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Dean of Students
Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado
Date Posted 12/17/2021
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Dean of Students

Salary : $90,659.77 Annually

Location : Lakewood, CO

Job Type : Full-Time

Division : Student Affairs

Job Number : 122021 - 100000

Closing : 1/9/2022 11:59 PM Mountain

Full Job Description

Summary of Position

Red Rocks Community College exemplifies extraordinary. We are dedicated to our Vision and Mission, which promote student achievement, staff empowerment, and community engagement. We live our values: Integrity, Collaboration, Learning, Inclusiveness, and Communication. We encourage applications from individuals whose background and interests align with our commitment to inclusiveness and welcome you to visit the RRCC Inclusion & Diversity webpage for additional information.

With an unrivaled reputation grounded in our Values, we stand out as a cutting-edge model in higher education. We are one of the first community colleges in the country to offer both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs. Our continued pursuit of excellence is instilled in our employees and has inspired a dynamic and passionate culture.

Position Summary: The Dean of Students will deliver culturally conscious and inclusive support for the RRCC student population. With oversight of six Division of Student Affairs departments, the Dean will create a culture of learning and engagement for RRCC students by applying student development theories and learning outcomes that promote students' academic and personal success. The Dean serves as an advocate for students, and shares information with students and colleagues that promote student success, retention, and graduation. Reporting to the Vice President of Student Affairs and serving as a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team, the dean leads and engages in strategic planning and promotes creative ideas that contribute to the student affairs division to be more productive, efficient, and continuously improve services.

Description of Position

Daily administration, operation and budget monitoring of Accessibility Services, Veteran Services, LSAMP, TRIO and Campus Life that includes Student Life, Student Rec Center and Student Health Clinic.

  • Provide supervision, vision & leadership for employees in reporting areas, including evaluation, feedback, professional development, celebration of successes and identifying appropriate contributions.
  • Provide robust and relevant opportunities for RRCC’s diverse student populations that empower students to feel a sense of belonging and connection to the RRCC community.
  • Provide leadership & planning for student development including services and initiatives that support student access, retention and completion.
  • Collaborate with the VP of Student Affairs and other college members to enhance or establish and implement a system of policy, program, and service review that ensures consistency with current, changing, and future needs of students and the community.
  • Create programs and processes that enhance student retention & student development in collaboration with campus stakeholders.
  • Provide leadership and guidance in analysis, review, creation and interpretation of equitable student services procedures within areas of oversight.
  • Develop strategies for promoting student engagement and learning in collaboration with Academic Affairs
  • Participate in interactive communication with the Vice President, conferring, consulting, and making recommendations for assessing & improving programs and services within the areas supervised by the Dean of Students.
  • Identify, develop and/or enhance programs for special populations across campus to enhance student retention and completion, i.e. first generation, parenting students, LGBTQ, foster youth, veterans, students with disabilities and other underrepresented populations.
  • Work to achieve and create a safe, bias-free working & educational environment, which engenders respect for differences and supports diversity objectives as established by the College, creating an inclusive environment for students, staff, faculty and guests.
  • Foster an inclusive RRCC community and promote equity for all students Student Support, Student Conduct Process
  • Develop key collaborative relationships with campus administrative areas, faculty, and campus community to enhance planning and implementing strategic initiatives, resolving issues, and responding to student behavioral issues.
  • Recommend and review policies and procedures for the student affairs division to continuously improve both efficiency and service to students.
  • Support the student conduct process for Red Rocks Community College. Serve as hearing officer when designated, provide advice of student code of conduct and the student conduct process to students and staff. Serve as a resource to RRCC faculty and staff in dealing with student behavioral issues within and outside the classroom
  • Provide direction and intervention for students experiencing difficulties including collaborating with departments on campus and resources in the community.

Participate in RRCC and CCCS committees, councils, and teams, including but not limited to:

  • Behavioral Intervention Team (CARE)
  • Co-Curricular Committee
  • Student Affairs Leadership Team
  • Strategic Enrollment Management Team
  • CCCS Deans Council


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Student Development, Higher Education, Counseling or related field from an accredited institution.
  • Five (5) years of experience in a student affairs, student development or related administrative position in higher education.
  • Three (3) years of demonstrated leadership skills, including supervisory and budgetary responsibilities.
  • Assessment and program development experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Community college administrative experience
  • Experience with Banner or related student information technologies & systems
  • Leadership or involvement at the system or state level.
  • Membership in or experience working in diverse communities and supporting the success of students and staff from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in the College.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Verbal and written communication skills including the ability to give and receive information accurately, present information to groups and in public settings and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff of diverse backgrounds and evidence of a commitment to creating an inclusive learning & work environment.
  • Knowledge and application of laws including FERPA and HIPPA compliance.
  • The understanding of student development theories through a critical lens.

To Apply: Please complete an application and attach the following:

  • A cover letter describing your professional experiences and addressing the required and preferred qualifications.
  • A resume.

Supplemental Information

Benefits: RRCC offers a range of benefit choices (Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA, Life Insurance, Supplemental Retirement Plans, PERA, Disability Benefits, and more). For additional information, please visit the CCCS Employee Benefit Website.

The Assessment Process: Red Rocks Community College utilizes selection and/or search committees in the hiring process for vacant positions. The committee will review all applications received by the closing deadline listed on this announcement to determine if applicants meet required qualifications. The committee will complete a secondary review of applications that meet required qualifications to determine applicants that align more closely with the listed qualifications. The top applicants from this assessment process receive an invite for the first round of committee interviews. Be sure your application materials specifically address your qualifications, experience, work products, and accomplishments, as they relate to the position responsibilities, required qualifications, and preferred qualifications sections of this announcement. Upload additional documents, if necessary, to fully explain your experience and qualifications as they relate to this position. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions and apply by the listed submission deadline, may result in your application not being accepted for this position, and may affect your inclusion as a qualified candidate at any stage in the search/selection process for this position.

Transcripts Required: An unofficial copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of application. Assessment is required for Transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States for U.S. equivalency by a NACES educational credential evaluation service. This documentation is the responsibility of the applicant and must be included as part of your application materials. Failure to provide a transcript or credential evaluation report may result in the rejection of your application and you will not be continued in the search/selection process for this position announcement. If selected as the finalist for the position, official transcripts are required as a condition of employment.

Necessary Special Requirements: Must submit to and successfully complete a pre-employment background check as a condition of hire. Felony convictions or conviction of crimes of moral turpitude or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from consideration for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges and convictions, it is your responsibility to provide RRCC Office of Human Resources with an official disposition of the charges.

COVID Protocols: At this time, masks are required in all RRCC buildings. To ensure the safety of our staff and students, this policy applies to everyone, regardless or vaccination status. RRCC will continue with face-to-face teaching and learning in the Spring 2022 semester.

Beginning on December 23, 2021, RRCC will implement COVID-19 testing requirements for faculty, staff, and students. Employees and students who work on campus, attend classes (in person or remote), access support services, or participate in other activities at our college will have the choice to provide weekly results from regular COVID-19 testing or, alternatively, provide one time evidence that they are fully vaccinated.

Important Notes: Note: Former employees of the Colorado Community College System or one of its 13 colleges, who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this within your application materials.

Red Rocks Community College is committed to diversity in its people and programs. The College is an equal opportunity educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex/gender, sexual orientation gender identity, religion, age, national/ ethnic origin, pregnancy status, veteran’s status, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by applicable law, in its employment practices or educational programs and activities. RRCC has designated the Executive Director of Human Resources as its Affirmative Action Officer/Equal Opportunity Administrator/Title IX Administrator with the responsibility to coordinate its civil rights compliance activities and grievance procedures. For information, contact Executive Director of Human Resources, Title IX Coordinator, Title VII/Equal Opportunity Coordinator, ADA/Sec 504 Coordinator, 13300 West Sixth Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80228. 303-914-6298. Reasonable accommodation will be provided upon request for persons with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in the application process, please notify Human Resources at 303-914-6570. RRCC conducts pre-employment background checks on all employment finalists to determine or verify background information, including criminal history, references from previous employment, qualifications, and, when applicable, driving history. Employment offers are contingent upon receiving a satisfactory report. For information regarding Red Rocks Community College Security, including crime statistics for the Red Rocks Community College Lakewood and Arvada campuses, please see the Red Rocks Community College campus security website at For a hard copy report, please contact 303.914.6494.

RRCC offers a range of benefit choices (Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA, Life Insurance, Supplemental Retirement Plans, PERA, Disability Benefits, and more). For additional information, please visit the CCCS Employee Benefit Website.

The Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) provides retirement and other benefits to employees of the State of Colorado.For additional information, please visit the Colorado PERA Website.

Time Off

  • Leave Accruals (Leave prorated for appointments under 100%)
  • Annual/Personal Days: 22.5 (180 hours)
  • Sick Days: 15 (120 hours)

Special Leaves with Pay

Bereavement Leave
Benefit-eligible employees will be granted paid leave during any term of employment for up to a maximum of forty (40) hours in the event of the death of a family member or other person. Bereavement leave cannot be used for settling an estate. The decision to grant and the amount of leave approved shall be based on the relationship to the deceased and the circumstances of the situation.

Benefit-eligible APT will be granted the same number of paid holidays granted to employees of the State Personnel System, pro-rated to their percent of employment. The Chancellor may establish alternate holiday schedules in accordance with the Colorado Revised Statue 24-11-101(3).

Jury Leave
All benefit-eligible employees shall be granted jury leave with pay for the period they are required to serve on jury duty. Compensation paid by the court for jury duty during the time absent from work shall not be turned over to the College or System office. All other employees within the scope of this Procedure shall be granted leave with pay for the first three days of jury duty. Where employees do not have an established schedule, the pay shall be based on the average weekly hours worked during the three months preceding the juror’s term of service. For new employees with less than three months history of average weekly hours, the pay shall be based on the available history or the anticipated schedule for the applicable jury period.

Military Leave
Pursuant to C.R.S. 28-3-601, any employee within the scope of this Procedure who is a member of the armed forces, the National Guard or reserve shall be granted leave with pay for up to a maximum of fifteen days in any calendar year for the annual training period or for active service ordered or authorized by proper authority pursuant to law.

When military service extends beyond the maximum time for paid leave, leave without pay shall be granted. Employees who are separated from active military service under honorable conditions and who return to employment within the System in accordance with applicable statutes and state fiscal rules shall be entitled to the same or like position as that occupied when the employee entered military service, with reinstatement of pay, seniority, rights and benefits as provided by statute.

Community or School Volunteer Leave
Permanent Classified employees and benefit-eligible employees shall be eligible for up to eighteen (18) hours of paid administrative leave per fiscal year to volunteer time in their kindergarten through twelfth grade (“K-12”) schools, meet with their children’s school, or volunteer in local communities as long as it does not create a conflict of interest. Volunteering is an action and does not include spectating at events or school activities. Approval must be obtained in advance. The College or System office retains the right to deny a request based on business needs. This leave may not be used to volunteer in connection with advocating for or against a candidate for an elected office, or a ballot issue or referred measure.

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