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(Archived) Chief Equity Officer & Director of Pathway Completion

Last Updated: 9/22/21

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Chief Equity Officer & Director of Pathway Completion

Community College of Aurora


Salary: $80,000.00 - $90,000.00 Annually

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 231123

Location: 16000 East CentreTech Parkway Aurora, CO

Department: President


OVERVIEW OF CCA

The Community College of Aurora (CCA) is a dynamic institution that is committed to serving its diverse student population through innovations in instruction and student support founded on principles of equity and inclusion. CCA is a public, two-year community college serving Aurora and east metro Denver and has been designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education.

CCA enrolls 11,000 students annually, over 62% of whom are students of color, including nearly 32% Hispanic students. 65% of CCA students receive some type of financial aid, including 52% of whom receive Pell grants, and nearly two-thirds are first-generation college students. In addition to traditional degree and certificate programs, CCA offers non-credit professional development courses, customized training, and economic and workforce development resources to employer partners and individual professionals seeking to enhance the capacity and productivity of their workforce or individual knowledge and skills. The college centers our Inclusive Excellence work and applies an equity lens to everything we do.

POSITION SUMMARY:

As a key member of the President's Cabinet and direct report of the president, this position provides college-wide leadership, direction, and support regarding the development, implementation, and sustainability of a learning environment that ensures the achievement of equitable student success at Community College of Aurora. This means examining, recommending, and leading changes to college-wide practices, policies, procedures, services, curricular and co-curricular activities.

Inspired by our institutional vision to “be the college where every student succeeds”, this position will serve as a catalyst to ensure and preserve access to education and success for all students, especially students of color, low-income students, and other historically underrepresented student populations.

In order to achieve these outcomes, the Chief Equity Officer & Director of Pathway Completion will need to create and maintain strong internal and external relationships that promote the advancement of CCA's commitment to equitable student success. CCA is a collaborative college, requiring the person in this position to facilitate connections between college departments to achieve equity goals and create equitable outcomes.

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


  • Lead campus-wide strategic efforts, in partnership with the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Vice President of Student Affairs, to close achievement gaps for all students, especially students of color, low-income students, and other historically underrepresented student populations
  • Serves as liaison between the President and the College to ensure a coordinated approach to the advancement of equitable student success initiatives across campus.
  • Chair and advise the Inclusive Excellence (IE) Council and the IE Leadership Team.
  • Research and share DEI student success related data, efforts, trends, and innovations to relevant stakeholders to assess and inform strategic plan goals.
  • Develop systems and track the progress of equitable student success initiatives and metrics associated with efforts.

Pathway Completion

  • Provide leadership, management, and implementation of coordinated multi-tiered equitable student support framework which includes academic and individualized strategies for student success on behalf of the College President
  • Advance the Guided Pathway Model at Community College of Aurora
  • Develop and nurture strong relationships with various departments to advance the student learning experience to improve equitable student outcomes
  • Utilize student development theory to guide programmatic development
  • Collaborate with the Office of Institutional Research, Academics, and Student Affairs in the development, implementation, management, and reporting of student success metrics and data.

Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Committee

  • Serve on the HSI Committee.
  • Support the work of the HSI Committee in developing and implementing an HSI strategic plan that transitions the college toward understanding and applying HSI “Servingness.”
  • Support and collaborate with the college community to be mindful of being Hispanic-serving in teaching and learning across curricular and co-curricular programming.


Training/Professional Development

  • Educate and inform the college community on the philosophy, actions, and outcomes that constitute equitable student success
  • Advance the Guided Pathway at Community College of Aurora, provide/facilitate trainings, and collaborate in the improvement of equitable student attainment
  • Provide guidance to support departmental efforts to more completely integrate changes into policies, procedures, services, and activities to create more equitable outcomes for students.
  • Prepare and disseminate information for the College on equity and inclusion related initiatives, activities, and outcomes.

Additional Duties

  • Serve as a member of the President's Cabinet.
  • Assist as requested in the resolution of concerns or conflicts involving students or employees, which are related to issues of identity that impact the complaints or evaluation process.
  • Supervise one FTE Training Coordinator and additional staff as requested.
  • Partner with the President and other college employees in outreach to the individuals, communities, and organizations the College serves.
  • Assist in identifying and preparing grant proposals that support equity and inclusion efforts at the College.
  • Actively participate in the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) Equity & Inclusion Council.


Minimum qualifications & Requirements

PREFFERED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master's degree in Diversity/Inclusion/Social Justice, Student Development, Higher Education Leadership, Social Work, or a related field from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Experience at a community college and/or supporting historically marginalized populations.
  • Experience in developing equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives
  • Experience in strategic enrollment management
  • Experience in Guided Pathway Model
  • Demonstrated leadership of initiatives or programs specific to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated competency navigating and facilitating difficult conversations on race, sex, class, gender, age, religion, ability, nationality, language, and all other identities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, manage change, resolve conflicts, and build consensus.
  • Capacity to communicate effectively orally, electronically, and in writing.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.


Supplemental information
Salary Range: Anticipated starting salary range is $80,000-$90,000. This salary is determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. CCA offers an excellent benefit plan, including generous leave, holiday, and education benefits. Full time employees immediately upon hire earn 15 hours a month annual leave and 10 hours a month sick leave.

Deadline to Submit Application Material: An initial review of applications will begin on Monday, August 16, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Application Process: When submitting your online application, please include a cover letter, current resume, and professional references. Official transcripts showing the highest degree achieved should be submitted to HR@ccaurora.edu upon offer of employment. If you have questions regarding this position, please contact us at HR@ccaurora.edu.
By applying for this announced position, applicants are certifying that all statements, information and documents provided are true, complete and correct to the best of their 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.

Application Checklist

Complete Applications must include the following documents:

  • A complete online application
  • A cover letter that describes how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position
  • A current resume uploaded as an attachment to your online application
  • If you are using education to qualify, a copy of your official or unofficial transcript showing that your degree has been conferred and the name of your school, or your NACES accreditation. Please submit this as an attachment to your online application
  • For any questions or technical issues please contact HR@CCAurora.ed

Notice to all Applicants:

  • Proof of eligibility to work (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) 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.
  • Individuals currently or formerly employed by the Colorado Community College System or one of its 13 colleges, and/or who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information in your application material.
  • 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 [Register to View] , or e-mail at Cindy.Hesse@CCAurora.edu.

Colorado Residency Requirement:

Eligible applicants must be either a current Colorado resident or be able to provide proof of residency in Colorado within 30 days of the start date for the position, or they may be deemed ineligible for employment with the Community College of Aurora. Please contact HR@CCAurora.edu with any questions.

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. Recognizing our diversity is only the first step toward Inclusive Excellence. We must also be intentional in valuing cultural differences and experiences, while incorporating them into practices, curricula, and policies.

Welcoming, Respectful, Inclusive - Together, we are CCA.

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.

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Robert Callaway at [Register to View] or Robert.Callaway@CCAurora.edu at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

Pregnancy Related Accommodations, Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA): The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA), allows applicants to request a reasonable accommodation for health conditions related to pregnancy or the physical recovery from childbirth. Candidates wishing to request reasonable accommodations must do so as soon as possible, preferably at least three days prior to the exam or interview. If you are an individual who wishes to request reasonable accommodations, please contact us at [Register to View] or Robert.Callaway@CCAurora.edu.

Non-Discrimination Statement: The Community College of Aurora prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment including those that violate federal and state law, or the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Board Policies 3-120 and 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, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation in its employment practices or educational programs and activities. The Community College of Aurora will take appropriate steps to ensure that the lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in vocational education programs. 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 [Register to View] , or e-mail at Cindy.Hesse@CCAurora.edu



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Denver, Colorado, United States
The Community College of Aurora (CCA) is a dynamic institution that is committed to serving its diverse student population through innovations in instruction and student support founded on principles of equity and inclusion. CCA is a public, two-year community college serving Aurora and east metro Denver and has been designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Educ...