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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Culture Specialist

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Boulder, CO

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Leeds School of Business at The University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for a Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Culture Specialist! This position will help build a working environment in which all staff feels a sense of belonging, where everyone can succeed and be valued. Inclusive excellence is an active, intentional process that engages all members of the school. This principle is prioritized as a key driver to propel the school to achieve greater levels of success and innovation. This role will lead Human Resource efforts in the integration and assessment of the Leeds Culture of High Aspirations within our staff's culture and will enhance the staff's well-being.

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

Leeds is on a trajectory to become one of our nation’s preeminent business schools. Through a culture centered on integrity and excellence, Leeds is committed to producing innovative, principled business leaders who are equipped to drive value, graduates who possess the analytical abilities and skills needed to succeed in a globally competitive marketplace, and students who are championed in academic programs by top-tier faculty and staff!

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Strategic Initiatives

  • Integrate the best diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) and antiracism practices into our staff culture to advance our professional environment and health.
  • Chair the Leeds Inclusion Diversity and Excellence in Academics (IDEA) Committee, assuring alignment with the campus-wide IDEA Plan staff initiatives and efforts.
  • Coordinate engagement with Leeds staff in dialogue centered on the principles and practices of DEI, antiracism, and cultural competency.
  • Prepare annual report on Leeds’ progress in its DEI efforts, including explicit assessment of Leeds’ progress on campus priorities related to the campus IDEA plan.
  • Maintain and develop the Leeds DEI website.
  • Serve as a Leeds DEI subject matter expert, having a comprehensive understanding of Leeds DEI related initiatives and programming while also serving Leeds staff and leadership.
  • Facilitate development of DEI strategic plan for Leeds staff applying equity and inclusion best practices.
  • Ensure the execution of work reflects DEI values.
  • Partner and provide support to the Special Assistant to the Dean for Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Climate & Culture Assessment

  • Support Leeds in participating in and disseminating results of the campus climate and employee engagement surveys.
  • Facilitate the development and implementation of tactics and initiatives within Leeds to improve the climate, based on campus climate and employee engagement data, with a focus on faculty/staff relations.
  • Support Leeds in developing, administering, and analyzing Leeds specific surveys or other data collection efforts related to DEI.
  • Track the engagement of staff.

Education & Outreach

  • Design and manage equity and inclusion learning and development opportunities for staff.
  • Work with our Centers to develop collaborative opportunities that both serves the partner and advances Leeds efforts in being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture.

Human Resources Integration

  • Work closely with the Director of Human Resources to incorporate inclusive hiring practices and participate on staff hiring committees to assure DEI integration.
  • Assure staff complete trainings required by the campus and the school.
  • Advise staff on DEI matters.
  • Work with Leeds HR to develop equitable and inclusive practices for Leeds staff.

Budget Management

  • Assist in the preparation and tracking of program budget and expenses, as well as the preparation and updating of periodic strategy planning and reporting documents.
  • Prepare annual programmatic budget.
  • Manage speedtypes.
  • Attend quarterly budget meetings.

What You Should Know

We currently offer a hybrid scheduling format with a combination of weekly remote and in-office work. 

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to follow the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The annual salary for this position is $65,000- $75,000. Relocation assistance is available.


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 diverse. Be inclusive. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Three years of experience in DEI related work from a Human Resources perspective in business, education, or non-profit organization(s).

What You Will Need

  • Data analysis experience, including data manipulation and reporting.
  • Exceptionally strong written and oral communication skills, as well as strong presentation skills.
  • Proven effectiveness in constructively engaging individuals from diverse perspectives in sensitive discussions related to DEI.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Promotes creating an inclusive environment to reflect our values and vision at Leeds.
  • Ability to problem solve with a solution-focused mentality.
  • Experience building consensus within partner communities.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field relevant to DEI practices and human resources.
  • An understanding of the needs and challenges facing diverse populations and experience building programs to meet those needs.
  • Knowledge about how to build relationships in a community and experience building successful outreach and recruitment programs.
  • Experience working in higher education.
  • Five years of experience in DEI related work in business, education, or non-profit organization(s).

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.
  3. Please submit a short essay (no more than one page) that addresses the following statement:  
    • "Our university recognizes that our mission is strengthened by contributions from varied perspectives. Describe what your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion looks like in practice, particularly as it pertains to the work of this position."
We may request references at a later time.
Please apply by December 16, 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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