Associate Director, Intercollegiate Debate

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Academic Administration, Community Engagement, Student Affairs / Services
Division: Centers & Institutes

The University of Denver is a leading university in the Rocky Mountain region and is classified as an R1: Doctoral/Research University, with very high research activity. The university serves approximately 12,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs.

The DU Debate Union­­-our intercollegiate debate program-is housed within the Chancellor’s Office and located in the new National Academy for Freedom of Expression and Pluralism at the University of Denver. The DU Debate Union (founded in 1907) offers undergraduate students the opportunity to compete in intercollegiate debate competitions within the US and abroad. The DU Debate Union collaborates with other units and programs, such as the Debate Across the Curriculum Program, to organize and facilitate non-competitive public debates on campus as a means of enhancing public dialogue and deliberation on matters of common interest and concern.

Position Summary

The Associate Director of Intercollegiate Debate reports to the program director of the university’s Debate Across the Curriculum Program. The Associate Director of Intercollegiate Debate has three primary responsibilities: administer the DU Debate Union, serve as liaison for the Denver Urban Debate League (DUDL) and support the Debate Across the Curriculum (DAC) Program.

Essential Functions

(1) Administering the DU Debate Union and coaching its student members in domestic and international British Parliamentary debate competitions. These duties include recruitment, budget oversight, managing travel logistics, coaching, travelling with the team, articulating the value of the debate program to campus stakeholders, and coordinating the activities of the debate union with campus life.

(2) Serving as a liaison between DU and the Denver Urban Debate League (DUDL). These duties include working with the DUDL board and the league’s executive leadership to plan and execute mutually agreed upon strategies intended to enhance the league, create opportunities for its students to attend DU, and to strengthen the relationship between DU and the DUDL.

(3) Supporting the Debate Across the Curriculum Program (DAC). This entails working with the DAC leadership team in designing and facilitating classroom debates as needed as well as working with the leadership of DAC to plan, organize and facilitate public debates on campus on matters of common interest and concern.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A strong record in coaching British Parliamentary debate at the college level.
  • Experience administering a collegiate debate program.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong leadership and mentoring skills
  • Ability to manage logistics of budgeting, planning the team schedule, and travelling with students
  • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with students and faculty
  • Ability to use an online learning management system

Required Qualifications

  • M.A. or ABD in Communication Studies or a related field, or J.D.
  • 3-5 years of related experience.
  • Experience in coaching British Parliamentary debate at university-level
  • Demonstrated or potential for service to academic institutions and the community.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Communication Studies.
  • Experience as the Director of Debate at the university level.
  • Prior experience in working with urban debate leagues.
  • Experience interacting with and effectively working with diverse communities of students.
  • Prior Experience in planning, organizing and facilitating public debates.

Working Environment

  • Standard office and classroom environments, unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high, noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

  • Ability to sit or stand in front of a classroom for an extended period. Ability to sit or stand in front of a computer for an extended period. Ability to move across campus to visit faculty offices and classrooms.

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday 8:00am-4:30pm. Debate activities often require evening and weekend hours, as well as travel.

Application Deadline

For consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) July 17, 2024. 

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered.

Salary Grade Number

The salary grade for the position is 12.

Salary Range

The salary range for this position is $80,000 - $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. C.V.
  2. Cover letter that describes the candidate’s previous experience and articulates how their interests and expertise fit the job description.
  3. Evidence of coaching success.
  4. Names of three references; reference letter requests will be sent through the online system.

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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