About the Job
The goal of the Life Directions Center (LDC) is to provide a
holistic and comprehensive approach to student advising, academic
support services, and spiritual formation under an overview of
mentoring and spiritual care. The LDC mission is to equip authentic
Disciples of Christ to discern their life calling, achieve academic
success, and engage in meaningful service. The vision is that
students will have one advisor throughout their CCU experience to
aid them with any issues they may face in college including but not
limited to; course and major selections, spiritual growth, life
calling exploration well as any specific academic support needs
that may arise.
The Director provides leadership to the LDC in working to create an
inviting and accepting environment for all students where effective
service and resources are provided. The Director helps to create an
atmosphere for the advisors that is conducive to working as a team,
encourages interaction with students and promotes professional
The Director fosters communication and policy development with
other Student Life Departments, Admissions, the VP of Academic
Affairs for the College of Undergraduate Studies (CUS), Academic
Deans, Department Heads, Service Central (Registrar and Student
Financial Services), and other academic and service departments as
needed and required.
Colorado Christian University is the premier interdenominational
Christian university in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region,
delivering world class education to thousands of students. The
fully accredited, nonprofit University is located in Lakewood,
Colorado, a suburb of Denver.
Colorado Christian University was founded in 1914. CCU’s motto is
"grace and truth," which comes from John 1.14: “And the Word became
flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as
of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
CCU's mission is Christ-centered higher education transforming
students to impact the world with grace and truth. Colorado
Christian University cultivates knowledge and love of God in a
Christ-centered community of learners and scholars, with an
enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics,
spiritual formation, and engagement with the world. We envision
graduates who think critically and creatively, lead with high
ethical and professional standards, embody the character and
compassion of Jesus Christ, treasure the gospel, and who thereby
are prepared to impact the world in their callings.
CCU’s embraces an educational model that was there at the
foundation of many of the great western and American universities.
It is made up of three pillars—competence, character, and
Christ-centered faith. Secular universities have abandoned two of
those pillars. We think this is a major oversight that eventually
undermines education. Furthermore, we believe this classical
educational model is both life-giving and greatly needed in our
A leader in higher education, CCU has been consistently ranked in
the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide for its
core curriculum by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. CCU
has had ten consecutive years of enrollment growth and has been
named one of the five fastest-growing master’s granting
universities by The Chronicle of Higher
CCU offers more than 100 degree program options for traditional and
adult students through its two colleges--the College of
Undergraduate Studies and College of Adult and Graduate Studies.
More than 8,000 students attend the University on the main campus,
in regional centers throughout Colorado, and online.
What is most appealing about working at
- Faith-friendly: CCU’s culture is unique to higher education.
Where else can you pursue academic excellence yet read the Holy
Bible, pray with teammates and students at work, and work to impact
our culture in support of Christian values?
- Convictionally Christian: As a university, we have an enduring
commitment to Christ, his kingdom and the truth of God’s Word.
- Live out your calling: We are a traditional evangelical
university where you can invest your God-given talents and
abilities alongside coworkers and teammates, while having a
profound influence on students as they deepen their relationship
with Jesus Christ.
- Equip students for kingdom work: You can be a part of helping
students discover their callings and preparing them for positions
of significant leadership in the church, business, government,
education, and other professions, as a key part of our University's
We’re looking for candidates who have:
- Master’s degree in higher education administration, career
services, counseling or related area.
- At least 5 years of experience in higher education student
development or related work.
- Proven written and oral communication skills.
- Experience working with personality, strengths and skills
assessments, and other resources used in developing life calling
and major selection with students.
- Proven ability in systems development.
- Familiar with data base systems and technologies used within
- Experience with student success programming or working with
- 2-3 years supervisory experience with professional staff.
- Passion for helping students develop as the man or woman of God
that they are designed to become.
- Great interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively
with students and colleagues from all divisions of the campus
community, providing a synergistic environment, being a resource
and engaging in creative problem solving.
Key Job Duties
- Contribute to CCU’s mission: Christ-centered higher education
transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth. In
this role, the Director of Life Directions Center will contribute
to the University’s mission by championing the vision and mission
of the LDC as a service center committed to promoting student
success through a holistic and personalized approach to the student
- Foster timely communication with the Dean’s Council, Service
Central (Registrar’s Office) and Admissions around areas such as
registration, course scheduling, program changes and student
- Supervise and provide support to LDC Assistant Directors and
LDC advisors as they facilitate the following LDC Service areas:
Academic Advising, Academic Accommodations and Accessibility,
International Student Services, Study Abroad, Ministry
Hours/Service Learning, Tutoring, Life Calling/Undeclared Student
Services, ROTC/Veteran’s Services, Athletics Liaison, Daniel’s Fund
scholarship program, inactive student degree completion, and other
areas that may develop in the LDC range of services. The director
will also advise students in the course selection process as
- Act as campus contact for Denver Scholarship Foundation.
- Supervise the LDC Administrative Assistant and their areas of
primary responsibilities such as the Testing Center, student staff
supervision, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Administrate several integral LDC processes including:
coordinate with faculty, Deans, and respective department personnel
for classroom scheduling each semester, troubleshooting waitlists,
and expansion/consolidation of class sizes.
- Promote development of student success programs for at-risk
student populations, including formal and informal Academic Alert
- Serve as a member of Academic Review Committee and oversee
probation and suspension policy/process.
- Serve on the retention committee and integrated enrollment
meetings to provide reports as needed.
- Track overall CUS enrollment and report on key statistics of
new and returning populations.
- Collaborate with departments across the University to provide
service and resources to the related student populations and
support Student Life department through involvement in campus-wide
programming, committees and events.
- Serve as primary contact for prospective students and their
families, specifically helping with questions regarding dual
credit, AP, IB, CLEP, and other types of college-level
- Develop and evaluate effectiveness of systems and software
controlling registration, retention, advising, testing, withdrawals
and special populations.
- Teach a section of INT 101 (FYI) during the fall semester.
- Oversee development of the department’s budget. Monitor
- Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Dean of
While performing the duties of this job, you may be required to
walk, stand, sit, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, speak
with clarity, and have appropriate vision and hearing capabilities.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
You may be required to work occasional irregular hours, including
some nights and weekends. Colorado Christian University expects all
faculty and staff to become a part of the University community by
participating in activities and events that occur on the campus
throughout the year, which may occur during evenings and
What we offer our employees:
We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages to all
employees. Our benefit package includes: a tuition waiver program,
excellent healthcare, generous paid time off, matching 403(b)
retirement plan, and additional organizational paid benefits and
voluntary benefit offerings. Pay and benefits will be discussed in
more detail as candidates progress through the interview process.
Pay is assigned by reviewing a combination of job-related factors
that may include: internal/external pay equity, the salary
structure/pay grade, or a candidate’s qualifications/experience for
the job. A wage range posted is not a guarantee of a specific wage
and CCU reserves the right to make pay decisions based on economic
and equity considerations. CCU does not determine pay based on sex
or any other protected status.