Published: Nov. 20, 2020

The University of Colorado Boulder encourages applicants for our Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer. This position is open to all University of Colorado employees. 

Learn More and Apply

Please apply by December 10, 2020 for consideration.

Current CU Boulder employees should:

  1. Log in to the MyCUInfo portal
  2. Select CU Resources > Business Tools > CU Boulder Jobs Internal Job Board
  3. Use the Keyword Search to find this posting number: 27744

Non-CU Boulder employees should: 

  1. Apply through the CU Boulder Jobs website posting. 

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This position is a campus officer and member of the chancellor's cabinet, providing leadership for the financial management, operational, and planning activities of the campus. A senior advisor to the chancellor, the position serves as the campus chief operating officer (COO) with responsibilities for university organizational strategy, finance and business strategy, data analytics, budget and capital planning, space management, accounting controls and operations, policy analysis, creating a culture of innovation, enrollment management, human resources, facilities management, sustainability, information technology, public safety and compliance. This position is responsible for developing and implementing the campus resource allocation process and implementing the integrated resource management strategy for the annual operating budget. In addition, this position supervises the operational management of Athletics. 

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are 

The Executive Vice Chancellor/ Chief Operating Officer leads our Strategic Resources and Support (SRS) Team. This team utilizes collective leadership and a broad campus view to manage shared campus resources in a manner that serves the entire institution. By staying closely aligned and supportive of each other’s work, the team ensures that valuable improvements can be implemented quickly and shared widely. We optimize resources in mission-critical areas by ensuring collaborative holistic solutions to complex challenges.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

This position provides leadership that supports mission critical goals including providing critically important strategic direction for the operational aspects of the university. Specifically: 

  • The COO is responsible for developing and leading their team, providing professional development and mentoring. The COO ensures the campus priorities of creating an inclusive and innovative environment are embraced and enhanced by the campus and the SRS division.
  • The COO is responsible for developing a forward-thinking organization that is responsive to both the needs of the university community as well as anticipating the changing needs of the world.
  • The COO will support the University's efforts to develop new sources of revenue to ensure long-term financial health through data, analysis, and planning with the Chancellor, Provost and campus leaders. By encouraging and supporting a culture of innovation, this position uses creativity to help solve these issues and ensures that areas of responsibility are strong resourced for the campus.
  • The COO will use a metric driven approach to balance day to day operations with innovation and growth. This position is responsible for ensuring the university is using a data-informed approach to its decision making and future planning.
  • The COO develops and maintains productive and cooperative working relationships with campus administrative and academic leadership to ensure that efforts are coordinated, efficient, and continuously improved. The COO leads by example by providing a high quality of service in a timely manner and ensures that their team's service engenders trust and confidence among both internal and external constituents.
  • This position develops and maintains communications and close relationships with CU System Administration, peers at the other CU campuses, and staff members from key state agencies and offices. The position maintains communication with employees, students, faculty, various employee governance organizations, administrative personnel, deans, directors, and vice chancellors.
  • This position is responsible for ensuring sound financial management throughout the university. The COO will provide leadership to the campus' audit processes, working with the Campus Controller and the campus Audit Liaison, to ensure responsiveness and proactively addressing issues. 
  • Represent the university with appropriate external agencies and organizations and serve, as directed by the Chancellor, to participate on university standing and special committees.
  • This position keeps current about issues affecting the university (associated with Federal, State, Institutional, and Peer constituents), standard methodologies, discussions and concerns, and advises others of these issues.

What We Can Offer

  • Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience. 

What We Require

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a related advanced degree.
  • Ten years+ of progressively responsible management experience that includes the administration of large and complex organizations, institutional leadership and resource development.
  • Experience in public higher education.
  • Direct knowledge and experience in budgeting or finance.
  • Eight years of relevant experience in a higher education management/leadership role, in particular leading a multi-staff office.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as demonstrated by the ability to articulate ideas, thoughts, and information in a logical manner and sequence to summarize complex issues clearly, succinctly and efficiently, including use of visualizations and graphics.
  • Ability to work across diverse constituencies and organizations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equal opportunity and diversity.
  • Commitment to excel in teaching, research and service.
  • Strong and effective interpersonal and human relation skills that engender trust and cultivate collaboration.
  • Ability to plan and organize multiple projects or tasks under pressure.
  • Ability to articulate and implement a comprehensive philosophy of sound fiscal management and administration.
  • Analytical abilities and skills to address complex problems, issues, or projects including formulating and implementing resolution plans.
  • Ability to effectively lead and manage a work group, staff members, and committees.
  • An understanding of the unique challenges facing the state of Colorado and the University of Colorado Boulder campus.
  • Final candidate must successfully pass a criminal, financial and motor vehicle background check.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Optimistic, self-motivated, results-oriented person.
  • A strong work ethic and unquestioned personal and professional integrity, including the ability to maintain strict confidentiality.