College of the Desert — Fire Technology Instructor, full-time, tenure track

Fire Technology Instructor, full-time, tenure track

Classification Title: Teaching Faculty
Department: Fire Technology
Rank: Instructor
Tenure Information: Tenure Track

Job Description:
Under administrative leadership, it is the responsibility of the instructor to participate in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs, courses, and other experiences that will directly result in the educational growth of the students and support advancement of the vision, mission, and values of the community college district. WORKING CONDITIONS
Classroom and online environment and faculty office environment.
Classes may be held at all campus locations, Palm Desert, Indio, Mecca-Thermal, Palm Springs, and/or Desert Hot Springs. Classes may be scheduled during the day, evening, or weekend and may include online synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning.
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Under administrative leadership, it is the responsibility of the instructor to participate in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs, courses, and other experiences that will directly result in the educational growth of the students and support advancement of the vision, mission, and values of the community college district.

Essential Duties:
A. Classroom responsibilities 1. Meet classes/laboratories on day and times assigned.
2. Develop and implement instruction for each class/laboratory period which is consistent with the official course outline.
3. Develop and distribute the first week of class, a written syllabus for each course to communicate to students course objectives, grading criteria, and classroom policies.
4. Demonstrate respect for student rights as specified in District policy and applicable laws.
5. Submit requisitions for textbooks and instructional materials in a timely manner.
6. Refer students to tutoring and related student services when appropriate.
7. Supervise student in off-campus activities when participation is expected as part of a course requirement or where such supervision is part of the instructors load.
8. Provide academic assistance and related services to students during scheduled office hours.
B. Evaluation of Students 1. Evaluate students’ progress toward meeting course objectives; advise the students of course objectives, methods of evaluation and the results of the evaluation.
2. Return assignments and examination results in a timely fashion.
3. Assign grades to students in the manner provided by District policy and administrative procedure and prescribed by the Education Code and Title V regulations for the State of California.
4. Participate in the credit by examination program where applicable.
5. Submit required administrative paperwork, including grade report forms, in a timely and accurate manner.
C. Curriculum 1. Participate in the development and review of curriculum as needed.
2. Participate in the development of alternative teaching modalities.
D. Student Advising 1. Advise enrolled students on such matters as: a. Course content, scope, and meaning.
b. Major course requirements for the degree or certificate.
c. Learning skills
d. Collateral or enrichment reading or experience opportunities for further understanding of the courses or subject field.
e. Career alternative/opportunities related to the subject field.
2. Participate as a Faculty Advisor to student organizations or clubs.
E. Professional Development 1. Participate in required professional development activities.
2. Continue to develop professional skills and knowledge.
3. Participate in planning staff development programs.
4. Participate in institutional research activities and grants.
5. Attend/participate in professional conferences, seminars, or meetings.
F. Additional Responsibilities 1. Schedule, announce to students in all classes, and maintain office hours.
2. Attend and participate in department/center meetings.
3. Attend commencement ceremony.
4. Participate in the process of Shared Governance by contributing to the academic community through committee work on the department, division, college and/or district level, or participate in other significant non-classroom college, district, or community activities.
5. Keep official records required by District policy and administrative procedures and submit them in accordance with college procedures.
6. Participate in supervision of student assistants and paraprofessionals.
7. Participate in articulation activities and the coordination of inter-divisional and intra-divisional learning activities.
8. Abide by departmental regulations concerning the proper use, care, and security of equipment.
9. Advise administration of unsafe conditions or potential hazards and recommend solutions.
10. Participate in advisory committee meetings as required.
11. Consult with management on personnel needs; assist with position announcements, recruitment, and screening/interviewing committees.
12. Participate in the tenure review process as assigned.
13. Participate in the evaluation of regular faculty and adjunct faculty as assigned.
14. Participate in mentoring of new faculty as assigned.
15. Fulfill all obligations as established in the current collective bargaining agreement.

Knowledge Of:

Ability To:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Any bachelor’s degree or higher and two years of professional experience, or any associate degree and six years of professional experience. Professional experience is required when the applicant possesses a master’s degree. The professional experience required must be directly related to the faculty member’s teaching assignment.
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Distance Education Teaching Experience
  • Ability to maintain active presence on campus & RWTC
  • California State Fire Marshall’s Teaching Certificates
  • California State Fire Marshal teaching experience in the Basic Fire Fighter I & II programs.
  • Experience with Fire Advisory Committees
  • Experience with Fire Related Community Outreach and Relations
  • Fire Service Experience
  • Experience with Fire Service in Supervisory / Management responsibilities

Salary Range/Rate: Commensurate on experience/education
Salary Detail Information: Salary Placement is according to the College of the Desert Faculty Association (CODFA) Contract, Appendix B
* CODFA Contract Information is available by clicking here.

Posting Number: 21-087-F
Open Date: 08/09/2021
Close Date: 9/26/2021
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applications missing any of the required documents listed will not be considered. The following documents are required at the time of application:

  • Online Application: Please fill out your online application completely with all requested details.
  • Resume: Must include length of employment (month/year start & end dates) for each employer.
  • Cover Letter: Please address how you meet the minimum requirements for this position and any special qualifications you possess.
  • Unofficial Transcripts: Must be from an accredited institution, show name of institution, degree awarded, discipline, and date awarded. Diplomas will not be accepted in lieu of the required transcripts.


  • The List of Professional References should include at least two current or previous supervisors, two faculty members, and two other references not related to the applicant (including classified support staff). Please include names, e-mail addresses, and current telephone numbers for each professional reference. Applicants from sectors other than higher education should submit comparable references. Letters of reference will not be accepted in lieu of the required List of Professional References.

For first consideration, apply by Sunday, September 26 by 5:00 p.m. (PST).
The posting may remain open past the listed closing date; however, applications received before the closing date will receive first review.
Interviews are tentatively scheduled for October 28 and/or 29, 2021
Spring 2022

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