Founded in 1874, Colorado College (CC) is an independent, coeducational, liberal arts and sciences college of bold ideas, located in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains at the foot of Pikes Peak. Ranked among the top 30 National Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, Colorado College enjoys an unequivocal mission: to provide the finest liberal arts education in the country. What makes Colorado College distinct is its inimitable combination of program, place, and people. Colorado College is a unique institution in terms of geography and pedagogy. Set in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado College is the only selective liberal arts college in the region and enrolls just over 2,000 undergraduate students. Through 37 academic departments, faculty engage students directly and prepare them for leadership in the 21st century. The College’s signature academic program, the “Block Plan,” is an intensive academic schedule that allows students to immerse themselves in a single subject for three and a half weeks, rather than balancing several courses over a semester. One example of the College’s innovative work is the integration with the world-renowned Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (now the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College), which has greatly expanded arts programming and sparked new interdisciplinary learning opportunities. Students at Colorado College learn more than theoretical approaches; they learn to embrace the importance of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints and appreciate how diversity enriches their understanding of the world.

 

The Position

Responsibilities of the Position

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students and the Vice Provost, the Director of Student Support serves to connect the Student Life and Academic components of the student experience. The Director will serve as the College’s primary point person on case management for students related to student support and success, to include receiving and making referrals, working closely with academic partners, meeting with students, and interfacing and communicating with other campus partners to develop and track intervention and success strategies.

The Director will supervise the professional support staff of the Office of Student Life, ensuring professional and courteous interactions with the widely diverse visitors to the office. In addition, the Director will develop a broad and detailed understanding of all aspects of the student experience as well as all of the support services available in order to serve as a highly informed and collaborative resource for students, faculty, staff, and parents regarding student success. The Director will oversee the core of Colorado College’s Student Life Division academic support, serving as a catalyst and general resource for students, academic departments, and other campus offices. The Director will develop powerful partnerships with Academic Affairs to foster student success, to include collaborative work with the Vice Provost and Provost to provide proactive support and consultation on student success. Further, the Director will frequently meet with students regarding potential leaves of absence for emotional, behavioral, academic, or other personal reasons; withdrawals and return from withdrawals, navigating the Colorado College experience; and, a variety of other matters related to student success. Employing current technology, the Director will develop an effective case management system to assess and monitor the progress of students in crisis and/or distress, to include developing collaborative relationships with the Vice Provost, Provost, Registrar’s Office, Wellness Resource Center, Accessibility Resources, Residential Life & Campus Activities, Counseling Center, Butler Center, Advising Hub, and Colket Center for Academic Excellence. The Director will serve as co-chair of the Students of Concern Committee, maintain an accurate and updated spreadsheet of these students, and provide follow up and referrals as necessary. The Director will also provide training for, maintain the schedule, and participate in the “Dean’s Representative” on-call rotation for the division of Student Life, and serve as first contact for Dean’s Representatives on call after regular business hours throughout the year.

Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

A master’s degree in a related field plus a minimum of four years of full-time experience in a collegiate setting working directly with students, faculty, parents, and other campus partners is required. Demonstrated expertise in student support, and effectively utilizing technology around student support is required. The successful candidate must be adept at developing and sustaining relationships, possess an understanding of and commitment to supporting diversity, possess critical thinking skills, and have an appreciation of the value of liberal arts in a residential setting. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to be a forward-thinking visionary with excitement and passion for the work at hand. In addition, the successful candidate must possess personal integrity and an understanding of one’s self, the ability to lead and follow, excellent oral and written communication skills, critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills, strong administrative and organizational skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, a positive attitude, and the capacity to function well autonomously. Experience with the behavioral management software Colorado College currently utilizes (Maxient) and experience within a residential liberal arts setting are also desirable.

Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position

In transitioning to Colorado College, the new Director of Student Support may encounter the following opportunities, priorities, and challenges.

  • This is a very exciting time at Colorado College and all institutional stakeholders are invested in this new position.
  • As with any newly created position, the successful candidate will have an opportunity to build the position over time.
  • There will be tremendous support for the Director of Student Support as he/she carves out their new role and works to develop and enhance student intervention and success strategies for the institution.
  • The Director is expected to collaborate strongly with all levels of academics, administration, and students. Accordingly, the institution relies heavily on this strong professional relationship which will need to be quickly forged.
  • Building credibility with the faculty will entail having a strong and viable vision for student support and success. As a result, the ability to have faculty input is valued in this process.
  • The Director will provide leadership and advice in developing innovative, collaborative opportunities that enhance the learning experience at Colorado College.
  • Strong visibility and clear and frequent communication to all campus stakeholders are essential.
  • The Director will place a strong emphasis on collecting and analyzing data to inform decisions that support student intervention and success strategies.
  • The Director must create a robust culture of student support built upon best practices and reflective of the institution’s commitment to student success.
  • While reporting to the Vice President of Student Life/Dean of Students and the Vice Provost, the Director will need to learn to effectively balance multiple priorities.
  • The Director must be available to work nights and weekends.

History of the Position

The position of Director of Student Support at Colorado College is a newly configured position designed to strengthen and build efficiency of student support between academics and student life. This position marks the first time an individual will serve as the primary resource for students related to student support and success.

Hiring Authority

Mike Edmonds, Vice President of Student Life/Dean of Students

Mike Edmonds, PhD, is the Vice President of Student Life/Dean of Students at Colorado College, where he has served for nearly 30 years. Dean Edmonds is also an Executive in Residence in the Economics and Business Department. Dean Edmonds holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master’s, and PhD from Ole Miss, and was inducted as a Hall of Fame graduate in 1984. He has completed a post-graduate institute at Harvard University, and is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership. He frequently judges for the National Speech and Debate Association.

Dean Edmonds is a member of the North Central Institution Action Committee of the Higher Learning Commission, and serves as a peer reviewer for accreditation visits. At Colorado College, he has been recognized with the Colorado College Center for Service and Learning Award; the Victor Nelson Cisneros Diversity Award, which was presented at the 2010 Colorado College Honors Convocation; and the 2011 Gresham Riley Award, which recognizes faculty and staff of the College who have made a significant difference to the Colorado College community through outstanding service, commitment and accomplishment.

Nationally, Dean Edmonds is a member of the Lott Institute Trustees at the University of Mississippi and the School of Liberal Arts Board of Trustees at Ole Miss. He is treasurer of the Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha forensics honorary. Regionally, Dean Edmonds is a past chair of the Board of Trustees for Memorial Health System, past chair of United Way for the Pikes Peak Region, a member of the Tocqueville Society United Way and on the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Springs School. He is past chair and current member of the Board of Directors of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, president-elect of the Great West American Cancer Society Board of Directors, and past member of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Board. He was appointed by Governor Bill Owens to serve on the Fourth District Judicial Commission of Colorado and served as chair of the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport Commission. Dean Edmonds holds a professional membership in Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha and is a silver lifetime member of the NAACP.

Dean Edmonds has been honored with the Educator of the Year Award from the Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region; the national St. George Award from the American Cancer Society; the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Forensic League; the MLK award from James Logan High school in Union City, CA; the Delores Taylor Arthur Award from Holy Cross High School in New Orleans; the Men of Achievement award from Delta Sigma Theta; and the Citizen of the Year Award from Omega Psi Phi. He was the recipient and awardee of the Uplift Community Foundation’s support in 2015. For his work in speech and forensics, he has been recognized with the National Speech and Debate Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and inducted into the Gold Key Society at Emory University.

Pedro de Araujo, Vice Provost and Associate Professor of Economics

De Araujo joined Colorado College’s faculty in 2008 and is currently the Vice Provost and Associate Professor of Economics. Before arriving at Colorado College, De Araujo spent one year as a teaching fellow at Indiana University Purdue University Columbus. He also spent four years as associate instructor at Indiana University in Bloomington where, in 2006, he received the Philip Saunders Award for excellence in teaching.

De Araujo’s main areas of expertise are in economic development, applied econometrics, and economic growth. De Araujo has published many articles in various peer reviewed journals and loves to get undergraduate students involved in the research process. As Vice Provost, de Araujo oversees most co-curricular academic programs and offices at the college which includes: The Colket Center, The Center for Global Education and Field Study, Summer Sessions, Accessibility Resources, The Advising Hub (advising, fellowships, grants, and student research), The Collaborative for Community Engagement, the Sustainability Office, and the First Year Experience Program. He is also responsible for academic petitions and sanctions.

De Araujo is a 1999 graduate of the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, where he received a bachelor’s of art in economics before moving to the United States for graduate school. He earned two masters’ degree at Bowling Green State University – one in economics and another in applied statistics – before completing his PhD in economics at Indiana University.

De Araujo and his wife, Ana, live in Monument, CO, and are the parents of two children – Maria and JP.

Benefits Overview

Colorado College offers a comprehensive benefits package. Highlights include:

  • Medical Plan
  • Prescription Benefits
  • Dental Plan
  • Vision Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Life and AD&D
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Retirement Plans
  • Tuition Assistance Plans

For complete benefits information, please see the benefits website at https://mybensite.com/coloradocollege/.

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Quincy Martin III at qm3@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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