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Dean of Students

Title:                          Dean of Students
Position number:        220060
FLSA Status:               Exempt
Position Status:          Exempt
Reports to:                 Vice President of Student Affairs
Supervises:                Accessibility Services; Counseling; Student, Conduct, Intervention & Retention; Student Life
The Position: Located near the beautiful Rocky Mountains of the front range of Colorado, the Community College of Aurora resides in one of the fastest growing suburbs of the Denver metropolitan area.  The college is a progressive, dynamic, culturally diverse institution experiencing rapid growth, but with a strong commitment to high quality education and student success. The Community College of Aurora is looking for a Dean of Students who will play a primary role in student retention and success, as well as supervise and provide leadership to staff in accessibility services; counseling; student conduct, intervention, and retention; and student life. The dean will also provide leadership and support for special projects, data analysis, and taskforces pertaining to student retention, success, and completion. The Dean of Students reports to the Vice President of Student Affairs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The Dean will play a major role in the development and execution of the student affairs strategic plan.
  • The Dean will play a major role in the learning and development of students outside the classroom.
  • The Dean will ensure compliance with Community College System policies, CCA procedures, and state and federal requirements.
  • The Dean will supervise and provide leadership to staff in accessibility services; counseling; student conduct, intervention, and retention; and student life.
  • The Dean will work with other administrators, faculty and student leaders to provide support and training for conflict resolution, student behavior management, and the accommodation process.
  • The Dean will work with student life in developing extracurricular programming assuring integration with the academic life of the institution, and encouraging student personal growth and development.
  • The Dean will help establish a student culture where diversity is valued, and where students learn to respect differences, take responsibility for their actions, and exercise leadership.
  • The Dean will provide leadership for the implementation, administration, and evaluation of policies pertaining to student conduct, including internal college judicial and disciplinary procedures.
  • The Dean will ensure ADA/Section 504 requirements are met for all students with identified disabilities, and will monitor the accommodation process.
  • The Dean serves as ambassador for College with alumni, parents, students, neighbors, community leaders, and professional colleagues.
  • The Dean will report to the Vice President of Student Affairs and serve on the student affairs leadership team.
  • The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker who understands the responsibilities and functions of a modern urban community college, who relates well to faculty, and a very diverse student population, and clearly communicates the values and mission of the community college.
In order to perform the essential functions of this position, the individual must possess the ability to effectively lead, communicate, concentrate, analyze data, pay attention to detail, retain learned knowledge, instruct/teach demonstrate strong organizational skills and demonstrate strong interpersonal skills. 
Required Qualifications: (In order to advance in this search process, your resume must demonstrate that you meet all of the following required qualifications)
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in counseling, student affairs, higher education or a closely related field
  • 5-7 years experience in higher education student conduct, student life, disability services, or related student affairs offices
  • 3-5 years supervisory and budgetary experience in higher education or a closely related field
  • Experience working with diverse, non-traditional and traditionally underserved students 

Preferred Qualifications:

    • Working knowledge of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) rules 
    • Experience with Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 requirements 
    • Knowledge of Banner student information management system 
    • Knowledge of Maxient Student Conduct, or related conduct management software 
    • Proven skills in conflict resolution and student behavior management 
    • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills 
    • Experience with strategic student retention strategies and data analysis
    • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain collaborative and effective working relationships.
Salary Range: Anticipated Salary range is in the low to mid $70s 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:

Deadline to Submit Application Material: This position will remain posted until March 26, 2014. Resumes received by the application deadline will receive priority consideration. Please note that any resumes received after this date will be held on file, and will only be forwarded if the committee requests additional resumes for review.

Application Process: To apply, please email a cover letter specifically addressing the position requirements and a professional resume to the Human Resources Department at

If you have questions regarding this position, we do request that you send an email to

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 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
    • 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
    • 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The Community College of Aurora does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability in the admission, access, treatment or employment in its programs or activities.  Inquiries about Title VI, Title VII, Title IX and Section 504 should be made to Debbie Irvine, 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway, Suite A201, Aurora, CO 80011-9036

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.”





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