The University of Denver is building an advancement enterprise that mirrors the excellence of our great institution. Advancement efforts at DU have a tremendous impact through our relationships with DU's remarkable students, dedicated donors, inspiring alumni, engaged families, and wonderful friends. DU is committed to building and fostering a culture of deep engagement and philanthropy in support of our institution as we implement the DU IMPACT 2025 vision. The University of Denver and DU Advancement deeply value inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of constituents. You can learn more about inclusive excellence at the University of Denver by visiting The Cultural Centers digital home. As a part of that effort, we are continuing to grow a team of collaborative, curious, results-oriented, and mission-driven advancement professionals who value inclusivity and who possess a deep respect for one another and for our shared profession.
As part of the IMPACT 2025 Strategic Plan, the University of Denver is actively building a contemporary career development model that prepares students for careers and lives of purpose. Through a rich ecosystem of career engagement and support that includes employers, alumni, faculty, staff and parents, we are engaging more students than ever in career development to launch them into successful paths upon graduation while also cultivating gratitude and affinity for the DU community that continues after graduation. Career & Professional Development is uniquely aligned within the Advancement Division to intentionally leverage the global DU network of advocates including alumni, parents and friends for career support and employment connections. All of what we strive for includes a strong awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion as it relates to student development.
The University of Denver is seeking a driven and passionate partner to join our Career & Professional Development team as the Assistant Director of 4D Mentoring. As part of Chancellor Haefner's vision to create an innovative Four-Dimensional experience for students on campus, the University of Denver is investing in growth and creation of student mentoring opportunities to offer ways students can develop and excel in all of the Four-Dimensions to help craft their own student experience. The Assistant Director will work collaboratively with the Director of Campus Engagement, Alumni Engagement, 4D Co-Directors, Student Employment and other campus 4D team members to develop and manage an innovative, inclusive, holistic mentoring initiative that can scale quickly to meet campus demand. The Assistant Director will create meaningful small group mentoring opportunities involving students and alumni that provide high quality experiences to enhance and foster the achievement of learning goals and opportunities for the 4D Experience. Additionally, the Assistant Director will serve as a campus-wide subject matter expert and resource for units interested in launching tailored mentoring programs within their departments in a supportive role. The Assistant Director will develop a mentoring framework that effectively provides pathways for all students to have a professional mentoring opportunity during their DU experience either through Career & Professional Development mentoring options and offerings or a college-based based mentoring program. To achieve that goal, it will be critical that the Assistant Director show experience and commitment to career/student development and its intersection with diversity, equity, and inclusion.
This position reports directly to the Director of Campus Engagement within the Career & Professional Development team. The Assistant Director of 4D Mentoring is a new position dedicated to collaborating with the Director of Campus Engagement in building best-in-class scalable student mentoring opportunities and programs at the University of Denver. The Assistant Director provides input on the strategy of the program and designs and delivers successful trainings to student protégé and alumni mentors. With the support of the Director, the Assistant Director will lead in all functions of developing successful mentoring programs, including assessment, marketing of programs, creating and managing communications, collaborating with campus partners, training and selection process of 4D mentors, and developing training on career readiness skills and mentoring processes for students to ensure high quality learning experiences. Additionally, this staff member will ensure the program is designed to create an inclusive environment for mentors and protégé through thoughtful selection and training as well as program development. To meet the learning needs of a diverse group of first year students, mentoring groups may be formed around career interests and/or identities. The Assistant Director will also have the opportunity to supervise student leads for group mentoring initiatives.
This position is funded through an internally funded three-year innovation grant, after which time there will be a review of programmatic outcomes to assess permanent position funding.
Program Development and Promotion
Develops, plans, and implements various projects related to, but not limited to campus-wide Industry Insight Groups, career readiness programs, individual and group mentoring opportunities, and university-wide initiatives utilizing technology platforms to deliver at scale.
Provides subject matter expertise and training to units launching tailored mentoring programs in their departments.
Manages the mentor and protégé recruiting, selection, and matching process, primarily for campus-wide small group mentoring opportunities.
Works with mentoring participants to provide resources and resolve any issues.
Coordinates student mentoring information and training sessions and assists in creating a marketing plan and materials to build awareness on 4-D mentoring options and resources.
Create and disseminate communications to student protégé and alumni mentors, including emails and quarterly newsletters, and identify content relevant to audiences from diverse backgrounds.
Maintain and update website content regarding the 4-D mentoring resources and develop written resources for student and alumni mentors.
Partner with marketing and communications staff as needed.
Conducts ongoing research through benchmarking peer institutions, connecting with professional associations, and participation in career and professional development conferences to understand and provide suggestions and ideas for mentoring programs.
Training & Professional Development
Design and deliver trainings to students/alumni on successful tips for protégé /mentors and other similar topics to include professional development, leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion as well student mentoring information sessions.
Collaborate with Director to create a student intake process that prepares students to be successful in their protégé roles while setting learning and career goals to enhance students professional skill development.
Continually evaluate program by, among other metrics, tracking outcomes and impact. Utilize all program evaluation to modify and improve program.
Partnerships & University Citizenship
Work with Director and campus partners to identify and remedy process inefficiencies and missed opportunities for successful outcomes.
Work collaboratively across campus with other types of mentors such as faculty, staff, and student peers to offer students a variety of mentoring options.
Create and lead a university wide Mentoring Working Group that helps guide the direction of the program while sharing best practices to ensure comprehensive organizational success and coordination for all mentoring opportunities on campus.
Create a system for tracking all campus mentoring activity on campus for centralized reporting; create standardized assessment tools for measuring program impact.
Model One DU leadership.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Background and understanding of mentoring as it relates to training of mentors/ protégé, assessment, and development of student mentoring programs.
Knowledge of student development and/or student career development.
Strong relationship management skills.
Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity including the understanding and appreciation for cultural differences that impact the student experience.
Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.
Exceptional collaboration skills and ability to effectively partner with key stakeholders.
Strong attention to detail.
Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines, take initiative, work independently, and self-start.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education or work experience (Veterans with equivalent combination of military certification/education and experience may substitute for the degree qualification).
3 years of relevant professional experience in human resources, mentoring programs, career services, student affairs, or a related field.
Master's degree in student affairs, higher education, human resources, communications, or a related field.
Relationship management experience.
Experience working in a higher education setting.
Demonstrated understanding of mentorship in higher education and career development.
Experience creating and implementing high quality and engaging mentoring programs.
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Some nights and weekends as required.
Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.
Salary Grade Number - The salary grade for the position is 9.
The salary range for this position is $55,000 - $60,000.
The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.
The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.
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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.