Campus Director of Childhood Initiatives, Rifle
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 an enterprising spirit and deep commitment to every learner – from first-generation college students to 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 to 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.
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.
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 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 administrative office, which supports 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: www.coloradomtn.edu .
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 retention of an engaged workforce that reflects and supports the backgrounds, characteristics and aspirations of the students enrolled at CMC. Therefore, we value applicants who bring a richness of prior experience and 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 from different socioeconomic 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 personalized teaching methods and effective student support services that enable students to achieve their goals, regardless of academic, financial, or experiential barriers.
Applicants to Colorado Mountain College must demonstrate a commitment and competence to work effectively with students, employees, and community members of all backgrounds.
The Campus Director of Childhood Initiatives role combines operational, leadership and teaching responsibilities. Under guidance from the Vice President/Campus Dean and Assistant Dean of Instruction, the Director oversees the Rifle Campus Early Learning Center, collaborates with local partners, participates in campus 2 Generation initiatives, teaches college courses, and provides guidance for summer enrichment programs.
This position would be expected to teach/supervise students in the field for an equivalent of 6 credits per year in the education program. This is a year-round administrative non-faculty, staff position with teaching responsibilities. The incumbent must be qualified to be credentialed to teach in the education program, however, is not assigned a faculty rank. Incumbent could teach select courses from the following list of courses included the ECE certificates and AA curriculum: ECE 101, 102, 103, 220, 238, 256, and 260.
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Pre-Requisites for the Position (Qualifications Standards)
Education and experience sufficient for the rigors of the position. Examples may include: a Master's degree in one of the following disciplines: Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Human Development, Home Economics/Family and Consumer Studies with a specialization in Child Development/Early Childhood Education, or Educational Psychology With A Specialization In Child Development/Early Childhood Education, or related field along with 4,000 hours in the last 7 years of related occupational experience and minimum of two years teaching experience at the college level or equivalent education and experience that will provide the necessary knowledge, skill and abilities to perform the functions of the position.
Special Skills or abilities directly applicable to the position: knowledge of the West Garfield region and ability and enthusiasm to anticipate and adapt to changing student and community needs. Desire to generate creative opportunities for preschool children, and a variety of other students, and work as a part of a high energy team at a dynamic campus. Knowledge of college level pedagogy, methodology, education technology, strong interpersonal and executive functioning skills including excellent written, verbal and listening skills, as well as organization, planning, task completion and self-monitoring skills.
Knowledge of early childhood educational principles, practices and methods; preschool management and operations; rules, regulations, and funding opportunities for preschool centers. Ability to oversee center operations; develop and provide early childhood programs; supervise staff; organize and prioritize work; handle multiple projects and meet deadlines.
Diverse. Inclusive. Innovative. Focused on Student Success. These principles reflect the soul of CMC. They guide us in building our teams and cultivating leaders. 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 are preferred.
To Apply: Please submit the required letter of interest, resume, and 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 or by searching in Learning Hub for instructions on applying for a full-time position as an internal applicant.
Review of application material will begin April 22, 2021.
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