Director, Office of Student Conduct
The Director, reporting to the Assistant Dean of Students, is responsible for the comprehensive leadership of the Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution (OSCCR). This includes; providing vision and leadership for Student Conduct, Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution programs, academic integrity, supervising and leading the student conduct process, planning, administrative functions, budgeting, and personnel management. The Director supervises the office consisting of one associate director, two assistant directors, four conduct officers, a coordinator for restorative justice, a coordinator for conflict resolution, and an administrative assistant.
The CU campus community is committed to maintaining an environment that encourages students’ personal and intellectual growth and responsibility and has established policies of conduct intended to foster behavior consistent with a safe, civil, and educational setting. The Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution (OSCCR) is responsible for administering and upholding the Student Conduct Code and policies established by the University’s Regents. The Director manages the student conduct system, which includes restorative justice and conflict resolution programs, the University's Honor Code, and related processes in a manner that ensures student development and education, provides issue resolutions that are respectful of all parties and provides a consistent and fair application of campus and University policy. The work performed by the Director is extremely sophisticated, confidential, and layered. It requires extensive knowledge of student affairs, student conduct administration, University policies, Federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and a strong leadership presence on campus and within the community. Furthermore, it requires the ability to effectively navigate town and gown relationships, to create a positive community experience for all community members in the City of Boulder.
This position is the campus specialist in student conduct codes, policies, standard methodologies/trends and laws and regulations; represents the campus leadership, and partners with community stakeholders focused on student conduct issues. This position supervises the staff who investigate, adjudicate and manage records and reporting obligations of alleged incidents of student misconduct both on and off campus at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. The Director provides critical information and education to partners, and drives policy, programs and process changes campus-wide. The scope of this position is broad, impacting the entire CU campus, the Boulder community, and law enforcement. The Director is responsible for developing system improvements, new policies and procedures, and delivering effective education and outreach programs that support a learning environment.
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 first priority of Student Affairs is students' development as successful, intellectually curious learners, and as healthy, competent, active citizens of the world. In collaboration with other members of the campus community, the Division provides educational opportunities, resources, and support to help each individual student reach his or her academic and personal goals. Student Affairs encompasses all the basic support services— where students eat, sleep, build community, make friends, and where students can go when they need help—that enhance the classroom experience.
Student Affairs is committed to enhancing student academic success while mitigating obstacles that may impede progress. We create inclusive environments to address student social, emotional, physical, spiritual, professional and academic needs to increase retention, academic progress and graduation rates. We provide programs and services to support student health and wellness, personal and professional goal-setting and progress, social involvement, motivation and academic self-efficacy.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
- Create an environment within OSCCR that demonstrates the strengths and accomplishments of staff, promotes harmony and collaboration, and empowers experienced professionals with diverse responsibilities.
- Actively strive to cultivate and maintain a workplace climate that is supportive of employees and respectful of difference, as well as to create a learning environment for students that encourages personal development, self-reflection, and academic success.
- Lead and support standard methodologies for effective conflict resolution with students, understanding student mental health issues, and convening resources from multiple departments and constituencies to address sophisticated student issues.
- Full supervisory responsibility for professional staff members is a major responsibility and includes training, evaluation, compensation, promotion, and other employment related decisions.
- Manage Student Conduct’s confidential investigations and resolutions of alleged policy violations.
- Ensure OSCCR’s compliance with relevant Federal (Clery Act, Title IX, drug-free schools, etc.) state, and local laws and regulations along with campus/University policies and procedures.
- Collect and utilize assessment data to enhance processes and report student behavioral trends; conduct assessments and implement vital programmatic and policy changes.
- Develop, implement, and analyze assessment initiatives that foster student success, preparing and managing the preparation of departmental publications, and statistical and annual reports.
- Partner with the Assistant Dean of Students, University Counsel, and the advisors and attorneys representing students with alleged policy violations, and other potential legal matters.
- Handle and administer the overall budget for OSCCR, ensure the responsible planning and expenditure of fiscal resources in an approach consistent with all University policies and applicable local, state and federal laws.
Planning and Development
- Provide leadership to ensure the effective coordination and integration of student conduct, restorative justice, conflict resolution, and academic integrity, in order to achieve student development and learning outcomes and to support overall student growth and success.
- Track/measure trends in all cases and referrals, law enforcement, regulations and student activities, including the activities at other CU campuses, to identify potential areas of risk.
- Continually assess student needs and interests, as well as remain abreast of current, model practices in the field of student conduct; utilize relevant data, scholarship, and student development theories/models in planning and developing sanctions, programs and services designed to actively foster student learning, and promote students’ holistic success.
- Anticipate issues, prepare short and long term plans for wide-ranging campus priorities related to student conduct. Set specific measurable goals and objectives, and executes and achieves stated objectives and results.
- Devise and implement process improvements for the Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution and align all department programs to meet current and future campus and community needs.
Leadership and Campus Representation
- Provide expert advice, consultation and influence to faculty administrators, staff administrators, students, CUPD, and the campus community in the areas including but not limited to: conduct administration, policy interpretation, conflict management, hazing, risk management, de-escalation practices, concerning behavior, crisis response and management, etc.
- Respond to inquiries regarding students of concern, provide information and support to the Student Support Case Managers, and serve as an active member of the Students of Concern Team for students in crisis, stress and distress.
- Serve on high-profile leadership committees, on-campus and within the community, promoting policies, programs; and advocates for changes that affect student life and reinforces appropriate levels of student conduct.
- Serve on a variety of division-, campus- and University-wide committees and work groups to ensure a more seamless educational experience for students.
- Represent OSCCR at the Division’s leadership meetings, retreats, etc.
Community Outreach and Education
- Supervise the conception, development, and delivery of Student Conduct, Academic Integrity, Restorative Justice, and Conflict Resolution programs to educate the student campus community on resources, policies, and skills related to academic success, conflict management, personal responsibility, decision-making, etc.
- Build strong collaborative relationships with key partners on- and off- campus to provide a comprehensive thinking to student conduct.
- In close consultation with the Assistant Dean of Students and University Communications, ensures timely, appropriate and effective communication during student-related crises/incidents.
- Cultivate and influence relationships with campus and non-campus partners (e.g., faculty, students, staff, neighbors, campus and local/city law enforcement authorities, local government officials, alumni, parents, local businesses, etc.).
- Develop and maintain relationships and clear lines of communication with CUPD, Boulder Police Department, University Legal Counsel, Athletics, Office of Institutional Equity & Compliance, and other departments across campus.
What We Can Offer
Salary Range Starts at $85,000 commensurate with experience.
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What We Require
- Master's degree with emphasis in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, Counseling, Education or related field.
- At least 5 years of professional student conduct experience in positions with progressive responsibility and an understanding of legal and regulatory requirements.
- At least one year of experience supervising professional staff.
What You Will Need
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, demonstrated by the ability to interact comfortably with a wide range of diverse group of people, including professional staff, students, faculty, parents, athletics, law enforcement, system-wide colleagues, community partners, and media. This includes the capacity to clearly articulate a determination of fact patterns based on the appropriate standard, and analyze findings in writing.
- Ability to work collaboratively across all institutional lines including a proven record of effective working relationships with faculty, law enforcement, athletics and service agencies.
- Excellent organizational skills as shown by the ability to balance numerous demands, evaluate competing priorities, and adjust planning, as needed.
- Exceptional critical thinking skills demonstrated by the ability to analyze information, evaluate results, and facilitate resolution of difficult challenges, including the capability to handle issues of sophisticated and extreme political sensitivity.
- Capacity to simultaneously engage multiple issues of very significant legal, policy and operational complexity with an unusually large and diverse number of constituencies.
What We Would Like You To Have
- 6 or more years of work in a student conduct with increasing levels of responsibility.
- 3 or more years of experience directly supervising professional staff.
- Administrative leadership experience/directorship at the campus level, preferably at a large and complex university.
- Experience as a member of a behavioral intervention/students of concern/threat assessment team.
- Progressively responsible, full-time experience in student conduct administration, including past experience as a student conduct officer.
- Knowledge and understanding of a broad array of sophisticated legal mandates.
- In-depth knowledge and facility with FERPA laws, particularly health and safety exemptions that allow communications to parents/guardians and others.
- Familiarity with disability policies especially for students with psychological disabilities.
- Knowledge and experience with laws pertaining to the sharing of police information.
- Experience and/or training in forms of alternative dispute resolution in a university environment.
- Experience working in, supervising, or partnering with a Restorative Justice Program.
- Experience being responsible for, working in, or collaborating with a Conflict Resolution Program.
- Experience with budget and financial management.
- Experience hiring, evaluating, supervising and training staff.
- Demonstrated capacity to provide effective leadership and management in a fast-paced, highly complex organization.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and success in working with diverse constituencies, both domestic and international, to support an inclusive university environment.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- A current resume.
- 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 November 3, 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
Posting Contact Email: Recruiting@colorado.edu
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