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Dean of Students & Associate Vice-Chancellor

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder welcomes applications for The Dean of Students & Associate Vice-Chancellor position. Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs, this position will develop the vision, direction, and actualization of an inclusive student experience supporting students in a learning environment. This position is responsible for the leadership, development, and assessment of comprehensive student life and support services for a diverse student body. Key elements of the position include crisis intervention and management and responsibility for coordination of campus-wide initiatives related to student engagement, behavioral intervention, and response teams. 

Supporting the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs in developing and delivering excellent services to students and their families, this role will have oversight of complex departments, programs, and operations that support the University's and division's strategic plans. This position partners and collaborates with the University of Colorado Student Government (CUSG), United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS), and additional student organizations to create an inclusive and engaging campus experience; chairing/serving on numerous campus and community committees and task forces. In support of university goals and enhancing student success, this position interacts with various campus leaders and constituents like students, administrators, and faculty, as well as parents and community leaders. 

Who We Are

Student Affairs values the diverse backgrounds, histories, identities and life experiences of every member of our community. We strive toward inclusive excellence in making our policies, processes, and actions socially just and equitable. We celebrate and embrace differences. We are committed to welcoming and including diverse groups and perspectives in building a climate in which all members can thrive in an environment where they feel at home, welcome and safe.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Leadership and Campus Representation
  • Advise VCSA on matters pertaining to the Division
  • Serve on high-profile leadership committees, on-campus and within the community, promoting policies, programs; and advocate for change that affects student life and reinforces appropriate levels of student conduct
  • Create a culture and climate conducive to high-impact collaboration
  • Contribute to and cultivate a collaborative professional work environment between campus student leaders, divisional directors, academic units and faculty
  • Establish effective relationships with both internal and external constituencies (including faculty, students, staff)
  • Support Vice Chancellor's fundraising priorities and efforts including representing the division to potential donors; research and pursuing grant and foundation funding for initiatives and services
  • Support and contribute to student development, student welfare, and program assessment efforts utilizing standard methodologies and data-informed decision making
  • Ensure compliance with all local, State, Federal laws, codes, and regulations; and systems, campus, and departmental policies and procedures
  • Advance the commitment to social justice, diversity, inclusivity, and equity
  • Provide leadership in crisis management and response efforts, including sharing timely/pertinent information to the VCSA as necessary
  • Collaborate with AVCs and others for executive on-call duties to handle high-level crisis situations
  • Provide strategic direction for the Student of Concern Team and serve as the authority and decision-maker for critical student of concern issues
  • Collaborate with enrollment management to strategize and provide quality business practices to support campus goals, especially in relation to recruitment and retention
  • Supervise the Assistant Dean of Students (ADOS) and other director-level staff to ensure quality, responsiveness, and effectiveness in programs and services by supporting, developing and directing staff to meet goals, build on past successes, and create innovative visions for their departments.
  • Provide leadership and oversight for the ADOS; Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution; Student Support Case Management; Student Legal Services; Center for Student Involvement; Fraternity & Sorority Life; Volunteer Resource Center; Career Services and professional staff in the Student Government office (CUSG).
  • Facilitate large scale initiatives to build an engaging and welcoming student experience for all students.
  • Develop systems for growing and developing managers and individual contributors.
  • Build a working environment that uses the strengths and accomplishments of direct reports, promotes harmony and teamwork, and empowers experienced professionals with diverse responsibilities.
Student Development
  • Continually assesses student needs and interests, as well as remain current with, model practices in the field as it relates to identity development, student behavior, crisis response, intersectionality.
  • Utilize relevant data, scholarship, and student development theories/models in providing leadership to reporting units around programs and services designed to actively champion student learning, and promote students’ holistic success.
  • Collaborate with CUSG, UGGS, and other student leaders to improve services that are provided to students in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Provide the vision and direction for a comprehensive student experience that supports retention and student success pathways.
  • Collaborate with faculty and administration to develop, deliver, and evaluate student engagement relating to retention.
Budget and Fiscal Operations
  • Administrative oversight for an annual operating budget of approximately $8 million, requiring timely reporting and communication on budgetary information on a regular basis.
  • Ensure the responsible planning and expenditure of fiscal resources for reporting units in a manner consistent with all University policies and applicable local, state and federal laws.
  • Provide effective stewardship of University resources at all times.
  • Routinely assess the necessity of various expenditures such as programming activities, staff recognition, and professional development/training.
Assessment & Evaluation
  • Facilitate a process to identify, collect, and analyze appropriate data to assess student support services and develop key strategies for direct reports to meet the needs of current and future students.
  • Facilitates divisional, campus-wide, and community partner goals and outcomes in regards to success and retention.
  • Develop short and long-term strategic goals for reporting units, ensuring they are in concert with the Universities mission and strategic imperatives.
  • Professional Development.
  • Keep tabs on current literature and developments in the areas of behavioral intervention, student conduct, student retention, and related professional trends.
  • Attend pertinent conferences and conventions as well as present information when requested for shared development.

What We Can Offer

Salary Range Starts at $170,000.00.


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

  • A Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Student Affairs, Higher Education Administration or related field.
  • At least eight years of successful experience in planning, developing and implementing complex strategic goals and program initiatives on a university campus.
  • Proven effective management of resources including a large and diverse workforce, significant budget and financial operations management, and experience collaborating with students and student leadership.
  • Proven experience in crisis intervention techniques including the ability to act calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
  • Experience working on cross-institutional teams to tackle complex challenges.
  • An understanding of student development theory and concepts.
  • Comprehensive knowledge, understanding, and implementation of various regulations and laws pertaining to higher education such as, but not limited to Campus SaVE, FERPA, the Clery Act, Americans with Disability Act, Title IX, and other related federal and state laws is required.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule that may include evening and weekend assignments.

What You Will Need

  • Strong organization and leadership skills.
  • The ability to build plans based on strategy. 
  • Effective communication skills to work well with leadership, staff, faculty, students, media, parents, and partners.
  • The ability to inspire change.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills; political acumen.
  • The awareness of how to work with student leaders in a University environment.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion related to a university setting, including awareness of intercultural trends and issues facing higher education.
  • Proven record of understanding business operations at a University and the capability to develop partnerships to advance divisional goals.
  • An understanding and a consistent track record of how to manage budgets and multiple departments.
  • Ability to lead, continue to develop, and assess as expectations continue to evolve in regard to retention and satisfaction with programs and services.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Doctorate degree in relevant field.
  • Shown skills as a senior manager in higher education with ten or more years of supervision and leadership experience demonstrating increasing responsibility.
  • Previous experience in university student conduct and/or behavioral intervention teams.
  • Confirmed capacity to assess and protect institutional risk, liability, legal compliance, and student safety.

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 February 27th, 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.