Vice President, Academic Affairs and Online Learning

Longmont, Colorado
Jan 22, 2021
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Community College

Front Range Community College

Vice President, Academic Affairs and Online Learning - College Wide

Who We Are

We are the largest community college in Colorado, enrolling close to 28,000 credit students annually. We were one of 30 colleges in the initial American Association of Community Colleges Pathways Project, recently selected as a “Most Promising Place to Work” in Diverse Magazine, and profiled as one of six top community colleges for transfer student success in a recent Aspen Institute publication. We have developed a strong strategic plan focused on improving student graduation and transfer rates and have made significant investments in advising and other student support programs.

We also have a strong commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity. We are actively seeking to hire a workforce that matches our student community and will support our Philosophy of Inclusion.

We are guided by the philosophy “One College, Many Communities.” Campuses share many common values, goals, and practices, but are also given the opportunity and flexibility to develop unique cultures and programs that serve individual communities. In addition, we have a clear vision outlined in its strategic plan. For more information, visit the following: and VISION 2020.

The Position

As the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Online Learning, you will lead the continued development of FRCC’s outstanding online learning department, ensuring teaching excellence, high academic quality, and excellent student support. You will oversee Academic Services, including curriculum, catalog, and assessment of academic achievement and several other college-wide academic policy and support areas. In this position, you will help shape statewide policy and practice as the primary academic liaison with the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE).

This is a unique role that has direct supervision and oversight of Online Learning and the Academic Services departments while simultaneously providing coordinated leadership across the college with respect to curriculum and academic policies. In our multi-campus college, most deans and faculty report to their campus vice presidents but often work closely with the person in this position. As a result, this role will require a highly collaborative leader who is able to build and maintain working relationships with diverse stakeholders and constituents.

This position has potential to be located at either our Boulder County Campus in Longmont, Colorado or our Larimer Campus in Fort Collins, Colorado.

SELECTION PROCESS:  Position will remain open until filled with an extended priority deadline of March 3, 2021.

In your application please include a resume and cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with requirements, qualification and responsibilities of the Vice President, Academic Affairs and Online Learning.

SALARY: $128,000 - $138,000 annually

BENEFITS: 2020 – 2021 APT & Faculty Benefits


Online Learning

Lead the continued development of FRCC’s online learning department, ensuring high academic quality, excellent student support and a focus on equity and inclusive excellence. Establish and implement a vision for how to best grow and develop online learning and college-wide online programs within the college’s one college concept.

Oversee personnel, budget, and operations for the online learning department, including supervising deans of instruction and student affairs for online learning.

Ensure appropriate support and training for the online learning management system and related educational technology (D2L, Yuja, Evaluation Kit, etc.) for faculty and staff throughout the college. Collaborate with campus leadership and faculty on incorporating online elements in other teaching modalities (hybrid, real-time remote, etc.)

Academic Affairs

As the lead curriculum and academic policy officer for the college, oversee key college academic support functions, including curriculum and program approval, faculty qualifications and credentialing, catalog development, and Perkins grant allocations.

Provide leadership and support to key college-wide academic committees, including, but not limited to the curriculum committee, the faculty evaluation committee and the faculty affairs council.

Oversee the college’s assessment of academic achievement, ensuring that the work supports student learning, creates actionable outcomes and meets Higher Learning Commission requirements. Collaborate closely with faculty leaders and campus deans in implementing and revising the assessment plan.

Serve as the cabinet liaison to the instructional dean’s council, the college-wide chair council, and the faculty affairs council.

System Representation and Leadership

Serve as the instructional representative to the Colorado Community College system and to the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Gather information and needs from FRCC leadership and faculty, represent FRCC needs, and regularly communicate critical information, decisions and policy changes back to FRCC leadership and faculty.

College Leadership

As a member of the President’s Cabinet, collaborate with the President and other Cabinet members to set the vision for the college, design and implement strategic initiatives, set annual college goals, and bring a college-wide focus to initiatives and activities.

Work collaboratively with the Student Affairs Council and the VP of Enrollment Services and Student Success (VPESSS) to develop policies and practices that advance student success and equity. Work closely with the VPESSS to send a consistent FRCC message at CCCS meetings.

Provide regular updates to key constituents in the college on key federal, state, and system level initiatives that impact academic affairs at FRCC

Lead or provide guidance for college-wide academic projects that address key college academic policies and practices. Examples might include reviewing and revising faculty evaluations; updating reassignment time procedures; implementing next steps in guided pathways.

Required Skills


Online Learning Leadership and Vision: Lead efforts to develop a college-wide vision for online learning, set and achieve goals and manage operations, including online programs and staffing.

Communication and Collaboration: Communicate and collaborate constantly with CCCS staff, academic leaders from other CCCS colleges, and FRCC leadership. Strategically advance FRCC interests at the system and work to ensure the success of all system colleges. Work closely with campus VPs and deans to implement system policy and coordinate online learning staffing. Work collaboratively with VP ESSS to communicate instruction priorities to student affairs.

Curriculum and Instruction: Ensure appropriate catalog and curriculum review and approval processes.

Coordinate review and revision of academic policies and procedures.

Commitment to Teaching Excellence and Student Learning: Promote teaching excellence in many settings, including continued professional development for online faculty and instructors, coordination of the college-wide teaching excellence council.

Commitment to Equity and Inclusion: Work with Cabinet to establish programs to support equity in student outcomes; champion equity in online learning outcomes through programming; and collaborate with Human Resources to develop increased diversity in staff and faculty.

People Leadership and Team Building: Commit to transparency and dialog with college constituents. Hire appropriate staff, set staff goals, build teams that collaborate, and enhance a campus culture that promotes student success through recognition, transparent communication, and engaged listening.

Clear and persuasive written and oral communication: Provide regular written updates to online and academic services staff; present at campus in-services, community events, and to college-wide project teams and Cabinet. Provide interviews with the press.

Planning and Budgeting: Collaborate to develop college annual strategic goals and annual department plans, including program development plans. Create and monitor yearly budget.

Project Management: Lead online learning, academic services, and college-wide project teams for program development and other strategic initiatives.

Innovation and Initiative: Develop new online academic programs and develop creative ways to support and engage faculty who teach both online and on campus.

Required Experience


Master’s Degree from an accredited institution.

Seven or more years of increasingly responsible leadership and supervision that includes oversight of multiple departments/functions, strategic planning, budget development, personnel management, team building, and program development.

Experience developing or leading online programs that includes commitment to teaching excellence and innovation.

Experience managing personnel, especially personnel in multiple units, which included defining and evaluating employee performance and addressing personnel conflict.

Demonstrated understanding of the community college role and mission.

Successful management of significant projects.

Demonstrated commitment to diversity and a demonstrated ability to lead complex organizations that value and respect differences.

Systematic examples of collaboration and effective and open communication.

Examples of innovation and initiative in identifying and solving significant problems.

Evidence of interest and skill in creating a shared vision as part of a team of leaders and in generating consensus and buy-in from a variety of stakeholders.


Leadership experience in higher education, preferably community colleges.

Four or more years college teaching experience, including online teaching.

Welcoming. Respectful. Inclusive. Together, we are FRCC.

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