University of Denver — Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Engagement and 4-D Experience

Student Affairs & Inclusive Excellence (SAIE) is the central student affairs division of the University of Denver. SAIE includes Housing and Residential Education, Student Engagement, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Health and Counseling, Inclusion & Equity Education, Disability Services Program, Cultural Center, Access & Transitions, Learning Effectives Program, Veterans Services, Student Outreach and Support, Student Rights & Responsibilities, Budget, Operations and Division Resources, New Student and Family Programs, Community and Driscoll Commons.

We are committed to providing students with the support and skills needed to become empowered citizens that positively impact the communities they are a part of, now, and in the future. We do so by challenging student to:

  • Reflect on their values and identities;
  • Recognize their strengths and acknowledge areas for further growth;
  • Understand the importance of needing support and seeking it;
  • Cultivate their passions; and
  • Foster the public good

Position Summary
The Assistant Vice Chancellor (AVC) of Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence (SAIE) reports to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and is a member of the divisions senior leadership team. The AVC leads a department comprised of multiple units, including: Student Activities and Organizations, Student Leadership, Fraternity & Sorority Life, New Student and Family Programs, 4-D Student programming, and the Community and Driscoll Commons (building operations and the Welcome Desk). The AVC oversees facilities planning and development and programmatic oversight for the recently opened, 138,000 sq. ft. multipurpose Community Commons complex that is connected, via a bridge, to the Driscoll Commons.

The AVC is responsible for establishing a strategic direction for a comprehensive portfolio of campus activities and event support programs that complements the missions and priorities of the University and the Division of Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence (SAIE). The AVC manages an annual non-compensation operating budget of approximately $750,000 and oversees the administration of annual student activity fees in excess of $1M. In addition to developing and administering budgets, the AVC ensures the integrity of financial transactions.

Essential Functions

  • Overall responsibility for the leadership and direction of multiple areas including student activities/programming, leadership development, fraternity and sorority life, new student and family programs, Community and Driscoll Commons, and the 4-D student experience.
  • Oversee a staff comprised of 8 full-time employees, one (1) part-time employee, nine (9) graduate assistants, and nearly 30 undergraduate student employees.
  • Provide leadership for staff recruitment, development, and retention, and ensure compliance with human resource protocols.
  • Establish standards of performance and ensures compliance with Division and University policies and procedures and oversee policies and procedures in the department of Student Engagement.
  • Provide leadership in the development of unit goals and strategic priorities. Ensure that effective performance reviews are conducted with all staff.
  • Provide advice and counsel to the Vice Chancellor regarding the management of financial, facility, and human resources.
  • Establish and implement in consultation with university stakeholders the vision and policy development for the Community and Driscoll Commons and associated facilities.
  • Ensure units are achieving goals and objectives for comprehensive array of campus activities and programs, the Art Gallery, the Fourth Story, facilities operations, and event support services.
  • Continually assess and evaluate the day-to-day operations and programming efforts to ensure effective service delivery.
  • Foster and manage relationships with students, staff, and colleagues in SAIE, Dining (Sodexo), vendors, faculty, alumni and visitors and works in collaboration with key campus partners to include Facilities, academic units, and the Schools and Colleges of the University.
  • Provide leadership in financial management of Student Engagement department accounts and student organizations in consultation and partnership with the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Business, Operations, and Division Resources.
  • Plan for and oversees annual budget development and contract approval within the Student Engagement portfolio.
  • Develop and seek opportunities for generating revenue to support student engagement and the Commons.
  • Maximize the programmatic use of the multipurpose Community and Driscoll Commons spaces to create and support a vibrant student experience.
  • Support the student-led DU Programming Board (DUPB) in planning and implementing activities and events, at the Commons and beyond.
  • Develop and implement, in consultation with appropriate University departments, general policies/procedures, training, resource stewardship, technology integration and security for all student related, non-residential, social and student organization facilities.
  • Provide planning and oversight of facilities support activities.
  • Responsible for communicating regularly with the University community to promote co-curricular opportunities and ensure that information about events is widely disseminated.
  • Responsible for the overall direction and coordination of a comprehensive social, cultural, educational, and leadership program for the Community and Driscoll Commons facilities and affiliated programs. Ensure administrative and advising support for 130+ student organizations, including Undergraduate Student Government (USG), Graduate Student Government (GSG), the DU Programming Board (DUPB), and oversee processes to include establishing new student groups and student organization recognition, advising, programming, and problem solving.
  • Serve on the Student Affairs Leadership Team (SALT) and University and Division committees. Represents the University and SAIE at state, regional, and national conferences. The AVC is committed to professional development and is responsible for staying current with trends and needs of students, professional literature, and advances in the field, and will integrate information and knowledge gained into department practices and planning.
  • Provide leadership in the development of collaborative projects, programs and services that support the Division mission, goals, and strategic priorities. Along with the associate vice chancellor and dean of students, serve as the primary point of contact and consultation for student/community demonstrations/rallies/protests.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Substantial skills in strategic planning, evaluation, technology, marketing, and process mapping.
  • Evidence of ability to incorporate student learning and development theory and philosophy into services and programs.
  • Strong commitment to and demonstrated action in addressing issues of equity, inclusion and serving a diverse community.
  • The AVC must have competence in recruiting, developing, and retaining a diverse, well-qualified staff.
  • Demonstrated leadership in a higher education setting, to include organizational, communication, and customer service skills.
  • Software literacy including database and spreadsheet management.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in related area.
  • Ten (10) years professional experience in development and implementation of student activities, student leadership programs in a University setting.
  • Experience in managing programs or service departments in higher education with a focus on student union management, student development, and student activities and programming.
  • Experience working in and promoting diverse and inclusive communities, with a deep commitment to advancing issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Strong facility operations experience, budget/financial management practices, and knowledge of student organization advising and risk management issues related to the delivery of student events, programs and activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, and assess new programs and services, and experience working in a dynamic and diverse setting.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate in related area.
  • 10+ years of professional experience in development and implementation of student activities, student leadership programs in a University setting.

Work Schedule
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Evenings and weekends as needed.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Monday, June 14, 2021.

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 $120,000 – $135,000.

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 committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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