Vice President of Instruction and Provost

Littleton, Colorado
Jan 26, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Provosts, Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Community College

Arapahoe Community College



To be the leader in Community College education in the state of Colorado.



To provide innovative and responsive educational and economic opportunities in an accessible, inclusive environment that promotes success for students, employees and the community.

Values Statements

Lifelong Learning

We uphold the highest academic standards and support the growth and success of each individual.


We encourage the free exchange of ideas in an open environment that embraces honesty, respect and personal responsibility.


We foster trusting relationships and respectful communication through collaboration with our students, employees and community partners.


We honor an open dialogue in a safe environment that respects and embraces individual differences.

Arapahoe Community College was founded in 1965 in Littleton, Colorado.  Presently we serve over 10,000 students per semester in our credit programs and over 6,500 students per year in our non-credit programs. We offer nearly 100 degree and certificate programs.  Arapahoe Community College has campuses located in Littleton, Parker and Castle Rock, Colorado.

Arapahoe Community College is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity and diversity. Minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

(This position opening is subject to state funding approval for the 2017-2018 fiscal year)


Released: January 25, 2017

Apply by:  February 27, 2017

POSITION TITLE:  Vice President of Instruction and Provost

POSITION CLASSIFICATION:  Administrative, Full-time, FLSA - Exempt



The Vice President of Instruction and Provost (VPIP) serves as the chief academic officer for the college and serves as a leader for all instructional initiatives, strategic planning, and instructional programming including assessment of student learning and advancement of student success. The VPIP provides direct supervision for instructional Deans and other academic support personnel. Responsible for instructional budgets, personnel allocation, program development, and community partnerships resulting in stronger college/business ties. Collaborates closely with Vice President of Student Affairs in implementing strategies for student success. Partners with Colorado Community College System (CCCS) and other community colleges in forwarding System initiatives. Serves as member of President’s Cabinet and serves as a key collaborator in conjunction with other team members in forwarding the college’s strategic plan. Every ACC faculty and staff member is expected to participate in the assessment process of the College, utilizing the results of assessment for continuous institutional improvement.


1. Leadership – 40%

· Responsibility for the overall operation of the curriculum, continuing education, workforce training, concurrent enrollment, and academic support services in a multi-campus college.


· Promote a collegial environment that encourages scholarly teaching and learning. Advocate ongoing professional enrichment opportunities for all instructional personnel.


· Accountable for academic personnel decisions, budget development and fiscal accountability.


· Provide direction for enrollment management, initiate and evaluate instructional strategic planning efforts while supporting instructional excellence and student success efforts.


· Anticipate and embrace change while leading faculty and other instructional staff in understanding and promoting college and System initiatives. Seek input and communicate regularly to all constituents to foster an environment of transparency while making timely and collaborative decisions.


· Encourage innovation and commitment to the effective use of technology to improve instruction and meet student needs.


· Develop and empower others and promote a climate of trust and inclusivity in all efforts. Work with institutional colleagues to provide leadership and vision while advancing collaboration throughout the institution.


· Serve as a member of the president's cabinet and other committees as assigned. Work collaboratively with the President and all members of cabinet to insure the development, implementation and achievement of the college’s master plan and associated goals. Provide input and leadership for institutional planning, specifically facilities planning for educational space and future academic program expansion.




2. Program Development and Evaluation – 25%

· Lead efforts to develop/expand/improve AA, AS, AAS, AGS and BAS degrees, certificates and online programs to meet local, state and regional business and community needs.


· Initiate articulation agreements with two and four year institutions to provide maximum opportunities meeting students career and transfer goals.


· Engage continually with community, business and educational partners to define, create and assess trends and other opportunities for engagement.


· Evaluate all programming on a regular basis to determine growth, feasibility and viability of instructional initiatives. Plan, integrate and assess Student Learning Outcomes to meet educational needs of students.


· Assure compliance of all instructional programs with the requirements of SBCCOE, CCHE and other state and federal regulatory agencies.




3. Student Success – 25%

· Develop and lead student success initiatives such as scheduling, pathways to completion and other related initiatives in meeting students’ goals.


· Work closely with other college leaders to implement retention and persistence strategies to increase success rates in both areas, create seamless entry and exit points for students, and improve opportunities for graduation while exceeding federal, state and System performance metrics.


· Develop and maintain collaborative partnerships with secondary and postsecondary institutions to ensure effective academic transitions for students.




4. Systems Thinking - 10%

· Keep abreast of and facilitate needs, trends, and new developments in community college instruction. Understand the role of the college as an integral partner in the community, as a member of CCCS, and as a partner in higher education in Colorado and the nation. 


· Support and oversee applications and implementation of grants within the instructional area. Accountable for the implementation and management of policies and procedures from all governing levels.


Please include in your cover letter a description of your education, background and experience related to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications.  Please also include copies of your unofficial Transcripts for all college degrees.

Minimum Qualification:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Enrollment in a PhD program
  • Five (5) years of increasing responsibility in administrative/supervision including specific examples of collaborative efforts with other internal departments, facilitation skills in leading instructional initiatives including curriculum/program development and conflict resolution in resolving personnel and/or other challenges
  • Experience using data analysis to inform student success decisions
  • Experience in assessment at course and program levels
  • Development of community and or educational partnerships resulting in instructional and/or related programs
  • Participation in grant or external funding initiatives
  • Understanding of a multi-campus environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Have or the ability to obtain a Colorado driver’s license

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree from an accredited institution
  • Seven (7) years of leading faculty and/or other instructional personnel
  • Demonstrated decision making abilities benefiting students and college
  • Initiation and implementation of strategic initiatives and working collaboratively on major change initiatives
  • Five (5) years of community college experience at an advanced position level
  • Evidence of initiating data gathering and analysis to guide decision making processes at an institutional level
  • Development of instructional and/or institutional level assessment initiatives
  • Development of public and/or private community based initiatives
  • Experience implementing grant or external funding initiatives


    Work is generally confined to a standard office environment.   May also require driving to other locations or campus sites.


    The following are some of the physical demands commonly associated with this position.

  • Occasionally lifts, carries, pulls or pushes up to 20 lbs.
  • May need to stoop, reach, handle, have manual dexterity and the ability to talk and hear.
  • Mental function demands include comparing, copying, computing, compiling, analyzing, coordinating, synthesizing, negotiating, communicating, instructing, and interpersonal skills.

    Reasonable Accommodation Statement

    Arapahoe Community College provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Angela Williams, Director of Human Resources, at (303) 797-5715 or


    This position has been identified by the Department of Education and Arapahoe Community College (ACC) as a Campus Security Authority (CSA). As a CSA, the incumbent in this position is required to report crimes that they become aware of immediately to the ACC Campus Police Department.



    Compensation is commensurate with education, experience and higher education industry standards. The anticipated full-time starting salary range is $110,000.00 - $120,000.00.  ACC offers a competitive benefit program including health, dental and life insurance.


    All applicants must submit a detailed letter of interest addressing the job announcement in addition to a résumé, unofficial transcripts, names and contact information for three current professional references.  All applicants must be Colorado residents or willing to relocate to Colorado if selected for the position.  Former employees of the Colorado Community College System or one of its thirteen Colleges, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information on his/her application.  Official transcripts for all college degrees will be required of all finalists.  Only those applicants with complete files will be forwarded to the Screening Committee for consideration.  For more information, please access


    Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications as related to the duties and responsibilities of the position. Final candidates will be invited to travel to the College to interview. A criminal background check is required as part of the selection process and will be considered before an offer of employment is finalized. 


    Arapahoe Community College (ACC) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status, age, pregnancy status, genetic information, or disability in its activities, programs, or employment practices as required by Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, and Section 504, Age Discrimination Act, and Title II of the ADA. 

    Inquiries or specific complaints of alleged discrimination concerning the Equal Opportunity policy and/or compliance with Federal and State regulations should be directed to ACC’s Human Resources Director (who also functions as the ADA Coordinator for Facilities), Arapahoe Community College, 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, P.O. Box 9002, Littleton, Colorado 80160-9002, 303.797.5704.  Inquiries or specific student complaints of alleged discrimination concerning academic accommodations provided in the classroom or through ACC’s Office of Disability Services should be directed to the College’s Dean of Students (who also functions as the ADA Coordinator for Academic Accommodations), Arapahoe Community College, 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, P.O. Box 9002, Littleton, Colorado 80160-9002, phone 303.797.5601.  Complaints may also be filed with the Vice President for Legal Affairs and Vocational Education Administration, Colorado Community College System, 9101 East Lowry Blvd., Denver, Colorado 80230-6011, phone 303. 595.1549; or the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Region VIII, Federal Office Building, 1244 Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, Colorado 80204, phone 303.844.5695.

    NOTICE TO ALL APPLICANTS:  The State of Colorado must comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.  If hired, you will be required to provide documents to show your identity and authorization to work.  This law applies to ALL PERSONS HIRED.  The selected candidate must also be willing to make Colorado their primary workplace. 

    The Arapahoe Community College ("College") is a state system community college governed by the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education ("Board"). The Board requires the College to comply with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Amendments of 1989 (PL 101-P226 in Federal law). A copy of this program is available in the College's Human Resources office.

    For information regarding Arapahoe Community College Security, including crime statistics for the campus and surrounding area, please see the ACC Campus Police website under “Campus Safety”:  For a hardcopy report please contact 303-797-5800.

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