• College Equity Officer

    The Community College of Aurora
    Job Description

    College Equity Officer


    Community College of Aurora


    Salary: $76,000.00 - $82,000.00 Annually


    Job Type: Full-Time


    Job Number: 2021


    Location: 16000 East CentreTech Parkway Aurora, CO


    Department: President


    As a member of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), the Community College of Aurora (CCA) is dedicated to serving our surrounding community. As the most diverse institution of higher education in Colorado, CCA is currently the college choice for nearly 11,400 students representing over 60 countries, with 62% of our enrollment represented by students of color. In 2016, CCA was designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). CCA's service area includes more than 680,000 residents in Arapahoe, Adams, and Denver counties, and its student population reflects the broad diversity of this area. The college offers more than 90 degrees and certificate programs for students seeking to enhance their current skill set, pursue employment, or transfer to a four-year college or university upon graduation.


    The Community College of Aurora is a dynamic institution that strives to serve its diverse student population through innovations in instruction and student support founded on principles of equity and inclusion. The college is striving to become a more equitable institution by centering our Inclusive Excellence work and applying an equity lens in everything we do.




    As a key member of the President's Cabinet, this position provides leadership, direction, and support for college-wide initiatives to create and sustain a culture of Inclusive Excellence (IE) at the Community College of Aurora (CCA).

    This means examining, recommending, and leading changes to college-wide practices, policies, procedures, services, curricular and co-curricular activities using the tenants of Inclusive Excellence.


    College IE goals include increasing the diversity of our employees, embracing and valuing the diversity of our college community, retaining our diverse students and employees, and closing the equity gap for our Students of Color. In order to achieve these goals, the College Equity and Inclusion Officer (CEIO) will need to create and maintain strong internal and external relationships that promote growth in CCA's IE work. 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. The person in this position should be a subject matter expert in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion and will be integral in the College's efforts to achieve these outcomes.


    Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

    Inclusive Excellence Council


    • Chair and advise the IE Council and the IE Leadership Team.

    • Lead campus-wide strategic efforts to operationalize Inclusive Excellence throughout every function of the college, aligning its work with CCA's mission, vision, values, and strategic plans.

    • Provide direction to each committee of the IE Council regarding initiatives, programs, and requests while providing support for actions and assessment of their outcomes.

    • Research and share diversity and inclusion related data, efforts, trends, and innovations to relevant stakeholders to assess and inform strategic plan goals.

    • Collaborate with the Office of Institutional Research to coordinate ongoing assessments of diversity, equity, and inclusion experiences and outcomes for students, staff, faculty and instructors.

    • Manage budget for the IE Council and equity-related initiatives for the college.


    Institutional Cross-Collaboration


    • Facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of the IE Strategic Plan with all divisions.

    • Use IE Strategic Plan to inform processes, College guidelines, and practices to eliminate systemic and structural barriers to further access and increase success for students and employees who belong to marginalized groups.

    • Advise and participate in efforts to achieve equitable outcomes in student persistence, completion, and transfer with both Academic and Student Affairs divisions of the College.

    • Support and collaborate with Student Affairs in co-curricular programming and student services.

    • Support and collaborate with Academic Affairs to promote Inclusive Excellence through Inclusive Pedagogy across course curriculums.


    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.


    Employee Recruitment and Retention


    • Facilitate the development of systemic structures to recruit and retain diverse applicant pools.

    • Develop and provide search committee training on Implicit Bias and inclusive search practices.

    • Participate in onboarding and ongoing professional development for new employees.

    • Review and consult on data related to employee diversity (EEO/AA function) and make evidence-based recommendations that assure compliance with EEO, OCR and Title IX regulations.


    Training/Professional Development


    • Assess complex needs for equity and inclusion-related programs for employees and students and facilitate/advise on the development and delivery of these programs.

    • Maintain a college-wide Inclusive Excellence staff training program for employees to support their understanding of how to create inclusive campus environments and learn equitable strategies to support CCA's diverse student population as well as decrease potential OCR and Title IX complaints. Provide revisions and updates to this training as needed.

    • Educate and inform the college community on the philosophy, actions, and outcomes that constitute Inclusive Excellence.

    • Advise campus departments in assessing Inclusive Excellence efforts.

    • Provide guidance to support departmental efforts to more completely integrate IE 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.

    • Collaborate with the Academic Affairs division on providing Inclusive Pedagogy and equity-minded professional development for faculty and instructors.


    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 for Inclusive Excellence.

    • 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.

    • Create a bias response process guided by a restorative justice framework for identity related incidents.

    • Actively participate in the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) Equity & Inclusion Council.


    Minimum qualifications & Requirements




    • 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 equity, diversity, and inclusion training.

    • Demonstrated leadership of initiatives or programs specific to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    • Demonstrated high level understanding of diversity, equity, access, social justice, and Inclusive Excellence.

    • Demonstrated competency navigating and facilitating difficult conversations on race, sex, class, gender, age, religion, ability, nationality, language, and all other identities.

    • Demonstrated competency in a restorative justice model.

    • 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: Salary range is $76,000.00 to $82,000.00 annually. 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. Leave and holiday benefits are also included. 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 March 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. In order to ensure your materials are reviewed during the initial application review, please submit by the date listed above, however applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


    Application Process: When submitting your online application, please include a cover letter addressing the specific duties and requirements as listed in the job announcement, a current resume, and list of at least five (5) professional references, including your current and previous supervisors. Official transcripts showing the highest degree achieved should be submitted to mailto:HR@ccaurora.edu upon offer of employment. If you have questions regarding this position, please contact us at mailto: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.


    Notice to all Applicants:


    • Proof of eligibility to work 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 http://www.copera.org/.

    • Former employees of the Colorado Community College System or one of its 13 colleges, 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 303-360-4752, or e-mail at mailto:Cindy.Hesse@CCAurora.edu.


    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 https://www.ccaurora.edu/mycca/dashboard/student-right-know. 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 303-360-4733 or mailto: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 303-360-4733 or mailto: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 303-360-4752, or e-mail at mailto:Cindy.Hesse@CCAurora.edu.

    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.


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