Assistant Director of Student Success Initiatives

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jul 09, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The Exploratory Studies Program at CU Boulder encourages applications for an Assistant Director of Student Success Initiatives! This professional position is responsible for the leadership of the Academic Coaching Program and the Transfer Advising Team in the University Exploration and Advising Center (UEAC), as well as several key components of academic standing and student recovery in the Program in Exploratory Studies (PES). The position provides supervision of Academic Coaches and Transfer Advisors; student-facing support; and the development of programs/initiatives to support transfer students, international students, and students in academic difficulty. The individual in this position will report to and work closely with the Director of First-Year and Exploratory Advising and will also work closely with additional leadership members and front-line staff in the UEAC. In addition to the primary functions of leadership, staff development, creative problem-solving, and the creation, implementation and assessment of relevant student success initiatives, the individual in this position will also collaborate with campus partners in various roles across CU Boulder.
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

Our Values:

  • Inclusivity: Members of the UEAC strive to create a welcoming environment to foster community and shared success among students and staff; engage with diverse perspectives; and demonstrate a strong commitment to respect and care for students, members of the UEAC community and the greater campus as a whole.
  • Collaboration: Members of the UEAC strive to develop partnerships, collaborate, and seek win-for-all solutions.
  • Innovation: Members of the UEAC strive to create a culture of curiosity, learning, and experimentation to create new opportunities and promote continuous improvement.
  • Integrity: Members of the UEAC strive to provide an environment that operates on transparency, meaningful interactions, and alignment of our values and actions.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Developmental Supervision, Planning, and Leadership

  • Supervises, supports and develops individual members of the UEAC Academic Coaching and Transfer Advising Teams, including regular one-on-ones, goal- and behavior-based annual plans and evaluations, and daily availability and connections.
  • Hires, onboards, and trains new employees, including the important aspect of directing professional development and ongoing training throughout supervisees’ careers with UEAC.
  • Advocates on behalf of team members, direct reports, and key initiatives in relevant settings, including communication and collaboration within the UEAC.
  • Engages in planning, support and collaboration across the UEAC overall, including regular team meetings, trainings, and relevant communication.
  • Works closely with the Director of First-Year and Exploratory Advising and other leadership members in the unit on various initiatives and planning, including attending regular leadership meetings.
  • Connects with various campus partners in support of students and broader initiatives, including faculty members and staff in both Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.
  • Builds strong liaison relationships with key partners and student support offices across campus.

Assessment, Administrative Work, and Student Success Initiatives

  • Utilizes ongoing assessment to seek improvement of key outcomes and make data-informed decisions.
  • Provides guidance and perspective on PES policies to Associate Vice Provost for Advising and Exploratory Studies and serves on the PES policies committee.
  • Assists with academic standing-related processes and practices for PES students.
  • Assists with late drop petition processes and practices for PES students and participates in petition review.
  • Partners with PES staff and relevant partners across campus on various new and ongoing student success initiatives.

Individual and Group Work with Students

  • Provides academic coaching and/or academic advising to students, depending on unit needs.
  • Maintains accurate and detailed student records, tracks student performance, and when applicable, develops and presents reports.
  • Conducts proactive outreach and intervention activities with students, selecting strategies where there is a strong likelihood of positively impacting student persistence and academic success. Populations may include at-risk students, students in or approaching academic difficulty, and/or other first-year or transfer students, all within the PES population.
  • Manages international student support initiatives within PES.
  • Supports and/or teaches staff-led FYXP courses.
  • Connects with students to gain feedback, suggestions, and general understanding of the student experience in PES.

Professional Development

  • Works toward a consistent level of professional development, including but not limited to relevant conferences, mentoring opportunities, coursework, workshops, and research.

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $64,000-$72,000.


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

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of five (5) years of professional, related experience; OR completed Master’s degree and three (3) years of professional, related experience. (Two years of graduate assistantship work in related field can be substituted for one year of professional experience).
  • Minimum of two (2) years of professional supervision, leadership or mentorship experience, which can be concurrent.
  • Experience working with special populations including international students, transfer students, students in academic difficulty, first-generation students, etc.
  • Experience managing parent concerns.
  • Experience with student success initiatives.
  • Experience applying student development theory.

What You Will Need

  • Global mindedness and mission-focused, supportive leadership.
  • Motivation, inspiration and building trusting relationships.
  • Commitment to inclusivity and cultural competence.
  • Teaching and development skills.
  • Outcome-focused collaboration and unbiased decision-making.
  • Innovation and accountability.
  • Customer service.
  • Student-centered work ethic and a high level of personal integrity.
  • Proven interpersonal excellence with colleagues.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Completed Master’s degree in higher education administration or related field.
  • Six (6) or more years of experience working with students in a higher education advising or coaching setting.
  • Three (3) or more years of professional supervision in a higher education setting.
  • Experience working with international students and/or transfer students in a higher education setting.
  • Classroom teaching experience.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

1. A current resume.
2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

3. A short essay (no more than 1 pages) that addresses the following statement: "Our unit recognizes that our mission is strengthened by contributions from diverse perspectives. Describe what your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion looks like in practice."

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by July 25, 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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