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Assistant VP of Student Life for Equity & Engagement

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Work type: Administrative Faculty Full Time
Location: Golden
Categories: Director/Executive/Management, Student Life

Position Title: Assistant Vice President of Student Life for Equity and Engagement
Pay Range:

$95,000 - $115,000

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

The Opportunity:

The Assistant Vice President of Student Life for Equity and Engagement position is critical for Student Life's multi-pronged efforts to support the Mines@150 university strategic plan and to fulfill a vision of equity, inclusion, belonging and engagement for all students, allowing Student Life to sustain a collaborative, strategic approach to equity and inclusion goals with campus partners throughout the institution.

This leadership position within the Division of Student Life provides strategic vision, planning, and assessment of diversity, inclusion, access and equity efforts, especially pertaining to the co-curricular and extra-curricular student experience, student services, and student community and engagement outside the classroom throughout the Mines community. Additionally, the Assistant VP contributes significantly to other Student Life and Mines@150 strategic priority areas including Wellness, Professional Development, and Residential Campus priorities. The Assistant VP will advise the Vice President of Student Life and other campus leaders on student equity and inclusion concerns and will actively collaborate with colleagues in HR, Institutional Equity & Title IX, Mines DI&A (Diversity, Inclusion & Access), faculty, academic departments, and Academic Affairs to ensure a cohesive institutional strategy to achieve DI&A goals and to ensure a culture supportive of Mines’ DI&A values.

Reporting to the Vice President of Student Life, the Assistant VP will work as part of the Campus Life and Student Success (CLASS) leadership team, as well as part of the Student Life leadership team under the Vice President of Student Life. Together, the CLASS leadership team will set, execute, and assess the direction of CLASS departments in collaboration with CLASS departments and division leadership. The Assistant VP is responsible for the overall effectiveness of departments within their supervision area, including MEP (Multicultural Engineering Program), NeST (New Student & Transition Services), and SAIL (Student Activities, Involvement, and Leadership).


Equity & Engagement and other strategic initiatives

  • In collaboration with CLASS/ Student Life departments and other campus partners, provide strategic vision, planning, and assessment of equity and engagement efforts within Student Life, especially pertaining to the co-curricular and extra-curricular student experience, student services, and student community and engagement outside the classroom throughout Mines.
  • Contribute to strategic priority areas including Well-being, Professional Development, and Residential Campus priorities, and other Mines@150 strategic plan priorities.
  • Advise the Vice President and Assoc. Vice President of Student Life and other campus leaders on student equity and inclusion concerns.
  • Actively collaborate with colleagues in Human Resources, Institutional Equity & Title IX, Mines DI&A, faculty, academic departments, and Academic Affairs to ensure a cohesive institutional strategy to achieve Mines’ DI&A goals and to ensure a culture supportive of Mines’ DI&A values.
  • Consult with Student Life departments and coordinate action to engage and educate students and staff on social justice, equity-minded policy development, and inclusive hiring, development, and performance management processes.


  • Provide support for the selection, training, supervising, performance planning and evaluation of all staff within supervision portfolio.
  • Design, establish, and maintain staffing and organizational structure to effectively accomplish program functions. This includes the direct supervision of the directors of MEP, SAIL, and NeST.

Leadership & Student Development

  • Support planning, implementation, and assessment of programs and student outcomes for all reporting offices and collaborate on similar efforts within the larger university community and all facets of student life.
  • Serve as co-advisor for Undergraduate Student Government.
  • Serve as a member of the university behavioral intervention team (BIT)
  • Provide direction and uphold high standards of operations for all MEP, SAIL, and NeST events, including special or night/weekend programs (Challenge, MEP events, Homecoming, Parents and Family Weekend, E-Days, Oredigger Camp, Launch, etc.), as well as supporting other campus-wide special events and programs.

Administration & Operations 

  • Oversee budget development and fiscal management in all supervision areas.
  • Manage diverse and complex legal and risk management issues.
  • Maintain a productive working relationship with Academic Affairs, Graduate Studies, Enrollment Management, Budget, Controller, ITS, Institutional Equity & Title IX, Human Resources, Public Safety, Mines DI&A, and others.
  • Serve on Student Life emergency response committee for broader campus student emergency response, and provide emergency response to student life incidents as needed.
  • Represent the University to various institutional divisions by serving on university committees as well as externally to students and/or the general public/local community.

Other Duties

  • Committees, special projects, and special event attendance and support
  • Community development efforts within the Golden and broader community
  • Other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in related field such as education, social work, higher education, or diversity/ inclusion
  • 8 or more years of relevant, progressive leadership experience in higher education or other complex learning organization
  • 3 or more years of professional supervision experience
  • Demonstrated, progressively responsible management experience leading equity and inclusion efforts in higher education or other complex learning organization, including leading or contributing to significant student equity and inclusion initiatives
  • Significant experience directly supporting and advocating for marginalized communities in higher education
  • Proven expert-level professional experience in planning, implementation and assessment of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in complex learning organizations or higher education institutions
  • Demonstrated professional leadership experience in the development and training of higher education faculty, staff, and students
  • Effective broad cultural competency in the workplace and community
  • Impeccable written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty and staff from a variety of disciplines, social identities, and educational backgrounds
  • Outstanding administrative, planning and supervisory skills
  • Excellent fiscal planning and budget management skills
  • Leadership in strategic planning
  • Knowledge and experience with equity-focused policy development
  • Understanding and experience implementing assessment in higher education or other complex learning organizations
  • Significant education and professional experience in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion, and anti-racism leadership
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Terminal degree in related field
About Mines & Golden, CO:
Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver.  The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience. 
Equal Opportunity:

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons.  Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Total Rewards: Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings.  Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs.  For more information, visit Mines benefits.
How to Apply:

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload the following: 

1) resume,
2) cover letter, and
3) a statement on contributions to diversity and inclusion, describing past experiences and/or proposed activities to advance access, inclusion, and diversity at Mines.

Review of applications will begin on September 13th. Contact with any questions about this opportunity.

Background Investigation Required: Yes

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