University of Colorado Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives in Denver, Colorado

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives

Position #661603 – Requisition 13639

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The College of Engineering and Applied Science has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives position.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver—one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

As Colorado’s only public urban research university, the University of Colorado Denver educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research and creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. CU Denver educates more than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and with easy access to the state’s cultural, business and civic hub, our students benefit from immersive classroom and real-world experiences, supplemented by unparalleled internship and networking opportunities. As the most diverse research university in Colorado, our campus attracts top students and offers over more than 100 highly rated degree programs through eight schools and colleges, as well as more than 30 online degree programs. Home to over 40 research centers and institutes, CU Denver receives more than $25 million in sponsored research awards annually, allowing us to generate knowledge and create solutions to society’s most complex problems. Read CU Denver Quick Facts here

Position Emphasis:

This leadership position reports to and supports the Dean with a goal of elevating the quality and impact of all College activities. This position is primarily responsible for operational aspects (planning, developing, implementing, managing, evaluating) of College initiatives, including but not limited to strategic, academic, research, financial, and administrative. This position coordinates the programmatic activities of the Dean’s cabinet (assistant and associate deans and college administrator). The College Administrator, who oversees the College administrative staff, reports to this position. This position will regularly represent the Dean and/or College at functions and meetings with stakeholders including faculty and staff, higher administration, other Colleges, and industry partners.

Job duties include supporting the Dean to:

  • Lead efforts to implement strategy in key operational areas including student success, industry engagement, facilities, communications, and faculty development.

  • Integrate the implementation of College strategy and tactics into strategic priorities and emerging programs of the CU Denver Campus and Anschutz Medical Campus.

  • Create plans to build new programs or refresh existing ones to respond to dynamic markets.

  • Oversee development of reports to internal and external agencies.

  • Develop budgetary planning, modeling, and forecasting processes in a dynamic environment with multiple revenue sources and constraints.

  • Develop and implement policies and procedures regarding College operations as necessary.

  • Support the Dean to continually seek and engage in new opportunities for the College and address emerging challenges.

Employment Conditions:

This is a full-time, 12-month exempt professional administrative appointment, and may be eligible for a concurrent adjunct faculty appointment commensurate with qualifications.

This position is available July 16, 2018.

This job description summarizes the general level of work to be performed; it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may be modified from time to time in accordance with institutional needs.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications. This position is not eligible for overtime.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in engineering, management, or an appropriate field.

  • Experience with various elements of academic operations, including, e.g., teaching, research, facilities operations, administration, etc.

  • Experience overseeing and managing large, complex projects with multiple stakeholders to successful conclusions.

  • Understanding of academic and industry environments and cultures.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Successful university teaching and collaboration in teaching and/or curriculum efforts.


  • Ability to work independently, deal with ambiguity and complexity in a fast-paced environment, and move teams to creative solutions of challenging problems.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work cooperatively with colleagues, leaders, and staffs at all levels.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to develop, analyze and implement effective and innovative budget, financial and administrative strategies.

  • Ability to effectively supervise, lead and direct personnel.

  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, analytical capability and professional judgment.

  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.

Job: *Executive

Organization: *D0001 -- Denver Campus

Title: Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives

Location: Denver

Requisition ID: 13639