Assistant Director, Social Justice Education

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Academic Administration, Student Affairs / Services, Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support

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.

In support of University and divisional mission, vision and goals, Inclusion & Equity Education (IEE) provides students with information, skills, and opportunities for constructive engagement across difference.

We offer in-person programs and online resources to students directly, and to staff, faculty and offices who work with them. Based on social science research, IEE supports students’ gaining a deeper understanding of their own and others’ identities, as well as providing opportunities for them to engage with others. This approach contributes to a more positive campus community, supports broader efforts to strengthen DU’s culture of learning, and provides students a foundation for living, learning and leading effectively in our diverse, global societies.

Reporting to the Associate Dean, IEE is part of the Dean of Students (DOS) area also consisting of Disability Services Program; The Cultural Center; Access & Transitions; Learning Effectiveness Program; Veterans and Military Resources; Student Outreach and Support; and Student Rights & Responsibilities

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of IEE, the Assistant Director (AD) contributes significantly to the department’s impact by planning, implementing and assessing a range of student social justice educational programs and resources.

Through direct service provision and supervised peer educators, the AD will be the department’s lead for creating and connecting current, engaging, evidence-based and impactful student learning experiences and resources around DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) and social justice.

Essential Functions

Co-curricular Social Justice Education programs and resources

  • Lead ongoing development, implementation, assessment, and improvement of student SJE programs and resources. This will include building on existing menu of topics and formats, integrating additional learning technologies, and expanding online resources.
  • Directly facilitate social justice education programs, primarily for student audiences.
  • Develop, supervise, and support ongoing cohort of peer educators to facilitate a range of IEE educational programs—including recruitment, selection, training, and supervision.
  • Establish and maintain strategic relationships with existing and additional campus partners such as academic units, other SAIE departments (eg Residential Education, Health Promotion, Cultural Center, Student Engagement, Discoveries orientation), central DEI division, 4D Experience, Community + Values, Athletics, CCESL, Internationalization, Graduate Studies and various graduate programs, Campus Safety, and others.
  • Manage logistics for IEE programming, including elements such as annual/ quarterly calendar planning; marketing and follow-up outreach; space and materials; and assessment.

Training & Consultation

  • Support Director and partners in integrating DEI and SJE in broader student experiences.
  • Provide consultation to individuals, offices, and organizations around student-impacting DEI and SJE.

Administrative, Service & Other Duties

  • Plan, monitor and reconcile budgets for specific programs.
  • Prepare regular reports on specific programs and overall responsibility area.
  • Supervise graduate and undergraduate student staff.
  • Craft and implement program evaluations, documenting and reporting evidence around program participation and success.
  • Support divisional and campus initiatives through committee service, event participation, etc.
  • Maintain awareness of and contribute to field of knowledge and practice through research, writing and professional network participation.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent English written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated project management, organizational and analytical skills

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in intercultural communication, social psychology, identity/ cultural studies, higher education or other job-related field
  • 2-3 years’ experience in higher education student programming
  • Demonstrated experience designing and implementing educational programs
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse students, staff and faculty
  • Demonstrated experience with student and/or volunteer staff supervision

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with DEI dialogue programs: intergroup, sustained and/or other models
  • Fluency in language beyond English
  • Work/life experience beyond the US
  • Demonstrated experience with program/learning assessment

Work Schedule

Regular campus employment is in person, onsite 8:00am-4:30pm Monday through Friday, with some weekends, evenings and holiday events. This student-focused position may be able adjust regular schedule to start and stay later (eg 10am-6:30pm).

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) August 22, 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 8.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $50,000-$60,000

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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