Employment at Red Rocks Community College

Overhead view of the RRCC Lakewood Campus with mountains in the background and storm clouds in the sky.


College Overview

Since 1969, Red Rocks Community College has assisted students in meeting ambitious career and educational goals in an exciting, collaborative environment with multiple pathways to success. We deliver career-enhancing courses, certificate programs and degrees that represent a solid investment in each student’s goals and career success. Red Rocks Community College embraces the leadership role of providing education that is firmly rooted in real-world applicability.

Through academic excellence and the breadth of our student population, we provide a pathway that is true to our local, state, national, and international communities and support changing trends as they impact the success of our students’ career and educational goals. Our high value and academic rigor, combined with dedicated faculty, outstanding student life, and a strong learning support system, make Red Rocks the smart choice for meeting educational goals.

We are one of the finest higher education institutions in Colorado. Here's why:

Red Rocks Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604. In addition, several programs hold approval or accreditation from national and state level associations and agencies. Red Rocks Community College follows the AQIP Accreditation Pathway. Click here for more information.

Vision, Mission and Values


We envision Red Rocks as a national and international leader in community college education that is recognized for accomplishments of our students’ goals, engagement with our community, empowerment in our workplace, and commitment to our values.


Our mission is to provide students with opportunities for growth and development that set the foundation for self-directed learning, academic achievement, and career accomplishment. We do this through high quality innovative educational programs that convey our passion for learning, our commitment to excellence, our dedication to our students, and the communities we serve.


Red Rocks Community College values Integrity. This value is expressed when we:

  • Are in compliance with legal and professional standards.
  • Exhibit honesty, fairness, and ethical behavior.
  • Take responsibility for our work and are accountable to our internal and external stakeholders.
  • Are transparent in our goals and methods.
  • Care about the quality of our work, and actively pursue innovation and efficiency in what we do.

Red Rocks Community College values Collaboration. This value is expressed when we:

  • Strive to create a supportive environment for our students, faculty, and staff.
  • Work together outside of our immediate unit or division to improve student academic success and development.
  • Demonstrate that we value people, especially students and our co-workers, in our working relationships.
  • Engage in teamwork that is based on trust, empowerment, and respect.

Red Rocks Community College values Learning. This value is expressed when we:

  • Demonstrate a passion for life-long learning and develop this in our students and community.
  • Create learning opportunities for our current and future students through community involvement and connection with external stakeholders.
  • Dedicate ourselves to scholarship and professionalism that creates innovative and creative learning environments for students, community, and ourselves.
  • Develop and deliver engaging learning opportunities that promote student growth as a whole person; intellectually, through their career, and through the development of personal abilities such as adaptability and initiative.

Red Rocks Community College values Inclusiveness. This value is expressed when we:

  • Develop procedures and programs that weave diversity throughout the daily work of the college.
  • Demonstrate respect for differences among students and within the community in all we do as a college.
  • Expect students to share that same respect and communicate that expectation to them often, both in and out of the classroom.
  • Develop our students’ and our own abilities to recognize and engage with human differences through understanding and inclusion rather than withdrawal and exclusion.

Red Rocks Community College values Communication. This value is expressed when we:

  • Practice meaningful, considerate communication with our students and with each other.
  • Whenever possible seek opportunities for an unconstrained exchange of information and ideas through dialogue that is timely, respectful, and appreciative of others.
  • Give appropriate feedback in a way that makes room for others’ perspectives and encourages rather than constrains continuing dialogue.
  • Purposefully build our ability to communicate effectively as part of working and learning with others.

Types of Jobs Available at RRCC

Administrators, Professional and Technical Staff: (Click Here to View Open APT Positions)

Administrators, professional and technical staff are those employees whose duties are comprised of more than 50% administrative, supervisory, professional and/or technical duties performed by positions that have been exempted from the State Personnel System. Administrators, professional and technical staff are at-will and subject to the terms of their letters of appointment. These staff shall have status according to one of the following:

Regular Staff: Those employees hired full-time or part-time with a regular schedule, including those hired to fill interim appointments.

Seasonal Staff: Those employees hired to work during seasonal periods and whose positions are scheduled to end when the seasonal program ends. Seasonal status must be approved through established State regulations.

Hourly Staff (Variable): Those employees hired on an irregular (non-traditional) schedule. These appointments may include, but are not limited to, advisors, tutors, and course developers. Hourly staff shall not work more than 28 hours in a workweek.

Temporary Staff: Those employees hired to work on a temporary basis to fill a temporary need. Temporary appointments shall not exceed 12 months, except as approved by the System or College President. Temporary staff shall not work more than 28 hours in a workweek, except those working as a PERA retiree.

Classified Employees: (Click Here to View Open Classified Positions)

Classified employees are those who fill permanent (full-time or part-time) or temporary positions within the Colorado State Personnel System, as defined by the State of Colorado Department of Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures.

Faculty: (Click Here to View Open Faculty Positions)

Faculty employees are those whose assignments are comprised of at least one-half of duties as a teacher, which may include but not be limited to, program coordination/development and related activities. Faculty members shall be assigned status according to one of the following:

REGULAR FACULTY: Regular faculty may be full-time or part-time and are contracted on a provisional or non-provisional basis for at least one-half of a full-time equivalent workload. Regular faculty positions are funded entirely by funds appropriated to the Board by the General Assembly and allocated by the Board to a College, and/or funds received from a school district for purposes of providing
secondary vocational education (state funds). Faculty members who were hired to fill provisional or non-provisional positions funded by state funds and who are assigned involuntarily or temporarily to a position funded in whole or in part by non-state funds shall retain their status as regular faculty members. Regular faculty members have rights as defined in BP 3-20, Due Process for Faculty.

LIMITED FACULTY: Limited faculty may be full-time or part-time and hold contracts that are expressly limited so as to carry no expectancy of continued employment beyond the term of the contract, as determined by the College President. Limited faculty employment in state-funded positions shall not extend beyond three years. Limited faculty employment may be extended beyond three years only if the position is funded from other than State funds. State funds are defined in BP 3-20. Limited faculty are subject to the terms of their contract.

Instructors: (Click Here to View Open Instructor Positions)

Those hired to teach on a temporary as needed basis at an hourly rate within a range established by the Board. Any such appointment shall be for less than one academic year. Successive appointments may be made on an unlimited basis. Instructors are subject to the terms of their appointment and have no benefits except those provided by law. College presidents shall establish employment standards for instructors, including but not limited to, workload, hiring procedures, performance evaluation, personnel records and other related issues, consistent with system guidelines.

Student Employees: (Click Here to View Open Student Positions

Students are those who work within the System while they are enrolled in at least 6 credit hours. Student employees are subject to the rules of the funding source for the position they hold and employment records are subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Student employees are limited to working no more than 20 hours a week when classes are in session. Student employees may work up to 28 hours a week, during academic breaks or breaks between terms at the discretion of the college. Student employees may include:

Student Hourly: Student hourly employees must be enrolled and regularly attending classes, taking no more than one term off from classes.

Work Study: Work study employees are subject to the terms and conditions of Financial Aid.