Dean of Instruction

Westminster, Colorado
Oct 10, 2018
Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs, Instructional Design
Institution Type
Community College

Reporting to the Campus Vice President, the Dean of Instruction practices energetic, visionary, and inclusive leadership to advance the College’s mission and strategic goals and ensure student engagement in learning. He/she will demonstrate a strong commitment to academic excellence and to student success and completion.

The Dean facilitates academic planning, coordination and assessment of curriculum and instruction, recruitment and evaluation of faculty and staff, professional development, budgeting and management of funds, and allocation and use of facilities. The Dean supports the Department Chairs in mentoring and evaluation of faculty and guides development of new career and technical programs. As a key member of the campus Vice President’s Leadership Team, the Dean sets direction for campus guidelines and procedures and provides input into policies to ensure instructional quality and student success. All Instructional Deans provide leadership on both campus and college wide initiatives, serve on a college-wide Deans Council and may interact frequently with local school, business and community partners. The person in this position will oversee several academic departments, including both CTE and transfer programs.

All deans of instruction can expect to spend a substantial portion of their time on leading and supporting collegewide initiatives and developing collegewide guidelines and practice. Deans will regularly serve on collegewide task forces and committees and will work closely with the college Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs and deans on other campuses on collegewide academic policy development. Deans should also actively support collegewide student success initiatives and help translate those initiatives to campus practices.

The College
Front Range Community College (FRCC) is the largest community college in Colorado, enrolling close to 29,000 credit students annually. FRCC was one of 30 colleges in the inaugural AACC Pathways project, was recently selected as a Most Promising Place to Work in Diverse Magazine and was profiled as one of 6 top community colleges for transfer student success in a recent Aspen Institute publication. The college has a detailed vision and strategic plan, VISION 2020, focused on improving student graduation and transfer rates, a strong assessment program, and invests heavily in professional development for staff and faculty including a college-wide leadership program. For more information, visit

FRCC has a strong commitment to equity, is committed to diversity and inclusion, and is intentional about creating a learning and working environment that recognizes the value of individual and group differences. As an equal opportunity employer, we welcome and encourage inquiries from applicants who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college. FRCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, religion, or national origin in employment or in our educational programs and activities.

Open until filled; first priority to applications received by November 5th, 2018

Projected start date: Late December 2018

Preliminary screening will be made on the basis of completed application package submitted by candidate. Completed application package includes:

  1. A letter of interest of no more than five pages, addressing in general the items under "Primary Duties" and specifically each item under "Required Education" and "Required Experience";
  2. An eForm application; Complete in its entirety, don't use see resume.
  3. A resume.

All candidates, including current Front Range Community College employees must submit a complete application packet which includes all material listed above. Only completed application packets will move forward for screening. Please review the job duties and minimum requirements carefully. It is your responsibility to demonstrate on your application that you meet all of the minimum requirements listed above to be considered. Failure to do so will result in your application being rejected. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a particular position does not assure the applicant an interview. Selected applicants will be invited by the screening committee for interviews. All application materials become the property of Front Range Community College and cannot be copied. FRCC will conduct a criminal background check on selected candidate. Employment offers and continued employment are contingent upon receiving a satisfactory report. An education verification will also be conducted on selected candidate.

SALARY: Low to Mid $90s/annually


  • Participate as a member of the Campus Vice President’s Leadership Team to plan, establish, and implement administrative programs and procedures that have impact on the operation and success of the campus. Implement shared vision and strategic priorities to ensure that the educational needs of students and the community are met. Resolve critical challenges and opportunities that have long-term and widespread impact on campus and college operations.
  • Provide educational management and leadership for faculty and staff to achieve excellence and innovation in teaching and learning, student success, faculty and staff development, and community engagement.
  • Provide instructional leadership for assigned academic departments and work with department chairs in curriculum and program development and program reviews in areas of responsibility. Work with businesses, industry and academic institutions to develop courses, certificates and degrees. Collaborate with college-wide faculty and staff as related to assigned academic departments and project responsibility.
  • Works with the college Vice President of Student and Academic Service and Deans from other campuses in providing College-wide leadership for curriculum and instruction policy and practice. Takes an active leadership role on collegewide committees and task forces. Engages with deans and faculty on other campuses to coordinate curricular issues within the areas of responsibility.
  • Supports the Pathways and student success initiatives at the college. Actively engages in review and updating of the initiatives. Translates the collegewide initiatives into campus practice.
  • Actively contribute to a work environment that embraces inclusiveness and diverse perspectives, one that builds constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, and mutual respect. Facilitate a cooperative and committed culture that supports efforts to establish and accomplish individual, department, campus, and college goals.
  • Advocate for students through support of programs that promote retention and completion.
  • Provide strategic analysis and advice for the campus Vice President and the college Chief Academic Officer.
  • Develop and administer assigned budget by collaborating with faculty and staff to determine funding needs and priorities that strategically support department, campus and college goals.
  • Guide enrollment management and retention efforts and assess the effectiveness of the schedule in contributing to student learning through guided academic pathways.
  • Build and maintain partnerships with four-year institutions, as well as business, industry, and community partners. Foster and promote transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities and dual enrollment with high schools and career centers.


  • Master's degree or professional licensure (e.g., Juris Doctorate)


  • Ph.D in any discipline or Ed.D


  • Minimum of three years’ leadership or supervisory experience.
  • Minimum of three years experience teaching in a higher education setting (community college setting preferred).
  • Basic knowledge of computer applications (e.g., Microsoft Office) to accomplish managerial tasks
  • Mastery of curriculum design and instructional practice/theory to make decisions or recommendations significantly changing, interpreting or developing instructional policies and/or affecting the campus sites and the entire college.
  • Experience with teaching and assessment of student learning at the college level and demonstrated commitment to improving student success.
  • Mastery of written and oral communications to persuade, change, interpret or develop aspects of college operations, e.g., accreditation, grant writing, community liaison, advisory/policy boards, and local/state/federal government contacts.
  • A thorough understanding, appreciation, and commitment to the comprehensive community college.
  • Ability to operate effectively within campus and college teams to best support the strategic priorities of the college and to follow through with implementation of those priorities on the Westminster Campus.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills; experience in a team–based environment and evidence of a collaborative work style.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in a management position which includes supervision of personnel/subordinates, project management and conflict management.
  • A dedication to recruitment, retention, development and success of faculty, staff and students.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application skills in resource management, e.g. facilities and budgets/expenditures.
  • Experience in connecting and developing relationships and partnerships with community and regional business/industry leaders.


  • 5 or more years’ leadership or supervisory experience •5 or more years’ teaching experience
  • Professional work experience in a non-academic setting related to Business, Information Systems Technology, Allied Health or Nursing.
  • Expertise in Career Technical Education program development: Program