Co-Executive Director OLLI @ DU, Curriculum & Operations

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Work type: Staff Part-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Academic Administration, Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support
Division: University College

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Denver (OLLI at DU) is an adult learning membership program designed for inquiring adults, age 50 and "better," who wish to pursue lifelong learning in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere. OLLI members come from diverse backgrounds and professions and share the desire to stay intellectually active and engaged. No one is a stranger for long at OLLI because everyone who joins has the same desire to learn and share expertise in the company of peers. Thanks to the generosity of The Bernard Osher Foundation, OLLI at DU joins a network of more than 125 institutes across the U.S. that are helping older learners find personal fulfillment.

Position Summary

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Denver (DU) Part-Time Co-Executive Director for Curriculum and Operations reports directly to the Associate Dean of University College and works collaboratively with the OLLI at DU Co-Executive Director for Marketing and Communications to provide leadership to the OLLI at DU program. The areas of responsibility for the Co-Executive Director include curriculum development, operations management, and budget and finance oversight.

The Co-Executive Directors’ primary responsibility is to lead this vibrant and rapidly growing membership-based program and provide direction and thought leadership to develop strategic goals and objectives. Working closely with University of Denver personnel, The Bernard Osher Foundation, OLLI site managers, and OLLI advisory council, the executive directors will be responsible for strengthening the existing program and broadening access to the program for the 50+ community within Colorado. The executive directors will adhere to the policies and procedures of the University of Denver and will follow the guidelines of OLLI at DU and represents OLLI, and the university, throughout the Denver Metro Community, as well as the national OLLI community.

Essential Functions

Strategy, Planning, and Leadership (with Co-Executive Director of Marketing and Communications)

  • Develop and communicate an inclusive, creative, and sustainable vision for OLLI that cultivates partnership and enthusiasm among OLLI members and volunteers, executive committee, and staff.
  • Organizes annual strategic planning session to provide guidance for the future operation of this rapidly growing organization. Ensures implementation of strategic plan.
  • Seeks input from Executive Advisory Council, as needed, on strategic initiatives.
  • Collaborate with the Co-Executive Director for Marketing and Communications to plan and conduct Executive Advisory Committee meetings, all-staff meetings, and manager-level meetings.
  • Actively obtain market intelligence and data by monitoring peer programs and competitors to help inform the creation of new programs and services to serve the OLLI community.
  • Assesses and implements membership enrollment goals, including recruitment, maintenance, and retention.
  • Works collaboratively with the Co-Executive Director for Marketing and Communications to develop the OLLI at DU Annual Report.
    Curriculum and Facilitation
  • Oversees and supervises the work of the OLLI at DU Curriculum Manager in the development of courses, webinars, and fitness classes.
  • Ensures all OLLI at DU programs conform to DU policies and procedures.
  • Ensures the quality and consistency of curriculum offerings reflects DU and Osher standards.

Budget and Finance Oversight

  • Working collaboratively with the Co-Executive Director for Marketing and Communication, responsible for the growth and financial performance of the OLLI at DU program.
  • Works closely with the university financial liaison who oversees budgeting and jointly monitors monthly operational, revenue, expense, and financial reports.
  • Works closely with the OLLI at DU Financial Advisory Team to review the revenue and expenses, to prepare quarterly financial reports for the OLLI at DU Executive Advisory Committee, and to create the pricing plans for membership and course registrations.
  • Ensures the OLLI at DU program meets associated revenue and expense goals.
  • Develops and implements ideas for improving business processes and increasing program revenues and margins.
  • Prepare annual budget in collaboration with the OLLI at DU site staff, the university business officer, and the OLLI at DU Financial Advisory Team.

Operations and Technology

  • Oversees the OLLI at DU operations including the website, learning management system and email communications system.
  • Supervises the work of the Technology Coordinator to keep website current and user-friendly.
  • Oversees the work of the Operations Coordinator with the learning management system.
  • Supervises and provides assistance to the OLLI at DU Program Support Specialists in their role as customer service agents for OLLI at DU.
  • Oversees, in conjunction with the site managers, logistics requirements including rental of facilities, parking, scheduling of courses, and instructional/technology resources.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills, including verbal and written.
  • Adept at problem solving, critical thinking and using sound judgement.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster and maintain effective relationships with diverse constituent groups
  • Proven ability as an action- and results-oriented leader
  • Personable; ability to interact well with variety of people; able to anticipate needs.
  • Visionary – able to see both the big picture and the details needed to attain a goal.
  • Organized – able to juggle multiple priorities at once.
  • Experience with managing and presenting to large groups of people.
  • Excellent time management and prioritization skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Teams, Adobe, and Zoom.
  • Excellent team builder with quality staff and volunteers.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in executive leadership and management of large team organization.
  • Experience in operations – website and learning management systems.
  • Curriculum development experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Adult learning program development and implementation.
  • 8-10 years of leadership experience in a volunteer organization, such as OLLI.
  • Demonstrated experience with learning technologies, including distance learning platforms, and Zoom/videoconferencing.

Working Environment

  1. Standard office environment.
  2. Unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high.
  3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

  1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
  2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule

The University’s administrative offices are open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Work schedule may vary.

This position is .75 FTE and will work 28.125 hours per week Monday - Friday.

In accordance with the University’s flexible work policy, this position is eligible to be considered for partial remote work. Further details regarding this plan will be determined with the hiring manager and are dependent on the division and team specific needs.

Application Deadline

For consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) July 16, 2024.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range:

The salary range for this part-time, benefited position is $58,125 - $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, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran 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; the Americans with Disabilities Act; 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; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non‑Discrimination‑Statement.

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

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