University of Colorado System Office - Chief Diversity Officer

CO, Denver
Education - Human Resources

The University of Colorado invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the inaugural position of Chief Diversity Officer (CDO).

The regents of the University of Colorado govern the University of Colorado, a university system that consists of four research campuses (CU Boulder, CU Colorado Springs, CU Denver and CU Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora).

Reporting to President Mark Kennedy, the CDO will work to ensure that system-wide diversity efforts are aligned on fulfilling the university’s mission. Among the responsibilities that the CDO will fulfill in this role are facilitating the development and oversight of system-wide policies and oversight of system-wide initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced diversity leader who is both a pragmatist and process driven. Early in their tenure, the CDO will be expected to advance a system-level diversity strategic plan; work with the chancellors of each campus to determine diversity metrics and provide support in developing campus-level plans to achieve goals; develop an infrastructure for communication of diversity initiatives both internally and externally; and implement outreach strategies for diverse communities.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years of experience in a diversity leadership position with demonstrated experience of impacting and improving organizational culture. Candidates should have a clear understanding of project management processes and an ability to work in a collaborative environment with diverse internal and external audiences. Candidates who have experience facilitating nuanced conversations around diversity issues and the First Amendment are highly desired. The system welcomes candidates who have demonstrated these qualifications outside of the academy. A master’s degree is required.

For full consideration, applicant materials should be received by January 3, 2020. Candidates should provide, as three separate documents, a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the University of Colorado System Office’s consultants Charlene Aguilar and Christine Pendleton at The consultants can be reached by telephone via the desk of the executive search coordinator supporting this search, Candice Jones at 630-575-6929.