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Dean of the Graduate School
University of Colorado in Aurora, Colorado
Date Posted 10/14/2022
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Dean of the Graduate School - 27581 
University Staff 



University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Graduate School


Position #665437 – Requisition #27581

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

Please Note: This position is only open to current employees at the University of Colorado

The University of Colorado has a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and full completion thereof by 9/1/21 or upon start date.  Information regarding this requirement, and exemptions can be found at:

Exemptions vary by campus location/department.

Campus/Unit-Specific Exemptions:

  • Anschutz Campus – Accommodations may be granted for medical or religious reasons.
  • Denver Campus - Exemptions are allowed for medical, religious, or personal reasons.
  • Consolidated/Central Services Administration – Accommodations may be granted for medical or religious reasons.

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment.  We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

About the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a world-class medical destination at the forefront of transformative science, medicine, education and patient care. The campus encompasses the University of Colorado health professional schools, more than 60 centers and institutes, and two nationally ranked independent hospitals UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital  and Children's Hospital Colorado  - that treat more than two million adult and pediatric patients each year. Innovative, interconnected and highly collaborative, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus delivers life-changing treatments, patient care and professional training and conducts world-renowned research fueled by over $650 million in research grants. For more information, visit .

The Graduate School has an opening for a part-time University Staff (unclassified) Dean position.

About the School:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is known for its distinctive and highly productive research programs, its world-class health facilities and its well-established partnerships in business, industry and government. The campus continues to enhance graduate education to support its outstanding research programs.

The Graduate School oversees, facilitates, and enhances graduate education, while encouraging excellence in research, creative and scholarly work. Disciplines served include Basic and Biomedical Science, Nursing, Pharmaceutical Science, Public Health, Clinical Science, Biotechnology, Anatomy, Genetic Counseling, and Palliative Care. The Graduate School administers and serves Master’s programs, Doctoral programs, Certificates, and non-degree courses throughout the four schools and one college across CU Anschutz. The School also offers resources and support for prospective graduate students, current graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty. The Graduate School serves over 1,100 students in 31 master’s and doctoral programs, in addition to a number of post-master’s and certificate programs.

More information about the Graduate School can be found at: .

Nature of Work:

The Dean of the Graduate School is responsible for providing leadership for the affiliated degree and certificate programs.  The position is part-time at 0.5 FTE.  The Dean will work with program directors, department chairs, unit and/or program heads, associate deans, deans, and the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs (EVC-ASA) to offer the vision, support infrastructure and dynamic leadership that strategically guides graduate admissions, student success and degree completion, in alignment with the CU Anschutz strategic plan.

The Anschutz Medical Campus strategic plan can be found at: .

Professional Field:

Experience in the health sciences or a closely related field. The Dean must have a record of research/scholarship, teaching, and service/leadership sufficient to be appointed as a full professor at the Anschutz Medical Campus.   

Supervision Received:

Appointed by the Chancellor on the recommendation of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs (EVC-ASA), the Dean of the Graduate School reports directly to the EVC-ASA. The responsibilities assigned to this position are by broad directive and are generally accomplished without direct supervision. The Dean’s performance in this position is judged by the quality of overall results, rather than by conforming to pre-established specific standards.

Supervision Exercised:

The Dean shall have primary responsibility and accountability for all of the activities and personnel of the Graduate School.

Examples of Work Performed:

The Dean of the Graduate School has broad responsibilities across three major areas: a) recruiting, admission, and enrollment management; b) educational mission; and c) student support and success. Specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to (not in priority order):

  • In collaboration with the graduate faculty providing intellectual leadership and a strong commitment to graduate and post-doctoral education.
  • In collaboration with the graduate faculty spearheading educational advances in the Graduate School.
  • Providing general oversight and supervision of all aspects of the Graduate School.
  • Applying Graduate School policies governing Graduate School structure, governance, faculty appointments, and policies and procedures related to student admissions, degree requirements, and student grievances and appeal.
  • Working with the faculty Graduate Council to approve amendments to or new Graduate School policies.
  • Working with the faculty Graduate Council to approve changes to or entirely new graduate degree and certificate programs.
  • Working in consultation with the EVC-ASA and in collaboration with other deans to ensure a university-wide perspective on broad institutional matters pertaining to graduate and post-doctoral education.
  • Overseeing degree programs within the Graduate School, including evaluation of the effectiveness of degree programs in coordination with other deans.
  • Ensuring that all accreditation requirements involving the programs of the Graduate School are met in a timely manner.
  • Providing leadership in strategic planning activities.
  • Promoting the campus, the graduate programs and develop communication approaches to position graduate programs on the national stage.
  • Preparing and overseeing the Graduate School budget.
  • Providing leadership in research-related activities, including identifying and in some cases distributing graduate student and post-doctoral trainee funding.
  • Collaborating with the Vice Chancellor for Research to ensure that graduate and post-doctoral education is consistent with the goals of the institution for research, discovery, and creative work.
  • Supporting graduate student and post-doctoral trainee interests and activities, including the activities of graduate student and postdoctoral organizations. The dean is responsible for staying informed of graduate student and post-doctoral needs.
  • Providing leadership in advancing equity, diversity and inclusion goals.
  • Coordinating fundraising activities related to the Graduate School among college/school deans, the fundraising officials, and the chancellor.
  • Promoting cooperation in interdisciplinary initiatives among colleges/schools, departments and various programs in concert with broad university strategic planning goals.
  • Establishing, implementing and monitoring compliance with the rules and policies of the Graduate School, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the University of Colorado System, and state and federal guidelines, regulations and requirements.
  • Performing other duties as may be assigned by the EVC-ASA.

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

Salary and Benefits:

  • The salary range for this part-time (0.5 FTE) position has been established at $97,460 to $139,368.
  • The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.
  • The above salary range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.
  • This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.
  • Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.
  • Here is a link to an overview of the benefits package
  • Here is a link to a Total Compensation Calculator

Diversity and Equity:

  • The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at
  • The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.
  • The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned terminal doctorate or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited institution, preferably aligned with the health sciences fields.
  • Record of scholarship/research, teaching, and service/leadership sufficient to be appointed to the rank of full professor at the Anschutz Medical Campus.
  • Demonstrated experience in administration and leadership at an academic institution (e.g., at level of director, chair, associate dean, etc.). 
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive community. 
  • Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fundraising experience.
  • Currently maintaining an active, funded research program involving PhD students and postdoctoral trainees.
  • A record of accomplishments in the area of graduate education.
  • Demonstrated leadership in teaching, research/scholarship and service.
  • Understanding of the challenges of contemporary graduate education.
  • Academic qualifications sufficient to be appointed as a tenured full professor at the Anschutz Medical Campus.


A successful candidate will be required to demonstrate:

  • A distinguished record of academic accomplishment in funded research as well as in graduate student teaching.
  • Strong commitment and accomplishment in developing, enhancing and sustaining a diverse student body, and to fully integrating principles of diversity, equity and inclusion into the Graduate School’s activities.
  • Ability to plan, develop and implement complex strategic goals and program initiatives that require the effective management of resources over short and long time frames.
  • Exceptional visionary and strategic leadership skills.
  • Excellent skills for leading, evaluating, recruiting and analyzing. 
  • Management and administrative ability.
  • Success in establishing mutually beneficial relationships with external constituents such as, but not limited to, alumni, funding agencies, regional and national graduate organizations, and government bodies.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • The ability to build and work with teams across the organization.
  • Accomplishments in working with faculty groups, senior campus leadership and executive-level leadership personnel from government, business and industry.
  • Successful experience and/or strong potential for success building and/or enhancing strong programs of corporate sponsorships and other mission-aligned revenue generation.
  • Creative skills to meet the challenges of graduate education in an increasingly competitive and technologically diverse environment.
  • Ability to motivate and manage change, energize and lead a committed faculty and staff.
  • Integrity – Value-based, honest relationships and transparent decision making.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Please Note: This position is only open to current employees at the University of Colorado
  • The University of Colorado has a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and full completion thereof by 9/1/21 or upon start date.  Information regarding this requirement, and exemptions can be found at:
Special Instructions to Applicants: To apply, please visit: and attach: 1. A cover letter which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current resume or CV 3. List of three to five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references) Questions should be directed to: Michelle Porter at     Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References Application Materials Instructions: Application Deadline: Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Please Note: This position is only open to current employees at the University of Colorado Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified, but preference will be given to complete applications received by October 24, 2022. Those who do not apply by this date may or may not be considered.   
Job Category
: Executive 
Primary Location
: Aurora 
Department: U0001 -- DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS - Graduate School 
: Full-time 
Posting Date
: Sep 26, 2022 
Unposting Date
: Ongoing 
Posting Contact Name: Michelle Porter 
Posting Contact Email: 
Position Number: 00665437
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