Assistant Director of Leadership and Social Justice

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
May 28, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

Residence Life at CU Boulder encourages applications for an Assistant Director of Leadership and Social Justice! This position is responsible for the overall management of an undergraduate residence hall(s) of up to 2000 students in a large housing operation. The main responsibilities of this position include the facilitation of student leadership initiatives and organizations, providing direction for social justice and inclusion initiatives, human resource management, strategic planning, departmental visioning, assessment, operations, administration, fiscal management, and crisis response. In addition, the position may work closely with Residential Academic Programs (RAP) and/or Living Learning Communities (LLC). The Assistant Director directly supervises 3 Hall Directors, up to 3 program coordinators, and indirectly supervises 50+ student staff members and organizational executives in multiple capacities.
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

Residence Life is an innovative and ground-breaking organization that builds dynamic residential living and learning communities using practices that are socially just and sustainable. We are characterized by our dedicated, knowledgeable, and caring staff; our attractive facilities; outstanding dining experiences; state-of-the-art technology; and quality conference services. We promote experiences to support and challenge students to create the tools to build their lives and achieve academic success.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Co-Curricular and Student Leadership

  • Lead the unit’s initiatives in the development and facilitation of a comprehensive student involvement and leadership program, including student organizations and curricular educational offerings, with the goal of having 70%+ of residence hall students reporting involvement in the campus community by the end of the year.
  • Assist in programs that accelerate the academic, interpersonal/ behavioral, sense of community, and leadership skills of all resident students at the university.
  • Guide departmental vision and implementation of large-scale programming, including programming to be included in Welcome Week and during peak university periods such as Halloween and Saint Patrick's Day.
  • Advise both regional and national student leadership conference delegates, while ensuring compliance with university risk management, travel, and budget procedures. This also includes supporting conference preparations, on-site advising support, and operating a motor vehicle to transport students to/from conference activities.
  • Develop, document, and implement a student development model for the residence halls.
  • Co-Advise, and advise, student organizations such as the Residence Hall Association, National Residence Hall Honorary, Resident Assistant Council, and EcoReps through effective one-to-one meetings with officers and additional advisers.
  • Advocate student concerns to the university and community populations.
  • Oversee the residence life advising training process for residence life staff.
  • Assist in campus retention and enrollment management efforts.
  • Serve as the primary liaison with relevant campus departments such as the Center for Student Involvement, including residence life’s interface with student organization software.

Social Justice and Inclusion

  • Provide direction for the development of departmental, strategic and operational planning, and evaluation and assessment efforts crafted to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success.
  • Serve as an intentional liaison between the work happening in the CU Office of Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement (ODECE), and CU Center for Inclusion and Social Change (CISC) and the Residential Experience (ResX) model for enhanced student engagement around identity and community.
  • Establish and cultivate partnerships with staff, academic support programs, and student organizations across campus that provide direct support to students of all social identities living in the residence halls.
  • Partner with campus specialists, and serve as a consultant for the identity-based Living Learning Communities, providing support for curriculum and program development.
  • Build, deliver, and assess training for Residence Life student and professional staff that enables us to be responsive to the changing needs of underrepresented students (i.e., U.S. racially/ethnically diverse students, DACA recipients, international students, LGBTQ+ students, veterans, religiously diverse students, other student affinity groups).
  • Provide workshops, training, and other experiences advised by standard methodologies and theory to support the formation of inclusive and respectful communities.
  • Remain vigilant within residence hall spaces and facilities while also helping to guide the review and creation of departmental policies, procedures, and crisis management response protocol, in a manner that keeps inclusive excellence at the center of our work.

Human Resource Management

  • Directly supervise 2-3 professional master’s level hall directors, 2-3 Program Coordinators, and 50+ student staff members in multiple capacities.
  • Assist the implementation of processes to recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate highly hardworking, student affairs-focused staff at all position levels of Residence Life.
  • Conduct intentional performance reviews for professional staff and maintain ongoing accountability passionate about learning.
  • Assist professional staff to build inclusive and caring relationships with student staff and students within the residential community.

Operations & Administration

  • Guide the residence life initiatives to build a flawless operational and administrative environment that exceeds student needs and expectations.
  • Chair departmental committees and represent the department to the university and Boulder community committees as assigned.
  • Serve as a residence life liaison to maintenance, environmental services, dining services, reservations, and finance units.
  • Assist with facility concerns in residence halls.

Strategic Planning, Leadership, and Assessment

  • Provide exceptional leadership for all professional and student staff, strategic planning, implementation, and assessment, all assigned initiatives, and all committee work in Residence Life and the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Support the development and furthering of the organizational philosophy, mission, and programs within Residence Life.
  • Develop, implement, and interpret benchmarking and community surveys for residence life.
  • Assist in the development and provide leadership for the completion of residence life strategic goals and initiatives.
  • Participate in vision creation, resources, and strategic implementation in the Residence Life strategic planning process.
  • Act as representative of Residence Life and Student Affairs on campus.

External Relations

  • Provide excellent support and leadership to all external partners through service-minded attention to the broader housing, student affairs, and university missions.
  • Serve and lead student affairs committees as needed.
  • Collaborate with parents regarding concerns for students in the halls.
  • Assist with Orientation campus admissions events as needed.
  • Assist with conference services.

Fiscal Resource Management

  • Administrate all fiscal processes with maximum integrity and timeliness.
  • Follow all federal, state, university, and departmental budget procedures.
  • Assist in managing the residence life budgets.
  • Allocate budget dollars to support critical initiatives.

Emergency Response

  • Advise and evaluate all emergency and crisis responses.
  • Serve in an on-call rotation for 7,000+ residents.
  • Provide crisis management assistance through immediate response and follow-up.
  • Uphold departmental and university crisis response policies and procedures.

What You Should Know

This position has an expected August start date.

What We Can Offer
  • The salary for this position is $62,000.


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’s Degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education or equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.
  • 3 years of job-related experience including supervisory experience.

What You Will Need
  • Operational knowledge of technology, computer programs, and budget development.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience partnering closely with academic affairs and university faculty members in an academically rich residential environment, preferably a residential college or residential curriculum model.
  • Experience working with student leaders.
  • Experience with a first-year student experience residential program.
  • Experience with advising RHA and/or NRHH.
  • Experience within a multicultural affairs office or with identity-based program development.
  • Proven commitment to social justice and inclusion in a residential setting.
  • Proven experience with student conduct, crisis intervention, and emergency response.

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.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by June 13, 2021, 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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