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Executive Director of Student Life and Belonging

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Job Location:
Denver, 80217-3362
Student Affairs and Services
Location: Denver, Colorado
Center for Equity & Student Achieve

Salary for Announcement

We anticipate the qualified candidate to be placed between $72,200 - $98,500. The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

The Executive Director for Student Life and Belonging is a visionary and strategic leader who provides oversight and direction for the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI). The CMEI encompasses student leadership programs, student organizations (inclusive of student government, fraternities, and sororities), student engagement programs and activities, and student media programs. There is an intentional focus on equity and justice that is embedded in all of the Center's programming. The Executive Director is responsible for oversight and management of the Center, including for the personnel, budget, and programmatic evaluation/ assessment. The Executive Director operates as a change-agent providing leadership for diversity, equity, and identity-based programming, leadership education, and initiatives on campus that engage the University community and tri-institutional partners (University of Colorado-Denver and Community College of Denver).

In collaboration with key constituents, the Executive Director of Student Life and Belonging will advance the development and implementation of a strategic plan for equity, engagement, and inclusive student leadership and governance that is mission-driven and aligned with the University's overall strategic plan. This leader plays a key role in shaping the campus climate and culture into one that is recognized for demonstrating how racial equity translates into meaningful and transformational experiences and sense of belonging for all students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, the Executive Director will serve as an alternate and designee on committees, supervision, and support of staff in the Assistant Vice President's unit, as requested. The Executive Director of Student Life and Belonging reports to the Assistant Vice President for Equity and Student Engagement.



Strategic Leadership and Advocacy - (25%)
  • Promotes, supports, participates in, and leads equity and inclusion initiatives to positively impact enrollment, student retention, and graduation rates.
  • Guided by goals/outcomes and student needs, establishes culturally conscious programming and services for supporting students who are historically underrepresented in higher education. Intentionally integrates such programs to be in alignment with other key University initiatives (e.g., Hispanic Serving Institution Initiative and Diversity Equity and Inclusion Executive Committee).
  • Leads the visioning and ongoing development of the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion,
  • Actively builds relationships with key internal and external individuals and groups, including but not limited to faculty, staff/administrators, shared governance groups, and relevant community organizations such as foundations and business organizations.
  • Sets and facilitates the Center's ongoing anti-racist agenda and evaluates the efficacy of the strategies employed.
  • Enhances cross-cultural understanding and competence at the University through development and implementation of policies, procedures, and co-curricular activities that are guided by the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, transparency, and shared governance.
  • Responsible for ensuring that departmental practices and policies are regularly reviewed with attention to risk-management. In consultation with colleagues (i.e. Associate Vice President, General Counsel's Office, etc.), review relevant guiding documents and related across the unit.
  • Develops systemic and ongoing cocurricular partnerships with academic department leaders and heads that result in cross-divisional and cross-institutional student learning outcomes.
  • Collaborates and builds partnerships with internal and external constituents and key stakeholders.
Supervision - (20%)
  • Supervises professional staff.
  • Develops and fills positions as the hiring authority, establishes performance goals, and provides timely and accurate performance feedback.
  • Holds staff accountable for their respective roles in anti-racist work, as well as other key departmental and institutional initiatives.
  • Provides performance management as needed.
Campus and Community Service - (20%)
  • Serves as the primary advisor to Student Government: The Student Advocacy Council (TSAC).
  • Attend Student Government meetings, providing administrative and leadership development training and support to student leaders and foster meaningful relationships between Student Government and campus constituents.    
  • Serves on campus committees that focus on student engagement, the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion programming, outreach, and education.
  • Interacts with and engages the campus community in building strategic partnerships to elevate the visibility and value of equity in education.
Goal setting and Assessment - (15%)
  • Leads and oversees ongoing assessment of student learning outcomes for all major Center programs.
  • Ensures appropriate systems/mechanisms are in place for tracking and accounting for student participation for all major Center programs, including the appropriate disaggregation by relevant demographic variables.
  • Stays current in research and national trends on the topics of campus climate and culturally conscious programs to close equity gaps.
  • Sets appropriate goals, in collaboration with the Assistant Vice President, and with relevant program staff.
  • Responsible for conducting program evaluation to determine if programs are successfully achieving goals.
Resources and Budgeting - (10%)
  • Oversees multiple budgets within the Center, ensuring adherence to University budget policies and processes and alignment with mission and goals of the center and programs.
  • Works to pursue additional funding opportunities such as through grants and donations to enhance programs and support the Center's goals.
Professional Development - (5%)
  • Attends and leads training and conducts presentations at local, regional, and national professional conferences
Other Duties as Assigned - (5%)

Required Qualifications 
  • Master's Degree.
  • Five years of professional experience in higher education leading or contributing to significant student engagement efforts/initiatives, including with underrepresented students (specifically racial/ethnic minority populations and/or first-generation).
  • Evidence of effective program/event planning and management.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity outcomes and diversity in a higher education setting.
  • Five years of progressively increasing responsibility working in a student support capacity in a higher education setting.
  • Three years of experience supervising professional staff and providing performance management.
Important Note: Successful applicants will ensure their resumes clearly demonstrate that their work experience describes how they meet ALL required qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Doctoral Degree in applicable field.
  • Experience supervising student staff and providing professional and leadership development.
  • Experience working with faculty.
  • Experience working at a Hispanic or Minority Serving Institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with students and staff from varying racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds with appropriate race/ethnicity-consciousness.
  • Record of experience effectively utilizing cultural competency in the workplace.
  • Experience conducting program assessment or program evaluation of student learning outcomes for improvement.
  • Conversation speaking ability in Spanish.
Work Hours 
  • Monday through Friday 8 to 5 with flexibility for evening and weekend functions.  Some hybrid work flexibility.   
Instructions to Apply

For full consideration, please submit the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position
Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire. 

If you are an Internal applicant, please apply via the Career tab within the WorkDay Menu

Important Note: Successful applicants will ensure their resumes clearly demonstrate that their work experience describes how they meet ALL required qualifications.

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Posting Representative
Carlos Alcala

Posting Representative Email


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Diversity Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 58% first generation students and over 50% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.
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