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Director, Graduate Student Affairs

The Josef Korbel School of International Studies (JKSIS) at the University of Denver is an interdisciplinary professional school of international studies that prepares students for careers in the public, private and non‐profit sectors. Our program provides students with the knowledge, skills and networks to design policies implement programs and realize outcomes which enhance human capabilities around the world.

Position Summary

The Graduate Director of Student Affairs provides leadership for the Office of Academic Student Affairs at the University of Denver Josef Korbel School Of International Studies. The Director ensures that graduate programs are developed, implemented and continuously evaluated for various student services at Korbel, and that student interests and concerns are communicated to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and appropriate University personnel in a timely manner. This includes providing a vision and strategic plan for the office and working directly with the staff to ensure that the plan is implemented effectively.

Essential Functions

Provide process and policy advising to graduate students and faculty, so they can understand, access, and navigate successfully the policies and resources available at DU. Requires comprehensive knowledge of institutional policy and resources. This is a central link to the 360-degree advising model with the primary focus on facilitating student progress through the INTS degree program.
Oversee program management and administration, including developing and refining internal policies and processes as necessary, budget oversight, monitoring compliance, tracking student issues, progress and trends, serving on internal and campus-wide committees as appropriate, and collaborating with other faculty and staff to ensure the delivery of high-quality student services. Requires the ability to assess issues quickly (e.g. student state of mind), exercise judgment and creativity, synthesize information and problem- solve, employ foresight and integrity, and respond effectively to dynamic situations.
Cultivate community and inclusive excellence intentionally, in order to engender an environment that is welcoming, respectful, humane, and conducive to learning.
Strive to create an ethos of partnership and mutual responsibility among all stakeholders (students, staff, faculty, and administrators).
Oversee student-related special events and student engagement, including new student orientation (four times per academic year), commencement receptions (Spring and Summer), and graduate student groups.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The candidate must have excellent organizational skills, demonstrated leadership skills, and the ability to work with and lead a wide variety of professionals to complete complex projects.
Excellent communication and computer skills are required.
Must be able to exercise good judgment and act professionally in a multicultural environment when dealing with the public and the entire Korbel community.
Experience in handling ADA accommodations in a work or school environment a plus.
Comprehensive knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures; the ability to apply that knowledge in complex, difficult, and/or unprecedented situations.
Problems are varied, requiring analysis or interpretation of the situation.
Problems are solved using knowledge and skills, and general precedents and practices.
Key competencies one must demonstrate in this position include: Student Focus Organization Creativity/Innovation Interpersonal Skills Inclusiveness
Capacity to solve complex problems with creative solutions
Experience in planning, organizing, and managing processes that bring about the successful completion of specific deliverables
Ability to function in a high-paced, collaborative work environment
A commitment to working collaboratively, respectfully, and professionally with a diverse range of stakeholders
A strong compliance orientation, including familiarity with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Excellent oral and written communication skills

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree
At least 4 years of experience in Student Affairs Administration or similar capacity within an academic institution, or other equivalent experience

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s Degree
At least 6 years of experience in Student Affairs Administration or similar capacity within an academic institution, or other equivalent experience

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Evenings and weekends as required.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) March 11, 2019

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

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The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.