Vice President, Community & College Relations

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Posting Details
Min Salary
Minimum salary $130,000 - commensurate with education and experience.

Working Title
Vice President, Community & College Relations

Campus Location
College Wide


Position Type
Executive Administrator

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Job Summary

Aims Community College at a Glance:

Aims Community College, locally governed, locally funded, is a debt-free and progressive community college with centralized administrative services located on the Greeley Campus, which supports three additional locations. Situated on the front range of the Colorado Rockies, serving over 8000 learners annually, Aims Community College prepares students for success in more than 200 degree and certificate programs. Our wonderful 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!

Purpose: Build a Stronger Community
Vision: First Choice - The Recognized Leader in Learning and Student Success
Mission: Provide knowledge and skills to advance quality of life, economic vitality, and overall success of the diverse communities we serve.

2018-2023 Strategic Directions:
Empower Students to Succeed
Enhance Operational Performance
Enrich Northern Colorado Economic Development

Job Summary:

Reporting to the College CEO/President, and serving as an integral member of the Cabinet, the Vice President of Community and College Relations (VPCCR) is responsible for the strategic leadership and development of Aims Community College’s outreach strategies (external relations). VPCCRsupervises Executive Directors of Foundation, Communication (marketing, public relations, event planning), and Student Recruiting. In addition, the VPCCR supervises the three Executive Campus Directors for Ft. Lupton, Loveland and Windsor to provide greater community contact and involvement. The VPCCR develops and manages an integrated strategic outreach and communications plan – acting as Public Information Officer as needed, providing leadership for activities that promote, enhance, and protect the college’s brand reputation. The VPCCR is responsible for the leadership, development, integration, and implementation of a broad range of outreach, recruiting and public relations activities relative to the strategic direction and positioning of the college and its leadership. The VPCCR is responsible for the advancement of the College’s position with relevant constituents including but not limited to local, state and federal policy-makers, current and perspective students, employees, as well as to drive broader awareness and donor support for the College.

Duties, Roles & Responsibilities:
Vision, Strategy, and Leadership

1. Identify emerging opportunities for the College; work with Cabinet, Campus Directors, and CCR staff to recognize internal and external strategies; and, define and execute appropriate messaging and activities to support them.
2. Develop and implement an integrated strategic communication and outreach plan to advance Aims’ brand identity, drive enrollment, support legislative and citizen informational needs, broaden awareness of its programs and priorities, and increase the visibility of its programs across key stakeholder audiences. 
3. Provide system-wide strategy for and structure to relationship building on behalf of College to expand external partnerships, fundraising opportunities, and relationship building.
4. Work closely with Cabinet peers to create strategic enrollment and student recruitment strategies.
5. Create strategies that will allow Aims Community College and Foundation leadership to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, including the media and key stakeholders, corporate and government partners. 
6. Familiarity with emergency preparedness and responsibilities of a Public Information Officer.
7. Work closely with the CEO/President and Foundation Board in all phases of the College’s advancement activities and serve as the College representative on the Aims Foundation Board.

Team Development/Management
8. Mentor and develop the CCR staff team into a comprehensive outreach unit: supporting each department function with common marketing collateral, planning calendar, etc. 
9. Work closely with Campus Directors to insure comprehensive and consistent outreach throughout service area.
10. Oversee the day-to-day operation of the College and Community Relations Division including budgeting, planning, goal attainment, and staff development. 
11. Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, establish expectations and objectives, establish priorities, and conduct annual performance appraisals.

Government Affairs/Outreach
12. Attend events and activities to broaden relationship building and promote the College.
13. Plan and participate in public outreach activities related to governmental relations issues at local, state and federal levels, including serving in and/or leading collaborative efforts for legislative programs, civic engagement or other projects related to the College mission. 
14. Serve as liaison between College and governmental agencies and lobbying teams to maintain state and federal legislative information, bill status, and governmental affairs events calendar.
15. Provide research and background for legislative issue development and for committee testimony for the CEO/President and Board of Trustees as directed. 
16. Provide periodic reports to the CEO/President on legislative issues to disseminate to Board of Trustees and College staff.
17. Disseminate information on legislative issues to Cabinet through a variety of communication means and develops, directs and presents legislative training workshops within the College.
18. Performs other duties as assigned by the CEO/President.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality. 
2. Skilled at building, mentoring, and coaching a team of outreach specialists. 
3. Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution. 
4. Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers. 
5. Ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needs. 
6. Energetic, flexible, collaborative and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact College initiatives. 
7. Excellent and persuasive communicator.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a part/full-time basis and hold a valid driver's license.

1. Master’s degree (or equivalent) in related field and minimum five years’ experience in an executive leadership role related to the duties, roles and responsibilities outlined in this Profile.
2. Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with Cabinet, Foundation Board, Board of Trustees, policy-makers and community leaders.
3. Demonstrated experience and leadership in managing comprehensive strategic marketing and communications, media relations, and recruiting programs to advance an organization’s mission and goals.
4. Demonstrated skill and comfort in proactively building relationships with top tier partners, and successfully positioning College to achieve national recognition with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Government Affairs experience.
2. Community College experience.
3. Friend and fundraising experience.
4. Experience with non-profit organizations and/or boards. 
5. Earned doctorate in related field.

Work Hours
Full-time Administrative

Posting Date

Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
Initial application review on: March 9, 2018

• The Application is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.
• Clearly document job duties performed that relate to responsibilities, qualifications, and essential job duties in the "Work Experience" section on the application. We must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
• Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week or credit hours worked per term for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that we can calculate full-time experience.

• If an Application is considered "Incomplete", the application will be removed from consideration for the position.
• An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.
• An Application is incomplete if "see resume" (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.

• When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening. **Please see the "Required Documents" section of the posting.
• Resumes will not be accepted in place of a complete application; however, resumes may still be required as a component of complete application materials.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Notice: Aims Community College is an equal opportunity employer. Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination based on age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, national origin, marital status or disability. The goal of Aims 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.

Employment Requirements
Screening/Selection: All applicants may apply on line at If you need assistance with this process please contact Human Resources.

Initial screening will be conducted by a committee based on completed application materials.
Please be prepared to submit the following if required:

• Cover Letter addressing qualifications relative to position requirements,
• Resume,
• Diversity Statement (your personal statement on diversity),
• Teaching Philosophy (for faculty positions only) and,
• Transcripts (if applicable). Official transcripts will be required if hired.

o Faculty: Applicants must submit academic transcripts from an accredited institution. Applicants who have degrees from outside of the United States must request a credential evaluation of their transcript. National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( or Association of International Credential Evaluators ( lists members who may be contacted for assistance in evaluating foreign credentials.

All application materials become the property of Aims Community College. All application materials must be submitted by the closing date posted. The screening committee will select finalists for interviews.

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Supplemental Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).


  1. * For recruitment statistics, please list where you found this job posting.
    • Aims Website
    • Internal Posting
    • Personal Referral
    • HigherEdjobs - Diversity and Inclusion
    • LinkedIn
    • Facebook
    • Denver Post
    • Greeley Tribune
    • Local Newspaper Ad
    • ACCT Executive Search
    • Weld County Employment Service
    • Other Source
  2. * What is the highest level of education attained?
    • GED
    • High School Diploma
    • Associates Degree
    • Bachelors Degree
    • Masters Degree
    • Ed.D.
    • PHD
    • Professional Degree
  3. * The application instructions and information section on the application states that you must clearly document job duties performed that relate to minimum qualifications, etc. in the "Work Experience" section on the application. Please acknowledge that you have read and understand what is expected and that the initial review of applications will focus only on what is listed in the Work Experience section and not other required documents such as your resume.
    • Yes, I meet the minimum qualifications and have documented this in the Work Experience section.
    • No, I do not meet all of the minimum qualifications however I have documented my experience in the Work Experience section.



Applicant Documents
Required Documents




  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Copy of Transcripts
  4. Diversity Statement

Optional Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Other Document
  3. Certifications







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Job No:
Posted: 6/7/2018
Application Due: 8/6/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Minimum salary $130,000 - commensurate with education and experience.