Instructor/Program Director - Surgical Technology

83814, Coeur D'Alene
May 25, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Community College


This position is responsible for instruction in and program direction of the Surgical Technology program. This position is directly responsible and accountable for ensuring the fulfillment of curricular goals and objectives while maintaining full accreditation by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). This is a faculty position, which will also serve as a liaison with the administration of the College, ARC/STSA and CAAHEP, students, and the community.

  Essential Duties and Responsibilities

This list includes but is not limited to:

Program Director Responsibilities:

  • Maintains appropriate contact and meet all requirements of the accrediting agency, Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Maintains quality assurance to remain compliant with all required agencies.
  • Prepares for on-site reviews by the accrediting agency.
  • Prepares required accreditation reports within designated due dates.
  • Participates in the development of and assumes responsibility for program budget management.
  • Recruits clinical sites from numerous facilities, coordinates clinical contracts and continually meets requirements for state and national regulations including review and coordination of student background checks and clinical site requirement processes. Obtains qualified preceptors at each clinical facility.
  • Coordinates advisory committee meetings at least twice annually for input and reporting processes.
  • Provides leadership in managing, planning, implementation and evaluation of the surgical technology curriculum and program. Coordinates the annual core curriculum evaluations of the program, assessment of institutional effectiveness, and prepares related reports.
  • Coordinates skills laboratory related to clinical skills, procedures, assignments and evaluation of surgical technology students.
  • Assesses the professional needs of faculty in the program and makes recommendations to fill those needs; assists and encourages full- and part-time faculty with their professional development.
  • Reviews the College catalog on an annual basis with regard to program curricula and make appropriate recommendations for changes.
  • Participate in recruitment events and in monthly or quarterly information sessions; conduct an application process that meets the requirements of the accrediting agency and advisory committee.
  • Identifies and recommends to the division chair or dean qualified part-time faculty for the program; reviews credentials for compliance with ARC/STSA and CAAHEP.
  • Complies with state and federal laws applicable to professional duties and responsibilities.
  • Plans and implements programs to meet the continuing education needs of contributing community surgical technologists.



Instructor Responsibilities

  • Teaches a minimum of 15 equivalent credit hours per semester as assigned and maintains additional weekly contractual hours, including a minimum of five office hours, five campus hours and five discretionary hours divided between office and campus hours for a total of 30 hours on campus per week
  • Utilizes non-traditional instructional delivery methods including Internet and IVC
  • Selects appropriate learning resources for students, being mindful of cost for the student, becomes familiar with the assigned textbook(s), prepares class presentations and handouts for electronic distribution, and prepares a syllabus for each course, each semester
  • Evaluates student learning outcomes according to description in the syllabus and delivers grades to the registrar on time
  • Receives training in and keeps skills current in using the electronic and physical equipment and software necessary to accomplishing teaching and advising responsibilities
  • Advises students using the recommended procedures as outlined in the College Advising Handbook
  • Identifies student-learning outcomes; develops process and tools for assessment; incorporates results in order to modify instruction and materials in the program
  • Participate in interprofessional education with other programs in the Health Professions and Nursing divisions. Includes use of the simulation lab and may include guest lecturing/lab instruction in other Health Professions or Nursing programs.
  • Attends and participates in faculty meetings and serves on college committees
  • Works cooperatively with the Dean and Division Chair in program and course development, program review, outcomes assessment, program accreditation, and works continuously towards maintaining contemporary curricula or developing new curriculum.
  • Participates in professional development activities as linked to student, self, and supervisor evaluations. Professional development emphasizes educational methodologies and the surgical technology discipline
  • Cultivates effective public relations with various community agencies/service providers and/or educational partners
  • a positive, helpful, constructive attitude and work relationship with supervisor, college staff, students, and the community.
  • Develops an understanding of and maintains a commitment to the mission of the College.
  • May teach evenings and/or weekends.



Marginal Duties

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum qualifications necessary for an individual to satisfactorily perform each essential duty and be successful in the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties.

Education and Experience:

  • An Associate's degree in Surgical Technology/Surgical Assisting is required.
  • A Bachelor's degree (or higher) in a related field (including adult education) is preferred.
  • A credential in the field of Surgical Technology through a national certification program that is accredited by the National Commission on Certifying Agencies (NCCA) is required.
  • A minimum of five years of experience, either in the operating room scrub role or as an instructor in surgical technology, or a combination of both, within ten (10) years prior to hire date is required.
  • Proficiency in instructional methodology, curriculum design, and program planning is required. .

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Must have valid driver's license. Must hold certified Surgical Technologist (CST) designation by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA); OR be a licensed Surgical Assistant though the American Board of Surgical Assistants (ABSA); OR have the Tech in Surgery (TS-C) designation by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills.
  • Ability to conduct effective training and presentations.
  • Ability to use a personal computer and associated peripherals and current version of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office, Internet, and alternative delivery systems (e.g., internet and interactive video) at a proficient level.
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment including phone, fax, copier.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:

The physical demands & work environment described here are representative of those that must be met or are encountered by an employee in the normal course of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and use fingers and hands to keyboard or type, and to handle materials. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and reach with hands and/or arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds with or without assistance and with or without the aid of devices and/or equipment designed to assist in the lifting effort.

Ability to travel on an occasional basis to locations within the targeted service area of Idaho.  Ability to get in and out of vehicle as needed while traveling and gain access to various locations by climbing stairs as well as negotiating driveways and sidewalks.  Ability to perform these duties year-round in weather that is sometimes wet, icy, or snow packed.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles or blood-borne pathogens and contaminants, blood-borne pathogens, or other health threats.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

This project was funded $6,438,050 (100% of its total cost), from a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.