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Executive Director - The BUENO Center for Multicultural Education

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The BUENO Center within the School of Education is seeking an Executive Director responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization and for generating ideas for securing federal, state, local or foundation funding to support the Center’s mission.  The individual hired for this position will report to the Dean of the School of Education.

Who We Are

The mission of the CU Boulder School of Education is grounded in a lived commitment to democracy, diversity, equity, and justice. We teach and conduct research to make a positive difference with and in schools and communities. The work of our faculty, researchers, staff, and students leads to evidence-based policy and practice. We aim for our graduates to be engaged and informed educators, researchers, policymakers, and community leaders.

Since 1976, the BUENO Center for Multicultural Education has been an integral part of the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Through a comprehensive range of research, training, and service projects, the Center strongly promotes equity and social justice in education with an emphasis on cultural pluralism and is committed to facilitating equal educational opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse students. The BUENO Center also disseminates research findings and related information through various Center publications. Funding for Center programs is provided through grants and contracts from the U.S. Department of Education and K-12 school districts as well as funding from private foundations and state organizations.  For the past 40 years the BUENO Center has been a state, regional and national leader in the field of bilingual/multicultural education.

The BUENO Center promotes and advocates for equitable education for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) learners, families, and the educators that serve them. We believe that equity and social justice advance education and improve lives and communities. To this end, we conduct relevant and timely research focused on bilingual, multicultural, and special education from early childhood through adulthood. We facilitate comprehensive professional learning from GED to Ph.D. as well as professional development opportunities for practitioners and educational leaders.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Work with program directors and staff to uphold the established vision and mission of the BUENO Center.
  • Act as a professional advisor to the Dean on all aspects of the organization's activities.
  • Foster effective teamwork among the program directors and staff of the BUENO Center, the Dean, and professors in the School of Education on the Boulder campus.
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organization at all public functions, conduct official correspondence on behalf of the Center and communicate with program directors and staff about issues that affect the Center. 
  • Represent the organization at community activities to enhance the organization's community and national profile.
Operational Planning and Management
  • Develop and oversee an operational plan, which incorporates goals, policies, and objectives that work towards the Mission of the BUENO Center.
  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization and ensure BUENO is meeting the expectations of clients and funding agencies. 
  • Prepare monthly meeting agenda and supporting materials.
 Program Planning and Management
  • Ensure that the programs and services offered by the BUENO Center contribute to the organization's Mission and Vision and reflect the priorities of the School of Education.
  • Support program directors of the BUENO Center with all aspects of programming and services, from conceptualization through evaluations and assure the quality of said programs is upheld. 
 Human Resources Planning and Management
  • Determine staffing requirements for the BUENO Center,  ensure funding is available to meet payroll obligations, and work with program directors to recruit, interview and hire staff and faculty with skills and knowledge to help further BUENO'S mission. 
  • Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures, and practices including the development of job descriptions for staff, and the management of the performance review cycle for all BUENO Center staff and research faculty. This includes providing mentorship for program directors as appropriate and conducting an annual performance review.  
  • Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate university policies and regulations.
 Financial Planning and Management
  • Identify and secure external funding to maintain the BUENO Center’s operation and funding.
  • Work with BUENO Center program directors and other appropriate staff to prepare comprehensive annual budget reports as well as regular revenue and expenditures reports for the Center and the Dean of the School of Education.
  • Work with other BUENO program directors to secure adequate federal, state or private funding for the operation of the organization and work in collaboration with the HR and finance manager to ensure funds are administered according to approved budgets and organization complies with all federal and state funding regulations. 
  • Research funding sources, oversee the development of fundraising plans and, with the assistance of other BUENO program directors, write funding proposals to increase the funds of the organization and participate in fundraising activities as appropriate.
Community Relations/Advocacy
  • Communicate with state and local partners and organizations to keep them informed of the work of the BUENO Center.
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community organizations/groups, funders, local public school districts, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the BUENO Center. 
  • Communicate with appropriate CU personnel regarding university funding opportunities and negotiation and promotion of BUENO'S mission and activities.

What We Can Offer

Anticipated Starting Salary is $90,000. Commensurate with 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 of Arts degree in Educational Leadership or a related field of study in Bilingual/Multicultural Education and/or Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity.
  • Five or more years of experience in a leadership position with emphasis in working in a college or university setting with diverse populations of students.
  • Five or more years of experience working with special populations including emerging bilingual students and students with disabilities. 
  • K-12 teaching experience in bilingual/bilingual special education settings.
  • Previously obtained grants and/or foundation money. 
  • Ability to travel for work.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Ph.D. or EdD in Educational Leadership or a related field of study in Bilingual/Multicultural Education and/or Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity. 
  • Bilingual (English & Spanish).

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 October 6, 2019, for consideration. Applications will be reviewed after the position has closed. 

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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.