Paralegal Professor

Olympia, Washington State
$52,020 per contract year (177 days)
Jun 15, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Community College

Position type:  Faculty, Full time Tenure Track

Salary:  $52,020.00 per contract year (177 days)

Opens:  June 14, 2017

Closes:  Priority screening July 20, 2017;  Open until filled

Location:  Main Campus; Olympia, WA

South Puget Sound Community College seeks candidates for the 2017-2018 academic year to fill a full-time tenure track Professor of Paralegal Studies position. This position will begin effective September 11, 2017.

Successful candidates will possess the interest, skills and abilities to help college teams lead the state in innovative and collaborative learning experiences designed to optimize student success.  Candidates will be able to or have interest in learning how to:

  • Place student success at the center of all decision-making.
  • Engage with students, faculty, staff and administrators to create a community of learners.
  • Seek opportunities for teaching and learning excellence.
  • Embrace change, risk-taking and innovation.
  • Respect the richness of diverse cultural values, beliefs and practices of others.
  • Contribute to the technical and general education of students who will apply learning to the world of work and transfer their education to a university


  • Faculty members will work with other faculty, staff, and administrators to:
  • Craft contextualized and integrated learning experiences to meet stated student learning outcomes at the course, program and college-level.
  • Create and facilitate authentic integrated learning experiences in the areas of paralegal studies so that students can apply their learning to the world of work and in relation to identified college pathways that are linked to career goals.
  • Create authentic assessments of students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in the paralegal discipline and program area.
  • Apply multiple teaching and learning strategies that promote the affective, cognitive and kinesthetic domains of learning.
  • Use local, state, and national data and analytics to continuously improve strategies for student success.
  • Advise students regarding academic pathways and the courses needed to reach each student’s academic goals.
  • Use a wide range of learning resources, tools and technologies to improve access and student success in higher education.
  • Serve on committees that support the shared governance of the college.


  • Earned Juris Doctorate (JD) degree
  • Two (2) years’ experience as an attorney in active practice, private sector or government agency.
  • High comfort level with utilizing current law office technology.
  • Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with other individuals, teams, committees, and departments.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with people of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and needs.


  • Experience teaching legal or paralegal courses in a college or university setting.
  • Experience supervising paralegal or a legal assistant.
  • Knowledge of American Bar Association program certification standards.
  • Experience working with learning objectives and assessing student-learning outcomes.
  • Evidence of excellence through teaching and learning evaluations
  • Experience moving a paralegal program successfully through the American Bar Association certification process.
  • Ability to create partnerships between the paralegal program and other agencies and institutions to further program effectiveness and student success.


Please include responses to the following questions to be considered for this position, not to exceed three pages total.

  1. Please describe your guiding principles as they relate to teaching and learning practices.
  2. Describe 2-3 specific examples that illustrate your skills and competencies for supporting the academic success for the full breadth of college students.
  1. Please describe how you will contribute to the diversity of this campus.



    Interested candidates may apply by submitting the following items:

  • Completed SPSCC Employment Application
  • Letter of formal application that specifically addresses your ability to perform the responsibilities and essential functions described in this announcement.
  • Resume of all educational and professional experience that demonstrates how you meet the minimum and any preferred qualifications.
  • Responses to the 3 Supplemental Questions above.
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts.

Send application materials via one of the delivery methods below- email is preferred:




Human Resource Office

South Puget Sound Community College

2011 Mottman Road SW

Olympia, WA 98512


(360) 596-5706