Assistant Dean, Exploratory Studies and Undergraduate Education
Company: University of Colorado Boulder
Posted on: November 17, 2022
Posting Close Date:
The University of Colorado Boulder seeks a dynamic leader to serve
as the Assistant Dean for Exploratory Studies and Undergraduate
Education! This role provides strategic leadership and oversight of
dean's office functions for students in the Program in Exploratory
Studies (PES) and also serves as a member of the Office of
Undergraduate Education (OUE), providing leadership for the
campus-wide retroactive withdrawal process and contributing to OUE
initiatives related to academic policy and process. The Assistant
Dean reports directly to and partners closely with the Associate
Vice Provost for Advising and Exploratory Studies.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a
culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students
dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We
are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and
individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are
The Program in Exploratory Studies (PES) has over 3,000
undergraduate students and is home to approximately 25% of entering
first-year students. PES provides the resources and mentorship to
help students discover and shape their academic and career journey.
We encourage students to explore their options and assist them in
successfully choosing their best-fit academic major.
The Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) is a campus office
reporting to the Provost. Our charge is to examine the academic
undergraduate experience across the CU Boulder campus, provide
extraordinary educational experiences, serve exploring students,
and collaborate with a variety of units to ensure that students
have access to the resources they need to succeed. OUE encompasses
a variety of academic programs and collaborates with a wide array
of campus partners to conceptualize and develop new student success
initiatives that will enable CU Boulder to recruit and retain a
highly competitive and diverse undergraduate student body. We
assess student and program outcomes, identify gaps, and launch and
support student-facing campus initiatives to promote student
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
Program in Exploratory Studies
Within PES, this role provides leadership for academic and
administrative policies and processes, reviews and resolves
student-facing petitions and policy exceptions, and handles student
and parent concerns that emerge through dean's office cases. The
Assistant Dean supervises the PES Program Coordinator, who manages
dean's office operations, and partners with the coordinator to
ensure a student-centered environment. The Assistant Dean
articulates the PES value proposition to prospective and newly
admitted students and families and maintains a dotted-line
partnership with the PES Admission & Recruitment Manager, who leads
recruitment strategy and related program-level marketing and
communication and is embedded in the PES advising unit. This role
oversees, funds, and evaluates annual critical initiatives and
serves as part of the PES leadership team, partnering closely with
the Director of First Year & Exploratory Advising and PES Program
Coordinator to provide relevant training and communication to
student support staff within PES and to sponsor and support First
Year Exploration (FYXP) courses, while upholding PES policies and
dean's office processes.
PES Leadership & Assessment of Student Success Practices:
Practice a commitment to equity, inclusion, diversity, and social
Partner with the Office of Data Analytics to track PES patterns and
maintain the PES Tableau dashboard; using data to assess success
rates of priority PES student populations and relevant policy
changes or initiatives.
Partner closely with the Director of First Year and Exploratory
Advising and the assistant directors within the University
Exploration & Advising Center (UEAC) to ensure First Year Academic
Experience funding proposals and projects are implemented,
assessed, and developed.
Collaborate with assistant deans from other
colleges/schools/programs to ensure smooth policy and process
transitions for students leaving PES, serving as primary point of
contact for questions and feedback about PES policies, deadlines,
Manage PES curriculum, including course proposal submission
process, course load planning, staff stipends, and course
assessments for First Year Exploration (FYXP) courses.
Support PES partners who are responsible for individual FYXP course
content as needed and manage or participate in relevant new
instructor training and communication and teach FYXP courses.
Work with Director of First-Year and Exploratory Advising to
coordinate UEAC staff support, including instructor observations
and development by UEAC assistant directors.
Supervise batch-enrollment for incoming PES students, including
partnering with the Director of First Year & Exploratory Advising
to determine course needs and collaborating closely with relevant
academic departments to save seats in key courses; e.g., within
ECON, MATH, GEEN, PWR. You will manage funding to support
PES-specific courses and assess and report on impact.
Partner with the Associate Vice Provost to manage the First Year
Seminar program as it relates to PES students (e.g., marketing and
recruitment, seat savings and enrollment).
Within PES Enrollment Management this position will Advise
Associate Vice Provost, and Dean & Vice Provost, on issues
pertaining to enrollment management, recruitment, and marketing
strategy, attending enrollment management meetings as part of the
Maintain a dotted-line partnership with the PES Admission &
Recruitment Manager in support of their efforts to create PES
programming options timed with the admissions cycle for
prospective, admitted, and confirmed students and families.
Coordinate the development and ongoing refinement of PES
recruitment strategies, including those for priority populations
such as first-generation students and those applying directly to
PES, as well as participating in admissions events and
Partner with the Office Data Analytics to monitor PES enrollments
and confirmation patterns; update PES leadership with relevant
trends and projections, develop data-informed responses to shifting
enrollment data, using campus systems such as Slate and
Partner with the PES Admission & Recruitment Manager in support of
their efforts to lead application and admissions processes and
manage and assess enrollment strategy pilots related to students
who initially apply to engineering or business.
Office of Undergraduate Education
This role represents OUE on undergraduate academic policy work and
partners closely with the Office of the Registrar to streamline and
improve the student experience with academic processes across all
colleges, schools, and programs. This position will liaise with
academic and student support offices across campus, including
assistant and associate deans in colleges/schools/programs and
partners in Student Affairs and OUE toward campus-wide vision and
goals. The Assistant Dean partners with and supervises the
Retroactive Withdrawal Coordinator, who manages student cases and
overall process, and works with campus partners to ensure an
equitable environment. This role will collaborate closely with
partners in the colleges/schools/programs as well as Student
Support & Case Management, Counseling & Psychological Services,
Disability Services, the Office of the Registrar, the Office of the
Bursar, and the Office of Undergraduate Education and participate
in training and professional development for student support staff
across campus on guiding principles and how best to support
This role will lead projects related to campus-wide policy and
process implementation (e.g., implementation committees/projects
with the Office of the Registrar on late drop, academic standing,
Grade Replacement). You will work in close consultation with
various campus offices to represent the needs and interests of the
Office of Undergraduate Education, establishing positive
relationships/partnerships and serving as a consultant to the
broader campus community on issues related to campus-wide
undergraduate student matters. You will participate on campus-wide
committees as needed and respond to student/parent inquiries that
are referred to OUE.
What You Should Know
Hybrid work schedule - required three days on campus.
All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to follow
the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide
proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption
within 30 days of employment.
What We Can Offer
The salary for this position is $105,000 - $118,000.
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including
medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO
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What We Require
Master's degree. Minimum of 5+ years of progressively responsible
professional experience in academic management in a complex higher
education setting, including at least 3 years working on/with
undergraduate academic policies and processes. Equivalent
combination of education and experience may substitute.
Demonstrated independence and authority serving in a leadership or
Experience working with students and/or student success initiatives
in an educational setting.
Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, diversity, and social
Experience managing parent concerns in an educational setting.
Track record of developing effective communication processes and
building relationships at all levels of an organization.
What You Will Need
This position functions independently under the direction of the
Associate Vice Provost in Undergraduate Education with minimal
supervision. This position directly supervises professional staff
positions and mentors and guides student-facing staff in
exploratory studies and across the campus community.
Data-informed decision making and assessment.
Energetic, creative, well-spoken, entrepreneurial, and
What We Would Like You To Have
Experience in a leadership position at the director level or
Familiarity with CU Boulder undergraduate policies and
Experience at a large public university.
Demonstrated change management experience.
Demonstrated project management experience.
Experience with admissions and/or recruitment.
Experience facilitating staff training and development.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
A current resume.
A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and
experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and
responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.
Please apply by November 27, 2022 for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.
Posting Contact Information
Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources
Posting Contact Email: Recruiting@colorado.edu%430367%
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