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Associate Director, 4D Mentoring and Planning

University of Denver
Denver, Colorado
The salary range for this position is $60,000-$70,000.
Posted Date
Dec 21, 2022

Student Affairs & Inclusive Excellence (SAIE) is the central student affairs division of the University of Denver.

SAIE supports students in their holistic development through advocacy, collaboration, and education, and we strive to be full partners in students’ learning experience. SAIE values student centricity; diversity, equity, and inclusion; collaboration; adaptability; and accountability. The Division’s strategic priorities are:

  • Enrich the holistic student experience
  • Elevate & Embed diversity, equity & inclusion
  • Engage purposeful partnerships
  • Enhance staff development, learning & wellbeing
  • Enact sustainable practices & operations

SAIE includes Housing and Residential Education; Student Engagement; Fraternity and Sorority Life; Health and Counseling Center; Inclusion & Equity Education; Disability Services Program; The Cultural Center; Access & Transitions; Learning Effectiveness Program; Veterans and Military Resources; Student Outreach and Support; Student Rights & Responsibilities; Budget, Operations, and Division Resources; New Student Programs; Parent & Family Engagement; and Community and Driscoll Commons.

The University of Denver’s four-dimensional (4D) model is a framework for holistic learning and development that ensures that students not only graduate but do so with the skills, capacities, and frameworks to thrive. Through an individualized 4D Experience comprising formal and informal touch points that enable them to reflect, connect the dots, and chart customized pathways, students engage with the four dimensions of advancing intellectual growth, exploring character, promoting well-being, and pursuing careers and lives of purpose. In the process, students are supported by their constellation of mentors and advisors and develop a set of building blocks that collectively support their lifelong learning, engagement, and thriving, all in support of the public good.

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the 4D Executive Director, the 4D Associate Director of Mentoring and Planning will oversee strategy and planning, program management and coordination, research and assessment, and resource and technology acquisition and development related to building out a comprehensive 4D mentoring constellation for students. This 4D Constellation is a pillar of the 4D Experience, ensuring that the University of Denver provides each student with the holistic support and relationship-rich education that we know is critical to their success.

In this work, the 4D Associate Director of Mentoring and Planning will develop and map short- and long-term action steps to operationalize strategy related to the 4D Constellation and achieve broadly stated goals with campus-wide impact. They will identify key objectives and outcomes, build necessary campus-wide partnerships, monitor and evaluate progress and timelines, convene and communicate with stakeholders, and standardize frameworks and approaches to mentoring support. This work will entail organizing and establishing connective tissue across existing mentoring initiatives across campus and bringing them under one umbrella. It will also involve identifying where the mentoring gaps exist and organizing campus resources and partners accordingly to address those gaps and further build out the infrastructure and programming for the comprehensive mentoring constellation.

The 4D Associate Director of Mentoring and Planning will work closely not only with students but also with faculty, staff, and administrators across campus divisions and units. In doing so, they will build positive relationships with the campus community and serve as a point of contact for 4D programming, planning, and communications related to the 4D Constellation.

This position will be in person on the main University of Denver campus.

Essential Functions

Strategic Leadership, Management, and Planning

  • Provide strategic leadership, management, and guidance for the development of a comprehensive mentoring constellation, overseeing planning and execution of related initiatives and projects.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with other units as well as convene campus-wide mentoring working groups and collaboratives, comprising faculty, staff, and student stakeholders.
  • Develop and map project flows and timelines and identify areas for improvement.
  • Establish and maintain a complex system of materials and resources related to the 4D Constellation for internal records as well as for access by university constituents, including faculty, staff, and students.
  • Create monthly summaries of projects, tasks, accomplishments, and future goals for use by the 4D leadership team.
  • Approach work and working environment through an equity-minded lens and offer critical feedback to ensure initiative design and implementations are thoughtful about diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion.

Research and Assessment

  • Track performance measures and evaluate and assess efficacy of mentoring initiatives in collaboration with 4D team and in partnership with the SAIE Director of Assessment and Planning.
  • Maintain and forge research collaborations to gather data that may inform strategy and initiatives related to the 4D Constellation.
  • Research and benchmark mentoring programs.
  • Remain up-to-date on higher education mentoring literature and best practices.

Resource and Technology Development

  • Develop and maintain a database of mentoring resources for the campus community; support campus-wide training and development programs around mentorship.
  • Support the acquisition and development of technology that will scale and enhance mentoring initiatives on campus.

Other Duties

  • Serve as a member of the 4D leadership team.
  • Meet with the 4D Executive Director regularly and provide updates on a consistent basis to the 4D leadership team and various stakeholders about strategy and progress.
  • Work with the 4D team to develop communication strategies and materials as well as to publicize progress, utilizing web presence and newsletters and creating reports and briefing documents.
  • Participate in other activities at the University of Denver that are relevant to the position and at the direction of the Executive Director of the 4D Experience.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong planning, problem-solving, decision-making, and organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to forge successful partnerships and work professionally with a wide range of students, faculty, staff, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Consistently high attention to detail

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education or related field of study
  • Five or more years of relevant full-time professional experience
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, communication, time management, and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to an inclusive culture and environment
  • Experience with developing and administering mentoring programs or initiatives

Preferred Qualifications

  • Seven or more years of relevant full-time professional experience
  • Experience with successfully developing, managing, and evaluating multi-layered endeavors with many constituents and competing priorities
  • Experience with and understanding of various systems and technologies related to mentorship
  • Experience developing theoretical frameworks and writing programmatic outcomes and assessment plans.

Working Environment

1. Standard office environment.
2. Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) January 9, 2023.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 10.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $60,000-$70,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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