Director of External Fellowship and Scholarship Awards

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Student Affairs / Services

Academic Affairs supports DU as a student-centered research university where engaged learners, collaborative leaders, diverse scholars, and interdisciplinary faculty make discovering for the public good possible through advancing collaboration, building skills, supporting research, student engagement, academic rigor, and student success.

As an educational and research community, DU values curiosity, intellectual freedom, and open communication. DU respects individual differences and embraces civil discourse. DU promotes caring and close individual attention. DU is a community distinguished by inclusiveness, collaboration, responsiveness, and accountability. As such, we are committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and staff. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

The Director of External Fellowship and Scholarship Awards reports the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs with strong coordination and partnership with Career & Professional Development. The Director provides leadership by building strong partnerships with faculty managing key fellowships and award programs, while also partnering with staff across campus to promote opportunities to students and ensure students are aware of and well-prepared to apply for external merit-based fellowship and scholarship awards.

Position Summary

In this newly created position, the Director provides strategic leadership for the direction and administration of external merit-based fellowship and scholarship awards for undergraduate and graduate students, with the goal of increasing the number of applicants and awardees from the University of Denver. The Director will develop strategy for program development and growth with resources available, manage program logistics by partnering with campus faculty and staff, and track success metrics for all campus awards for coordinated university-wide reporting. Additionally, the Director will help students identify opportunities and advise them on the application processes involved, market opportunities to increase interest and participation, take part in campus-wide events, and serve as a resource to staff, faculty, and students. This position will present award/fellowship information to classes, faculty, academic advisors, student organizations, and other units across campus. The Director will engage students in a manner equitable to all students and in support of the University's strategic imperatives.

Essential Functions

Strategic Leadership

  • Develop a strategic plan for external fellowship and scholarship awards, with the goal of increasing both the number of applicants and applicant competitiveness.
  • Create success metrics for program outcomes; track and evaluate effectiveness of programs and the quality of applicants.
  • Provide leadership and coordination between faculty and staff managing awards on campus to ensure coordinated reporting, marketing, and student preparation.
  • Serve as campus liaison for national and international fellowship and scholarship organizations. Manage the institutional fellowship nomination process, record-keeping, and reporting.
  • Independently manage the day-to-day operations of awards processes across campus with minimal supervision.
  • Conduct research on best practices in the design and administration of competitive, merit-award programs.
  • Develop relationships with fellowship granting institutions to create on-campus and virtual meetings /webinars.
  • Manage operational budget for External Fellowships and Scholarships awards program.

Communication and Outreach

  • Partner with campus stakeholders within Academic Affairs, Graduate Studies, the Office of International Education, and Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence to integrate external fellowship and scholarship information into existing programs and initiatives.
  • Build relationships with faculty/staff with knowledge of merit and fellowship awards.
  • Cultivate partnerships with faculty and staff to recruit, mentor, and support applicants.
  • Participate in networking and professional development activities to increase knowledge of scholarship/fellowship opportunities, funding criteria, and applicant profiles.
  • In collaboration with Career & Professional Development and Alumni Relations, identify and market scholarship/fellowship opportunities for students/alumni including content relevant to students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Work closely with Institutional Research and Marketing and Communications to report and promote student fellowship achievements internally and externally.
  • Partner with faculty and staff academic advisors and career advisors to encourage integration of information on merit awards into their advising.
  • Develop and maintain web content, database, videos and blogs to enhance awareness of opportunities and to increase student preparation for awards.

Training and Advising

  • Build and deliver targeted programming and events (in-person and virtual) designed to increase applicants’ knowledge of merit award opportunities and application procedures and to improve competitiveness for the selection process.
  • Identify and provide group and individual outreach to potential candidates.
  • Connect applicants to appropriate campus resources to help them prepare successful applications.
  • Create a referral pipeline by providing training on major fellowships to key faculty, staff, and advisors to create a referral pipeline.
  • Provide individual/group advising to student applicants on the various merit award opportunities that are applicable to their interests/degree.
  • Manage the promotion, advising, nomination, and application process for nationally and internationally competitive fellowships, scholarships and grants.
  • Provide individual and group advising sessions to students through all stages of discernment, application, nomination, interview, and selection processes.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of national/international scholarship/fellowship programs (for example, Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Fulbright, Carnegie, Luce, Udall, Schwarzman) and related procedures and processes.
  • Excellent presentation, writing, and editing skills including assisting students in writing CVs/resumes, cover letters, applications, interview preparation.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in collaborations that focus on organizational goals.
  • Strong leadership and programmatic planning skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to foster relationships with stakeholders, campus leaders and faculty.
  • Effective communication and coaching/advising skills.
  • Experience in program assessment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree or equivalent combination of education or work experience (Veterans with equivalent combination of military certification/education and experience may substitute for the degree qualification).
  • 5 years of professional experience in higher education or similar complex environment such as military, government or non-profit.
  • Experience in career or academic advising/coaching/program management.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree, preferably in higher education.
  • 2 years of experience working with students seeking competitive merit awards and fellowships.
  • 7 years of professional experience, including 3 years in higher education.
  • Proven interest in supporting diverse students’ academic success.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Occasional nights and weekends as needed. 

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) January 28, 2022.

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 11.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $70,000 - $78,000.

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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