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Divisional Director of Inclusive Practice

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Divisional Director of Inclusive Practice plays an integral role in furthering key strategic goals for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives within the Division of Natural Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. The position is responsible for broadening the participation and for enabling the success of historically excluded students in undergraduate programs offered through the Division of Natural Sciences. The Director will lead efforts and strategies for student success in areas that include recruitment, admissions, enrollment, and retention. The goal will be to attract, prepare and expand opportunities for first-generation college-bound youth, rural students, women, black, Indigenous and students of color (BIPOC), and students from low-income families through the development and provision of effective curriculum and support designed to enable the academic success of students in the Division of Natural Science.

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

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder is the intellectual core of the university, conducting research, scholarship, creative work and education in more than 60 fields. Our research generates new knowledge, solving some of the world’s most critical problems.

The college leads nationally in undergraduate and graduate education in the natural sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities, bringing world-class research and scholarship to our students, both in and out of the classroom.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Divisional Leadership

  • Develop, implement and lead strategy related to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI).
  • Work in concert with the Miramontes Arts and Sciences Program (MASP) to develop and implement JEDI programs specific to the Natural Sciences Division.
  • Provide occasional service for MASP upon their Colrequest, with approval from the Dean of Natural Sciences Division.
  • Engage in fundraising initiatives in partnership with the University of Colorado Office of Advancement and with the College of Arts and Science administration to increase programs for historically excluded students, emphasizing efforts to identify and renovate student space on campus to house Division of Natural Sciences JEDI programs and to provide study and community rooms for historically excluded undergraduate students.
  • Lead divisional efforts to support improved persistence of students from historically excluded groups.
  • Lead divisional efforts to create a supportive climate/community in the division for historically excluded students.

Divisional Department Collaboration

  • Work with the College of Arts and Sciences Dean of Natural Sciences Division and Associate Dean of Inclusive Practice to help facilitate JEDI programs within departments in the division of natural sciences.
  • Work with College of Arts and Sciences Dean of Natural Sciences Division and Associate Dean of Inclusive Practice faculty and other college/divisional partners to create standard methodologies for student success.
  • Responsible for developing support, especially for first-year students and transfer students from historically excluded groups.
  • In alignment with the college’s strategic plan and initiatives from the Assistant Dean for Inclusive Practice, develop strategic programming designed to improve the divisional aid in student persistence, enrollment, retention, success, and graduation of underrepresented students in STEM-related fields.

Inclusion Metrics

  • Track, curate, and disseminate data that are pertinent to student persistence and climate.
  • Serve as the primary point person in the division for climate surveys.
  • Further, this position will interview current and recent graduates to better understand how the Division of Natural Sciences can better address needs and provide support for students from historically excluded groups.
  • In consultation with staff, faculty and other college/divisional partners lead actions resulting from key findings in the climate survey.

National Scope

  • Maintain and advance the Natural Sciences Division’s reputation as a leader in STEM inclusion practices.
  • Contribute to the national discussion about STEM inclusion through active participation in professional conferences and related literature.


  • Other projects and duties as assigned.

What You Should Know

  • This position is for a 3-year appointment, with the potential for extension.
  • The position will work a hybrid work format.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with 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 $80,000.00- $85,000.00.


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.

Be Statements

Be inclusive. Be supportive. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university.
  • 5 years of job-related experience that includes at least 3 years of relevant leadership experience as an Executive, Manager, Director, Associate Director, or related roles in multi-faceted organizations that include working with historically excluded student populations and at least 3 years of relevant, successful, and progressive experience in higher education position(s) with responsibility for Justice, Equity, and Inclusion (JEDI) initiatives and programs.
  • Either a degree or work experience in a STEM field.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent customer service.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong problem-solving and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work effectively in an environment with frequent interruptions..
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive and cooperative working relationships.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Organizational skills and ability to manage multiple complex priorities.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Suite and/or “cloud-based” equivalents and of various communications and conference platforms (Zoom, Microsoft TEAMS, Slack, etc.).
  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience with university/college policies pertaining to JEDI practices.
  • Demonstrated experience with recruitment and retention of historically excluded students, staff, and faculty at a predominantly white university/college setting in the United States.
  • An informed understanding of innovations in higher education institutions that have strengthened the prominence of diversity and inclusion in university/college teaching research, and outreach.
  • Demonstrated deep knowledge of the historical and social contexts of JEDI in higher education and a demonstrated ability to translate that knowledge into practical applications.
  • Strong leadership skills that promote productivity, dedication, and creativity.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • 4+ years of academic administrative experience working in a STEM-related department/field.
  • 4+ years of experience with diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence in programming and program development to meet the needs of underrepresented student populations.
  • 2+ years’ of direct fundraising experience.
  • A strong background in STEM Education, either through training or experience.
  • Experience or expertise in working with historically excluded groups.
  • Advanced degree (MSc. or Ph.D.) in a STEM field.
  • Extensive leadership experience as an executive, manager, or director in a large, multifaceted organization.
  • Knowledge and experience with building relationships in a community.
  • Experience working with a broad set of academic partners across a university campus.

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 June 27, 2022 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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