Director of Adult Student Success
Location: 9101 E Lowry Blvd Denver, CO
Job Type: Professional/Tech Full-time
Department: CCCS Academic & Student Affairs
Job Number: GJA-299854-09072021-LAD
Department Contact Information: Nikki Cimino
As the State of Colorado's largest institution of higher education, the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) consists of 13 colleges and over 35 locations across the state, educating approximately 125,000 students in academic year 2020. Our mission is to provide an accessible, responsive learning environment where our students can achieve their educational, professional and personal goals in an atmosphere that embraces academic excellence, diversity and innovation. We are an organization that encourages individuals to bring their whole selves to work.
CCCS is seeking a Director of Adult Student Success to join the System Office. If you answer yes to any of the questions below, we encourage you to submit an application for this new and exciting position.
- Are you passionate about helping all students - especially adult students of color - reach their full academic potential?
- Do you want an opportunity to make systemic changes in the way colleges support their students and meet the needs of today's workforce?
- Would you like to collaborate statewide on a large-scale change management initiative?
- Examples of Duties
The Director of Adult Student Success supports the 13 CCCS colleges as they provide education and a broad range of services to more than 125,000 students each year. The Director will provide day-to-day implementation of the Lumina REACH grant. The work of this position will focus on strategies to improve adult student (25 years and older) success rates, close equity gaps for students of color, and identify and develop stackable pathways (certificates, associate degrees, and bachelor's degrees) that lead students to quality credentials and a family sustaining wage. The Director will collaborate with colleges to ensure that adult learners have access to the resources and support they need to complete a college credential. Additionally, the Director will strategize with system and college leadership to undertake system-wide and college-specific strategies aimed at improving student success for adult students and specifically, adult students of color. This position is time-limited through June 2023.
Some duties of this position include...
- Develop and execute a detailed work plan in consultation with the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs to implement key strategic initiatives, with dedicated focus to the Lumina REACH grant.
- Facilitate system-wide organizational reform and program transformation through the adoption, scaling, and institutionalization of strategies aimed at improving student success for adult students and specifically, adult students of color.
- Develop culture and climate with a focus on raising the collective consciousness among all stakeholders across the system about adult student success, equity, and other related issues.
- Communicate the status of projects regularly to the Vice Chancellor and other stakeholders. This may include quarterly and annual reports on project progress to be shared with the Chancellor and the Board.
- Required Qualifications
- A graduate degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Demonstrated experience in managing large-scale change management initiatives in a complex organization, preferably in the community college setting.
- Passionate about diversity, equity, access, social justice, and inclusive excellence.
- In depth knowledge of leading-edge practices in adult learning, teaching techniques, instructional materials, and current trends in adult education.
- Knowledge of postsecondary student success reform strategies, including guided pathways.
- Practiced in the development of programming for an audience of community college practitioners, including designing curriculum to achieve learning outcomes.
- Supplemental Information
Work Location/Travel Expectations
- This position is located at Colorado Community College System Office 9101 East Lowry Boulevard, Denver, CO 80230.
- Frequent meetings off-site primarily in the Denver Metro area.
- In/out-of-state travel, and occasional evening/weekend commitments may be required.
CCCS recognizes the importance of a workforce that is reflective of our diverse student community which consists of 23.5% Hispanic, 5.6% Black/African American, 3.8% Asian/Pacific Islander, 0.8% American Indian/Alaskan Native, and 53% White. As such, we are interested in selecting the best candidate from a diverse applicant pool.