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Associate Director for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives in Fort Collins, Colorado

Job Type Full-Time  
Experience Level Executive  
Organization Type University  
Pay Range $80k-$85k  

Posting Detail Information

Working Title: Associate Director for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Position Location: Fort Collins, CO

Work Location: Position is fully in-office/in-person

Research Professional Position: No

Posting Number: 202301073AP

Position Type: Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title: Prof/Indiv Contrib III

Number of Vacancies: 1

Work Hours/Week: 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range: $80,000-$85,000; Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for eligible employees in the following University benefit areas:

https://hr.colostate.edu/hr-community-and-supervisors/benefits/benefits-eligibility/ and https://hr.colostate.edu/prospective-employees/our-perks/. To see the value of CSU benefits in addition to wages, visit our compensation calculator – https://hr.colostate.edu/total-compensation-calculator/.

Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

  • To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 07/02/2023

Description of Work Unit

Division of Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs fosters an inclusive campus community that supports students and staff holistically in the development of their unique potential. We collaborate across the University to inspire and empower students to be active learners inside and outside the classroom, successful graduates, and engaged global citizens. We support student success through an array of services and resources including housing, dining, student orientation, recreation, student government, student organizations, and legal, career, transition, health, well-being, and crisis services. In addition to student services, we also connect with parents and families, host conferences and events, manage the Mountain Campus, provide professional development opportunities for staff, and partner with a number of businesses in the student center. The Division employs 800 career staff, 2,000 student and hourly staff, and manages a budget of over $150 million.

The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs is the executive management unit for the Division of Student Affairs.

CSU Health Network

The CSU Health Network ( CSUHN ) at Colorado State University provides a full range of cost-effective mental health and primary care medical services on campus, referral for community specialty care, and comprehensive health education and prevention services programming. Services such as physical therapy, dentistry, and optometry are available. The CSU Health Network is active in creating a healthy campus environment to support learning and success. For more information about the CSU Health Network at Colorado State University, see https://health.colostate.edu/.

Why work at Colorado State University?

Commitment to Campus

Colorado State University’s Commitment to Campus encompasses a wide range of programs, discounts, and special benefits available to CSU faculty and staff. Here are just a few…

  • FREE credit courses (up to 9-semester credits per year) through Employee Study Privilege
  • FREE growth/training/development opportunities
  • FREE MAX transit use with CSU identifications
  • After-school programs and summer camps for kids
  • Tuition Scholarships up to 50% for eligible family members

For more detail about these programs, visit: https://hr.colostate.edu/employee-assistance-program; https://hr.colostate.edu/care-program.

Retirement Programs

While employees of CSU do not contribute to Social Security, the University and the state of Colorado offer competitive retirement plans. As a condition of employment and required by Colorado law, employees are required to participate in either the University’s Defined Contribution Plan ( DCP ) or the Public Employee’s Retirement Plan ( PERA ) of Colorado. Each plan offers a generous employer match between 10% – 21%. For more information, visit: https://hr.colostate.edu/prospective-employees/our-perks/.

Top Public Research University

Colorado State University is one of the nation’s top public research universities and an institution on the rise. In the last decade, CSU has:

  • Produced record enrollment
  • Built on all-time highs in student diversity and student success
  • Seen record fundraising far outpacing ambitious goals
  • Delivered groundbreaking research driven by a highly productive faculty
  • Revitalized campus through a transformational building campaign
  • Shaped an unrivaled learning environment where nine of 10 recent graduates say they would choose CSU again and rate their education as excellentCSU was recently ranked first among Colorado-based educational employers and fifth among all in-state employers in Forbes magazine’s “America’s Best Employers by State!”

Campus Culture and Principles of Community

Colorado State University has a campus culture that is driven by a desire always to do better and a vision to be the best place to learn, work, and discover. Our Principles of Community – Inclusion, Integrity, Respect, Service, and Social Justice – reflect our core values and support CSU’s mission and vision of access, research, teaching, service, and engagement. Each member of our community has a responsibility to uphold these principles when engaging with one another and acting on behalf of the University.

Tobacco and Smoke-Free

Colorado State University is a tobacco and smoke-free campus. For the health of our university community, the use of smoking, vaping or tobacco products is prohibited on CSU grounds or in buildings.

Live in Fort Collins

Fort Collins, which has been home to CSU since the University’s inception in 1870, is a vibrant, friendly city of 161,000 tucked against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Northern Colorado, just 60 miles from Denver. The city boasts a lively arts and cultural scene, shopping in historic Old Town, a strong economy, and is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. With more than 200 miles of bike paths and trails, easy access to the scenic Poudre River and majestic Rocky Mountain National Park, and within easy driving distance of Colorado’s iconic ski areas, it is a year-round paradise. Boasting a mild climate, thriving high-tech industry, and some of the best microbreweries in the world, it’s no wonder Fort Collins annually ranks among the most livable small cities in the United States.

Position Summary

The Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives is a newly developed position and is a core member of the CSU Health Network Leadership Team, reporting directly to the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.

The Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives is a skilled facilitator and trainer who is able to embody the CSU Health Network vision, strategic plan, and values to increase the organization’s understanding and knowledge base of diversity and inclusion related topics. In partnership with the CSU Health Network Leadership Team, the Associate Director assesses, develops, implements, leads, and evaluates diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice ( DEIJ ) initiatives across the organization.

This position also collaborates with offices, organizations, and student groups across the university dedicated to the advancement of diversity and inclusion initiatives, student success initiatives, and in partnership with internal quality improvement and professional development programs.

This position serves as a thought leader on issues of diversity and inclusion, providing relevant and timely guidance to executive leadership, staff, and students.

This position leads the diversity committee; assesses organization DEIJ efforts in alignment with best practices, gaps and strengths analysis, strategic planning, implementation and goal management, impact and effectiveness evaluation system creation and management; and coordinates staff training opportunities.

Required Job Qualifications


  • Completed master’s degree in student affairs, higher education administration, diversity and inclusion, or a closely related health and wellness field
  • Five or more years of full-time employment providing supervision/leadership/oversight of diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating groupsPreferred Job Qualifications

    CSU Health Network may consider an equivalent combination of experience, education, knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics to meet qualifications. Please think broadly about your career background for the role and apply if you are interested. You may have other qualifications that would be an asset to our organization that are valuable to explore.

Experience, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics

  • Experience assessing, developing, implementing, leading and/or evaluating DEIJ initiatives
  • Experience providing outreach and consultation, including building relationships with campus partners
  • Experience with DEIJ programming for college students
  • Experience within health and wellness related fields
  • Experience developing DEIJ curriculum
  • Demonstrated analytical, conflict resolution, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to analyze policies, programs, and initiatives to make recommendations for quality improvement
  • Effective interpersonal, listening, verbal and written communication skillsDiversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Program Assessment, Implementation, and Evaluation


  • Lead the review, development, implementation and evaluation of CSU Health Network policies and practices to enhance inclusivity and remove any barriers to accessing and/or use of programs, services and prevention efforts for students from marginalized identity groups.
  • Develop and implement assessments to evaluate current level of staff and organizational cultural competency and develop matrices to improve overall competencies.
  • Chair the Diversity Committee. This committee will be responsible for continual assessment and recommendation of strategies through which the Health Network can enhance DEIJ efforts.
  • Assist in reviewing, developing, implementing and evaluating recruitment and retention efforts related to diverse staff in collaboration with CSU efforts.
  • Provide administrative expertise and oversight in the strategic planning process, execution and evaluation of organizational DEIJ initiatives.
  • Manage key projects, communications, track strategic initiatives, and prepare for key events and engagements.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
  • Percentage Of Time 50%

Job Duty Category Administrative and Department Responsibilities


  • Collaborate with offices, organizations, and student groups that engage in DEIJ efforts. Assist in the development of outreach programming and joint educational efforts with these partners, with point of focus being the engagement of student populations that may access CSU Health Network programs, services and prevention efforts at lower-than-expected frequencies.
  • Provide consultation to CSU Health Network staff that coordinate medical, mental health and well-being programs, services and support resources awareness with campus partners that serve marginalized populations.
  • Deliver instructional course material via multi-media teaching techniques in relevant subject areas in prescribed delivery format.
  • Coordinate Counseling Services liaison efforts to Student Diversity and Program Services and other areas.
  • Participate on appropriate Divisional and/or University committees that relate to this role, including the Division of Student Affairs committee on inclusive excellence.
  • Participate on other appropriate Health Network committees including the Professional Development, Leadership Team, Accreditation, and Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement committees.
  • Represent CSU at regional and national conferences as funding allows.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
  • Percentage Of Time 30%

Job Duty Category Leadership


  • Work to foster and nurture an inclusive workplace environment that fulfills the CSU Health Networks strategic goals.
  • Elevate thought leadership position of CSU Health Network on DEIJ .
  • Supervise and lead staff dedicated to diversity and inclusion work, including successful management of professional staff, performance management, training and development, team building, coaching, and conflict resolution.
  • Coordinate and support related strategic initiatives while also improving the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the organization.
  • Play an important part in developing strategic diversity and inclusion planning goals that align with the CSU Health Networks overall strategic plan. Develop long-term and short-term goals and partner with others to operationalize goals.
  • Provide expertise and advice to CSU Health Networks leadership, staff, and students on issues related to diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • Partner with HR to ensure inclusive hiring practices and employee development that result in achieving a diverse and equity-minded workforce.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
  • Percentage Of Time 20%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants needing assistance to submit application materials may contact Serena Henson at serena.henson@colostate.edu.

Complete applications must include:

  • A cover letter addressing Required Job Qualifications, Preferred Job Qualifications and Essential Job Duties
  • Resume
  • For full consideration, complete applications must be received by 11:59 pm Mountain Time on Sunday, July 2, 2023.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Application materials will be held in confidence by the Search Committee through semi-finalist interviews. Confidentiality of application materials detaches at the point where a candidate accepts participation in a finalist interview. At that time, redacted application materials are shared with campus stakeholders when invited to participate and give feedback to the Search Committee.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Special Requirements/Other – Health Network follows CDC guidelines for Employee Health in a healthcare setting, including proof of vaccinations. Employees must show proof of compliance/willingness to comply by start date.

Search Contact Serena Henson serena.henson@colostate.edu

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity (https://oeo.colostate.edu/) is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu.

The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu.

Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education (https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html) .

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    • Have you completed a master’s degree in student affairs, higher education administration, diversity and inclusion, or a closely related health and wellness field?
  • Yes
  • No
    • Do you have five or more years of full-time employment providing supervision/leadership/oversight of diversity and inclusion initiatives?
  • Yes
  • No
    • Do you have demonstrated experience facilitating groups?
  • Yes
  • NoApplicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • ResumeOptional Documents