Equity Labs Executive Director

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Marketing / Communications / Media, Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support, Research, Academic Administration

The Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) is a vibrant community of scholars and teachers committed to having a diverse faculty and student body. The School’s curriculum, research, and community partnerships emphasize social and economic justice, along with an understanding of and respect for social, political, and cultural diversity both nationally and internationally. GSSW provides an intellectual, collegial, and supportive environment that fosters interdisciplinary and international educational opportunities. GSSW engages in collaborative projects locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. GSSW and the University of Denver are committed to enhancing the diversity of faculty and staff. Equity Labs is one of five institutes/labs that enhance the mission of GSSW by serving the public good.

Equity Labs offers diversity, equity, and inclusion programming that catalyzes meaningful workplace change through training and application. Equity Labs supports organization sand teams and individuals within them--to make their workplaces equitable for all employees and stakeholders. Participation in Equity Labs includes immersive workshop activities and expertly facilitated conversations to shift participants perspectives. Pre-work and follow-up engagement provide additional opportunities to practice, reflect, and deepen learning over time.

Equity Labs engages participants in three pillars, 1) Deepening Human Connection to explore diverse perspectives, 2) Embracing Difficult Conversations to build capacity, 3) Imagining an Equitable World to set the practice in motion. In the Labs, we build awareness of the myriad ways systemic inequities create unwelcoming workplaces; we provide tools and strategies participants can use to shift these dynamics; we create a space in which to practice and apply these learnings; we tap into individual creativity to imagine what is possible, what could be in place of what is. For more information: https://www.equityis.org/equity-labs 

Position Summary

Reporting to the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) Dean, the Equity Labs Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership, programming, and financial well-being of the institute. Primarily externally-facing, the Executive Director is solely responsible for client business development (i.e., working to identify and secure contracts with organizations or groups who could benefit from Equity Lab training) and then on-going relationship management with our target audiences of corporate, non-profit, and public sector leaders. The Executive Director coordinates among new and existing clients, program staff, and facilitators to identify clients’ diversity, equity, and inclusion needs and develop impactful solutions.

The Executive Director has expertise in driving organizational change related to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts with a focus on practice and application and utilizing a Power Privilege and Oppression (PPO) framework that centers social justice and racial equity. Utilizing adult learning best practices and instructional design principles, the Executive Director is the primary steward of all Equity Labs curricula and works with diverse teams of stakeholders to develop new offerings that meet external audience needs and ensures financial stability for Equity Labs. Responsible for the financial oversight and management of Equity Labs, the Executive Director also works closely with the Dean, GSSW Executive Director of Development, and advisory council to meet fundraising goals.

This executive leadership role includes personnel management with the Executive Director overseeing the Assistant Director, marketing and communications staff, faculty research director, curricular design committee(s), and facilitators. Additionally, the Executive Director selects and manages an advisory council made up of the Dean, DEI subject matter experts, marketing and communications professionals, and sales and fundraising advisors.

Essential Functions

Curricular Oversight and Development

  • Oversee development and delivery.
  • Maintain quality control to ensure alignment with organizational vision, mission, and values.
  • Develop new curricula to advance the mission of the organization and as deemed appropriate to meet emerging strategic imperatives.

Fiscal Management

  • Cultivate new customer, donor, and foundation relationships, securing partnership and collaboration agreements consistent with legal guidance provided by DU General Counsels office.
  • Lead grant research and writing efforts to secure philanthropic support.
  • Coordinate with Business Officer and Campus Partners to manage budgets and financial operations.
  • Work with Business Officer and Campus Partners to develop and maintain systems, internal budget transfers and re-charges, etc.
  • Ensure budget is balanced by regularly reporting (monthly or more regularly, if needed) income and expense projects to Dean.

Direction and Coordination of Research

  • Oversee development and delivery of research agenda.
  • Recruit and coordinate a diverse team of research affiliates (faculty, staff, and students) to fulfill goals of EIPP research agenda, as well as individual affiliate research platforms.
  • Provide research reports, documentation, and status updates as indicated by corporate/foundation/NPO sponsorship agreements.
  • Ensure research affiliates are compliant with university IRB and research protocols.

Communications and Marketing Management

  • Oversee development and implementation of communications and marketing plans to support all efforts.
  • Manage DU inline website.
  • Manage EquityIs.org website.
  • Coordinate content creation; development of pitch decks and print collateral; management of social media platforms.
  • Direct creation of all status, progress, and research reports for DU internal audiences and external stakeholders as indicated by sponsorship agreements.

Personnel Management

  • Oversee hiring and management of all personnel, including core staff, facilitators, student employees, interns, vendors, contractors, etc.
  • Coordinate with Business Officer and Campus Partners to create systems for recruiting, hiring, tracking, and managing vendors and contractors.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Extensive knowledge of best practices and application of diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly as they relate to workplaces, organizational change/culture change, and program design.
  • Possess advanced to expert interpersonal skills and ability to develop relationships to cultivate leads, convert them, and provide effective, inclusive collaboration that is mindful of the population(s) being served.
  • Familiarity with immersive and experiential learning, practice, reflection, and application in the design and delivery of curricula.
  • Experience providing workshops for corporations or large organizations, developing resources to support effective application of diversity, equity, and inclusion, social justice, and racial equity concepts, leading learning communities, and/or facilitating peer-support groups.
  • Ability to apply research findings in a continuous improvement cycle of program delivery, evaluation, and improvement to ensure effectiveness of all curricular offerings.
  • Able to explain (in writing and verbally) application of diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts for workplace change to non-specialists.
  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal, facilitation, and problem-solving skills, including the ability to maintain collaborative and confidential relationships.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail, and demonstrated success with budget management.
  • The ability to understand the relationships between budgeting and the desired programmatic and institutional outcomes.
  • Advanced facilitation and conflict management skills.
  • Facility with customer relationship management tools (e.g., Salesforce)

Required Qualifications

  • 5 years of executive-level business responsibilities.
  • Masters degree in social work, business, leadership, management, or similar.
  • Expertise in DEI, social justice, or racial equity programming.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience leading teams.
  • Curricular design.
  • Prior teaching experience.
  • New product development for earned revenue.
  • Experience working with private and corporate funders.
  • Knowledge of or experience in higher education.

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) on October 26th, 2021.

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

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 13.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $85,000-$95,000.

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 committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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

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