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.
ROLE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT ENGAGEMENT, INCLUSION, AND SUCCESS
As the chief student affairs officer of a comprehensive, multi-location community college, the vice president for student engagement, inclusion and success (VPSEIS) leads and fosters an environment where student development and learning is approached from a lens of holistic and inclusive student support. Reporting to the CEO/president and in partnership with a committed, professional team of administrators, the VPSEIS facilitates collaboration throughout the college community to enhance student access, inclusion, retention, and completion. The VPSEIS is the key individual responsible for developing and implementing both near-term and long-term plans for the student support departments. The position will have close day-to-day interaction with CEO/president’s cabinet colleagues, dean of students, student leadership and development, financial aid, enrollment management, and the student success center. The VPSEIS will provide vision, broad oversight, and leadership for the following services: financial aid, pathways advising, center for diversity and inclusion, disability services, recruitment and enrollment services, student transitions, student counseling, student activities and leadership, and TRIO Student Support Services. The VPSEIS has the responsibility and authority to make decisions related to division strategic initiatives; develop policy, procedures, and practices that support efficiency and quality of programs and services; and work with division staff, vice president for academic affairs, academic deans, administrators, and other college constituents to develop and implement initiatives that support and advance student learning and success. The VPSEIS will assess outcomes to evaluate progress and promote continuous improvement and will accomplish this work with logic and ethics, passion and creativity, patience, and a sense of humor. The VPSEIS will provide direct supervision to the following: assistant vice president for student engagement, inclusion and success, dean of students, executive director of financial aid, executive director of enrollment management, and VPSEIS staff executive. The VPSEIS will have fiscal and budgetary responsibility for an estimated budget of $6 million.
Additional duties and responsibilities of the vice president for student engagement, inclusion and success as enumerated in the institutional job description include the following. The VPSEIS will:
- Provide strategic leadership for all operational areas of the division.
- Plan, design, and organize division goals and objectives, guide efforts toward expected outcomes, and evaluate results.
- Hire and appropriately onboard a diverse group of professionals.
- Assure the prompt and effective delivery of student services by monitoring workloads throughout the division and prioritizing staffing needs accordingly.
- Provide guidance, training, mentoring, coaching, and professional development.
- Promote teamwork and collegiality.
- Conduct performance plans and annual evaluations according to college procedures.
- Maximize efficiencies and effectiveness through appropriate mediums to include technology adoption, business process enhancement, talent development, etc.
- Manage the achievement of division goals by developing effective controls to guide work effort toward expected outcomes.
- Coordinate the annual budget and retain executive authority over all budgets within the division.
- Plan for short and long-term needs including operating, capital, equipment, and permanent and temporary employees.
- Oversee other projects as assigned by the CEO/President.
QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS
A master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in student personnel administration, educational leadership, higher education administration, student development, psychology, or a related field is desired; a doctorate from a regionally accredited institution in student personnel administration, educational leadership, higher education administration, student development, psychology, or related field is preferred. Additional requirements include five years of relevant and progressively responsible administrative experience in student engagement/student development administration or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. The successful candidate must demonstrate understanding and commitment to the community college mission and purpose, teaching and learning, and student success. Further, the successful candidate must demonstrate understanding and experience addressing practices regarding inclusivity, diversity, and equity; possess experience with strategic planning; exhibit ability to analyze and utilize data for decision-making; and have the ability to promote a welcoming environment for students, staff, faculty, and community members from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The ideal candidate must possess successful experience in resource management, development, and budgeting, and experience with federal guidelines including FERPA, Clery Act, ADA, VAWA, Title IX, due process, etc. Knowledge and experience with HLC accreditation requirements and processes, experience working with a multi-location institution or related environment, and community college experience are highly desirable.
Additionally, various stakeholders identified a number of characteristics, skills, actions, and/or abilities as important attributes of the vice president.
- Demonstrate willingness and ability to collaborate with cabinet and institution-wide colleagues
- Knowledge and understanding of student development theory and programs
- Knowledge and experience in personnel management and evaluation techniques/methods
- Knowledge of mediation and/or conflict resolution strategies and methods; skill in mediating disputes; knowledge of student due process; demonstrated ability to manage a student discipline system
- Be skilled in establishing and maintaining collaborative working relationship with all segments of the College including students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the community
- Able to communicate effectively and present ideas and concepts orally and in writing
- Able to encourage innovation and problem solving, as well as to lead and manage change
- Computer literate in MS Office Suite and experience with integrated student information systems
Further, stakeholders indicated they seek the following characteristics of the next vice president.
- Assess the skills and knowledge of the staff, develop a strong sense of teamwork among staff, and build working relationships that emphasize an engaging and collaborative work environment
- Exhibit qualities of emotional maturity, genuineness, self-confidence, common sense, judgment, fairness, creativity, discretion, decisiveness, political savvy, diplomacy, tact, resiliency, adaptability, and courage of convictions
- Possess an even temperament and a student-centered, mission-driven approach to the work
- Exhibit passion, high energy, and enthusiasm for moving the institution forward
- Able to bring a strong and insightful voice to the president’s cabinet with the expertise to advocate for divisional and student needs within the context of broader institutional goals but also diplomatically express dissent when appropriate
- Be culturally competent, a voice for diversity, and demonstrate a commitment to developing inclusive communities across the campus
- Exercise a sense of patience and diplomacy with a broad array of constituents who have varying perspectives and the ability to be both firm and flexible
- Demonstrate a strong understanding of contemporary student issues and values and the ability to develop a natural rapport with students and student leaders
- Be an advocate for positive, progressive change and the skill to manage change through collaborative partnerships
- Advance a strong record of collaboration with academic affairs and the ability to establish credibility with faculty
- Able to disagree without being confrontational
- Possess excellent negotiation skills, self-confidence, and a persuasive speaking style
- Project strong academic values, good judgment, a sense of “fun” with the job, and lead with the ability to be motivational, as well as purposeful
- Demonstrate a professional demeanor, good sense of humor
- Be highly organized and disciplined, and capable of relating easily to a wide range of groups
HISTORY OF THE POSITION
The previous VPSEIS spent four years at Aims Community College and departed from the institution in the spring of 2022. Following the departure, in the fall of 2022, Aaron Prestwich, assistant vice president of student engagement, inclusion and success was appointed interim VPSEIS. Prestwich will continue to serve on an interim basis while Aims Community College conducts a national search for a permanent leader.
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.
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 who are welcoming, promote open communication, emphasize an orientation toward service, and share a desire for a progressive and forward-thinking professional.
The Aims Community College stakeholders are genuinely interested in participating in discussions about this position, and there is unity of support in identifying a competent and visionary individual who can promote and develop student engagement, inclusion, and success, set departmental priorities, and continue to boldly lead successful student and institutional initiatives into the future.
Campus stakeholders are committed to the vision of student success in every way and are dedicated to offering the best services possible. The new vice president should make it a priority to quickly get to know the staff as individuals, learn their particular needs, develop trust and confidence across the board, ascertain the services that they conduct, and be prepared to provide comprehensive professional support and oversee the ongoing development of a strong team.
Aims Community College is well-resourced; therefore, the next vice president will have opportunities to be creative and innovative while leaving an impactful legacy that will 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 student engagement, inclusion, and success, as well as exhibit 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, staff, and the campus community.
The new vice president will want to quickly build rapport with the student engagement, inclusion, and success departments, colleagues throughout campus, partners, and external collaborators. The vice president should conduct a “listening tour” to foster open communication, increased transparency, opportunities for feedback, and stakeholder involvement.
As there has been turnover within the departments reporting to the vice president, campus stakeholders repeatedly emphasized the importance of the vice president being able to bring stability and consistency to the student engagement, inclusion and success team.
There is a strong desire for the new vice president to strengthen ties–and be committed to a strong and collaborative relationship–with academic colleagues and emphasize the educational mission of the College.
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 student engagement, inclusion and success.
- 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 student engagement, inclusion and success to those conversations.
OVERVIEW OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT, INCLUSION AND SUCCESS
The Student Engagement, Inclusion and Success (SEIS) division at Aims Community College is composed of student affairs professionals committed to and passionate about student success. SEIS strives to support students through their academic journey holistically with departments that focus on enrollment, accessibility, financial support and literacy, academic advising, extracurricular programming, inclusion, leadership development, care and counseling, career exploration, and transfer support. The work of these areas support the College’s goal of providing a wide range of learning-centered programs and strategies in a supportive environment so every student can be successful. SEIS models the College’s commitment to ensure inclusivity, learning, and growth for its students and the community.
Center for Diversity and Inclusion
The center for diversity and (CDI) serves as a resource for Aims Community College students to build community and to learn about and advocate for issues of equity and justice. Students have many identities that influence and shape their college experience and the CDI fosters a culture of support, community, sharing, and acceptance.
The dean of students office provides and supports services and resources that ensure a safe, positive and accessible learning experience for students and all members of the College community.
Current students are eligible to receive free, confidential counseling sessions with licensed counselors at Aims Community College.
Disability access services (DAS) at Aims Community College collaborates campus-wide to ensure students with disabilities have equal opportunities. DAS promotes an inclusive learning environment through information, resources, education, and direct services to students, faculty, and staff. DAS helps students with a documented disability receive the accommodations they need to ensure access, such as extended test time, note-taking, assistive technology, and more.
Student Activities, Inclusion and Leadership
The student activities, inclusion and leadership office (SAIL) offers support and growth experiences through a variety of educational, social, and multicultural activities. Students can participate in student leadership activities through the associated students of Aims Community College.
The enrollment management department is responsible for strategic recruitment and enrollment management strategies for the College. The department houses college for kids, recruitment, and the navigation station. The team serves students through introduction, recruitment, and onboarding to Aims, as well as being the front-face of the welcome center and student support on campus.
The office of financial aid provides a variety of programs and services to help Aims Community College students understand and meet their educational costs.
Aims pathway advisors are committed to supporting students to navigate the educational system as they explore, define, and pursue their educational and career goals. Advisors guide students by clarifying college culture and related processes while assisting in the identification of a career path and discussing the appropriate academic curriculum for the student’s expressed goals.
The Aims Greeley Campus Transitions Center is located on the second floor of the welcome center and offers resources, coaching, and experiences to help pave the way for success throughout the student’s academic journey, to graduation and beyond.
The mission of TRIO student support services programs (SSS) at Aims is to equip historically underrepresented student populations with skills, experiences, and academic practices to assist them in achieving their educational goals through graduation in order to become strong contributing members of society.
Aims Community College is a fully accredited, public, and local tax-supported two-year college. It has four campuses across northern Colorado, with an additional Flight Center location. Greeley has been home to the 185-acre main campus for more than 50 years, with other campuses in Loveland, Fort Lupton, and Windsor. Through concurrent enrollment partnerships, Aims also encompasses several high school locations.
MISSION, VISION, VALUES, AND PURPOSE
Provide knowledge and skills to advance the quality of life, economic vitality, and overall success of the diverse communities we serve.
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.
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.
Build a Stronger Community
Aims continually seeks opportunities to ensure inclusivity, learning, and growth. For equitable education access, targeted outreach and support are 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.
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.
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).
SALARY AND BENEFITS OVERVIEW
The salary range for this position is $138,000-$153,000. 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:
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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.
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