Situated on the front range of the Colorado Rockies, Aims Community College is a progressive community college with centralized administrative services located on the Greeley campus, which supports three satellite campuses (Loveland, Fort Lupton, and Windsor), a Flight Training Center, and an Early College Academy. Greeley has been home to the 185-acre main campus for more than 50 years. Serving over 8,000 learners annually, Aims Community College prepares students for success in more than 200 degree and certificate programs. Aims Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission through the Open Pathways model. The Aims Community College’s excellent staff, faculty, and administration work as a team to ensure excellent service. This commitment was recognized by The Denver Post and Monster Jobs as the “Best Place to Work” in 2018, 2019, 2021, & 2022!

 

The Position

Role of the Position 

As the chief learning officer of a comprehensive, multi-location community college, the vice president for academic affairs (VPAA) provides leadership and demonstrates a commitment to teaching excellence, student learning, and workforce development. Reporting to the CEO/president and in partnership with a committed, professional team of administrators, the VPAA facilitates collaboration throughout the college community to enhance student access, achievement, retention, and completion. The VPAA is the key individual responsible for developing and implementing both near-term and long-term plans for the instructional departments. Additionally, this individual will coordinate, define, and communicate integrated plans for the growth and development in all instructional areas. The position will have close day-to-day interaction with the CEO/president’s cabinet colleagues, deans and directors of instructional programs, and records and registration (registrar). The VPAA will provide supervision and mentoring for the associate vice president for academic affairs, dean of allied health and wellness, dean of arts and sciences, dean of business and technology, dean of public safety, transportation, and registrar. The VPAA will also provide leadership for academic support areas: satellite campuses, records and registration (registrar), career and technical education office, workforce development, concurrent enrollment, library services, tutoring, grants, supplemental instruction, learning resources, faculty teaching and learning center, and assessment of student learning. The VPAA will oversee compliance with academic components of accreditation; participate in legislation review affecting instruction and state academic groups; assure compliance with degree and certificate requirements; demonstrate an operational involvement with the accreditation policies and processes at the College; and provide academic leadership for internal and external academic compliances matters (program accreditation, articulation, two-year schedule, catalog, insurance, and service area clearance). The VPAA will accomplish this work with logic and ethics, passion and creativity, patience, and a sense of humor.

Additional duties and responsibilities of the vice president for academic affairs as enumerated in the institutional job description include the following. The VPAA will:

  • Demonstrate ability to collaborate as a team member of CEO/president’s cabinet, institutional departments, and divisions; provide leadership in the interpretation of college policies and procedures; demonstrate ability to serve in a leadership capacity requiring contact with state, federal, and local agencies and personnel which involves diverse and complex problem-solving. 
  • Develop and implement educational activities both strategic and operational, including collaborating with institutional research to create metrics to track and evaluate progress; oversee academic priorities established through the strategic planning process; assess quality of program operations; modify existing program services or create new program offerings to maintain or enhance program standing; facilitate changes in academic programming, processes, and procedures; set and communicate program priorities and performance standards and assess operations using these criteria; provide academic program quality assurance reviews and address areas in need of attention; determine program sunset and processes involved with such sunsets. 
  • Monitor attrition analysis and assist with campus issues relating to student success; collaborate with college constituents on strategies to achieve desired organizational results in areas of student access, retention, completion, and satisfactory student progress; provide leadership for institutional committees and task forces impacting academic affairs.
  • Provide financial and budgetary responsibility for approximately $41 million; develop and manage budgets for academic programs and support areas as defined for the division.
  • Oversee all vocational credentialing and serve as the vocational credentialing officer; oversee all accreditation credentialing for the College.
  • Provide leadership in curriculum matters, course scheduling, catalog development, classroom management techniques, and alignment of curriculum with state requirements.
  • Review academic components on institutional contracts; lead College efforts in the assessment of student learning.
  • Oversee training of academic deans and directors; demonstrate leadership in and a commitment to conflict resolution in employee and student conflicts.
  • Demonstrate leadership in and a commitment to collaborations such as concurrent enrollment, articulation agreements, business and industry partnerships/workforce development, including partnerships with K-12 and other higher education inst
  • Provide advice and support for faculty consultation.

Qualifications and Characteristics

A doctoral or terminal degree from an accredited institution is required. Additional requirements include five years of executive-level leadership and supervisory experience in higher education and/or other relevant public sector organization related to the duties, roles, and responsibilities. Previous experience must include a successful record of overseeing multiple departments/divisions, budgets, personnel, and other appropriate administrative duties. The successful candidate must demonstrate a passion for student success and the community college mission; possess successful experience working in a diverse and multicultural community; advocate for inclusion and student equity; and demonstrate successful experience with participatory leadership. The ideal candidate must be committed to transparency, integrity, collaboration, communication, and ethical behavior. Further, the successful candidate must possess superb interpersonal skills and the ability to listen, collaborate, and inspire others to come together to achieve common goals.

Additionally, various stakeholders identified a number of characteristics, skills, actions, and/or abilities as important attributes of the vice president.

  • Experience in applying technological solutions to enhance teaching, learning, and student support
  • Use of business intelligence to drive performance, efficiency, and agility
  • Promote the use of open education resources and artificial intelligence to improve student learning productivity
  • Ability to orchestrate distributed leadership and leverage talent within and outside of the College to achieve mission and goals
  • Practiced in interest-based versus position-based negotiation/communication
  • Visionary and strategic in promoting excellence in teaching and learning
  • Experience working with a variety of boards, agencies, politics, and personalities
  • Ability to communicate expectations and goals clearly
  • Economic and workforce development experience
  • Experience leading, supervising, and managing dynamic teams
  • Experience with the accreditation process, program review, and assessment of student learning
  • Exhibits systems thinking, flexibility, and ability to transfer executive-level skill sets to varying initiatives
  • Ability to manage complex projects to completion
  • Ability to facilitate organizational development and change with effective collaboration of participants
  • Ability to continuously monitor changes in regulations, policies, and technology related to the area of management
  • Knowledge of data analytics and application of information to assist in data-informed decision-making
  • Creative mindset and forward-thinking, staying current in community college best practices and strategies for transformation

Further, stakeholders indicated they seek the following characteristics of the next vice president.

  • A broad, real-world thinker/forward-thinker
  • A thoughtful risk-taker/problem-solver
  • A collaborative, creative thinker who is open to new ideas
  • An authentic personality who is approachable and honest
  • A trustworthy team-player who has high integrity
  • Passion for student success and the community college mission
  • Commitment to transparency, integrity, collaboration, communication, and ethical behavior
  • Superb interpersonal skills, ability to listen, collaborate, and inspire others to come together in order to achieve common goals

History of the Position 

Since 2018, Dr. Russ Rothamer, executive vice president at Aims Community College, has assumed the responsibilities for academic affairs. As Aims Community College desires to have more focused and strategic leadership for academic and supporting units, the new VPAA will provide oversight and strategic direction for these units. Dr. Rothamer will continue to lead academic affairs until the position is filled.

Opportunities and Challenges of the Role

In transitioning to Aims Community College, the vice president may encounter a number of opportunities and challenges as shared by campus stakeholders. 

The Aims Community College stakeholders seemed genuinely interested in participating in discussions about this position, and there was a sense of unity in support of identifying a competent and visionary individual who can promote and develop academic affairs, set departmental priorities, and continue to boldly lead successful academic and institutional initiatives into the future. 

College stakeholders repeatedly noted that Aims Community College has an institutional culture that emphasizes a strong sense of team, mutual support, accessibility, approachability, and a highly collaborative approach to work. The vice president will find a peer group and colleagues that are welcoming, promote open communication, emphasize an orientation toward service, and share a desire for a progressive and forward-thinking professional. 

Campus stakeholders are committed to the vision of student success in every way and are dedicated to offering the best programs and services possible. The new vice president should make it a priority to quickly get to know the faculty and staff as individuals, learn their particular needs, develop trust and confidence across the board, ascertain the programs and services that they conduct, and be prepared to provide comprehensive professional support and oversee the ongoing development of a strong team. As developing an exceptional academic affairs leadership team will be of utmost importance, the vice president will be expected to provide training and professional development opportunities to deans and department chairs to ensure professional competencies are achieved.

Aims Community College is well resourced; therefore, the next vice president will have opportunities to be creative, innovative, and leave an impactful legacy that can positively influence the future of Aims.

The next vice president must possess a broad and deep understanding of national trends and best practices with regard to academic affairs, as well as an exemplary record of strong organizational and team development skills. The vice president should be an experienced, equity-minded leader capable of managing complex situations and possess an unwavering commitment to the well-being and support of students, faculty, and the campus community. 

The new vice president will want to quickly build rapport with the academic affairs units, partners, colleagues throughout campus, and external collaborators. The vice president should conduct a “listening tour” to foster open communication, increased transparency, opportunities for feedback, and stakeholder involvement. 

Measures of Success

At an appropriate interval after joining Aims Community College, a number of accomplishments will define the initial success of the new vice president.

  • The vice president will maintain a proactive, highly visible, approachable, well-respected, and established leadership presence on campus that is credible, collegial, and highly effective.
  • The vice president will build strong relationships and trust among campus stakeholders.
  • The areas reporting to the vice president will be defined as a strong, highly functioning, well-regarded, and resilient team that works with synergy and shared purpose, readily collaborating across departmental and division lines. 
  • The vice president will establish clear goals and objectives, monitor progress, and demonstrate measurable outcomes regarding academic affairs.
  • The vice president will demonstrate clear, effective communication, good rapport, and swift responsiveness to all internal and external campus stakeholders.
  • The vice president will be front and center in developing the institution’s strategic plan and bringing the voice of academic affairs to those conversations.

Institution & Location

OVERVIEW OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

The Aims Academic Affairs Department supports fostering excellence in teaching and learning at the College by striving for continuous improvement with a growth mindset.

Aims is a learning college with a role of contributing to and shaping scenarios that empower learning through the discovery of shared learning environments and knowledge acquisition. This approach prepares students to succeed in learning environments within and beyond the classroom setting.

Academic Affairs oversees certain committees, departments, facilities, and academic programs at Aims, including the following.

Academic Divisions

Learning Council 

  • The goals of the Learning Council include:
    • To provide counsel to Academic Affairs leadership and the Chief Academic Officer on issues important to academic affairs.
    • To support a culture of open communication and inclusion.
    • To jointly consider issues and develop direction.
    • To ensure the institution remains mission-focused.
    • To provide informed counsel based on Aims measures of student success.

Office of Learning Environments

  • Objectives include:
    • Create an open and collaborative environment that facilitates a high-quality curriculum development process.
    • Train and assist online faculty on online pedagogy/andragogy theory and practice, student-centered learning, and project-based learning and assessment techniques.
    • Guide and support innovation and training for student experiences in all learning environments.
    • Guide and support adoption of Open Educational Resources.
    • Establish leading-edge practices for curriculum development and review.

Curriculum Committee

  • The purpose of this committee is to:
    • Support assessment of learning activities
    • Review and make recommendations concerning the following:
    • Transfer courses/curriculum
    • General education courses/requirements
    • Career and technical courses/curriculum
    • Basic skills courses/curriculum
    • Other instructional courses/programs
    • Provide quality curriculum development processes and resources for faculty
    • Coordinate and make recommendations regarding common course numbering activities
    • Provide immediate response to curriculum issues
    • Provide input to catalog issues
    • Other issues brought forward by staff, faculty, administrators, or the college president involving academic student issues as well as related curricular issues

Faculty Teaching and Learning Center (FTLC)

  • The mission of the FTLC is to foster a culture of continuous growth and improvement of teaching practices centered on implementing equitable learner-centered pedagogy to empower all students to succeed.
    • Objectives:
      • Provide leadership and support for faculty.
      • Guide and facilitate the growth and development of faculty across disciplines.
      • Create a collaborative environment for faculty members that fosters a sense of community across disciplines.
      • Support the implementation of equitable learner-centered teaching pedagogies.
      • Strengthen faculty members’ abilities to enrich students’ learning experiences.
      • Learning Commons
      • Registration and Records

MISSION, VISION, VALUES, AND PURPOSE

Mission

Provide knowledge and skills to advance the quality of life, economic vitality, and overall success of the diverse communities we serve.

Vision

First Choice: The Recognized Leader in Learning and Student Success

Aims Community College strives to provide a wide range of learning-centered programs and strategies in a supportive environment so every student can succeed. Aims promotes learning through best practices such as teaching with high expectations, increasing engagement, and encouraging active learning. Aims continuously enhances operations as a commitment to providing the most effective education for each student.

Values

Aims is committed to creating a culture built around respect and inclusivity where everyone is celebrated for their differences. As an academic institution, this community atmosphere empowers students to succeed on their chosen educational path.

The following five values are the guiding principles and behaviors that embody the expectations set forth by Aims to build a stronger community.

Purpose

Build a Stronger Community

Aims continually seeks opportunities to ensure inclusivity, learning, and growth. For equitable education access, targeted outreach and support is necessary for enrolling and retaining diverse groups. This aligns with the inclusive community Aims seeks to create.

Aims also invests in regional programs and partnerships around Northern Colorado. This sets up a pathway to student career success while enriching Northern Colorado’s development.

DIVERSITY STATEMENT

Aims Community College recognizes and celebrates diversity in society and believes that educational opportunities should be accessible to all individuals who can benefit from the college’s programs and courses.

Diversity embodies differences. Some differences are immutable, those things we are born with or those we cannot change. Differences include race, color, ethnicity, sex, physical abilities and qualities, sexual orientation, and age. Diversity also includes many qualities that we acquire, including education, religion, geographic location, income, marital status, and work experience, to name only a few.

Aims seeks to empower students to succeed and emphasizes transforming student pathways to support increased enrollment and a diverse population.

INSTITUTIONAL LEADERSHIP

Leah Bornstein – CEO/President

Dr. Leah L. Bornstein has dedicated more than 30 years to higher education in various leadership and management roles. Dr. Bornstein, with degrees from Bradford College, the University of Vermont, a doctorate from the University of Denver, and an honorary doctorate from Northern Arizona University, is a prominent advocate for student success, quality instruction, and increased access to education, and vital strategic and tactical planning.

Since joining Aims Community College, Dr. Bornstein has led the College through the creation and implementation of a five-year aggressive strategic plan; continued accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission; celebrated the College’s 50th anniversary; developed new partnerships with business and industry; established Aims2UNC transition program; and supported design and construction projects including the Public Safety Institute, Applied Technology & Trades Center, Flight Training Center, Welcome Center, Student Commons, and classroom buildings to house expansion of programs such as aviation, public safety, agriculture, and commercial driver’s license (CDL).

Benefits Overview

BENEFITS OVERVIEW

Aims offers many employee benefits that empower a talented workforce to stay healthy, continue their education, and take the time off necessary to promote a healthy work-life balance. Detailed information regarding employee benefits is available here: 

https://www.aims.edu/departments/human-resources/benefits

Application & Nomination

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 and details about the status of this search 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 or email info@spelmanjohnson.com.

The salary range for this position is $138-$153K.

 Visit the Aims Community College website at https://www.aims.edu/

 Aims Community College is an equal opportunity employer. Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination based on age, ancestry, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, or veteran’s status. All application materials must be submitted by the closing date posted and become the property of Aims Community College. The screening committee will select finalists for interviews. The goal of Aims Community College is to enhance the diversity present in the district we serve. To comply with Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, if hired, you will be required to provide documents within 3 days of hire date to show your identity and your authorization to work. This law applies to all persons hired.

 

RELATED LINKS

About Aims Community College

https://www.aims.edu/

About Greenly, Colorado

https://greeleygov.com/