Part-Time Paralegal Studies Instructor (Pool)

San Mateo County Community College District

Part-Time Paralegal Studies Instructor (Pool)

Posting Number: 2014151F

Department: Human Resources DIST (DEPT)

Location: District Office

Position Number: PTF083

Percentage of Full Time: Varies

Months per Year: other

Salary Range: -

Position Type: Faculty

General Statement:

San Mateo County Community College District values the principles of diversity and equity. We provide our students with a rich and dynamic learning community that embraces differences, emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become critical thinkers and socially responsible leaders.

This position is a “pool” position meaning that openings may or may not be currently available. The District maintains a “pool” of applications for positions which are needed on an ongoing basis at Canada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. The advantage of “pool” positions is when a position becomes available, the Dean may immediately begin screening applications from the available pool of applicants without having to post a position and wait while the position is being advertised. Your application for this position will be kept current for a period of three years.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Possession of a Bachelor’s degree or above with two years of experience in legal assisting (paralegal) OR an Associate’s degree with six years of experience in legal assisting (paralegal) OR a California Community College credential authorizing service as an instructor in paralegal studies OR the equivalent (see information below)
• Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Preference will be given to candidates with:

Subject matter preparation:

1. Successful experience in teaching or evidence of preparation to teach the full range of college Paralegal Studies courses
2. Possession of certificate from an ABA approved paralegal program
3. Active member of the State Bar of California in good standing

Evidence of outstanding ability as a teacher

In addition to a short classroom teaching demonstration and written skills demonstration that will be part of the interview process, appropriate evidence includes, but is not limited to, experience, training, or achievement that the candidate has:
4. Ability to teach both theoretical concepts and practical skills needed for paralegal employment
5. Commitment to and proficiency in creating curricula and methods of delivery that reflect present department standards and practices
6. Evidence of training and/or history of effective interaction with students at the basic and developmental levels
7. Knowledge of program specific data collection and data analysis
8. The ability to use instructional methods that emphasize cooperation and collaboration and that reflect cultural sensitivity and interdisciplinary approaches to subject matter
9. The ability to motivate students from a broad spectrum of cultural, academic, socioeconomic, and language backgrounds, as well as levels of preparation
10. Experience in computer-based applications and modern technologies for teaching paralegal courses
11. Knowledge of the issues surrounding the training and employment of paralegals and legal assistants
12. Experience or familiarity with the development of student learning outcomes and with assessment, as well as program review, for paralegal courses
13. Familiarity with and willingness to expand the use of technology appropriate to the subject areas of the assignment, including distance education
14. Willingness to collaborate in college-wide and departmental activities to assess and improve student learning outcomes
15. Understanding of and commitment to the role and purpose of the community college, including the mission and values of the District’s colleges
16. Ability to use teaching methods that emphasize cooperation and collaboration and engage students actively in their studies, encouraging them to become critical thinkers and independent learners

Evidence of effectiveness as a colleague:

17. Ability and desire to work collaboratively with faculty members and staff to enhance instruction, curriculum, and student success
18. Commitment to professional responsibilities outside of the classroom through enthusiastic contributions to department, division and college activities

Preferred Qualifications: Possession of a J.D. or L.L.B. degree desired


First Review Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

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The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.