Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Engagement

Job no: 496138
Position type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Division/Equivalent: ODEI
School/Unit: Office Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Department/Office: DEI Research & Curricular Init.
Categories: Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provides leadership and seeks to build accountability structures across the institution in developing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university environment. In collaboration with institutional and community partners, the division of DEI is an institutional resource that supports the university's mission and strategic imperatives. The university community is supported by the division toward the advancement of socially just research, creative works, teaching, and public service. Advocating the promotion of equity through shaping university policies, practices, and programs is a top priority of the division. By fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus climate, the division of DEI also supports the access and success of communities and members of communities that have been excluded historically in an institutional and/or societal context.

Position Summary

The University of Denver’s Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is seeking an Assistant Vice Chancellor (AVC) for DEI Academic Engagement. The Assistant Vice Chancellor for DEI Academic Engagement will have wide ranging responsibilities related to supporting the work of DEI across campus, with a particular lens on faculty and the academic imperatives of the university. This individual will report to the Vice Chancellor for DEI and will focus on organization and leadership in academic related elements of the university-wide DEI-focused collaborations led by the division. Also, the leader in this role will be expected to be the main resource for the VC in leading and coordinating DEI’s relationship with the faculty and faculty specific organizations/committees (e.g., Faculty Senate, GE Curriculum Committee, Undergraduate and Graduate Councils, etc.). The AVC will serve collaboratively with the AVC DEI Partnerships & Operations in providing consultation to the University of Denver’s Vice Chancellor (VC) for DEI in attending to the challenges, opportunities, and ongoing tasks associated with advancing DEI for the university in an ever-changing world. The AVC for Academic Engagement should embody both strong alignment with the University’s diversity, equity and inclusion vision and goals and a commitment to efficient and collaborative work.?

Essential Functions

  • In addition to following the University of Denver’s policies and procedures, principal responsibilities include, but are not limited to:?
    Consult with and advise the University of Denver’s Vice Chancellor for DEI on university-wide DEI academic-focused advancement and support.
  • Develop, convene, and lead initiatives for faculty related DEI issues including but not limited to DEI in tenure and promotion processes, DEI in faculty recruitment, building collaborative support for disciplinary-based DEI officers, etc.
  • Develop, support, and convene unit-based DEI Academic Officers from across the institution toward supporting, resourcing, and capacity building DEI within each academic unit, unique to its disciplinary location.
  • Support Academic Units, schools, and departments strategic planning regarding DEI and foster meaningful relationships to encourage and further DEI engagement.
  • Help elevate DU as a destination of choice in higher education DEI spaces via progress and accomplishments.
  • Help support faculty colleagues in DEI focus and implementation in the academic environment, including classroom management, course design, and research.
  • Work alongside and in collaboration with the Office of the Provost, particularly with the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and the Senior Vice Provost for Research.
    Collaborate with the division of Human Resources, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX (EOIX), the Ombuds, and the Office of the Provost where DEI issues focus on faculty (e.g., navigation of conflict and/or resolution, drafting of policy/practice, training, etc.)
  • Represent the Division of DEI on university-wide academic committees and/or governing bodies, including faculty senate, undergraduate and graduate councils, and the general education committee.
  • Represent the intersections of DEI and faculty engagement on university-wide committees and working groups as needed, including the Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT), Dean’s and Directors Council, and DEI related advisory boards.
  • Serve as the division of DEI’s main point of contact in supporting faculty searches and academic administrative searches. As well as support EOIX, the Office of the Provost, and Institutional Research in the process of evaluating and implementing DU’s affirmative action plan.
  • Help lead the crafting of the Academic Affairs and faculty facing pillars of the next DEI Strategic Plan.
  • Work alongside AVC of DEI Partnerships and Organizations in the support of DU’s faculty affinity groups.
  • While this position is a staff administrator:
    • If a current University of Denver faculty member were to accept this position, they would retain their current faculty rank and series while holding this position and their home academic unit would be allowed to hire a visiting faculty replacement.
    • If an individual is hired from outside the University of Denver, with a background as a faculty member, an affiliation as a professional or teaching series faculty member at a rank commensurate with experience will be considered by the appropriate academic unit. If awarded, this faculty appointment will not guarantee any employment opportunity outside the role as AVC DEI Academic Affairs.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Display a complex understanding of DEI in modern-day higher education context
  • Knowledge and functional understanding of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education’s (NADOHE)
  • Standards of Professional Practice 2.0
  • Understanding of academic processes, policies, practices, and cultural nuances common with a mid-sized higher education institution with prioritization of both research and teaching.

Required Qualifications

  • Faculty background including teaching, scholarship, and service
  • Ph.D, doctorate, or terminal degree equivalency required
  • Evidence of success in teaching, scholarship, and academic service
  • Evidence of experience in some sort of leadership and/or engagement in higher education DEI
  • At least 2-3 years of experience working in areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and or community engagement in higher education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to engage in meaningful professional relationships while engaging in sometimes challenging conversations and collaborations with university and local communities.
  • At least 4-6 years of experience working in areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and or community engagement in higher education.

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
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) May 1, 2023.

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 15.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $115,000 ‐ $125,000.

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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