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Dean - Academic Affairs - STEM

Red Rocks Community College

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Summary of Position


Red Rocks Community College exemplifies extraordinary. We are dedicated to our Vision and Mission, which promote student achievement, staff empowerment, and community engagement. We live our values: Integrity, Collaboration, Learning, Inclusiveness, and Communication. We encourage applications from individuals whose background and interests align with our commitment to inclusiveness and welcome you to visit the RRCC Inclusion & Diversity webpage for additional information.

With an unrivaled reputation grounded in our Values, we stand out as a cutting-edge model in higher education. We are one of the first community colleges in the country to offer both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs. Our continued pursuit of excellence is instilled in our employees and has inspired a dynamic and passionate culture.

Job Summary: This position exists to provide leadership and administrative support for teaching and learning through organization of human, capital and operational resources. This position currently oversees STEM Programs which include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Math, Water Quality Management, Environmental Science, Geology, and Architectural Engineering/Construction Management, Computer Assisted Drafting, and Engineering Graphics.

This position is not remote. The selected candidate must be able to begin work (in-person) no later than July 01, 2023.


Description of Position

Supervision, Management and Leadership: Provide leadership and supervision for full-time faculty, professional technical, and instructional staff. Evaluate and assign faculty, classified, and professional technical staff in accordance with respective plans. Make informed staffing recommendations to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Develop divisional and departmental leadership teams. Create, monitor and/or participate in committee work that promotes the goals of the division and instruction. Verify and approve employee contracts including part-time contracts and full-time overloads.

Strategic Planning: Formulate and implement strategies for instructional delivery, marketing, technology, educational support, and other initiatives through collaborative efforts with instructional faculty and staff, instructional departments and other campus constituencies.

Fiscal Management: Develop and Administer instructional budget in collaboration with the Vice President of Academic Affairs, faculty and staff. Justify and effectively manage all appropriate operating budget categories including acquisitions, maintenance and inventory of capital. Lead, administer and oversee grants.

Program Development: Initiate and coordinate instructional teams and external groups to develop and implement programs and curricula.

Student Resource: Serve as arbiter for student complaints, consider student requests, work with faculty to address and resolve issues.



Required: Master’s degree in a STEM field. Three years of college level leadership, supervisory, fiscal and administrative experience in the previous ten years.

Preferred: Master’s or Doctorate degree in an academic field related to STEM or Technology. Administrative and/or supervisory experience in a community college. Teaching experience at the community college level. Experience with alternative instructional delivery methods. Grant administration. Experience with Academic Affiliations. Experience with Concurrent Enrollment. Experience with Undergraduate Research. Experience with grant development and administration. Membership in or experience working in diverse communities and supporting the success of individuals from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented.

Required knowledge, skills & abilities: Excellent oral and written communication skills. Excellent organizational skills. Ability and experience using technological tools to manage work and create reports. Ability to use data to inform decision making. Demonstrated collaborative and team building experience. Ability to interact and communicate effectively in all settings (in-person, remotely, written, and verbal correspondences) with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Ability to work from campus (primarily our Lakewood campus with occasional hours at the Arvada campus).

To Apply: Please complete an application and attach the following:

  • A cover letter describing your professional experiences and addressing the required and preferred qualifications.
  • A resume.


Supplemental Information


Benefits: RRCC offers a range of benefit choices (Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA, Life Insurance, Supplemental Retirement Plans, PERA, Disability Benefits, and more). For additional information, please visit the CCCS Employee Benefit Website.

Starting Salary: Starting salary is determined by education and experience in accordance with our compensation plan.

Transcripts Required: If selected as the finalist for the position, official transcripts are required as a condition of employment within 30 days of hire (if applicable). Assessment is required for Transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States for U.S. equivalency by a NACES educational credential evaluation service. This documentation is the responsibility of the candidate.

Necessary Special Requirements: Must submit to and successfully complete a pre-employment background check as a condition of hire. Felony convictions or conviction of crimes of moral turpitude or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from consideration for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges and convictions, it is your responsibility to provide RRCC Office of Human Resources with an official disposition of the charges.

Important Notes: Note: Former employees of the Colorado Community College System or one of its 13 colleges, who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this within your application materials.

Red Rocks Community College is committed to diversity in its people and programs. The College is an equal opportunity educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex/gender, sexual orientation gender identity, religion, age, national/ ethnic origin, pregnancy status, veteran’s status, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by applicable law, in its employment practices or educational programs and activities.

RRCC has designated the Executive Director of Human Resources as its Affirmative Action Officer/Equal Opportunity Administrator/Title IX Administrator with the responsibility to coordinate its civil rights compliance activities and grievance procedures. For information, contact Executive Director of Human Resources, Title IX Coordinator, Title VII/Equal Opportunity Coordinator, ADA/Sec 504 Coordinator, 13300 West Sixth Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80228. 303-914-6298.

Reasonable accommodation will be provided upon request for persons with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in the application process, please notify Human Resources at 303-914-6570.

RRCC conducts pre-employment background checks on all employment finalists to determine or verify background information, including criminal history, references from previous employment, qualifications, and, when applicable, driving history. Employment offers are contingent upon receiving a satisfactory report.

For information regarding Red Rocks Community College Security, including crime statistics for the Red Rocks Community College Lakewood and Arvada campuses, please see the Red Rocks Community College campus security website at http://www.rrcc.edu/police/. For a hard copy report, please contact 303.914.6494.


RRCC offers a range of benefit choices (Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA, Life Insurance, Supplemental Retirement Plans, PERA, Disability Benefits, and more). For additional information, please visit the CCCS Employee Benefit Website.

The Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) provides retirement and other benefits to employees of the State of Colorado.For additional information, please visit the Colorado PERA Website.

Time Off
  • Leave Accruals (Leave prorated for appointments under 100%)
  • Annual/Personal Days: 22.5 (180 hours)
  • Sick Days: 15 (120 hours)


Benefit-eligible APT will be granted the same number of paid holidays granted to employees of the State Personnel System, pro-rated to their percent of employment. The Chancellor may establish alternate holiday schedules in accordance with the Colorado Revised Statue 24-11-101(3). A list of our current observed holidays are below.

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day
  • Alternate Holiday
  • Alternate Holiday
  • Alternate Holiday
  • Alternate Holiday
Alternate Holidays are in lieu of:
  • Cabrini Day
  • Veterans' Day
  • MLK, Jr. Day
  • Presidents' Day

Additional Leave Information can be found by visiting the below link.
SP 3-60b – Employee Leave - Colorado Community College System (cccs.edu)

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