Senior Director, Inclusive Culture and Initiatives

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 20, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The Senior Director of Inclusive Culture and Initiatives is a diversity, equity and inclusivity specialist serving as an ambassador to campus units. This position also serves as an advisor, educator, trainer and designer of standard methodologies in support of the Office of Diversity, Equity Community and Engagement (ODECE) initiatives and will work collaboratively with peers in schools and units to align the IDEA Plan and related Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) efforts across the university. The IDEA Plan is CU Boulder campus’s ‘living’ blueprint of recommendations identified to change the culture of the university by promoting diversity, improving equitable opportunities for underserved people, and advancing the work of making excellence inclusive at all levels. The candidate will possess strategic expertise, knowledge of DE&I, empathy, intelligence, flexibility, and collaborative instincts needed to partner with the entire University of Colorado Boulder community to increase its diversity while continually evolving to become more inclusive and equitable.
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

ODECE works with partners across campus and in community to create inclusive and equitable opportunities for all students, faculty and staff. Our office seeks to make diversity, equity and inclusion cornerstones of all educational experiences and environments on campus. Programs and initiatives are intended to engage the campus and community members in valuing our common experiences and celebrating our differences.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Consulting, Training and Facilitation
  • Assess and understand the DE&I needs of academic and administrative units, in addition to university-wide goals and objectives to identify campus-wide solutions.
  • Design educational workshops, trainings and dialogues for faculty and staff to gain awareness, knowledge, and skills in a variety of social justice areas, including but not limited to intersectionality, implicit bias, intercultural understanding, racism, sexism, classism, colorism, homophobia, and transphobia, as well as a range of socially-relevant and timely topics.
  • Assist with developing collaborative efforts in cooperation with ODECE, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Athletics, and other units to create and implement inclusive policies, resources, and sustainable ground-breaking diversity workshops and services designed to engage students and enhance the campus climate for underrepresented communities.
  • Actively foster and maintain a university climate that is supportive of employees and respectful of difference, as well as create a learning environment for students that encourages personal development, self-reflection, and academic success.
  • Assist with the development of meaningful metrics, tools, and analytics that enable ODECE to evaluate the effectiveness and performance DE&I efforts.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with members of the CCI to align the IDEA plan and related university-wide DE&I efforts and progress.

Diversity Summit and Initiatives
  • Coordinate and develop content for campus Diversity Summits. Support summit planning including scheduling of special guests and implementing projects. Facilitate committee meetings and organize campus partners to ensure Diversity Summit engagement.
  • Serve as the on campus administrator and CU Boulder diversity liaison to manage diversity awards with the Boulder campus and system administration.
Campus Representation and Strategic Partnerships
  • Assist the AVC for ISA to envision, conceptualize, and communicate the university's inclusive excellence mission through a broad and inclusive definition of diversity.
  • Partner with Strategic Relations to regularly communicate DE&I initiatives, events and progress.

What You Should Know
  • This position will require some evening and weekend commitments.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position is $87,000 - $100,000 annually.


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
  • Bachelor’s Degree and 5 years of experience in community organizational efforts, leading diversity, conference planning, or other related experiences or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in presenting, writing about, and/or discussing issues in a way that results in productive discussion and meaningful outcomes.

What You Will Need
  • Appreciation for, and sensitivity to, equity, diversity, campus-climate and community. Familiarity with the impact of equity and inclusion.
  • Outstanding communication, interpersonal, and student development skills to interact effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students, parents, faculty, alumni, and constituents.
  • Demonstrated ability of working effectively with individuals and groups form a variety of identities, cultures and backgrounds. Ability to be a collaborator and work diplomatically, with the capacity to build bridges and consensus.
  • Understanding and proven track record of developing, coaching, and managing professional staff.
  • Proven record of creating strong working relationships, advising students and student organizations, developing and managing programs, and coordinating and facilitating workshops.
  • Creativity, ability to navigate ambiguity, resourcefulness, initiative, and a high degree of motivation.

What We Would Like You To Have
  • Bachelor’s Degree and 6 years of experience in community organizational efforts, leading diversity, conference planning, or other related experiences.
  • Master’s degree in Ethnic Studies, History, Sociology, Higher Education Administration or related field.
  • At least 4 years of experience in curriculum/workshop/training, facilitation of social justice topics to faculty, staff and a diverse group and undergraduate students.
  • Experience with developing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Performance assessments/metrics.
  • Leadership experience in retention program development, diversity programming/education and implementation.
  • Demonstrated experience in understanding issues and trends in higher education programs which focus on the retention needs of low-income first generation, historically underrepresented, marginalized and/or or underserved college students.
  • Demonstrated experience with providing high impact campus-wide culturally engaging educational programs.

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 January 29, 2021 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

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