University of Denver — Director of Student Rights & Responsibilities

The University of Denver is a private institution built on exploration through research and on collaboration among educators, students, and local and global communities. With nationally recognized academic programs, a history of widespread influence, a forward-looking vision for a 21st-century education and a deep commitment to promoting inclusion, the university opens a world of opportunity to students and empowers Pioneers to make a difference around the world. This mid-sized university of 12,000 graduates and undergraduates averages class sizes under 21 students and an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Individual attention combined with big-city connections provide a wealth of professional opportunities for students, the majority of whom choose to stay in Denver after graduation.

Reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor, the Director of Student Rights & Responsibilities (SRR) is a senior level position in the Division of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence and will provide comprehensive visioning, strategic planning, assessment, and implementation to the SRR department. The Director will work across the university to enhance the student rights and responsibilities experience and to support the university’s compliance efforts related to statutory and regulatory requirements pertaining to student conduct and discipline. The Director is responsible for evolving the four cornerstones of SRR: conflict resolution, crisis management, restorative justice, and the Honor Code, as part of the strategic visioning for the university and the SRR department. The four cornerstones are grounded in inclusion, equity, diversity and restorative practices.

The Director is responsible for upholding the Honor Code in a manner consistent with the stated mission of the university through investigations, formal and informal adjudication of violations, and overseeing the appeals process. The Director will provide leadership to the university’s Crisis Assessment Risk Evaluation (CARE) Behavioral Intervention Team and work in partnership with the Director of Student Outreach & Support to further evolve behavioral intervention procedures, practices, and education for students, faculty, and staff.

The Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities supervises an associate director and indirectly supervises two conduct administrators and two graduate assistants. 

A master’s degree in higher education administration, counseling, college student personnel, or other relevant field, with five years of progressively responsible full-time related experience, is required. Previous experience in a collegiate student conduct and/or outreach environment, as well as experience with Title IX, including adjudication and/or investigation, are highly desired. The successful candidate should possess strong organizational abilities, the ability to build and support a cohesive team, and excellent written/oral communication skills. An understanding of student development and leadership theory and its impact on practice, a demonstrated commitment to diversity, and the ability to foster strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders are also desirable. Experience working with Behavioral Intervention Teams for students of concern and experience with a wide variety of student conduct, to include bias-related incidents, registered student organization conduct (including Greek-letter organizations), and gender-based behavioral concerns, is also preferred.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled; position review date is Friday, October 26, 2018. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Anne-Marie Kenney at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.