Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is an independent, doctoral granting research university with high research activity. The University of Denver is ranked among the nation’s top 100 universities, with many of its professional schools and programs ranking in the top twenty by U.S. News & World Report. Located in the booming city of Denver, at the foot of the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains, the University enrolls over 11,600 students in its distinguished undergraduate liberal arts and sciences, graduate and professional programs. The University has become increasingly prominent nationally and internationally for its creative, 21st century approaches to problem-based scholarship, a holistic, student-centered approach to learning, and a dedication to the public good through local, national and international partnerships. The University’s Chancellor, Rebecca Chopp, brings more than 20 years of transformational experience in higher education leadership.

The Position

Responsiblities of the Position

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources and Inclusive Community, the Title IX Coordinator plays a key role in the institutional efforts to build and sustain a safe, gender-equitable campus climate for all members of the University of Denver community. Pursuant to Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Title IX Coordinator is the designated agent of the University responsible for coordinating and overseeing compliance with statutory and regulatory requirement efforts. The Coordinator will serve as a central resource and partner for all University constituencies on all issues related compliance programs for Title IX, VAWA, SAVE, and the Clery Act. At the highest level, the Coordinator, in partnership with other relevant partners, will develop, implement, and coordinate campus-based, strategic efforts aimed at the prevention of gender based discrimination/harassment, and gender based violence including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The Coordinator will provide oversight of ongoing development and dissemination of training, education, and consultation on Title IX for all students, faculty, and staff, with specialized training for appeal officers, Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) investigators, campus safety personnel, and others that inform members of the campus community and constituencies of Title IX rights, responsibilities, and resources both within and external to the campus premises. With regard to complaints, the Title IX Coordinator will provide appropriate notice of and oversee investigation efforts; determine the extent of an investigation; ensure investigators have appropriate training; supervise investigations including those conducted by external investigators; ensure provision of initial remedial actions; ensure compliance with timelines; collaborate with campus safety regarding duty to warn, and provide a repository for and source of institutional record-keeping. The Coordinator will ensure the University of Denver maintains compliance with current investigative, resolution, and reporting standards, and continuously identifies and integrates best practices as related to Title IX processes.

Qualifications and Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree (master’s, JD, or terminal degree in relevant discipline preferred), and five years of experience with civil rights compliance with some or all experience working directly with Title IX in a higher education setting. Investigatory experience must include matters involving employees as well as students. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and the ability to manage sensitive and confidential information/communication; strong presentation and facilitation skills with an emphasis on education and training for a variety of constituencies; effective project management, organizational, and analytical skills; ability to use discretion and good judgment, maintain confidentiality, and work under multiple deadlines; and, ability to foster positive relationships with diverse constituencies.

Additionally, various stakeholders identified the following characteristics as important attributes of the Title IX Coordinator. The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • skill in planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating a Title IX program;
  • knowledge of applicable federal, state, and institutional laws and policies, including VAWA, SAVE, Clery, and FERPA, and the ability to interpret them to a broader constituency;
  • excellent interpersonal skills in establishing and maintaining professional working relationships;
  • an ability to pull together multiple and sometimes disparate offices to create a strong network of partners within the university;
  • an understanding of how to balance confidentiality with the needs of public information sharing;
  • superior oral and written communication skills;
  • strong service orientation and a demonstrated commitment to supporting students, faculty, and staff dealing with issues related to sexual misconduct/harassment;
  • a recognition of legal issues and obligations, but the ability to implement policies and protocols in a manner that also demonstrates a high level of empathy and compassion;
  • knowledge of how to administer well-run investigations;
  • an understanding of crisis response and follow-up;
  • an ability to develop excellent training programs and workshops; and
  • a vision for building a Title IX program with an emphasis on current trends and best practices.

History of the Position

In June 2015, Jean McAllister served as the University of Denver’s first full-time Title IX Coordinator. After her departure in 2016, Eric Butler was promoted from Title IX Investigator to Title IX Coordinator and concluded his tenure at the University of Denver as Title IX Coordinator in August 2018 to accept a Title IX Coordinator position at John Carroll University. Currently, Molly Hooker, Director of Graduate Student Services, is serving as the interim Title IX Coordinator.

Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position

In transitioning to the University of Denver, institutional stakeholders shared that the Title IX Coordinator will, among other goals and responsibilities, encounter the following opportunities, priorities, and challenges:

  • The new Coordinator will have assessed institutional/organizational strengths and needs, and developed planning documents for short- and long-term development of the department consistent with institutional goals related to Title IX. The Coordinator will not only shape a vision for the program but also be able to operationalize goals and provide deliverables. Developing a comprehensive framework will be essential.
  • The Coordinator should take advantage of the current institutional focus on Title IX to establish a much higher level of awareness across the university regarding Title IX programs and initiatives. With both national and local discussions occurring, it is hoped the Title IX Coordinator will find ways to elevate this important topic during the employee on-boarding process.
  • The institution is looking for an individual and an office with subject matter expertise, and the Title IX office needs to be a clearinghouse for communication as related to federal regulations, institutional and individual responsibilities, controls, risk management, training, response, advocacy, reporting, etc.
  • While there has been, and will be, support from senior members of the institution, the new Title IX Coordinator will need to work diligently to bring all staff and faculty into the dialog at the University of Denver. The Coordinator will need to be an ambassador of sorts, with a high public profile and sense of mission in emphasizing the importance of Title IX-related work being everyone’s responsibility at the University of Denver.
  • The new Coordinator will take a significant educational role in working with students, staff, and faculty.
  • The Title IX Coordinator will need to review current training/educational programs to ensure that the institution has a robust and comprehensive approach to everything from regulatory awareness to interpersonal skills. It will be important for the Coordinator to market educational opportunities extensively and look for ways to encourage broad participation to increase knowledge and skills.
  • There were positive comments about the benefits of working at the University of Denver. There is a nice balance of institutional sophistication while still being very service-oriented and relational. When doing Title IX work, the new Coordinator will find tremendous support from colleagues who will be invested in the success of the program and the person filling the Coordinator’s role.

Measures of Success for the Position

  • The Title IX Coordinator will have established a high degree of trust and a proactive, well-respected leadership presence on campus that is credible, collegial, and highly effective.
  • It is imperative that the Title IX Coordinator demonstrate solid reporting through prompt and thorough investigation.
  • In response to students’ concerns about new Title IX changes and having their voices heard, the Title IX Coordinator will implement a student advisory board that will review policy changes on an annual basis.

An Overview of the Department of Human Resources and Inclusive Community

The University of Denver Department of Human Resources & Inclusive Community commits to fostering a community of inclusive excellence by providing strategic leadership and the highest service of the highest quality.

Leadership

Laura Maresca was appointed as the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources & Inclusive Community in April 2017. An alumna of DU’s Sturm College of Law, Laura joined the University in 2015 as Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity. She is a seasoned attorney and human resources professional who has spent her career specializing in employment law and human resources management with an emphasis on issues relating to equal opportunity. Laura has been involved in all aspects of the employment relationship and is deeply committed to building an inclusive community where all employees can realize their full potential while helping the University of Denver achieve its vision of being a great private university dedicated to the public good.

Our Vision

A model for innovative solutions that serve and support the University’s mission through and with people.

Mission and Goals

The University of Denver Department of Human Resources & Inclusive Community commits to fostering a community of inclusive excellence through strategic leadership and service of the highest quality.

Consistently striving to accomplish this:

  • We assist the University community to recruit and retain excellent faculty and staff by developing, enabling, and supporting an environment that enables employees to be engaged, innovative, have integrity, and empower greatness.
  • In order for employees to realize their full potential in the workplace we provide personal and professional development opportunities.
  • We help people, units, and the University align actions and knowledge to achieve goals by increasing knowledge and skills, improving processes, and implementing appropriate technologies so that work gets done efficiently and effectively.
  • We support effective decision-making at the University by providing information and guidance relative to human resource processes, systems, and data.

Values

It is our intention to utilize the following values as a set of guiding principles to direct our actions:

  • Respect: We will behave in a fashion that demonstrates respect for the individual needs and interests and personal differences of all of those with whom we come in contact as we carry out our mission. We will treat all persons with whom we have contact with dignity and courtesy.
  • Ethical Behavior: Our actions will demonstrate the highest levels of professionalism and integrity.
  • Quality: We are dedicated to ensuring quality through our timely and accurate interactions and transactions.
  • Commitment to Community: We commit ourselves to being a voice in the community through our focus on diverse populations, involvement in the DU community, and surrounding area.
  • Customer Focus: Our primary obligation will consist of addressing the needs of our customers in the development, implementation, and evaluation of all our products and services

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Institution & Location

Institutional Background

Located where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, DU embodies the spirit of exploration and discovery that defines its region and history. The University of Denver is a private institution built on exploration through research and collaboration among educators, students, and local and global communities.

With nationally recognized academic programs, a history of widespread influence, a forward-looking vision for a 21st century education, and a deep commitment to promoting inclusion, DU opens a world of opportunity to students and empowers Pioneers to make a difference around the world.

Both DU and Denver rose out of the Colorado frontier and have developed in tandem ever since. DU was founded in 1864 as the Colorado Seminary, only six years after the founding of Denver City in what was then the Colorado Territory. As Denver grew from a gold rush boom town with a population of around 3,000 into one of the largest and most cosmopolitan cities of the interior West, we too evolved from our roots as a Methodist seminary into a global intellectual center in a city on the rise. Our first female and African-American graduates earned their degrees in 1886 and 1900, respectively.

We established one of the first business schools in the country, as well as the first school of social work between the Mississippi and the West Coast. Football teams from the NFL and the AFL played each other for the first time on our campus. During the 1960s, Martin Luther King Jr. visited and we became a center of protest for the region.

As we entered the 21st century, we modernized our campus and renewed our commitment to academic excellence and inclusion. Our students and faculty continue to drive our development, and we look forward to the next 150 years as we enhance our status as one of our city’s defining institutions and an internationally known, student-centered research university.

About Denver, CO

The Mile High City — is where urban sophistication meets outdoor adventure. Denver is an outdoor city known for its world-class cultural attractions, thriving craft breweries, chef-driven dining, and red-hot music scene, all within easy reach of the Rocky Mountains.

Situated in the South Platte River Valley, this modern city draws openness from the Great Plains to the east and features spectacular Rocky Mountain views to the west. Residents of this mile-high landscape (Denver is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level, or one mile high; 1.6 km for our metric friends) are noted for their sunny dispositions and can-do attitudes.

Getting to Denver is easy, thanks to the efficient Denver International Airport (DEN), one of the largest connecting airports in the world. From there, it’s a short, effortless trip on the airport train to Denver Union Station in the heart of downtown. Arriving at Union Station, visitors are greeted with an opulent and fully restored, 1914 Beaux-Arts train station, home to swanky bars, restaurants, shops, and a boutique hotel. In wintertime, skiers and snowboarders can take the Winter Park Express ski train from the station to the mountains for a unique ski-in, ski-out experience (runs seasonally). From Union Station, access to downtown is on foot, by bike, or on the free 16th Street Mall shuttle.

Walk to your heart’s content around Lower Downtown (LoDo) or get your heart pumping by checking out a bicycle from Denver B-cycle, Denver’s citywide bike-sharing system. Explore numerous nearby cultural attractions like the Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum, and the History Colorado Center. With more than 10,000 hotel rooms in the downtown area, and more than 46,000 metro-wide, there is plenty to choose from at all price points.

Denver is also a hub for chef-owned restaurants and was featured in the fifteenth season of Bravo’s hit TV show “Top Chef.” Stroll among the Victorian buildings and boutique shops of Larimer Square and take your pick of culinary talent, then indulge yourself with the many offerings from locally-sourced products. Denver is at the forefront of the food hall revolution, including Avanti F&B, where seven rotating casual dining concepts share space with two craft bars and a patio with spectacular views of downtown; The Source, an artisan market housed in a former ironworks foundry; and Central Market, where visitors will find nearly a dozen providers serving everything from wood-fired pizza and charcuterie to fresh-baked breads and gourmet chocolates.

If you really want to explore Denver, delve into its diverse neighborhoods. The River North Art District (RiNo) is “where art is made,” riding a wave of urban revival with art galleries, craft breweries, restaurants, and eye-popping street art on nearly every corner. Cherry Creek, just 5 minutes from downtown, is Denver’s premier shopping neighborhood with everything from independently owned boutiques on 16 charming blocks in Cherry Creek North to popular upscale brands in Cherry Creek Shopping Center and the nearby Denver Botanic Gardens.

Close to downtown is the trendy Highlands neighborhood with Victorian-era homes, hip restaurants, lush gardens, art galleries, and a famous ice cream shop in a giant milk can. The Art District on Santa Fe is a haven for art lovers with more than 60 art galleries and colorful murals, highlighting the neighborhood’s Hispanic roots. Uptown has a long stretch of cafés, bistros, and pubs with outdoor patios near the city’s largest greenspace, City Park, which also houses the Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. And in Five Points, the music of jazz legends transcends local clubs. Now it’s a fusion of old and new with coffeehouses, breweries, museums, and beloved barbecue institutions.

Denver is also known for something other than its high altitude: beer. With more than 100 breweries and tap rooms in the metro area, there is endless variety from pale ales, one-off firkins, and daring ingredients, created by a community of passionate artisans crafting some of the most adventurous beers in the country. The Denver Beer Trail, a collection of more than 30 of Denver’s top beers, can be your guide to this hoppy heaven.

Denver’s music scene has produced big rock bands like the Fray, OneRepublic, and the Lumineers. On any given night, you’ll find talented artists playing a vast array of genres in clubs throughout the metro area. And at the top of every music lover’s bucket list is Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Just 15 miles from downtown, see gorgeous sandstone monoliths that buttress the iconic stage and go for a hike on the trails in the surrounding park. While you’re at it, take a moment to enjoy sweeping views of the Denver skyline.

Home to the three-time, Super Bowl-winning Denver Broncos, Denver is as sports-crazy as you think. Three downtown stadiums for football (Broncos), baseball (Colorado Rockies), basketball (Denver Nuggets) and hockey (Colorado Avalanche) means you can catch a game and then head out on the town with ease. And of course, if you come looking for outdoor recreation, you won’t be disappointed. The city offers miles upon miles of paved off-road trails that connect to a vast array of dirt trails and mountain-bike adventures. Indoor and outdoor adventure parks showcase extreme sports — from the Downtown Denver Skatepark to Ruby Hill Mountain Bike Park. The nearby Rocky Mountains boast hiking excursions, rafting, world-class ski slopes, and wildlife. Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the top outdoor destinations in the world, is just a 90-minute drive from downtown.

For more information about Denver, visit the Chamber of Commerce website at https://denverchamber.org/

Vision

The University of Denver will be a great private university dedicated to the public good.

Values

In all that we do, we strive for excellence, innovation, engagement, integrity and inclusiveness. 

Mission

The mission of the University of Denver is to promote learning by engaging with students in advancing scholarly inquiry, cultivating critical and creative thought, and generating knowledge. Our active partnerships with local and global communities contribute to a sustainable common good.

Goals

  • Community
    We will create a diverse, ethical, and intellectually vibrant campus community to provide a challenging and liberating learning environment.
  • Learning
    We will provide an outstanding educational experience that empowers students to integrate and apply knowledge from across the disciplines and imagine new possibilities for themselves, their communities, and the world.
  • Scholarship
    We will invigorate research and scholarship across the university to address important scientific, sociopolitical and cultural questions of the new century.

Strategic Plan

These ideas make up our impact model, designed to position DU to lead through Transformative Directions One, Two, and Three. Through Four, we will guide our future as One DU, an intentional community that integrates research, teaching, and engagement for the public good.

  • One: Students Learning and Leading in a Diverse and Global 21st Century
  • Two: Discovery and Design in an Age of Collaboration
  • Three: Engagement and Empowerment in Denver and the Rocky Mountain West
  • Four: One DU

For a detailed look at DU IMPACT 2025 visit the website at http://imagine.du.edu/du-impact-2025/

Leadership

Rebecca Chopp, PhD, Chancellor

Rebecca Chopp, PhD, has been chancellor of the University of Denver since September 2014. Informed by a planning process that consulted thousands of community members, she developed the DU IMPACT 2025 strategic plan, focused on the 21st-century transformation of knowledge, the holistic education of students, and the University’s engagement in local and global organizations and communities. A visionary leader, Chopp emphasizes the importance of developing DU as an intentional community—among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University—and creating a welcoming and inclusive global community and a campus where people from all backgrounds can thrive.

From 2009 to 2014, Chopp was president of Swarthmore College, founded in 1864 outside Philadelphia and ranked the third-best liberal arts college in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. At Swarthmore, Chopp passionately upheld the college’s longstanding commitment to admitting the most highly qualified students without regard for their financial circumstances. She supported innovative ways for faculty and students to interact at Swarthmore and extended the distinct role the school plays in educating students to build inclusive communities and to become leaders motivated to contribute to the common good.

Before joining Swarthmore, Chopp served as president of Colgate University, where she led a comprehensive strategic plan that expanded the university’s academic space, strengthened academic programs and developed new interdisciplinary centers. She also served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory University and as a dean at Yale University.

Chopp is a widely published author and editor. Her six books include Remaking College: Innovation and the Liberal Arts (2013), which she co-edited with Haverford College President Dan Weiss. Her other notable publications are The Praxis of Suffering: An Interpretation of Liberation and Political Theologies (1986) and The Power to Speak: Feminism, Language, God (1989). She has published more than 50 articles.

Chopp serves on the governing board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and is the immediate past chair of the Centennial Conference President’s Council. Previously, she was on the board of the National Survey of Student Engagement. Chopp has also served as a member of the executive committee of the Annapolis Group, the board of trustees of the Carnegie Foundation for Teaching, and president of the American Academy of Religion.

A native of Kansas, Chopp received a BA from Kansas Wesleyan University, a MDiv from St. Paul School of Theology, and a PhD from the University of Chicago. Each of her alma maters has honored her with distinguished awards, and she has received six honorary doctorates from other colleges and universities.

Chopp is married to Frederick Thibodeau. They have three sons, one living in Colorado, as well as other family who also reside in the state.

The Academic Program

DU believes the genius is in the doing. Students take part in small, focused classes, where they improve understanding through conversations that draw from the vast range of experiences and perspectives of the diverse University community.

Learning goes far beyond the lecture hall. Opportunities are created for research, scholarship, performance, and engagement. Students collaborate with peers and faculty across disciplines and explore the subjects that move them. They develop important skills, find meaning, and fuel their passions through exploration and collaboration with peers and faculty across disciplines.

DU students work with professors and patients to examine how chemicals in foods like tea and chocolate could help with the effects of ALS. They collaborate with Nike to develop footwear that enhances performance and reduces injuries. Immersion programs prepare students to provide aid in humanitarian crises and understand the health needs and difficulties of the homeless.

Students gain knowledge and direction from lively, discussion-based classes, internships, and community engagement. They work here in Denver to ensure children in the foster system have the support they need and collaborate with locals in Panama to protect biodiversity. Wherever they are, DU makes sure students can use their passion to create a better world.

Average Class size: 21

Classes with fewer than 20 students: 56.6 percent

Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1

200+ degree programs

Freshman retention rate: 87 percent

70 percent of our undergraduates study internationally at some point in their DU careers

Schools and Colleges

  • Engineering & Computer Science
  • College of Business
  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
  • Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • International Studies
  • Education
  • Professional Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Law
  • University College

The Student Body

University of Denver has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,765, with a gender distribution of 47 percent male students and 53 percent female students. At this school, 50 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 50 percent of students live off campus. In sports, University of Denver is part of the NCAA Division I.

The Pioneer experience is more than the classes taken or the degree earned. It is also about making lifelong connections and being part of a community that helps students grow into the people they want to be.

  • 11,600 students (half graduate, half undergraduate)
  • Over 100 student-run clubs and organizations
  • 125 acres of beautiful campus space

Students live on campus for their first two years at DU, so the DU community is constantly infused with new faces, ideas, and experiences. Students can be found relaxing on the greens, enjoying the changing colors of the many trees. Winter brings the First Snow Celebration, where the community gathers for hot chocolate and snowball fights as students and faculty enjoy the pristine beauty of a snow-covered campus. Once the snow melts, with nature in full bloom, lawns and green spaces are populated by students soaking up the Colorado sun.

DU has five residence halls, a range of dining options, and easy access to the Mile High City.

Benefits Overview

Benefits at DU include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Medical Coverage
  • Dental Coverage
  • Vision Coverage
  • Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Short and Long-term Disability Coverage
  • Retirement Plan
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Employee discounts

For more details about benefits at DU, visit the website at https://www.du.edu/human-resources/benefits/index.html

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled; application review date is Monday, November 26, 2018. 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 qm3@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the University of Denver website at www.du.edu/

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.