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University of Colorado Assistant Dean for Organizational Development, Culture and Equity - CEAS in Boulder, Colorado

Assistant Dean for Organizational Development, Culture and Equity - CEAS

Requisition Number: 44550

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type: University Staff

Schedule: Full Time

Posting Close Date: 13-Dec-2022

Date Posted: 22-Nov-2022

Job Summary

The College of Engineering & Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder welcomes applications for the Assistant Dean for Organizational Development, Culture and Equity! This position will provide strategic direction in the areas of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) and Human Resources (HR) management. The position will work in close consultation with the Dean's cabinet, departmental chairs and directors, the campus office of diversity, equity and community engagement, campus human resources, and other administrative offices on the Boulder campus. The successful candidate will be a strong leader who is highly motivated, strategic and results oriented with a capacity for and an interest in organizational effectiveness by building effective work processes coupled with a high-quality customer focus orientation. The Assistant Dean will serve as the college HR leader. They will provide strategic leadership of staff by identifying and implementing organizational development initiatives. This position will be responsible for leading the design of the college's DEI strategy as it relates to the 250+ staff and 300+ faculty across the college. As part of the Dean's leadership team, this person will be an inspirational leader who provides strategic support and serves as an advisor, consultant, and leader with vision with deep DEI expertise to key collaborators. The Assistant Dean for Organizational Development, Culture and Equity will be a leading partner in the development, implementation, assessment, and reporting on the college's DEI plan in partnership with college's senior staff and key campus partners.

The college defines DEI as the deliberate effort to include all traditionally underserved populations in engineering, including but not limited to, Blacks/African Americans, Latino/Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, women and girls, persons with disabilities, English-language learners, veterans, individuals from low-resourced areas, individuals that identify as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) community, and/or individuals facing challenging socio-economic circumstances. The College recognizes that these identities do not exist in isolation from each other.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

Founded in 1893, CEAS at CU Boulder is the second largest of seven schools and colleges at one of the nation's top public research institutions. As Colorado's flagship university, CU Boulder has selective admissions standards and a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs.

The colleges mission is to generate new knowledge in engineering and related fields, and to equip students from a diverse set of backgrounds to become leaders and citizens responsible for the betterment of individuals and society. Our vision is to be a recognized world leader for excellence and innovation in engineering research and education, with an emphasis on inclusive excellence, active learning and global society.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Organizational Development and Human Resources Management:

  • Serves as the college HR leader for the CEAS HR staff and supports HR staff in departments and programs.

  • Is responsible for the strategic leadership of the staff, identifying and implementing necessary and important organizational development initiatives.

  • Serves as a member of the colleges executive leadership and contributes to organizational planning, evaluation, and resource allocation decisions in support of the mission, vision, and strategic plan of the college related to human resources infrastructure, framework, and strategies.

  • Collaborates with Campus HR leaders to ensure a detailed understanding of college strategy and tactics related to employee development, organizational effectiveness, discipline, succession planning, compensation, classification, and talent acquisitions.

  • Investigates and implements solutions addressing retention and equity gaps for CEAS employees.

  • Investigates, analyzes, and reports information and recommends solutions that optimize the colleges human resources and operations.

  • Supervises implementation and analysis of exit interviews in the interest of continuous improvement with regards to employee retention.

  • Implements and encourages process improvement via technology for improved efficiencies to create a productive workforce.

Culture and Equity:

  • Engages and partners with senior leadership to enhance, develop, and integrate DEI strategies and goals into all facets of the college.

  • Develops sustainable methodologies for equitable recruitment, hiring, engagement and retention; engages with succession planning and performance management to build a diverse workforce.

  • Co-leads the Inclusive Culture Council, to bring justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion leaders in the college together.

  • Supports and maintains the IDEA Plan Action website to assess the progress of the CEAS Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence in Academics (IDEA) Plan Actions ensuring departments, programs, and units are making satisfactory progress.

  • Supports CEAS partners in participating in the campus culture survey and disseminating results; identifies trends and develops consistent communication and feedback mechanisms to ensure that senior leadership and college partners can discuss and address equity issues impacting faculty and staff.

  • Cultivates a welcoming and inclusive culture by facilitating the development and implementation of programming, engineering education research, and assessment strategies.


  • This position supervises between 4-10 full time employees.

  • Directs, reviews, and assigned operations to meet college goals and objectives.

  • Evaluates performance on a continuous basis for coaching and feedback, setting goals, and any disciplinary action as needed. Conducts annual performance evaluations.

  • Maintains compliance with university and college policies.

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to follow the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement . New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

  • The annual salary range for this position is $130,000 - $160,000. Relocation assistance is available within CEAS guidelines.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits ( , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder ( .

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What We Require

  • Masters degree in human resources, diversity, equity and organization development.

  • Six years of experience in DEI, OD and/or HR including leadership as an executive, manager, director or related role in multi-faceted organizations.

  • Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.

What You Will Need

  • Proven leadership qualities that include the ability to provide vision and leadership; ability to apply innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship toward substantial and positive change.

  • The ability to effectively interact and achieve outstanding results with teams.

  • The ability to independently manage multiple priorities and attain key objectives.

  • Strong organizational, communication, and time-management skills.

  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural, political, and geographical differences, with ability to work well with faculty, staff, and individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds.

  • Record of familiarity with the impact of equity and inclusion.

  • Appreciation for, and sensitivity to, issues such as equity, diversity, campus-climate and community.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals and groups form a variety of identities, cultures and backgrounds.

  • Understanding and proven ability to develop, coach, professional staff as well faculty and researchers within academic and research units.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Ability to lead an organization.

  • Proven success working on organization development, diversity/equity and human resources, preferably in higher education, research, or engineering/science based institution.

  • An understanding of, and commitment to, shared governance.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide consultative leadership.

  • Ability to develop and support an inclusive environment for faculty, students, and staff.

  • Experience assessing and implementing training and organization development initiatives.

  • Experience with developing DE&I performance assessments/metrics.

  • Leadership experience in retention program development, diversity programming/education and implementation.

  • Ability to communicate complex ideas based in dissimilar fields of expertise to a wide audience with a varied knowledge base.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume.

  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position. Please also highlight your experience working with or developing DEI initiatives and/or programs.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by December 13, 2022 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs. (

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