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.
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 28%, making CMC a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). 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: 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 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: www.coloradomtn.edu.
This full time faculty position will begin in January 2023 (preferred) or August 2023 (possible) with a 30 credit hour (170 day contract per Board Policy 4.12) teaching load annually.
The successful candidate will teach a variety of undergraduate courses in Avalanche Science, Ski Area Operations, and/or Outdoor Recreation Leadership. Our primary instructional needs are in the areas of Avalanche Science and Ski Area Operations; however, applicants who are qualified to teach in more than one area, including Outdoor Recreation Leadership, may be given preference. Responsibilities include teaching both classroom- and field-based courses at the 1000 to 2000 level in snow-related disciplines to potentially including Avalanche Pro 1 & Pro 2 content, snow science, recreational avalanche courses, ski area operations, ski patrol, ski/snowboard guiding, risk management, ski resort slope maintenance, and whitewater or rock climbing disciplines, depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.
Teaching responsibilities expected of all faculty include: teaching courses as assigned, evaluating course and assessing student learning, meeting established course, program and learning outcomes, complying with guidelines and policies, maintaining office hours per established standards, developing rapport with students, assisting with and participating in advising, orientation and registration activities.
This position would receive up to 9 credits of reassignment time to serve as Program Chair for either Avalanche Science or Ski Area Operations, depending on qualifications. Program Chair responsibilities would include ensuring that offerings of the program articulate with CMC’s mission, vision, strategic plan and institutional learning outcomes as well as state and national standards; handling budget, coordinator of program accreditation applications/renewals and program activity reporting, leading program advisory committee meetings, outreach, marketing & recruiting activities, student application review and acceptance decisions (where applicable), and program assessment. In conjunction with the Program Director and School Dean, the Program Chair assists in the hiring, credentialing, and evaluation for part-time and/or adjunct program faculty.
CMC Faculty are expected to engage in service activities such as campus and college committees, participation in relevant projects, mentor peers, participate in and assist with assessment activities, program review, student organization, recruiting and retention.
Salary range: $71,039.61 - $86,526.18 depending upon education and experience. Excellent benefits include, Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Pet insurance, 12% retirement contribution, tuition reimbursement, sick time accrual, mental health resources, and healthy lifestyle benefits. For more information on our benefits, please see here.
Qualified candidates must be credentialed to teach in this program, or eligible to be credentialed. Examples of ideal qualifications include:
A minimum of an Associate degree with a minimum of 4,000 hours of industry experience in the discipline or a bachelor’s degree in a related field with 2,000 hours of industry experience in the discipline. Minimum of one-year teaching experience or equivalent (full-time or accumulated) Both formal and non-formal teaching experience will be considered.
Must be current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certified or higher medical certifications.
Examples of preferred industry certifications include: American Avalanche Association Pro 1 and/or Pro 2 Lead Trainer, National Ski Patrol OEC Instructor, American Mountain Guides Association Ski Guide, Single Pitch Instructor, etc.
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.
Working Conditions: This position requires frequent sitting; frequent standing, walking and driving; occasional climbing, balancing, hiking, skiing/snowboarding, stooping, kneeling, bending, pushing/pulling, reaching with hands/arms, and frequent finger movements; occasional lifting, carrying, pushing/pulling up to 50 lbs. and occasionally a backpack weighing up to ½ body weight; ordinary talking, hearing, and vision capabilities; constant reading/comprehending, writing, performing calculations, communicating orally, and reasoning/analyzing; occasional work in high, precarious places, and exposure to fumes or airborne particles and/or toxic or caustic chemicals; and frequent exposure to harsh, high alpine outdoor weather conditions in all seasons. Work is performed using a computer and standard office equipment daily; rope, ladders, backcountry skis/snowboards, snow machines, and a vehicle (including a high occupancy van) occasionally.
To Apply: Please submit the required letter of interest, resume, list of three professional references and transcripts. To be considered for a full-time faculty position, transcripts must be included with application material. Please do not send official transcripts; please use copies for application purposes. 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 on November 28, 2022.