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Dean of Academic Affairs, School of Liberal Arts

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POSITION TITLE:      Dean of Academic Affairs, School of Liberal Arts

POSITION #:             220000        

POSITION STATUS:   Exempt         FLSA STATUS:  Exempt

REPORTS TO:             Vice President for Academic Affairs

SUPERVISES:             Associate Dean, Department Chairs, Academic Program Support Specialist


The Community College of Aurora is a dynamic institution that strives to serve its diverse student population through innovations in instruction and student support founded on principles of equity and inclusivity. The Community College of Aurora aspires to be the college where every student succeeds.

First and foremost, the Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Liberal Arts serves as an instructional leader focused on the growth and development of both students and faculty/instructors in order to help students achieve their academic goals. The Dean of Academic Affairs serves a 12-month appointment and is responsible for the organizational leadership of all assigned instructional departments and academic operations. The Dean of Academic Affairs is also responsible for ensuring strong coordination and consistency with the School of Professional Studies and Sciences and collaboration with Student Affairs, Fiscal Affairs, and Institutional Effectiveness.

The Dean of Academic Affairs balances the needs of academic departments and their leadership with the larger goals of the College strategic plan, paying particular attention to increasing student retention, completion, transfer, and employment. The Dean of Academic Affairs demonstrates a leadership and management style that creates an atmosphere of support, motivation, and innovation among department chairs through utilization of strong interpersonal and communication skills. The Dean of Academic Affairs maintains consistency in the application of the College’s strategic plan at the program level by collaborating with department chairs and creating efficient systems with input from all stakeholders.


The Dean is responsible for administering oversight for assigned programs by carrying out duties as delineated below:

  • Lead School of Liberal Arts’ efforts toward achieving College goals by upholding and promoting College values.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of the School of Liberal Arts’ vision and goals, including strategic planning and academic program development.
  • Provide leadership in academic long-range planning and employ effective enrollment management and retention strategies.
  • Model an appreciation of and commitment to Inclusive Excellence in all initiatives.
  • Provide leadership in the employment of the Guided Pathways framework to scheduling courses with a focus on optimizing enrollment.
  • Develop the budget for the School of Liberal Arts that maximizes fiscal, technological, and physical resources.
  • Manage operations and provide oversight to fiscal, physical, and personnel resources for the School of Liberal Arts.
  • Supervise, evaluate, and support Departments in a manner that promotes excellence in instruction and service at the College.
  • Lead ongoing evaluation and improvement of existing programs in alignments with industry needs, community demand, and 4-year transfer requirements.
  • Lead ongoing improvements in student achievement through formal content, program and institutional assessments.
  • Foster partnerships with both internal and external constituencies to communicate and coordinate strategies that support instructional goals.
  • Work collaboratively with academic support services (such as the Library, the Academic Learning Center, Instructional Intervention and Support, and Online Learning) to identify and support the teaching of academic and lifelong skills and closing the equity gap between students of color and white students.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty/instructors and staff to establish and strengthen a positive, learner-centered educational environment.
  • Respond appropriately and equitably to stakeholder concerns, including students and other institutions of higher education.
  • Serve on College committees including, Academic Affairs Executive Council, Cross-College Collaboration Enrollment Management Team, CCA Extended Cabinet, Inclusive Excellence Council, and various other internal and external committees.
  • Abide by all relevant CCA, CCCS, and SBCCOE policies and procedures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  1. Master’s degree in a discipline related to the assignment.
  2. Three (3) years progressive administrative, managerial, or supervisory experience at the post-secondary level.
  3. College-level teaching experience.
  4. Demonstrated commitment to increasing access for traditionally underrepresented populations.
  5. Skilled in building collaboration and sustaining productive and respectful working relationships both internally and externally.
  6. Demonstrated experience with curriculum and program development at the post-secondary level.


  1. Demonstrated experience with strategic and operational planning, budget and resource management including meeting program accreditation standards and faculty credentialing.
  2. Demonstrated experience with assessment of student learning at the program level.
  3. Familiarity with Higher Learning Commission accreditation standards.
  4. Community college teaching experience.
  5. Doctoral degree from an accredited institution.

Salary Range:  Anticipated salary range is in the low to mid $80’s depending on experience and education. CCA offers an excellent benefit plan. Leave and holiday benefits are also included. For more information on the insurance benefits, click on the following link:  Benefits

Deadline to Submit Application Material: A review of applications will begin on January 19, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.  This position will remain posted until the position is filled.

Application Process: When submitting your application material, please include an unofficial copy of your college transcripts showing the highest degree achieved.

If you have questions regarding this position, please contact us at 

By submitting an application for this announced position, applicants are certifying that all statements, information and documents provided are true, complete and correct to the best of my knowledge and are made in good faith. Further, applicants understand that omissions, misleading, false or untrue information, or any attempt at fraud or deceit in any manner connected with this application and/or subsequent testing may result in them not being considered for jobs with the Community College of Aurora; may constitute grounds for discipline and/or termination after hire; and/or constitute grounds for further actions pursuant to law.

The Federal Clery Act (The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990) requires all institutions of higher learning to make available to prospective employees our agency's Annual Security Report. A copy of this information is available on the CCA website at the Student Right to Know page. A paper copy of this report can be obtained at the College Security Office upon request. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning crimes that occurred on campus or on property controlled or owned by Community College of Aurora, as well as public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, our campuses.

Notice to all Applicants:

  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States must be produced within three (3) days of hire.
  • Direct deposit of payroll is a condition of employment.
  • Final candidate is subject to a criminal background check prior to final selection process.
  • Final candidate is required to submit official transcripts to Human Resources within fourteen (14) days of hire.
  • CCA is affiliated with the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) and as such, employees contribute to PERA in lieu of Social Security for retirement benefits. For more information, visit the COPERA web page.
  • Former employees of the Colorado Community College System or one of its 13 colleges, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information in your application material.

Community College of Aurora Inclusive Excellence Statement:

You matter. You are valued. You belong. CCA is a community that is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion through Inclusive Excellence. We can only achieve this together.

CCA embraces Inclusive Excellence because we want our students, staff, and faculty to learn and contribute within an inclusive environment. This means members of our College community will be active, respectful, and mindful of equity, diversity, and inclusion at all levels of engagement. Inclusive Excellence will provide a foundation for student and institutional success.

For more information on CCA’s commitment to Inclusive Excellence please visit the Inclusive Excellence page.

Non-Discrimination Statement: The Community College of Aurora prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment that violates federal or state law, Board Policy 3-120 or Board Policy 4-120. The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion or sexual orientation. The College complies with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; Executive Order 11246, and sections 24-34-301, C.R.S. et seq.

For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact our Title IX Compliance/Equal Opportunity Officer, Cindy Hesse, Director of Human Resources at 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway, Suite A207, Aurora, Colorado 80011 or by phone at 303-360-4752, or e-mail at

CCA Mission: "The Community College of Aurora serves our diverse community by providing high quality instruction and support services to prepare students for transfer and employment."

Vision:  We aspire to be the college where every student succeeds.

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