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Assistant Director for Administrative and Operational Services

Auraria Library
Denver, Colorado
The hiring range for this position has been established at $85,000 - $90,000.
Posted Date
Oct 25, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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The University of Colorado Denver is the state’s premier public urban research
university and equity-serving institution. Globally connected and locally invested,
CU Denver partners with future-focused learners and communities to design
accessible, relevant, transformative educational experiences for every stage of
life and career. Across eight schools and colleges in the heart of downtown
Denver, our leading faculty inspires and works alongside students to solve
complex challenges through boundary-breaking innovation and impactful
research, and creative work. As part of the state’s largest university system, CU
Denver is a major contributor to the Colorado economy, with 2,000 employees
and an annual economic impact of more than $800 million. For more
information, visit
Career Family: Academic Services
Jobs in this career family provide direct professional support for the teaching
and/or educational service mission of the university. Functions include academic
advising/counseling, student personnel administration, recruitment and
admissions, registration, financial aid, faculty affairs, library services, curriculum
administration, and others involving direct support of the educational mission of
an academic unit.
Professional Level: Assistant Director
Assistant Directors have responsibility for projects, functions, or processes
within a department. These positions may recommend strategy and provide
professional support to Directors and may have the authority to act on the
Director's behalf. Assistant Directors typically supervise other staff but do not
generally control the allocation of fiscal or human resources.
The Auraria Library is seeking candidates for the Assistant Director for
Administrative and Operational Services, University Staff position.
Located in downtown Denver, Colorado, the Auraria Campus is home to three
institutions of higher education – the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan
State University of Denver, and Community College of Denver – both MSU
Denver and CCD are Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), and CU Denver is
working toward HSI and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander
(AANAPISI) designations. The Auraria Library serves the campus’ of over 35,000
students, the majority of whom are the first in their families to enroll in higher
education. Most of our students are Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color,
and we also serve large populations of veterans, transfer students, adult
learners, and other populations that have been historically underserved.
The Auraria Library is committed to diversity within its community and welcomes
applications from candidates across all dimensions and identities. The library
seeks candidates who embrace a multicultural, diverse, and inclusive workplace,
and who strive to incorporate those values in their work and interactions. While
the University of Colorado Denver is required to perform a background check
during the hiring process, as part of the library’s ongoing commitment to
increasing equity, this information will not exclude you from being considered for
this position and we encourage everyone, regardless of their status, to apply.
Please see our library values and diversity initiatives.
Position Emphasis:
The Assistant Director is responsible for the development of an evolving and
clear vision and direction for the specific functions and services of the
Administrative and Operational Services Division. This position has oversight of
the library’s IT (includes desktop support and web services) HR, Fiscal,
Communication, and Facilities (includes library security) functions. These areas
involve two important aspects-supporting library stakeholder workflows,
processes, and effectiveness and working externally in a highly complex triinstitutional
environment that requires the ability to bring together campus
partners around shared goals and initiatives.
This is a varied portfolio, and we understand candidates may not have direct
experience in all areas, so we are emphasizing elements of collaboration and
communication both internally and externally in blending these functions to
provide a holistic support framework through a strong vision and
implementation. In addition, the functions mentioned have a dotted reporting line
to the Director due to tri-institutional communication and collaboration needs.
While a dotted-line manager can provide feedback and assign work-related
tasks, they function as an internal stakeholder who guides the work but has a
limited scope.
The Assistant Director also provides inclusive leadership through shared
decision-making for library-wide planning, personnel decisions, budget
allocation, resource management, organizational effectiveness, program, and
policy development as part of the library’s Administrative Team and in
collaboration with the Department Heads group.
Assistant Director for Administrative and Operational
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The Assistant Director demonstrates interest and skill in collaborating with
individuals and groups within and beyond the library, across the campus, and in
the broader regional and library professional communities; has strong
organizational skills; the ability to work collaboratively and effectively both
independently and as a team leader and member. The individual in this role
possesses experience managing personnel and demonstrated collaborative
team-building skills, including the ability to motivate, develop, and mentor others,
and to welcome and support diverse ideas, cultures, and experiences. Finally,
the Assistant Director is committed to fostering a diverse educational
environment and workplace and responds effectively to changing campus needs
and priorities. This position reports to the Director and University Librarian.
Nature of Work:
Strategic and operational administration:
Provide inclusive leadership through shared decision-making for librarywide
planning, personnel decisions, budget allocation, resource
management, organizational effectiveness, and program and policy
development as part of the library’s Administrative Team and in
collaboration with the Department Heads Group
Collaborate with Director to align the work of the division with library and
campus strategic goals and directions
Advise library administration on campus policies and procedures, and
state and federal laws pertaining to administrative and operating needs
Oversee the following areas:
Information technology including desktop support and web
Human resources including payroll, hiring workflows, equitycentered
employee recruitment and retention, compensation
planning, recognition, professional development, and mentorship
Finance functions budgeting and accounting, fiscal management
and processes, strategic budget planning
Facilities and building operations functions include project
management, capital planning, design, and security.
Marketing and communications including brand development, print
and electronic material creation, strategic communication
campaigns, and social media.
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility:
Actively contribute to an inclusive, anti-racist, and equity-centered
working and learning environment as part of the library’s initiatives,
programs, and policies
Model inclusive excellence through specific actions, policies, and
practices that support the library’s diversity goals in the recruitment,
hiring, and retention of diverse employees
Organizational leadership and development:
Reduce ambiguity and build a community to maintain positive morale
and effectively manage interpersonal as well as organizational conflict in
collaboration with the Director and Department Heads
Assist the Director and Department Heads in addressing institutional and
broader change implications by developing a person-centered approach
that involves stakeholders, determining the impact of that change for
individuals, and providing tools such as project management to
effectively implement change
Function as a liaison and role model between the Administrative Team
and Department Heads. This includes taking proactive action to:
Foster an inclusive organizational culture that is built on trust,
accountability, transparent communication, and decision-making.
Assist Department Heads to gain an understanding of
organizational challenges, issues, limitations, and opportunities.
Communicate division issues and needs
(staffing/budget/resources) to the Administrative Team.
Supervision, Service, and Divisional leadership:
Supervise 5 other department and division leads and coordinators.
Serve on the library’s Administrative Team.
Participate on library, campus, regional, and national committees as
Define a continually evolving vision for the division which includes
providing a strategic direction for workflows, services, programming,
projects, and tools; coordinating day-to-day functions; and identifying
staffing, resource, and budget needs.
Ensure that all reports, direct and indirect, are successful in their roles
through proactive coaching, development, and management.
Establish a strong partnership with the other library divisions to ensure
alignment of cross-divisional workflows, communication, and initiatives.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Salary and Benefits:
The hiring range for this position has been established at $85,000 - $90,000.
(Please note, posted salary max was updated on October 5,2022).
The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of
factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education,
specialty, and training.
The above salary range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable
estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.
FLSA Status: Not eligible for overtime (exempt).
Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The
University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans, and retirement
contributions that add to your bottom line.
Total Compensation Calculator:
Diversity and Equity:
The University of Colorado Denver is committed to recruiting and supporting a
diverse student body, faculty, and administrative staff. The university strives to
promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication, and understanding.
We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with
disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community, and all veterans. The
University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and
The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure
environment for our faculty, staff, students, and visitors. To assist in achieving
that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.
The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with
disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an
accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact
the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at .
COVID-19 Requirement
The University of Colorado has a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and
full completion thereof by 9/1/21 or upon the start date. Information regarding
this requirement and exemptions can be found
Denver Campus exemptions are allowed for medical, religious, or personal
The University of Colorado Denver seeks individuals with a demonstrated
commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We
value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty, and staff of diverse


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