The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for the efficient operations on the shared Auraria Campus and is further responsible for administering the mission of the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) to provide for the land, physical plant and facilities necessary to accommodate and house AHEC’s constituent institutions of higher education. The CEO works in partnership with and under the direction and supervision of the Board of Directors of the Auraria Higher Education Center (the Auraria Board).
The AHEC CEO is charged with overseeing this “village” of connected yet distinct neighborhoods within the City of Denver. Like many town managers, the AHEC CEO partners with a wide variety of stakeholders including faculty, staff, students, residents, business groups, city officials, transportation leaders, and visitor groups to ensure that the campus is well-managed and serves the needs of each group effectively.
Auraria Campus Master Plan – 2007-2017
AHEC is committed to providing an effective, efficient, and supportive environment, which facilitates the missions of the three institutions. Toward that end, an extensive planning process was led beginning with the 2007 Campus Master Plan where the concept of institutional neighborhoods was introduced. A notable change came with the 2012 Campus Master Plan, which further embraced those neighborhoods, expanding them along the primary roadways into Denver, and developing a central core with shared facilities built upon specific disciplines, such as the sciences, performing arts, visual arts, library, and common student union.
The Auraria Campus Master Plan also now reflects the three institutional neighborhood concept plans and associated academic data that have been developed to accurately appreciate their individual growth and program needs.
Urban sophistication meets outdoor adventure in Denver. Downtown Denver’s record-setting growth in jobs, residents, and visitors is attracting significant development activity. In total, 83 projects have been completed over the past five years or are currently under construction, bringing over $5 billion in investment throughout downtown. These projects add nearly 10,000 new residential units, over 4 million square feet of office space, and 3,200 new hotel rooms to our center city, creating opportunities for future growth and innovation.
Denver’s neighborhoods are alive with tasty chef-owned restaurants, art galleries, and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Across the city, you will find charming cafes, bookstores, artists, worldclass cultural facilities, big name shopping, brewpubs, and a wide assortment of restaurants serving all cuisines. Seven professional sports teams call Denver home, and the city is the gateway to unparalleled outdoor adventure opportunities no matter what season.
Our campus is located in the heart of this bustling, sophisticated city. We are within walking distance to three main sports arenas, Union Station, the 16thStreet pedestrian mall, and major museums and cultural facilities. The Auraria Campus is fully connected to the vibrant energy and sophisticated offerings of the Mile High City.
Downtown Denver Partnership, VisitDenver
The Auraria Board seeks a talented, proven executive who understands how to manage complex, multi-dimensional facilities, oversee construction and renovation projects, who values working in partnership with myriad stakeholders, and who has a passion for supporting mission-driven enterprises. Qualified candidates will also have experience in these areas:
Minimum Professional Requirements
Demonstrated commitment to AHEC’s mission of providing world-class campus facilities to a multi-dimensional university complex that serves a highly diverse, robust, urban population.
Extensive senior level experience in positions of significant responsibility and complexity in similar functional areas, with proven leadership skills and the ability to work with multiple stakeholders and foster positive relationships between different entities.
Experience in overseeing physical plant and infrastructure facilities, together with proven abilities to manage daily operations of such facilities and to direct large capital projects involving myriad stakeholders.
Experience in collaborating effectively with governing bodies such as boards of directors, city councils, or other such oversight entities with proven ability to develop long-term relationships with members of these groups.
Experience in working with elected and appointed government officials and developing effective public policy solutions as appropriate.
Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university in business or public administration, organizational development, or a closely related field.
Preferred Leadership Skills
Demonstrated entrepreneurial, creative and community-oriented approach to implement organization, administrative and financial goals and strategies.
A dynamic and skilled leader who is visionary, open-minded, strategic, and able to work collaboratively and inclusively with others.
Proven ability to develop and implement effective business models to deliver long-term financial sustainability.
Experience with strategic planning, budgeting and management for capital or other major programs and a demonstrated understanding of community and infrastructure development.
Proven ability to develop and direct highly skilled staff members and to ensure a culture of excellence where inclusion is valued.
Excellent oral and written communications skills with a strong customer service orientation.
Other Preferred Qualifications
Senior level experience with administration and operational organizations in a government, military base, or higher education setting; or as a City or Town Manager or Administrator.
Understanding of how to develop and maintain effective public-private partnership ventures.
Advanced degree in business or public administration, organizational development, law, or a closely related field.
Unique Personal Characteristics
Personal commitment to providing the very best services to the constituent institutions which have very diverse missions;
Vision in projecting the needs of the Auraria Campus, and how they will be accomplished;
Ethics and a high sense of personal integrity;
Proven ability to manage multiple tasks and maintain focus on critical projects for the campus;
Ability to be a perceptive and humble leader, with excellent listening skills and the aptitude to maneuver complex political situations effectively; and,
Tact, diplomacy and proven leadership skills that will motivate and elevate the organization to the next level of excellence.
How to Apply
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to our search consultant Carolyn McCormick of Peak HR Consulting, LLC at firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications are to be submitted electronically. To learn more about AHEC and the details of this position, please visit us at www.ahec.edu.
Auraria Higher Education Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. There is no discrimination for or against any applicant based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, or protected veteran status. Applicants have rights under Federal Employment laws including the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA). Please review information about these laws on the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment website.
Additional Salary Information: The staff of AHEC are employees of the State of Colorado and thus follow the compensation and benefit structures developed by the state. A competitive salary range that allows for long-term growth in compensation has been developed and approved by the Auraria Board of Directors for the CEO position. Key highlights of the benefits plan include participation in the State of Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) retirement plan, various medical health insurance options, life insurance and other optional levels of coverage, and paid time off.
About Auraria Higher Education Center
The Auraria Campus represents a truly unique higher education community in the dynamic downtown urban environment of Denver, Colorado. The 150-acre campus is home to three distinct public institutions of higher learning:
• Community College of Denver
• Metropolitan State University of Denver
• University of Colorado Denver
The Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC), governed by the Auraria Board of Directors, is a separate state entity providing the facilities, land, and shared services in support of these prominent academic institutions.
The collective student population is nearly 42,000, with approximately 5,000 faculty and staff.