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Adjunct Faculty - Special Commitment Center, McNeil Island

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Adjunct Faculty - Special Commitment Center, McNeil Island

SALARY: $42.75 /Hour

OPENING DATE: 12/21/17

CLOSING DATE: 02/09/18 05:00 PM


About the District:
Pierce College is a vibrant learning institution committed to enhancing our local and global communities. Boasting majestic views of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains and Mt. Rainier, the Pierce College District offers the benefits of rural, suburban, and urban life in the Pacific Northwest. As part of the community and technical college system in Washington State, the District includes Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, located in Lakewood, Pierce College Puyallup, located in Puyallup, Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, as well as other comprehensive extended learning offerings. This position will be working at the Special Commitment Center (SCC) on McNeil Island.
A key to our district's success is a high degree of collaboration amongst and within administrative and instructional departments, campuses, and programs. We invite applications from qualified individuals who value student and colleague engagement and are interested in working within an outcome and evidence- based learning-centered environment that is diverse and innovative.
Pierce College seeks individuals who design engaging learning experiences that extend beyond delivering content. We value faculty who care about improving their teaching based on evidence of learning, who contextualize learning and provide individualized feedback that helps students improve, and who see students as capable learners when we challenge them to do their best and care about their learning.  We consider equity in all aspects of teaching and learning.
About the Program:
The successful candidate teaches in the Education program at the Special Commitment Center by developing curriculum, teaching and assessing student learning of Adult Basic Education and pre-vocational classes.
This position reports to the Education Coordinator/Instructor of Pierce College at the Special Commitment Center and must interact with students, faculty and staff of the college, Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and SCC clinical and residential staff.  Work is assigned according to the Interagency Agreement between Pierce College and DSHS/SCC under supervision of the Education Coordinator.  Work requires knowledge of FERPA regulations to respond to student inquiries, as well as extremely stringent policies and procedure of the DSHS/SCC.
About the Position:
The successful candidate will:

  •  Teach courses that are grounded in sound developmental theory and teaching methodology Develop curriculum for residents at Special Commitment Center
  • Engage residents in facilitating learning leading to achievement of learning outcomes
  • Analyze complex problems and judge best solution or action to resolve or respond to difficult situations independently
  • Communicate with and assist upset, confused, demanding, or otherwise difficult residents effectively
  • Listen attentively, identify issues, provide options, fulfill services, and/or exercise knowledge of laws and regulations to assist others and/or resolve complaints or conflicts
  • Explain and enforce laws, regulations, and consequences of non-compliance.  Report cases of non- compliance, sharing necessary information with appropriate authorities.
  • Draw upon a strong base of disciplinary knowledge, skills, theories, issues, research, and applications to design engaging and effective learning experiences
  • Demonstrate multicultural competence, including awareness and understanding of historically disadvantaged populations, and create an educational environment that affirms commitment to equity and diversity
  • View assessment as formative in teaching and learning, using analytics and evidence to reflect on and improve learning
  • Engage in ongoing professional development as a process of continuous improvement Perform other academic duties as assigned

Lecture rate is $42.75 per hour. This position is benefits eligible.


Expected Outcomes:
Pierce College embraces an outcomes-based faculty job description, which is included below.  Faculty are expected to: 1) engage in teaching and learning; 2) advise and mentor students; and 3) participate in shared governance of the department, division, college, and district.  Faculty are evaluated consistent with the Permanent Status evaluation process outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Teaching and Learning Outcomes:
Faculty design quality educational experiences in order for each student to apply abilities, as well as disciplinary and interdisciplinary skills and concepts toward the achievement of their education/career goals. This outcome will be achieve by:

  1. Organizing, instructing, and assessing teaching and learning in order to maximize student achievement of learning outcomes and competencies through Psycho –Educational Modules, Toastmasters, Secure Community Transition Facilities, and A-Certificate
  2. Bringing new experiences to students by staying current within one's field
  3. Communicating effectively with students
  4. Designing classroom experiences in a manner that engages learners
  5. Completing and submitting required SCC and DSHS reports as assigned by the Education Coordinator

Advising/Mentoring Outcome:
Faculty provide quality advising/mentoring in order for the student to acquire the information necessary to plan an efficient career path to her/his learning goal.  This outcome will be achieved by:

  1. Providing quality advising/mentoring for assigned advisees considering national advising/mentoring best practices
  2. Participating in a discussion with each student that advises them toward success and guides the student toward courses congruent with their Education Plan

Shared Governance Outcome:
The successful applicant will actively and collegially participate in the shared governance of Pierce College by:
1. Actively and collegially participating in appropriate committees as determined in consultation with supervisor


Required Qualifications:

  • Master of Education;


  • Master of Arts in Teaching and secondary teaching certification in Washington State;


  • Bachelor's degree with secondary teaching certification in Washington State Successful experience teaching basic skills to students.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to develop individualized educational plans and individualized teaching strategies Demonstrated ability to develop curriculum
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills to include the ability to weigh options and foresee consequences of decisions.
  • Strong communications skills including:
  • Communicates clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing with individuals and groups Ability to work effectively with volunteers, students, residents, patients, offenders, treatment providers and other groups in which there is no employment relationship
  • Responds appropriately to various learning styles and needs of individuals or groups with who he or she is communicating
  • Recognizes the value of cultural, ethnicity, gender and other differences
  • Ability and desire to work collaboratively and cooperatively with others; participates and fosters teamwork
  • Maintains professional boundaries
  • Respects the confidentiality of information and concerns shared by others, and when necessary, sates when confidentiality cannot be promised
  • Demonstrates support for the organizations commitment to public service Complies with laws, rules, regulations and procedures

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience teaching in correctional education and/or mental health
  • Experience working with sex offenders and current secondary education (4-12) teaching certification Experience providing educational services to adults who have mental health or personality disorders Experience using Adobe Premier Pro and Adobe Encoder software (CS6 version)
  • Knowledge of Revised Code of Washington (RCW) SVP 71.09
  • Special Requirements and/or Conditions of Employment:
  • Must pass the Special Commitment Center's new employee orientation
  • Must pass in-depth Washington State Patrol and FBI background checks and maintain access to the SCC
  • Must be able to maintain access to the Special Commitment Center


To be considered for this position, applicants must include the following items in their application package:

  1. Letter of formal application that addresses how your experience and education qualifies you to perform the assigned responsibilities (Cover Letter)
  2. Detailed curriculum vitae of all educational and professional experience, which includes a list of courses taught (Curriculum Vitae).
  3. Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts that include degree received and confer date. International transcripts must include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: http://naces.org/members.htm. (Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required prior to hire) (Transcripts).
  4. A list of four current professional references with name, relationship to candidate, address, email address, and telephone number. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted in lieu of a list of professional references (References).
  5. Upload (attachment) a brief statement that describes your teaching philosophy/style and addresses strategies used to engage a wide diversity of students; your use of outcomes assessment measures; your use of active learning techniques; and your use of presentation and alternative modes of delivery in the classroom, or, via web-based learning (Teaching Philosophy).
  6. Upload (attachment) a brief response to the following questions (Supplemental Questions):  
  • What personal and professional work have you done in order to broaden your understanding of multiculturalism? 
  • How have you infused multiculturalism into your classroom in order for students to be challenged/motivated/inspired to be a part of a multicultural society? 
  • Pierce College has set a goal of closing gaps in degree/certificate completion for all student populations by 2020.  How will you contribute to this effort?

Reasonable Accommodation:
Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible.  Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342.  Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.
Screening & Interview Process:
Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and have met the required qualifications will be considered.  The most desirable candidates will be contacted for an interview. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.
Conditions of Employment:

  • This position is scheduled to work 19 hours per week, Fri-Sat 9.5 hours per day.
  • This position is benefits eligible.
  • Physical Work Environment: Work is performed in an office and instructional setting.  The Special Commitment Center is a maximum security mental health facility that houses and treats residents (sexually violent predators) who have demonstrated behavioral issues relating to safety, security and rule compliance.  This position is located at McNeil Island Corrections Center, there exists the potential for violence. The incumbent must be able to board/depart a ferry via a ramp and be able to travel from the McNeil Island dock to the Corrections Center, a distance approximately one quarter of a mile. In addition, MICC rules require timely passage of employees from one location to another.
  • An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.
  • Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy.  As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in this policy.

The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices for all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.
For more information or assistance regarding your application, contact Human Resources at:
[email protected]
Questions regarding equal employment opportunities or discrimination may be directed to the following:
Holly Gorski, Vice President of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator
9401 Farwest Drive SW Lakewood, Washington 98498
(253) 964-6519
Paula Henson-Williams, District Affirmative Action Officer

(253) 864-3229





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Job No:
Posted: 1/5/2018
Application Due: 2/9/2018
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Salary: $42.75/hr