Executive Director of Student Interventions and Supports

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

Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence (CLIE) is the student affairs division of the University of Denver. CLIE includes Housing and Residential Education, Student Interventions and Supports, Student Engagement and Fraternity & Sorority Life, Health and Counseling, Access and Transitions, The Cultural Center, New Student and Family Programs and Veteran Services.

We are committed to providing students with the support and skills needed to become empowered citizens that positively impact the communities they are a part of, now, and in the future. We do so by challenging student to:

  • Reflect on their values and identities
  • Recognize their strengths and acknowledge areas for further growth
  • Understand the importance of needing support and seeking it
  • Cultivate their passions, and 
  • Foster the public good

The area of Student Interventions and Supports is part of the Division of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence. This area manages departments and initiatives which aim to support students proactively and reactively in educational and developmentally appropriate ways. Broadly, the departments under this area focus on helping students have the support needed to focus on their academic work, including basic life needs and appropriate and reasonable accommodations, and provides the appropriate behavioral interventions to support students learn from their decisions and take responsibility for their growth during college as they prepare to enter into the greater global community.

The Executive Director of Student Interventions and Supports manages the following departments:

  • Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Student Outreach and Support
  • Disability Services Program
  • Learning Effectiveness Program

Additionally, the Executive Director of Student Interventions and Supports will in the absence of the Associate Vice Chancellor, chair the Crisis Assessment Risk Evaluation (CARE) Behavioral Intervention Team for escalated cases and support annual policy updates for all areas supervised.

Position Summary

The Executive Director of Student Interventions and Supports provides leadership and vision for the area and is responsible for the financial, supervisory, operational, and collaborative efforts of the area within the Division of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence, across the university, and throughout the Denver community. This is a full-time position and reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor.

Essential Functions

Area Leadership and Supervision

  • Provide comprehensive leadership and direction to the area of Student Interventions and Supports to support departments and initiatives to work in collaboration with the full division to provide a seamless and enriching student experience outside the classroom.
  • In collaboration with the area leadership, establish a strategic vision, values, goals, and measureable objectives for the area.
    Embed inclusion, diversity, and equity in all programming, educational opportunities offered, and processes and procedures managed.
  • Provide direction in the development of new interventions and innovative educational opportunities to lower risky behaviors and community risk.
  • Serve as an appellate in all of these departments processes and procedures.
  • Develop and support the implementation of annual goals and measurable objectives in collaboration with individual departments.
  • Administer and provide appropriate oversight of area budgets, resources, and day-to-day operations.
  • Maintain a sufficient working knowledge of the Banner system, Maxient, Accommodate, Insights for Tutoring, and all relevant student data systems, and the DU Executive Dashboard for effective budget and resource management.
  • Maintain and monitor handling of highly confidential personal information about employees and students.
  • Oversee crisis management and responders within all departments and serve as an ex-officio member of all crisis-related teams.
  • Handle escalated parent, staff, and faculty-related matters in departments within the area.
  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, establish performance goals, and evaluate directors and any other direct reports.
  • Provide annual professional development plans with direct reports to assist in long-term career planning and preparation.
  • Set concrete annual goals for each department supervised.

Policy and Assessments

  • Coordinate the review of policies and updates for all the departments in this area.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of national trends impacting policies in these departments. 
  • Work with area, divisional, and campus partners on streamlining policies and procedures. 
  • Manage the implementation of skill-building assessments to track student learning as relevant to each area such as conflict resolution, emotional regulation, self-advocacy, decision making, and behavioral change.
  • Design and implement a comprehensive assessment plan for the area and work with area leaders on their comprehensive plans and reporting process.


  • Collaborate with university departments and senior administrators to ensure area initiatives, programs, and efforts are able to proceed and effectively impact the student experience. This may include, but is not limited to, trouble shooting and working toward changing University policies and practices that create unnecessary barriers to students.
  • Demonstrate positive collaborative practices within the Division, across campus and where relevant, the greater Denver community to create positive initiatives to engage students.
  • Collaborate with all relevant and appropriate partners across campus.


  • Serve as a member of the Division Leadership Team contributing to the strategic vision and direction of Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence. 
  • Work collaboratively with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence to oversee the operations of departments.
  • Oversee all relevant administrative processes and transactions, to ensure adherence to University, local, state, and federal policies and procedures.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • In consultation with the Associate Vice Chancellor, serving on institution-wide search committees, task forces, councils, and advisory boards relevant to enriching the student experience outside the classroom at DU.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to work well with faculty, administrators, students, and student affairs staff. 
  • Excellent community building and human relations skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Commitment to providing quality services.
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity.
  • Evidence of demonstrated strong leadership.
  • Evidence of demonstrated fiscal management.
  • Demonstrated sound judgment in policy, procedures, and university regulations.
  • Knowledge in facilitating organizational change and managing conflict.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in higher education or related field. 
  • 5+ years of progressive leadership and professional experience working in a college or university setting.
  • Experience supervising full time professional staff.
  • Experience developing and implementing strategic planning goals and initiatives.
  • Experience implementing and supporting programming and campus environments that address the mental, physical, academic, social and overall well-being of students.
  • Experience managing, monitoring and forecasting budgets.
  • Experience with developing policies and keeping up to date with applicable laws for this area.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in higher education or related field.
  • 10+ years of progressive leadership and professional experience working in a college or university setting.
  • Experience working with students with learning differences.
  • Experience with Universal Design for Learning.
  • Experience overseeing one of the following offices: Disability Services Program, Learning Effectiveness Program, Student Outreach and Support, or Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with some evenings and weekends as required. 

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Monday, June 8, 2020.

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

Salary Range
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

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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