Assistant Dean for Advancement, Research and Innovation Office, University of Colorado Boulder

Job Type

Full Time




United States


The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the University of Colorado Boulder in the search for an Assistant Dean for Advancement, Research and Innovation Office.

The Assistant Dean for Advancement, Research and Innovation Office (RIO) provides strategic leadership for an advancement program that incorporates resource development, alumni and constituent engagement, and external relations functions for the Research and Innovation Office at the University of Colorado Boulder.

As one of 34 U.S. public research institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)—and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region—the goal of the University of Colorado Boulder is to directly affect Colorado communities through collaborative research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Its faculty, staff, and students work with the broader community to establish unique connections that have lasting outcomes both across Colorado and around the world. Positive impact is enhanced when great ideas merge with ambitious goals. At CU Boulder, students, faculty, and staff are provided with the tools they need to create a community of thinkers and doers who can benefit humanity locally, nationally, and abroad.

Inventive thought and bold ideas often lead to exceptional impact. Because of this, CU Boulder encourages its students, staff, faculty, and community to work together on visionary projects. As one of the nation’s top 20 entrepreneurial universities, CU Boulder finds that its best endeavors originate in an encouraging and ambitious environment. With a mission to serve the residents of Colorado, people are at the center of the University’s actions and scholarly endeavors.

Innovation at CU Boulder is changing the world. While its researchers, faculty, and staff lead the charge, this transformational work includes increasing collaborations with undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, entrepreneurs, and government and industry partners.

The Research and Innovation Office is focused on creating impact by cultivating and supporting collaboration, transformation, and leadership. At the heart of this focus are the diverse contributions of a wide range of world-class experts, working together in new and innovative ways to accelerate ideas through the entire innovation lifecycle, from idea to impact.

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position as is at least seven years of advancement leadership experience in a matrix management model with experience working on corporate and foundation relations and major and principal gifts, preferably in a research-intensive higher education environment. A graduate degree in a scientific or a technical discipline is strongly preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. 

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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