• Director of Student Life

    The Community College of Aurora
    Job Description

    Director of Student Life


    Community College of Aurora


    Salary: $57,200.00 - $60,000.00 Annually


    Job Type: Full-Time


    Job Number: 3030


    Location: 16000 East CentreTech Parkway Aurora, CO


    Department: Student Affairs


    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.


    The Director of Student Life is responsible for department leadership, supervision, and administration of student engagement activities and programs for the Community College of Aurora. This includes support and oversight for campus-wide co-curricular events and activities, development and management of a comprehensive leadership program, and facilitation of community engagement initiatives. The Director will assist with the establishment of a student culture where diversity is valued, and where students learn to respect differences, take responsibility for their actions, and exercise leadership. The Director will lead planning for the Spring Commencement Ceremony and advise Student Government Association, and support student-led initiatives. This position supervises full-time and student staff, and reports to the Dean of Students.


    Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

    Student Engagement


    • Oversee the planning, organization, promotion, and evaluation of co-curricular student learning opportunities that:

    • Identify and incorporate the interests and needs of CCA's diverse student body

    • Encourage student personal, social, and intellectual growth and development

    • Promote sense of belonging and commitment to Inclusive Excellence

    • Establish peer mentoring opportunities for CCA students that create a sense of belonging.

    • Develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive student leadership program that incorporates a social change or social justice education framework.

    • Provide leadership and direction for CCA Student-Led Organization development and enhancement.

    • Manage student risk management and student travel, including developing and implementing policies, educating the campus community on processes, securing and retaining appropriate waivers and releases, and organizing trainings with appropriate stakeholders.

    • Serve as the Primary Advisor for Student Government Association, including leadership development of student officers and members, participation at national conferences and bi-weekly meetings, and training facilitation.

    • Provide leadership on student community engagement activities, including but not limited to, semesterly community engagement fairs, volunteer opportunities, and the promotion of community engagement.

    • Develop and disseminate a semesterly campus event calendar on a semester-by-semester basis.


    Supervision & Administration


    • Supervise and provide professional and personal development opportunities for Assistant Director (full-time), Administrative Assistant (full-time), and student ambassadors.

    • Lead the planning committee for Spring Commencement Ceremony, including working with a broad range of campus constituents and administrators.

    • Oversee the Student Laptop Loan Program, including but not limited to tracking, dissemination of laptops, technological support, and sustainability strategies for the program.

    • Prepare, administer, and manage operating budgets and expenditures; perform analysis and reporting to support decision making; demonstrate responsible fiscal management.

    • Facilitate the assessment and evaluation processes of all department events, activities, and programs; compile and analyze reports related to student participation and program evaluation; develop organizational work processes which facilitate attainment of established department and program goals and outcomes.

    • Provide support and guidance for department administrative functions, such as room reservations, facilities, space, and IT requests and work orders, contracts, and general paperwork flow.

    • Build and maintain working relationships with faculty/instructors and staff in an effort to create intentional and cross-discipline initiatives.

    • Serve on the Retention Committee, Student Affairs Leadership Team, Tobacco-Free Task Force, Inclusive Excellence Council, and participate in college and division meetings and professional development opportunities.

    • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.




    • Ability to work effectively with students, faculty/instructors, staff and community members of diverse backgrounds.

    • Demonstrate commitment and experience incorporating Inclusive Excellence or social justice education concepts in professional roles.

    • Ability to work independently and as a team leader.

    • Ability to multi-task and be self-motivated

    • Ability to work a flexible schedule including occasional nights, weekends and overnights as needed.

    • Ability to drive between CCA CentreTech & Lowry campuses, as needed.

    • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

    • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook.


    Minimum qualifications & Requirements



    • Master's degree from an accredited college or university in student affairs, counseling, higher education or a closely related field.

    • Progressive leadership experience working in a higher education setting, community-based organization or related field.

    • Experience working in student life, student activities, residence life or related area.

    • Experience in presenting workshops and/or public speaking.

    • Experience working with equity, diversity or inclusive excellence initiatives.




    • Experience in program development and implementation, and assessment of activities and events.

    • Demonstrated ability to work with students and staff from varying racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds with appropriate race/ethnicity-consciousness

    • Experience as an advisor for student clubs and organizations.

    • Experience providing supervision and performance management for professional staff

    • Experience and knowledge applying principles and practices that encourage student engagement and belonging

    • Experience planning large events.

    • . Understanding of varying leadership styles and principles and experience developing leadership programming for students.

    • Experience with budget management.

    • Demonstrated ability to collaborate across functional departments and work with cross-functional teams.

    • Experience working in a community college setting.


    Bilingual preferred.


    Supplemental information

    Salary Range: Salary range is $57,200.00 to $60,00.00. 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 22, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.


    Application Process: When submitting your online application, please include a cover letter, current resume, and professional references. 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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