Founded in 1874, Colorado College is an independent, coeducational, liberal arts and sciences college of bold ideas located in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains at the foot of Pikes Peak. Ranked among the top 25 National Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, Colorado College enjoys an unequivocal mission: to provide the finest liberal arts education in the country. Colorado College’s inimitable combination of program, place, and people makes it distinct. Colorado College is a unique Institution in terms of geography and pedagogy.

Set in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado College is the only selective liberal arts college in the region and enrolls over 2300 undergraduate students. Colorado College is located on a beautiful 99-acre campus in downtown Colorado Springs that features historically recognized buildings and innovative contemporary architecture, including a 2017 renovation and expansion of Tutt Library, integration with the world-renowned Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (now the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College), and most recently built Ed Robson Arena). Best known for its innovative Block Plan, where students take, and professors teach only one class at a time, Colorado College attracts top students seeking new perspectives and an array of experiential learning opportunities possible only in an immersive learning environment. Students at Colorado College learn more than theoretical approaches; they learn to embrace the importance of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints and appreciate how diversity enriches their understanding of the world.

The Position


Reporting to the chief operating officer/senior vice president for finance and administration, the assistant vice president (AVP) for staff equity and inclusion is a newly created position that will provide strategic vision, thoughtful and collaborative leadership, and guidance as a member of the college’s three-person diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism leadership team. The AVP for staff will co-facilitate/lead the Antiracism Commitment Committee in partnership with the diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism leadership team.

As a senior strategic leader, the AVP will advance efforts to build a diverse and welcoming workplace environment and culture and lead efforts to imbed the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism (DEIA) and belonging for all college staff. The AVP will conduct the design, delivery, and evaluation of DEIA staff programming and regularly assess and revise college policies and procedures, mainly related to the equitable distribution of power and staff workplace satisfaction. The AVP will also assess business operations policies and practices with a DEIA lens that supports commitment to equity and diversity goals, diversity strategy for suppliers and vendors, and tracking accountabilities, metrics, and accomplishments.

The AVP will work with the human resources department to improve DEIA expectations related to talent acquisition and co-develop, implement, and assess recruitment and hiring strategies to attract and retain a diverse workforce; provide consultation and feedback in the use of a DEIA lens on staff recruitment, onboarding, and retention strategies; and partner with HR leadership and the senior associate dean of the faculty’s office to support equitable and inclusive searches for faculty. Further, the AVP will co-lead the development and implementation of DEIA education initiatives, act as a subject matter expert to internal and external partners on DEIA programming and educational offerings, and collaborate with the AVP of institutional equity and Title IX coordinator.

Other key responsibilities:

  • Work and collaborate with the two senior associate deans to:
    • Co-lead the implementation of the college’s diversity, equity inclusion, and antiracism (DEIA) strategies, including development and oversight of DEIA programming specific to staff employees.
    • Introduce the antiracism framework to the campus community and trustees, and develop understanding, accountability, structure, and opportunities for college community members to embrace and further the College’s antiracism commitment.
    • Assist the college in developing appropriate policies that reflect the realities of changing demographics.
    • Provide subject matter expertise and creative solutions and ideas for diverse interests.
    • Conduct analysis and presentation of diversity-related data.
  • Contribute to the campus bias response team collaborating with the AVP of institutional equity and Title IX coordinator.
  • Collaborate with human resources and others to offer DEIA professional development through the Excel@CC program, among other mediums.
  • Convene and collaborate with the senior associate dean of equity, inclusion, and faculty development, senior associate dean of student equity and inclusion, AVP of institutional equity and Title IX coordinator, and others.
  • Represent Colorado College at critical events and serve as an active college community member.
  • Take an active leadership role in the national dialogue about antiracist practices, including writing, publishing, and presenting at conferences.
  • Promote a safety and environmental protection culture by working safely, immediately reporting unsafe situations and accidents, following college procedures, and participating in appropriate safety training.


In 2018, Colorado College underwent an external review of racism conducted by Roger Worthington, Ph.D., executive director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education. A final report and recommendations were delivered in May 2019. Over the summer of 2019, a small group with representation from the faculty, student body, Board of Trustees, and administration met to draft the goals, strategy, timeline, and metrics for Colorado College’s work in the future. The implementation plan was developed to guide Colorado College’s ongoing, long-term efforts toward becoming an antiracist Institution.

Rather than relying on one chief diversity officer to oversee the implementation of the antiracism plan, Colorado College decided to build the college’s capacity for inclusive excellence by (1) creating a campus committee to oversee this work and (2) elevating the leadership of this work to a diverse three-person team made up of members with expertise in equity, diversity, and inclusion. The assistant vice president for staff equity and inclusion will focus on employees; the senior associate dean for equity, inclusion, and faculty development will focus on the academic program; and the senior associate dean of students for equity and inclusion/director of the Butler Center focus on students. The AVP, along with the other DEI leaders, will be dedicated to the college’s diversity and inclusion goals, lead the strategic implementation and keep antiracism front and center at the college. This three-person approach will improve efficacy and accountability in this work, allowing for greater reach and collaboration.


The Colorado College campus community has evolved rapidly in recent years. The college is committed to growing diversity among its student body while at the same time enhancing diversity throughout its staff and faculty. Accordingly, institutional stakeholders have a strong commitment and growing excitement to develop and embrace antiracism and DEI initiatives on campus. Developing and sustaining a culture that builds an inclusive community is a critical institutional priority and the foundation on which the AVP’s work will be done in collaboration with the senior associate dean for equity, inclusion, and faculty development and the senior associate dean of students for equity and inclusion/director of the Butler Center.

In transitioning to Colorado College, the AVP may encounter several opportunities and challenges shared by college stakeholders.

  • From a mission/vision perspective, Colorado College is deeply committed to and encourages antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion principles. In collaboration with institutional DEI leaders, the AVP will need to continue to provide services that align with those broader institutional characteristics, mission, and values.
  • The AVP will need to build collegial relationships and work collaboratively across campus, diligently engaging department chairs, directors, and other institutional leaders in dialogue about better supporting underrepresented populations as they become active and engaged members of the college community.
  • While there are designated DEI leaders for students and faculty whose purpose is to ensure departments and offices on campus are doing outstanding work and are highly committed to diversity efforts, these initiatives will need to be coordinated and leveraged effectively. It is expected that the new AVP will work collaboratively to bring units together to discuss diversity efforts and, more importantly, share ideas and resources to develop a more comprehensive and collaborative approach to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion at Colorado College.
  • While candidates may possess a breadth and depth of experience in institutional DEI and antiracist initiatives, it will be important that the administrative operations component of the job be given equitable attention in terms of how DEI should impact internal policies and practices and commitment to external business stakeholders (e.g., vendors, suppliers, etc.).
  • The AVP will work collaboratively to establish a “best practices” environment, including educational training programs and other offerings. In that dialogue, diversity is normalized and helps create an atmosphere in which it is safe to explore concepts such as inclusion, privilege, bias, inequity, the institutional and social racism, gender and gender identity, religious diversity and faith journeys, microaggression, personal stories, and other experiences with variety.
  • As a highly collaborative leader, the AVP must maintain an evident and active presence on campus, directly serving staff and supporting the college’s institutional priorities and values directed at building and supporting a diverse community; regularly connect with key stakeholders, and identify opportunities to leverage relationships available through the various communities in Colorado Springs.
  • The college recognizes that, as a new position, the work of the AVP is dynamic and will continue to evolve over the next few years. This process will require patience, forward-thinking action, creativity, flexibility, and high emotional intelligence, as the AVP may need to challenge the Colorado College community and facilitate change. The AVP will build an identity for the position and the organization.
  • Stakeholders shared that navigating the pace of the Block Plan and its impact on the campus can stimulate pressures and issues in the work environment.


At an appropriate interval after joining Colorado College, several accomplishments will initially define success for the new AVP:

  • Utilized antiracism and DEI initiatives to facilitate the transformation of Colorado College into an antiracist Institution;
  • Earned the respect of the campus community through broad buy-in, positive working relationships, accessibility, and honest, open communication to antiracism and DEI initiatives;
  • Established as an obvious, approachable leader on campus;
  • Ensured that resources are appropriately aligned for the success of DEI and antiracist initiatives;
  • Maintained a steady focus on and advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion issues—ensured Colorado College continues efforts to create a welcoming and inclusive working environment in which all staff feels supported, valued, and empowered to thrive.


Qualifications and Characteristics

Candidates must possess a master’s degree from an accredited university with a minimum of five years of demonstrable experience leading DEIA initiatives and programming designed to build cultural competence on race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual identity, and religion. Experience developing and delivering DEI training and experience in higher education institutions is highly desirable. The successful candidate must demonstrate knowledge, skills, awareness of, and commitment to contemporary issues of inclusion, social justice, diversity, access, and equity, including the current research and pedagogical approaches that inform and address these issues. Further, the candidate must demonstrate an ability to provide coaching and consultation to individuals and groups with respect to cultural challenges and conflicts.

Qualified candidates possessing a doctoral degree, DEI training and/or development certification(s), and/or advanced training in diversity-related fields are strongly encouraged to apply. Desired qualities also include the ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion; inspire confidence, maintain credibility, and positively represent the DEIA leadership team; and recommend appropriate interventions, make referrals, and provide information regarding college policies and procedures.

Additionally, various stakeholders identified a number of characteristics, skills, actions, and/or abilities as essential attributes of the AVP:

  • Understands dynamics of higher education;
  • Evidence of outstanding verbal, written, and analytical skills;
  • Highly self-motivated, exceptional time and project management skills, high level of productivity, critical thinking, and creativity;
  • Demonstrated emotional intelligence and strong communication skills to present complex and emotionally charged material in understandable and usable ways;
  • Strong and effective presentation and diversity training skills with the ability to prepare, organize and present educational programs to individuals and groups;
  • Keen communication skills, cultural awareness, and sensitivity to interact collaborate, establish rapport and maintain productive working relationships with college leadership, departments, and all members of the college community;
  • Ability to work independently and to work effectively as a leader or member in teams, on task forces, and on committees;
  • Demonstrated collaboration skills with internal departments and external colleagues, with the ability to understand the importance of interconnectedness and partnerships;
  • An easy conversationalist, active listener, transparent communicator with robust public relations skills and the ability to reach all levels of the college;
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, with the ability to determine needs, address issues, and manage change effectively;
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment in the development, implementation, and evaluation of education programs and initiatives which address the needs of diverse populations;
  • Unquestioned integrity, compassion, and empathy for all constituents with the ability to remain fair and unbiased at all times;
  • Enthusiasm for the role, passion for the work, and a positive attitude even in the face of adversity;
  • An innovator with a futuristic orientation and a willingness to try new opportunities, remain informed on recent trends and best practices, and lead significant change processes;
  • Experience in diplomacy, political savviness, and mediation, as well as the ability to develop consensus around complex issues;
  • Demonstrated skills as an advocate and champion for diversity, equity, and inclusivity, along with a willingness to stand up for these values;
  • The ability to conduct difficult conversations when pertinent, to listen to all sides of an issue, and remain “cool under pressure” no matter the situation;
  • A strong relationship builder who is open-minded, resilient, culturally aware, able to navigate sensitive issues, and work with different personalities;
  • Someone who is motivated and inspired by new challenges and who is not afraid to be the face of the college in front of different audiences;
  • A personable and approachable demeanor, charisma, and the ability to have fun on the job, even though the subject matter can be heavy and intense.

Institution & Location

An Overview of the Division of Finance and Administration

The finance and administration division provides support for Colorado College’s students, faculty, staff, and community partners. The college’s mission guides the division’s work—to provide the finest liberal arts education in the country while developing habits of intellect and imagination that prepare students for lifelong learning and leadership.

Leadership of the Division of Finance and Administration

Moore is currently the chief operating officer/senior vice president for finance and administration for Colorado College. His areas of responsibility include endowment management, controller’s office, budget office, human resources office, facilities services, purchasing services, dining operations, bookstore operations, mail services, children’s center, Title IX, and operations of the managed properties of the college.

Before coming to Colorado College, he served as the vice president for budget and finance at the University of Colorado and vice president for finance and operations at the Colorado School of Mines. He also has served as the deputy executive director for the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and as the staff director for the Joint Budget Committee of the Colorado General Assembly.

Moore currently serves as the immediate past chair for the National Association of College and University Business Officers and past president for the Western Association of College and University Business Officers. He previously served on the Board of Directors for University Hospital and the Douglas County School Board.

Robert G. Moore – Chief Operating Officer/Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

Leadership of the University

L. Song Richardson, a legal scholar, dedicated educator, lawyer, and expert on implicit racial and gender bias, became the 14th president of Colorado College on July 1, 2021. She succeeds in acting co-presidents, Mike Edmonds and Robert G. Moore. They assumed the presidential role after former President Jill Tiefenthaler left the college in July 2020 to become the chief executive officer of National Geographic.

Before joining Colorado College, Richardson was the dean and chancellor’s professor of law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. At her appointment as UCI Law’s second dean, she was the only woman of color to lead a top-30 law school. She held joint positions in UCI Law’s Department of Criminology, Law, and Society and the Department of Asian American Studies. She received her AB from Harvard College and her JD from Yale Law School.

Richardson’s interdisciplinary research uses lessons from cognitive and social psychology to study decision-making and judgment in various contexts. Law journals have published her scholarship at Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, Cornell, Duke, and Northwestern. She is working on a book that reflects on the current reckoning with anti-Blackness occurring across the U.S. and its implications for law and policy.

Her legal career includes a partnership at a criminal defense law firm and works as a state and federal public defender. She was also an assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. She was a Skadden Arps Public Interest Fellow with the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles and the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Unit in Brooklyn, NY.

Richardson frequently speaks on the science of implicit bias and its influence on decisions, perceptions, and judgments. She has consulted with public and private entities to develop practices to address racial and gender disparities. She is a leading expert on race and policing and has worked with police departments to address the impact of race on their policing practices.

Her awards and recognitions include the American Association of Law School’s Derrick Bell Award, which recognizes a faculty member’s extraordinary contributions to legal education through mentoring, teaching, and scholarship; the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Trailblazer Award; being named one of the Top Women Lawyers in California; and being chosen as one of the two most influential Korean Americans in Orange County.

Richardson is a member of the American Law Institute. She is on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools and serves on the Board of Equal Justice Works. In 2020, she was appointed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to the California Penal Code Revision Committee.

Organizational Charts for Campus


L. Song Richardson – President

Institutional Overview

Mission and Vision Statement

At Colorado College (CC) our goal is to provide the finest liberal arts education in the country. Drawing upon the adventurous spirit of the Rocky Mountain West, we challenge students, one course at a time, to develop those habits of intellect and imagination that will prepare them for learning and leadership throughout their lives.

Our unique system provides students with the most immersive and rewarding learning method possible. It offers an in-depth study of a subject, often covering far more material than most semester-based programs at demanding and inspiring levels.

We offer unparalleled access to the outdoors, and CC students are no strangers to the adventurous spirit that flourishes here in the Rocky Mountain West. This attitude is something that is instilled into everything we do here. Curiosity is the driver, and ingenuity is the outcome.

Our academic environment challenges our students and drives them toward discovery. The nature of the Block Plan enables students to find and pursue their passions truly. Additionally, many courses venture elsewhere beyond the classroom–studying astronomy at our Baca campus or simply taking your readings outside. CC allows students and professors alike to make their college experience whatever they choose it.

At CC, we pride ourselves not solely upon academic rigors and standards but also on the traits it seeks to bring out in its students. We encourage and facilitate numerous opportunities for student volunteer work, such as BreakOut trips, and offer students leadership positions both on campus and within the local Colorado Springs community. We strive for leadership in everything we do at CC because the leadership skills cultivated here will allow students to become leaders in whichever careers they pursue.


Strategic Plan

As Colorado College moves forward with new strategic initiatives, our mission remains the same—providing the finest liberal arts education in the country. Yes, it’s a simple statement. But in these difficult times, it helps everyone at the college focus on what is most important—connecting our primary goal to our daily work.

How do we back up such a bold statement? With the Block Plan and our unique place in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Both support our strategic focus with a spirit of adventure—a rigorous exploration that develops habits of intellect and imagination.

We believe the best liberal arts education in the country is the one that engages students most directly and best prepares them for learning and leadership in the 21st century. In a time of rapid change and globalization, a liberal arts education is more important than ever to allow students to think creatively and focus on details while seeing the big picture. As a recent survey of 700 employers in the United States indicated, businesses desperately seek qualified candidates who can communicate effectively, adapt to new situations, solve problems, and make decisions. In other words, they need highly skilled liberal arts graduates.

At Colorado College, students learn more than theoretical approaches to the arts and sciences—they learn firsthand from faculty and staff who have dedicated their lives to creating a better world. Students learn the importance of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints—and they appreciate how diversity enriches their understanding of the world. Every day they see these lessons in action.

They also receive an educational experience that draws inspiration from the spirit of the Rocky Mountains. We believe the liberal arts involves an intellectual adventure that requires challenging hearts and minds in new ways and providing space for reflection and contemplation—and our natural surroundings provide the perfect environment for these types of engagement.

Colorado College builds habits of intellect and imagination to succeed in a challenging, complex world. That’s what the finest liberal arts education in the country offers its students.

To read the entire Colorado College Strategic Plan, “Building on the Block:”

Institutional Background and History

Colorado College’s history is one full of proud tradition and progressive culture. The conventions upon which the school was based continue to live through the current students, faculty, and staff. Established in 1874, two years before Colorado became a state, Colorado College’s history is long and proud as a coeducational Institution. In the early years, before there existed so much as a permanent building, Colorado College gathered a small faculty whose roots ran to New England scholarship. Although more diverse philosophically, today’s faculty still balances teaching and scholarship as the college’s traditional strength.

In 1871, General William Jackson Palmer, founder of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, laid out the city of Colorado Springs along his new line from Denver. Envisioning a model city, he reserved land and contributed funds for a college, which was to open on May 6, 1874.

The college’s first building, Cutler Hall, opened in 1880; the first bachelor’s degrees were conferred in 1882. Under President William F. Slocum, who served from 1888 to 1917, the campus took the shape it held until the 1950s. The college significantly expanded, improved the library’s holdings, and attracted leading scholars in several fields. Phi Beta Kappa was chartered in 1904.

Since the mid-1950s, the campus has been almost entirely rebuilt. New facilities include three large residence halls, Worner Campus Center, Tutt Library, Olin Hall of Science and the Barnes Science Center, Honnen Ice Rink, Boettcher Health Center, Schlessman Pool, Armstrong Hall of Humanities, Palmer Hall, El Pomar Sports Center, and Packard Hall of Music and Art.

The Colorado College campus has undergone significant changes over recent years, with the construction of the Western Ridge Housing Complex, the completion of the Russell T. Tutt Science Center, and the revitalization of the east campus, now home to several “theme” houses.

In 2008, the campus welcomed the opening of the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, an interdisciplinary arts building allowing for innovative, experimental, and collaborative projects in a unique space with state-of-the-art technology.

In the spring of 2013, Colorado College completed the addition of the Adam F. Press Fitness Center, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the health of the college community. The renovations to El Pomar Sports Center and the addition of the Adam F. Press Fitness Center have reinvigorated and energized the college’s access to health and wellness and continue to be a huge asset for students, faculty, and staff.

On the first day of the 2017-18 academic year, the campus community came together to open the newly renovated Tutt Library officially. The $45 million renovations of Tutt Library make it the most extensive academic library to achieve net-zero construction.

On September 25, 2021, the Colorado College community and Colorado Springs celebrated a historic moment at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for CC’s new Ed Robson Arena and Mike and Barbara Yalich Student Services Center, which will benefit both the college and city. The new 3,407-seat arena serves as the first-ever on-campus home for CC’s NCAA Division I men’s hockey program.

Perhaps more significant than the physical development of the campus is its academic vigor. The college’s curriculum includes several interdisciplinary programs: Southwest studies, feminist and gender studies, Asian studies, biochemistry, environmental sciences, neuroscience, Latin American studies, Russian and Eurasian studies, and race and ethnic studies, as well as a solid across-the-curriculum writing program and a thriving Summer Session.

Over a century ago, the citizens of Colorado Springs were so proud of their young town’s progress and prosperity that they filled a Century Chest full of descriptive memorabilia. A splendid ceremony in 1901 at Colorado College marked the sealing of the sizeable steel-riveted box, which stands today in the college’s Tutt Library. It was opened on January 1, 2001, and contains more than 100 essays and photographs depicting community life a century ago.

The Student Body

Female: 1,334
Male: 1,043
Total: 2,237

Black, Indigenous, and people of color: 26.1%
International: 6.9%
Unknown: 1.1%
White: 65.9%

Student to Faculty ratio: 10:1

About Colorado Springs, Colorado

The Ute, Arapaho, and Cheyenne peoples were the first recorded inhabitants of an area that would become Colorado Springs. As part of the land included in the United States’ 1803 Louisiana Purchase, the current city area was designated a section of the 1854 Kansas Territory. In 1859, after the first local settlement was established, it became part of the Jefferson Territory and then that of El Paso County. During the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush, at the Front Range confluence of Fountain and Camp creeks, Colorado City was formally organized on August 13, 1859. It served as the capital of the Colorado Territory from November 5, 1861, until August 14, 1862, when the capital was moved to Denver.

Today, Colorado Springs is a home rule municipality that is the largest city by area (194.9 square miles) in Colorado and the county seat and the most populous city of El Paso County, Colorado. Located 60 miles south of Denver, in east-central Colorado, the town stands more than one mile above sea level; the city lies near the base of Pikes Peak, which rises 14,115 feet above sea level on the eastern edge of the Southern Rocky Mountains.

Colorado Springs has an estimated population of nearly 500,000 and a metro population of approximately 755,105, making it Colorado’s second most populous city, behind Denver, and the 39th most populous city in the United States. The United States Air Force Academy opened in 1958, just north of Colorado Springs. The city also is home to 24 national sports governing bodies, including the United States Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Training Center, and USA Hockey. The Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings found Colorado Springs to be the fastest-growing city for millennials. In 2018, U.S. News & World Report named Colorado Springs the most desirable place to live in the United States.,_Colorado

Benefits Overview

Employees of Colorado College have the following benefits, among others, available to them:

• Medical insurance
• Dental insurance
• Vision insurance
• Life and disability insurance
• Prescription drug plans
• Retirement plans
• Flexible spending accounts
• Education assistance
• Employee assistance program

Application & Nomination

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Quincy Martin III at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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 Colorado College is an equal opportunity employer committed to increasing the diversity of its community. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, gender identity or expression, disability, or sexual orientation in our educational programs and activities or our employment practices.