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Program Manager for Creative Minds RAP

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Boulder, Colorado

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Classified Staff



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Job Summary

Are you someone who thrives in a creative environment? We encourage you to apply for our Program Manager position in the Creative Minds Residential Academic Program at CU Boulder! This position provides sole support to the Creative Minds RAP, which has a Director, rostered faculty and 405 students in residence. The position manages the Creative Minds RAP program in numerous ways including interacting with students, faculty, and university staff. The position acts as informal student advisor, curriculum coordinator, and information/data manager.

The mission of the Creative Minds Residential Academic Program (RAP) is to cultivate creative minds who become innovative leaders and active and engaged citizens. Students enrolled in the Creative Minds RAP can enroll in classes that satisfy the College of Arts & Sciences General Education or major requirements and are taught by dynamic faculty who specialize in the first-year experience. We build community through small classes, engaged faculty, and a range of inclusive, co-curricular activities.

In coordination with the Director, the Financial Service Center and the College of Arts and Sciences Budget Office, the Program Manager supervises all fiscal dimensions, including developing and implementing the yearly budget, serving as the human resources and payroll liaison, and hiring and supervising student hourly workers. The position also acts as general departmental liaison with all university offices regarding issues such as equipment, parking, curriculum, administration of Faculty Course Questionnaires, student grades, and IT systems. In addition, this position supports the Director, who organizes, oversees, and coordinates all new student welcome activities and co-curricular events.

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 Creative Minds RAP is a vibrant living community that unites several arts subject areas and core requirement options in one program offering curriculum where creative minds come alive. CREATIVITY is essential in today's constantly evolving world for developing strategies that benefit humankind. Our mission is to foster the students to become creative leaders and active and engaged citizens of tomorrow.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Program Manager

  • Represents the Creative Minds RAP and makes decisions regarding the program in the absence of the Director.
  • Acts as the primary contact person for all students, faculty, housing staff and public in the office, on the phone, and via email and the web.
  • Corresponds with other campus departments via phone, mail, and email.
  • Designs, develops, integrates and maintains information databases in order to provide statistical reports using all the Microsoft Suite Programs, Adobe Pro, CU Financial Programs, Campus Solutions, and other software necessary to accomplish tasks. Is proactive in learning new policies, and attending training.
  • Organizes office, including files, manuals, mail, and phone messages.
  • Assists students with their transition into university life, providing guidance concerning university procedures, help with personal issues, and referrals for all their needs.
  • Plays an essential liaison role between students and the campus in general. Position also acts as a departmental liaison with regards to many offices on campus. These include:
    • Parking Services (help faculty acquire parking permits).
    • CU Bookstore (ensure textbooks for RAP classes are ordered in a timely fashion).
    • OIT (ensure that computers, peripherals, and telephones are working properly and arranges for repairs when necessary).
    • Office of Planning, Budget and Analysis (ensure that correct Faculty Course Questionnaires forms are requested and returned in a timely manner).
    • Registrar’s Office and A&S Academic Advising and Coaching (help faculty and students with change of record and petition forms).

Student Registration Coordinator

  • Provides oversight for orientation and registration processes, ensuring that all individuals are notified of pertinent information and the guidelines to be followed.
  • Develops and implements efficient procedures for registration of RAP students into their RAP courses.
  • Determines the most effective process for advertising and registering students into the RAP.
  • Hires and directs student assistants in the registration process.
  • Determines enrollment limits for courses in order to accommodate incoming first-years.
  • Registers and maintains student schedules in Campus Solutions throughout their entire first year.

Accounting Liaison

  • Manages financial functions for the RAP.
  • Develops and implements the RAP budget for the academic year, using financial information provided by the A&S Dean’s Office.
  • Because the RAP retains primary fiscal responsibility for both restricted and unrestricted funds, these duties include keeping track of funds in all the program’s speedtypes and working closely with the Financial Service Center (FSC) and the Procurement Services Center (PSC).
  • Audits all the financial reports and payroll rosters each month. Orders all furniture, supplies, and equipment.
  • Chooses proper equipment by researching options on the web, visiting retailers, talking to Buying and Contracting agents, and shopping online and in catalogs and on CU MarketPlace.
  • Authorizes approval for purchase of items.
  • Creates and approves journal entries for other campus purchases and services. Fiscally responsible for using the tax-exempt Procurement Card for program purchases.

Curriculum Coordinator

  • Makes recommendations on curriculum to the RAP Director based on enrollment histories, student demand, and the requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Coordinates with academic departments to reserve spaces in labs and courses (that facilitate the RAP mission) taught outside of the residential building.
  • Contacts all faculty to determine available days/times, coordinates scheduling of instructors and rooms, and builds the schedule in Campus Solutions in a timely manner to minimize use of Course Term Update Forms (CTUFs).
  • Coordinates and helps plan co-curricular activities.

Supervisor of Student Hourly Employees

  • Hires, oversees, trains, and mentors student hourly workers.
  • Instructs student employees on job responsibilities, monitors their work, and ensures that all components of the activities they will participate in, including field trips, are planned and in place.
  • Determines that all activities are safe and that students are prepared. Makes sure student workers participating in strenuous activities have signed liability waivers.

Human Resources/Payroll Liaison

  • Ensures that hiring paperwork is complete and correct for new hires and continuing faculty (including l-9s and W-4s).
  • Is responsible for the payroll and records maintenance, and writes letters of offer for all faculty and lecturers.
  • Completes all necessary paperwork to pay guest speakers’ honoraria, including scope of work paperwork for any outside vendors.

What You Should Know

This position will be expected to work in person. Regular schedule Monday through Friday. Presence will be required for occasional events on evenings and weekends that can be redeemed for time off during regular work hours.

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 is $53,832.


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

  • Five years of experience in an occupational field related to the work assigned. 
    • Appropriate education can substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.
  • Must be a Colorado resident to apply.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent customer service.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationship.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Developed analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Effective organizational skills that support independently working on multiple complex priorities.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule that may include evening and/or weekend events.
  • Working knowledge of Photoshop and Web Express.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.)
  • Possess a creative outlook that can help innovate the future of the program.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • 5+ years of experience in an occupational field related to the work assigned.
  • Photoshop skills.
  • Web Express knowledge.
  • A willingness to learn and a proactive/calm attitude in crisis management.
  • The theme of Libby RAP is Creativity. We are looking for creative people who are willing to take initiatives to help innovate the future of the program.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. A current resume. Must include date ranges and whether full time or part time work.
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.
  3. DD-214 for veteran applicants.
    • Qualified veterans are eligible for veteran’s preference points within the State classified system. If you are a veteran and would like to have your DD214 evaluated to determine your eligibility for preference points, please attach a copy of your DD214 to this posting. If you do not wish to upload a DD214, please email a copy to or send via fax at 303-492-4693 and reference the job to which you are applying.
  4. If using the educational substitution for experience: proof of degree or transcripts.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by August 7, 2022 for consideration.

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

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