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Executive Director, Latino Research

University of Colorado Denver
Colorado, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Oct 23, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Executive Director, Latino Research & Policy Center-31842

University Staff


University of Colorado | CU Denver

Latino Research & Policy Center (LRPC)

Executive Director, Latino Research & Policy Center

Position #00816281 - Requisition #31842

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

The Latino Research and Policy Center has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified)

Executive Director, Latino Research & Policy Center.

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 annual economic impact of more than $800 million. For more information, visit


Founded in 1997 as a successor to the Colorado Hispanic Institute (CHI: 1986-1996), the Latino Research & Policy Center (LRPC) at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) serves as a think tank, providing intellectual and strategic guidance focused on Latinx issues in health, education, and immigration. Since its inception, the Center's research program has been built on a social action research model, with the idea that scholarly research should positively impact the community it studies and not simply as an abstract academic exercise. This action research orientation remains a defining feature of the LRPC's work. The LRPC leads multidisciplinary teams to produce high-quality research that is vital to the health and wellness of Latinx communities. The LRPC provides support for research, community engagement, scholarly production, and grant writing in collaboration with Latinx faculty, staff, students, and community.

Supervision Received

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Supervision Exercised

Three (3) full-time professional staff

Responsibilities and Essential Duties

Research Leadership
  • Develop and lead the LRPC's research agenda, including the pursuit of external funding. 
  • Create and coordinate small- and large-scale research teams for the LRPC. 
  • Convene scholars from across disciplines to develop research projects and grant proposals. 
  • Develop institutional review board (IRB) applications to ensure compliance with research policies and procedures. 
  • Lead research teams to complete project deliverables on time and within budgets. 
  • Prepare project documentation and research reports, including reports to research sponsors. 
  • Prepare scholarly publications based on and reflecting research team results. 
  • Collaborate with LRPC community engagement manager and university communications personnel to effectively disseminate research findings to diverse and broad audiences.

    Administrative Leadership

  • Create conditions for the LRPC to fulfill its mission and vision. 
  • Oversee daily operations of the LRPC, providing executive direction for program strategies and efficiencies, compliance, and quality assurance. 
  • Identify and address staffing requirements for efficient operations and maintain a strong work culture that attracts and retains staff. 
  • Ensure compliance of the LRPC and its staff with university policies and regulations. 
  • Demonstrate adaptive and effective communications suitable for a wide range of audiences.

    Community Building and Engagement 

  • Increase awareness of the LRPC by being the main spokesperson and liaison with media, community leaders, and supporters of the Center. 
  • Act as an ambassador of the LRPC to external audiences. 
  • Build and communicate LRPC identity as a policy, research, and community resource. 
  • Implement high-impact and high-visibility programs aligned with the organization's mission. 

    Fundraising and Resource Acquisition 

  • Create conditions to ensure the financial success of the LRPC. 
  • Develop an actionable plan for fundraising.
  • Cultivate relationships with foundations and donors. 
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff to identify and apply to funding sources. 
  • Meet fundraising goals by securing financial support from foundations, corporations, and individual donors. 

    Financial Management 

  • Develop, oversee, manage, and report on the LRPC budget. 
  • Administer completed contracts including management of financial terms, compliance, invoicing, monitoring of milestones, termination, and renegotiation.

    This position requires a presence on site. Provisions for remote work arrangements can be made, as necessary.

    Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctoral or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher education. 
  • Five (5) years of experience in securing external research funding with a history of academic publications.
  • Five (5) years of experience developing and leading interdisciplinary research teams.
  • Experience with research related to or developing community partnerships related to Latinx communities. 
  • A proven track record of effectively overseeing and collaborating with staff members.

    Required: Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in higher education and sponsored research budget and finances. This includes budgets, cash flow, income statements, and balance statements. 
  • Experience in developing funding proposals, including adherence to sponsor guidelines and solicitation requirements and managing externally sponsored research projects. 
  • Experience leading a research center. 
  • Proven effective experience in fundraising (grants and gifts), including engaging in development activities. 
  • Experience in public relations. 
  • Experience with brand development and management. 

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Proficiency in conducting research on Latinx communities, policy issues, and socio-economic trends.
  • Strong analytical skills to assess the impact of policies on Latinx populations.
  • Ability to lead and manage a team of researchers and policy analysts effectively.
  • Skill in interpreting data and statistics related to Latinx demographics and policy outcomes.
  • Understanding of diverse Latino cultures and the ability to work with multicultural teams.
  • Capability to develop and implement research and policy strategies.
  • Experience in advocating for policies that benefit Latinx communities.
  • Produce well-structured reports and policy briefs for various stakeholders.
  • Effective communication skills for presenting research findings to diverse audiences.
  • A deep passion for promoting the well-being of Latinx communities.
  • Commitment to ethical research practices and advocacy.

    Salary and Benefits

    The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $134,102 - $139,500.

    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 (or hiring range) represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

    This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

    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.


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    Diversity and Equity

    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 .
    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 and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

    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.

    Application Deadline

    Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at

    The position will remain open until it is filled. Applications received by November 30, 2023, will be given full consideration. A complete application includes a statement of interest letter addressing the themes and stated requirements, a current CV, and 3 references (names and contact information). Click here, Executive Director, Latino Research & Policy Center, to apply.

    Required Application Materials

    To apply, please visit: and attach:

    1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
    2. A current CV/resume
    3. List of three to five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references)

    Questions should be directed to: Tyler Keyworth,

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