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Community Colleges of Spokane




Job Category: Education

Employment: Full Time

Salary: See Position Description



Listing Expires: September 20, 2019

Job Description:

English Instructor - Non-TT - SFCC

SALARY: See Position Description

OPENING DATE: 08/15/19

CLOSING DATE: 09/20/19 04:00 PM


Please be aware that this recruitment closes at 4:00 p.m. PST. The application process will not be available after this time. To ensure consideration make sure your application is completed and submitted as soon as possible. Applications will only be accepted prior to 4:00 p.m. on the closing date.

Spokane Falls Community College is seeking qualified candidates for consideration of employment as a full-time English Instructor for this annually contracted, non-tenure track position. This position works with the Office of Concurrent Enrollment programs, offering courses to students enrolled in dual credit programs, primarily the Gateway to College program. Gateway to College is a youth reengagement program for youth ages 16-21 years old who have dropped out of high school or are not on track to graduate with their class. Students enrolled in the program participate in a 10-week college prep program (Gateway Prep) before enrolling in college courses to complete their high school diploma.

SFCC seeks applicants with a high degree of professionalism, a strong commitment to our students, ability to motivate and educate in an engaging manner, and experience working with underserved youth. The college strives for faculty who are content experts in rhetoric and composition pedagogy and who are also knowledgeable about best practices, innovative strategies, and instructional technologies that support teaching and learning.

SFCC is a beautiful campus overlooking the Spokane River and near the urban center of Spokane, an affordable, mid-sized city in the Pacific Northwest with a high quality of life, a vibrant arts community, acclaimed food scene, and quick access to the outdoors. More information about relocating to / living in Spokane is available here:

SFCC is one of two accredited community colleges that comprise the Community Colleges of Spokane. Serving about 8,200 students, SFCC strives to be an educational leader and a responsive partner with the community and region to provide access to relevant programs of the highest quality. We offer a large liberal arts/transfer program (approximately 75% of total enrollment) as well as state-of-the-art professional technical programs (about 25%). We strive to embrace diversity, promote equity, and foster global awareness at every level of our college.

The successful candidate:

  • Has experience instructing, advising, and mentoring underserved youth from diverse backgrounds.
  • Prepares for and instructs classes through traditional classroom and distance education modes. Examples of the types of courses typically assigned include: ENGL 93 – Individualized study skills, ENGL 99 – Improvement of Writing, and ENGL& 101 – English Composition I.
  • Provides availability and accessibility to students for the purpose of academic consulting and support, in a manner appropriate to meet student needs, through a combination of scheduled office hours, e-mail accessibility, or other effective means of responsive and timely communication.
  • Communicates expectations and establishes clear grading criteria through appropriate instructional means, to include, but not limited to, developing course syllabi, handouts, and materials supporting the instructional process. Also evaluates student progress and provides clear, timely feedback.
  • Oversees the Gateway Prep program and Gateway Peer Mentoring program, including preparing materials, developing curriculum, scheduling activities, monitoring student progress, and determining students' readiness to move into college courses.
  • Complies with state and federal law applicable to professional duties and responsibilities, follows established procedures in areas such as printing, turning in grades, bookstore orders, office support, safety and health issues, and related processes.
  • Supports and advances the CCS strategic plan, and performs other duties as assigned.
  • Is committed to advance diversity, promote equity, and prepare students to live responsibly in an increasingly global civilization.
  • Will work strategically with colleagues, students and community members.
  • Is committed to serving a socially and culturally diverse student population.


REQUIRED COMPETENCIES (Minimum Qualifications)



  • An earned Master's degree in English, with a specialty in Composition/Rhetoric or with course work in composition pedagogy from an accredited institution, or a minimum of 3 years equivalent teaching experience as the instructor of record.
  • A minimum of one year of experience teaching underserved youth in a high school, alternative education, or community college dual-credit setting.
  • Experience implementing trauma-informed teaching practices and knowledge of how to refer students to appropriate community and mental health resources.
  • Minimum of two years teaching English courses as the instructor of record. Must have experience teaching developmental education courses.
  • Evidence of instructional excellence.
  • Acceptable forms of documentation may include student evaluations, peer evaluations, and/or supervisory evaluations.
  • Proficiency in classroom instructional technology and learning management system technology.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Acceptance of the responsibility to promote the welfare and best interests of students at all times.
  • A demonstrable understanding and acceptance of the mission, values, goals, objectives and strategic plan of CCS.
  • The ability to perform assigned duties in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations and goals of the institution, and community and technical college system.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and supporting a teaching, learning and working environment that honors diversity, equity and inclusion.


PREFERRED COMPETENCIES (Desirable Qualifications)



  • Significant graduate coursework in composition pedagogy and rhetorical theory. Experience in technical writing, multimodal literacies and assignments.
  • Experience with accelerated learning and integrated reading instruction.
  • Experience with academic advising and peer mentoring in the high school and college setting.
  • Experience teaching at a community college.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous professional development.
  • A history of service to an academic department, institution, and community.



This is a full-time, non-tenure track position with an entry level base salary (for a 175-day academic year contract) of $51,253 - $54,225 / year. Future advancement in base salary, up to the current maximum of 72,803, is based upon a combination of years of service accrued at our college and professional development activity.

Faculty have potential to earn up to $116,129 (average annual salary paid to our 20 highest earning faculty during FY2017/18). FY 2017/18 average annual faculty salary (all faculty) was $73,386. Annual salary is comprised of base salary plus any combination of academic year overload contracts, summer effort contracts, project stipends, student club advising stipends, and/or department chair /program lead faculty stipends consistent with the provisions of the current collective bargaining agreement between CCS and the Association for Higher Education (AHE).

* Total compensation: $66,822 - $70,059. Total compensation is an estimate based upon base compensation, current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution rates and median retirement fund contributions. The actual total will vary depending upon each employee's enrollment choices.

CCS reserves the right to cancel this recruitment without notice. Union membership is no longer a condition of employment although this position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement. Anticipated date of employment is Winter 2020.

Person hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of U.S. Citizenship or lawful authorization to work in the United States. This is an absolute condition of employment. An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H1-B visa. In addition, the Community Colleges of Spokane maintains a drug-free work environment and prohibits all smoking in the college buildings and state-owned vehicles. Must be able to successfully work in and promote a multicultural work and education environment. Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required competencies and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:



  • CCS online application including supplemental questions
  • Cover letter addressing your qualifications as applied to the responsibilities of this position.
  • Comprehensive resume*
  • Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references*
  • Undergraduate and graduate college transcript(s) – unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable for initial application. Official copies of transcripts must be submitted upon acceptance of job offer*
  • Course, peer, and/or supervisory evaluations*
  • List of English courses taught, including modality*


NOTE: All of the above are required to ensure your consideration for this position. The item(s) marked with an asterisk are required to be included as an attachment to your application prior to submission.

Community Colleges of Spokane does not discriminate in its programs, activities and employment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, marital status, pregnancy, parental status or families with children, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, AIDS/HIV or hepatitis C, honorably discharged veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, use of trained guide dog or service animal by a person with disability, genetic information or any other legally protected category. Please direct all inquiries regarding compliance with access, equal opportunity and/or grievances to the Chief Administration Officer, Community Colleges of Spokane, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., PO Box 6000, MS 1004, Spokane WA 99217-6000 or call 509-434-5037; WA Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS) 1-800-833-6384 or 7-1-1.