. Supervise Assistant Directors who have oversight for professional staff and student staff training. Serve as part of the leadership team that leads the daily operations of the residence hall program which includes 24 residence hall buildings, 10,000 residents, 50+ professional staff, 500+ student staff and a vibrant Residence Hall Association. The program also has intentional designs in the areas of student engagement, educational initiatives, innovation, and student leadership.

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.

Who We Are

Residence Life in an innovative and ground-breaking organization that builds a dynamic residential living and learning communities using practices that are socially just and sustainable. We are characterized by our dedicated, knowledgeable, and caring staff; our attractive facilities; outstanding dining experiences; innovative technology; and quality conference services. We promote experiences to support and challenge students to create the tools to build their lives and achieve academic success!

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Student Development and Educational Experience

  • Be responsible for the management and implementation of Residential Experience (ResX) strategies, first year student, and LLC experiences for first year, transfer and upper-class student focused housing.
  • Provide support in the implementation of the Residential Experience (ResX) for Student Leadership programs in Residence Life as it relates to Residence Hall Association (RHA), National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), EcoReps, and Community Council.
  • Provide oversight for ASAP and residential tutoring efforts for residential students.
  • Find opportunities for intentional training and learning opportunities to improve the Residential Curriculum Program.
  • Direct programs that accelerate the academic, global, community, and personal responsibility skills for all residential students.
  • Develop and implement consistent communication to all faculty, staff, and residents involved with residence life on academic and ResX efforts.
  • Cultivate an inclusive residence hall environment conducive to academic growth and development.
  • Assist the department in engagement and involvement of students in a variety of programs in the residence halls, and develop referral processes for students to access programs within Student Affairs.
  • Elevate student concerns to the university and community populations.

Residence Life Leadership and Operations

  • Serve as a liaison with the office of Undergraduate Education to support FYAE, LLC, and Live in Faculty processes.
  • Serve as primary liaison with campus partners, including Student Housing, and Student Affairs Communication on departmental programmatic efforts.
  • Guide Residence Life initiatives to build a flawless operational, developmental and administrative environment that exceeds resident needs and expectations.
  • Chair departmental committees and represent the department to the campus, Boulder community committees as assigned.
  • Assist in day to day residential operations including facilitation of department meetings, serving as backup in the absence of the Director.
  • Communicate and assist with facility concerns and utility outages.
  • Assist with goal setting and planning strategically for housing.

Human Resource Management

  • Supervise, evaluate, and provide ongoing training and development for 2-3 Master’s Level Assistant Directors, 1 Coordinator for Student Staff Selection, and 1 Program Manager for Academic and Student Success.
  • Indirect supervision of Hall Directors and student staff in assigned residential neighborhoods.
  • Coordinate and support the hiring process for all residence life student staff.
  • Supervise the overall training process for residence life student staff.
  • Support training of residence life staff on areas around our educational priority.
  • Co-coordinate apartment experience for live-in Faculty members.
  • Ensure that all federal, state, university, and departmental hiring procedures are followed.


  • Direct and interpret the one-to-one model trends for the residence life unit.
  • Prepare reports on the trends and activities related to residential experience strategies in the residential community.
  • Develop, maintain, and report out tracking for professional staff recruitment and retention efforts in Residence Life as it relates to the departmental and Student Affairs priorities.
  • Support departmental and Student Affairs assessment efforts and projects.

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Provide oversight of departmental Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) process to ensure mutually beneficial partnerships between Residence Life and campus partners.
  • Provide oversight and mentorship to Residential Experience. Living Learning Communities, and FYAE programming dollars.
  • Lead all aspects of the process for evaluating and maintaining information related to student staff recruitment processes.
  • Provide oversight for student staff salaries for Live in Student Staff Salaries.
  • Propose annual budget priorities.
  • Assist in budget planning for the department.

Crisis Response

  • Provide support and follow up as it relates to student conduct and crisis in assigned neighborhoods.
  • Advocate student concerns to the university and community.
  • Serve in an on-call rotation with other associate directors and assistant directors to provide administrative backup for emergencies and other evening and weekend consultations with Residence Life staff.
  • Lead Residence Life staff in crisis and emergency response and be able to respond to campus in crisis situations within 30 minutes.
  • Uphold all departmental and university crisis response policies and procedures.

What We Can Offer

The hiring pay range for this position is $73,000 to $78,000 annually. Onboarding assistance is available within Student Affairs division guidelines.


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.

Be Statements

Be collaborative. Be dynamic. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • A master's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.
  • Five+ years of job related experience including supervision experience.

What You Will Need

Understanding of self and others in the context of navigating power, oppression and social justice.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience partnering closely with academic affairs and university faculty members in an academically rich residential environment, preferably a residential college or residential curriculum model.
  • Experience with a first year student experience residential program.
  • Experience with developing learning outcomes and evaluations.
  • Operational knowledge of technology, computer programs, and budget development.
  • Proven commitment to social justice and inclusion in a residential setting.
  • Proven experience with student conduct, crisis intervention and emergency response.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 

  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by October 31, 2021 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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