Academic Dean, Health Sciences & Wellness

Front Range Community College
Fort Collins, CO

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Job Details

General Summary

The home office of this position will be at our Larimer Campus in Fort Collins.

Who We Are

With three campuses along Colorado’s Front Range, Front Range Community College is the state’s largest community college. We enroll close to 28,000 students annually from our diverse service area, which offers a variety of cultural and recreational activities.

Each year approximately 5,000 FRCC students transfer to four-year universities. FRCC offers more than 36 career training programs that prepare students for immediate employment and rewarding careers. Last year, more than 5,000 high school students took concurrent enrollment classes with us, earning college credit without having to pay college tuition. And we were recently ranked as one of the “Top Online Colleges” in the country by Newsweek.

One of FRCC’s main goals is to offer educational excellence for everyone. The college’s strong commitment to student success means we start by creating an inclusive and equitable environment—one where both students and employees feel they belong and are supported. FRCC’s focus on diversity, equity and inclusion is woven into the fabric of our college conversations and decision-making processes. We are actively seeking to hire a workforce that reflects the diversity of our student body.

The college is also an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution. For us, becoming an HSI is an intentional commitment to being a college where our Latinx (and other historically marginalized) students thrive.

FRCC employees and leaders work hard to create a culture of collaboration, innovation and pride. We’re looking to hire people who share these values—along with our commitment to student success, equity and excellence.

Who You Are
As the Academic Dean for Health Science and Wellness, you will report to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) and engage in energetic, visionary, and inclusive leadership to advance the College’s mission and strategic goals and ensure academic excellence. You will demonstrate a strong commitment to student success and completion while supporting a fully diverse and inclusive educational environment.
In this role, you will provide leadership to faculty and staff, set the direction for programs and provide an overall direction of program curricula and operations for Dental Assisting & Hygiene, Emergency Medical Technician, Health Information Technology, Integrative Health & Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy, Sterile Processing, Surgical Technology, and Veterinary Technology.
You will provide forward-thinking and inclusive leadership for faculty and staff to help them achieve excellence and innovation in teaching and learning, student success, faculty and staff development, and community engagement. As a key member of the VPAA’s Learning Leadership Team, you will help set the direction for college programs and initiatives to ensure instructional quality and student success. As an Academic Dean, you will provide leadership on initiatives, serve on the Deans Council and interact frequently with local school, business, and community partners.
The Health Sciences and Wellness Dean will officially commence overseeing the aforementioned departments in the fall of 2023 when the college completes its transition to a new college-wide organizational structure. Prior to the fall, the dean will support the Larimer campus programs in this area, as well as others on campus.
Please note: This is an on-campus position with an opportunity for hybrid remote work. You need to be a Colorado resident on your first day of employment.

SALARY: $100,000 to $105,000 annually

BENEFITS: Please click here to find more information about APT & Faculty Benefits

SELECTION PROCESS: Position will remain open until filled with a priority deadline of January 2, 2022.
Preliminary screening will be made on the basis of a completed application package submitted by the candidate. In your application, please include a resume and cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the Academic Dean for Health Science and Wellness.
At FRCC, masks are optional, but we allow individual staff and faculty to request students and colleagues wear masks in offices or in class.

Primary Duties

  • Provide instructional leadership for Dental Assisting & Hygiene, Emergency Medical Technician, Health Information Technology, Integrative Health & Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy, Sterile Processing, Surgical Technology, and Veterinary Technology across all three FRCC campuses (Boulder County, Larimer, Westminster) while honoring the unique communities each campus serves. Support department chairs in educational planning to include curriculum and program development, course scheduling and program reviews.
  • Develop and administer the assigned budget by collaborating with department chairs, faculty and staff to determine funding needs and priorities to support projects to accomplish learning goals.
  • Work collaboratively as a member of the VPAA’s Learning Leadership Team and Academic Deans Council to develop and implement a shared vision and plans to ensure that the educational needs of students and the community are met, and all students have opportunities for success. Collectively, the team ensures that all programs and services offered provide outstanding service to students, support teaching excellence, student success, and equity in student outcomes, are fiscally sound and meet college, system, and governmental policies and guidelines.
  • Support department chairs and program leads in ensuring compliance with State of Colorado and Colorado Community Colleges System (CCCS) requirements related to Career and Technical Education (CTE). Requirements include credentialing faculty and instructors, holding regular industry advisory meetings, and ensuring active engagement with industry.
  • Collaborate with all deans across the college to develop instructional policies and practices, coordinate academic programs to ensure efficiency and effectiveness, address key workforce needs, and support teaching excellence and student success. Serve as a member of the Academic Deans Council and other working groups and teams designed to address key instructional issues. Regularly take leadership roles on specific college work teams.
  • Lead the recruitment, evaluation and professional development of faculty, instructors and staff in departments. 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.
  • Lead accreditation efforts for accredited programs. Assure program compliance with CCCS, and programmatic accreditor regulations and policies. Coordinate with the department chairs and faculty to provide for a system of permanent records and reports essential to the operation of the programs as well as for accreditation through the appropriate accrediting agencies.
  • Guide enrollment management and retention efforts and assess the effectiveness of the schedule in contributing to student success through guided academic pathways.
  • Represent the campus and the college to individuals and groups from the community to promote programs within the college. Build and maintain partnerships with universities, businesses, industries, and community partners to ensure that academic programs are current and responsive and that the college is meeting emerging workforce needs. Foster and promote dual/concurrent enrollment with high schools, in collaboration with the dean overseeing high concurrent enrollment, and help nurture and grow workforce relationships.
  • Collaborate with colleagues from multiple areas of the college to develop, support, and promote opportunities for student engagement, including experiential learning, service learning, co-curricular activities, internships and apprenticeships. Work with faculty and deans to incorporate a variety of delivery methods into the curriculum, including online, hybrid, videoconference, compressed and competency-based modalities.
Required Competencies

  • Commitment to Values: Articulate a thorough understanding, appreciation, and commitment to the comprehensive community college. Promote an environment where equity creates opportunities for all students to achieve their educational goals.
  • People Leadership and Team Building: Demonstrate the dedication to recruitment, retention, and success of faculty, staff and students. Hire appropriate faculty and staff, support and mentor department chairs, build a chair team that innovates and collaborates, directly address conflicts and poor performance. Enhance a culture that promotes student success through actively seeking feedback, recognizing employee successes, and communicating frequently.
  • Workforce, Community Relations and Partnership Development: Demonstrates a leadership role in the college’s economic development priorities. Engages in and supports collaborative efforts with local industry and develops partnerships in the workforce development space that have strong student outcomes.
  • Communication: Demonstrate clear and persuasive written and oral communication skills; commit to transparency and dialog with college constituents. Provide regular written updates to areas supervised; present at college in-service meetings and community events, make presentations to project teams and to Cabinet. Ensure timely sharing of key information to college constituents.
  • Collaboration: Demonstrate collaborative leadership across faculty, student, staff, administrative and community groups. Collectively develop instructional plans, policies and practices that support academic excellence and student success.
  • Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity: Champion equity through reducing or eliminating barriers within department practices, policies and processes. Support department chairs in engaging faculty in developing inclusive pedagogy and work with Human Resources to develop increased diversity in staff and faculty. Embrace diversity, promotes equity and creates and environment of inclusion.
  • Innovation and Initiative: Promote the viability of programs within areas of responsibility. Develop new programs and partnerships with a strong focus on curriculum design and instructional pedagogy. Champion teaching strategies and delivery modalities that have resulted in improved student outcomes.
  • Planning and Budgeting: Collaborate to develop college annual and strategic plan and academic affairs implementation plans, including program development plans; create and monitor yearly departmental budgets.
  • Strategic Planning: Develop a vision for the future and creates a culture in which long-range goals can be achieved. Ensure contributions to the strategic plan are rooted in equity-mindedness and student success.
  • Student Success Focus: Makes decisions that support a student-first culture. Collaborate on ways to prioritize student outcomes in the classroom.
  • Data and Storytelling: Uses data to ensure student outcomes continue to improve. Act as a coach with faculty to use data as a way to affirm effectiveness of classroom strategies, or as a basis to seek and implement new strategies leading to improved student outcomes.
  • Change Catalyst: Ability to encourage others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches when addressing problems and opportunities. Ability to be nimble and willing to pivot if new data becomes available that can influence outcomes; understands that change is constant and requires flexibility.
  • Project Management: Lead project teams for program development and other strategic initiatives.
  • Integrity: Demonstrated academic and personal integrity in advocating for students, faculty and staff.

Required Education/Training & Work Experience:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum of two years college teaching experience or related training experience
  • Minimum of three years leadership experience in higher education or a related field
  • Basic knowledge of computer applications (e.g., Microsoft Office) to accomplish managerial tasks

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


    Front Range Community College (FRCC) is the largest community college in Colorado, enrolling close to 30,000 credit students annually. The college has a detailed strategic plan focused on improving student graduation and transfer rates, a strong assessment program, and invests heavily in professional development for faculty and instructors, including four faculty reassigned to be instructional coaches. The college has a strong commitment to diversity and is actively involved in a discussion about how to create inclusive communities.

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