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Vice President and Campus Dean, Leadville (Residential) and Salida (Non-Residential)

Colorado Mountain College
Glenwood Springs, CO

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Vice President and Campus Dean, Leadville (Residential) and Salida (Non-Residential)

About Colorado Mountain College

Imagine working at a college that welcomes everyone — students, faculty, staff, and community members — regardless of their backgrounds, beliefs, or traditions. An institution that is also integrally connected to, appreciated by, and supported by those same communities.

Envision yourself at a dynamic, innovative, forward-leaning college that has a highly entrepreneurial spirit and deep commitment to every learner – from first-generation college students and new-traditional and adult learners to academically motivated students seeking a more traditional liberal arts education – all within a robust and highly personalized learning environment.

Visualize applying your energy and skills for an organization that respects and cares about its employees enough to offer competitive compensation and benefits while encouraging every team member to renew and recharge in places of inspiration, reflection, and world-class outdoor recreation.

Welcome to Colorado Mountain College and its eleven campus locations sprinkled across a spectacular region of Colorado’s central Rocky Mountains.

Our vision

Colorado Mountain College aspires to be the most inclusive and innovative student-centered college in the nation, elevating the economic, social, cultural, and environmental vitality of its beautiful Rocky Mountain communities.

The college

CMC is a comprehensive, public, open-access dual-mission institution offering 136 academic programs ranging from specialized certificates to associate and bachelor’s degrees, a wide range of online, non-credit and lifelong learning courses, as well as extensive concurrent enrollment opportunities in close partnership with neighboring school districts.

Over 15,000 students attend CMC annually, and 40% of degree-seeking students earn a certificate or degree every year. The college’s Latinx enrollment has doubled in six years to 27%, making CMC eligible for federal Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) status. CMC courses are highly personal and many are highly experiential by design, each with a maximum registration of 25 students.

Colorado Mountain College campuses are located in Aspen, Carbondale, Breckenridge, Dillon, Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs, Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley, Leadville, Rifle, the Vail Valley, and Salida. Of these locations, three are residential—Spring Valley, Leadville, and Steamboat Springs — and students in Breckenridge have access to college-owned off-campus housing. CMC campuses are close-knit communities, on average serving between 1,000 – 2,000 students.

The majority of the college’s financial support comes from local property taxes, not tuition or state revenues. Consequently, CMC is uniquely positioned to be entrepreneurial, nimble, mission-focused, and responsive to community and workforce needs. The college’s Central Services administrative office, which provides administrative support to all campus locations, is located in historic downtown Glenwood Springs, the town from which CMC originally launched in 1965.

Colorado Mountain College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and authorized by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. For general information about CMC, its programs, locations, students, faculty, and offerings, go to:

Our commitment to an environment where everyone belongs

Our college and beloved mountain communities are enriched by a variety of voices and experiences.

At Colorado Mountain College, we continually work to improve learning and working environments that welcome everyone. We are deeply committed to promoting a free and open exchange of ideas, improving critical thinking, deepening mutual empathy and respect, and ensuring that every learner and team member has equal opportunities for personal and professional success.

The college prioritizes the recruitment, hiring and retaining of a highly engaged workforce that reflects and supports the backgrounds, characteristics and aspirations of the students enrolled at the college. CMC therefore values applicants who demonstrate prior accomplishments, training, and a commitment to the concepts of inclusive and equitable practices, as well as an understanding of historic and current social issues that impact groups of different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

CMC employees enjoy regular opportunities to raise their awareness about pressing societal issues, develop individual critical thinking skills, and expand their understanding of and empathy toward others regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or other factors. Our goal is to deliver highly personalized teaching methods and effective student support services that enable students to achieve their goals, regardless of academic or financial barriers.

Applicants to Colorado Mountain College must demonstrate a commitment and competence to work effectively with students, employees, and community members of all backgrounds.

For more information about CMC, go to:

The Position

Under the general direction of the College President and in close coordination with the college’s Chief Operating Officer & Chief of Staff, the Vice President and Campus Dean for Leadville and Salida provides executive level vision, innovation, and overall leadership of the campuses to ensure the success of students, employees, and the communities. This position works closely with the college’s executive team as well as internal and external constituent groups to further CMC’s mission and vision, including responding to the changing needs and demographics of local communities.

The position oversees the operations of both campuses as well as programming for the balance of Chaffee County, which is not in CMC’s taxing district, but part of its broader service area; adhering to college-wide policy and working in close collaboration with central office leadership and departments. The incumbent is accountable for compliance with all federal, state and local laws and regulations; for ensuring that campus operations and programming are consistent with college-wide practice and procedures; and for providing effective engagement with community stakeholders, including K-12 school officials, business and non-profit leaders, elected and government officials, alumni, and others.

In collaboration and coordination with the CMC Foundation, the Vice President and Campus Dean will engage in friend- and fundraising in the local communities and contributing to college-wide projects and capital campaigns from time to time. This position may be combined with other central or college-wide roles and responsibilities.

Responsibilities specific to Leadville

The Vice President and Campus Dean responsible for a residential site has duties that include oversight of student residential facilities, food service, libraries and related features, functions and services.

Responsibilities specific to Salida

The communities of Salida and Poncha Springs recently joined CMC’s taxing district and the college has been entrusted with the unique responsibility of building a college presence and services in this new location. The Vice President and Campus Dean will be responsible for building a vibrant, high quality cadre of programs and courses in a start-up environment. The successful candidate will have experience building a team, business, idea, concept and facilities from the ground up with an eye to opportunities, partnerships and collaborations across sectors.

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The hiring range for this position is: $127,883.01 - $142,092.23

Prerequisites for Position (Qualifications Standards):

Education and experience sufficient for the rigors of the position, such as a Master’s degree from an accredited institution and a minimum of seven years or relevant executive or senior level experience or equivalent. Doctorate or terminal degree preferred; ten years of experience preferred. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate success working within diverse communities; establishing access and student success programs; and partnering with government and community leaders to provide educational solutions to community needs. Knowledge of and experience with innovative approaches to traditional education challenges is highly desirable.

Special Skills or abilities related to position: knowledge of current principles, practices, and trends in leadership, organizational development and management; higher education budgeting and fiscal oversight; federal laws, codes and regulations covering higher educational institutions; trends and developments in technology, which have campus and/or district-wide implications.

Ability to: lead the campus and service sites through multi-faceted opportunities; facilitate cooperation through discussion and consensus-building; analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of organizational goals; implement organizational/reorganization policy to effect a functional administrative delivery system; identify and respond to public and Board of Trustees issues and concerns; ability to provide leadership in the areas of integrity and ethics in order to implement institutional goals; communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish cooperative working relationships in the course of performing assigned duties and exercise humor, teamwork and fidelity in all aspects of work.

Welcoming. Innovative. Focused on Student Success. These principles reflect the soul of CMC. They guide us in building our teams, cultivating leaders, and expanding our approaches and mindset. They guide us to be an institution of higher education that’s the right fit for every faculty member, staff, student, and community member in its trust. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with students, employees, and community members of all backgrounds.

Bilingual (English/Spanish) or conversational language abilities preferred.

To Apply: Please submit the required letter of interest, a resume, and a list of three professional references. CMC is an EOE committed to diversifying its workforce.

External Applicants: Apply Online

Internal Applicants: Please proceed to the HR page of Basecamp for instructions on applying for a full time position as an internal applicant.

Review of application material will begin June 1, 2021.

Please contact us with questions at [email protected]. To learn more about Colorado Mountain College go to:


Colorado Mountain College has eleven locations across 12,000 square miles in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. It’s the perfect place to begin an education and explore options for the future.

We offer bachelor’s degrees, liberal arts and science associates degrees, certificate programs, occupational training, lifelong learning and customized business training.

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has recognized CMC as in the top 13% of two-year colleges in the U.S. for exceptional student performance and outcomes. The college was also ranked #17 in the nation by CNN/Money for student success among more than 800 two-year colleges. And CMC was rated #1 among Colorado’s two-year colleges for graduation plus transfer rates.

Size & Coverage

  • Founded 1965: Classes started 1967
  • College type: Public bachelor’s and associate’s degree-granting institution
  • Governance: locally-controlled, property tax-supported college, governed by a seven member elected board of trustees
  • Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission
  • Economic Impact: 1,178 FTE jobs in the nine-county region, $46.2 million in earnings; and $65.4 million in regional economic output annually
  • Colorado Mountain College Foundation: Assets are $14 million, largest gift $4 million, total raised since incorporation $36.9 million, governed by 15 directors who are also generous donors
  • District & service area: 12,000 square miles
  • Counties served: 9 including Eagle, Grand, Jackson, Lake, Garfield, Pitkin, Summit, Chaffee, Routt
  • Number of students attending annually: Over 20,400
  • Full-time faculty: 112
  • College-wide student/teacher ratio: 12 to 1

Uniquely CMC

  • CMC ranked #17 out of nearly 800 community colleges in the country for successful graduation and transfer rates— CNN/Money
  • Third most affordable public four-year degree in the country— U.S. Department of Education
  • The Isaacson School for New Media is named for digital communications pioneer and author Walter Isaacson
  • Eight athletes competing in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games studied at Colorado Mountain College
  • First Ski and Snowboard Business degree and first national certification for snowsports sales, marketing and retail in partnership with SnowSports Industries America (SIA)
  • America’s only certification in ski lift & ropeway maintenance
  • Veterinary Technology graduates had a 100% pass rate on the Veterinary Technician National Examination for three of the past five years
  • Culinary students have been Colorado State Champions seven times
  • Professional Photography students have won awards at the prestigious annual College Photographer of the Year Awards for the past three years
  • Programs in Sustainability Studies
  • Resort Management Professor Terry Hunter was honored with the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s national award for hospitality training and education
  • CMC generates 220 kilowatts of solar-powered electricity with five on-campus photovoltaic installations
  • CMC has signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and has committed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050

Enrollment & Graduation Statistics

Top degree programs by enrollment:

  1. Associate of Arts (AA)
  2. Associate of Science (AS)
  3. Associate of Arts in Business (AA)
  4. Associate of General Studies (AGS)
  5. Emergency Medical Tech Basic (COP)
  6. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BS)

3,785 full-time credit students

Average part-time student: 38 years of age

Average full-time student: 24 years of age

85% of students are from Colorado

Workforce training and Customized Business Services trained 1,200 people during 2012-13 in supervisory & leadership skills, computers, workplace team-building, CPR certification, and more.

Equal Opportunity

Colorado Mountain College is an equal opportunity educational institution and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its educational programs or activities.

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802 Grand Avenue
Glenwood Springs
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