Faculty, Program Director Respiratory Therapy (201-Day)

Cedar Rapids, IA
Nov 14, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.


Under the supervision and direction of the Dean of the Allied Health department, the Respiratory Therapy program director will be responsible for teaching program courses, advising students, and managing the day to day operations of the Respiratory Therapy program. This includes serving as a resource to faculty, assisting with the preparation and implementation of the program budget and strategic plan, and the coordination of ongoing program evaluation and student learning assessment outcomes with the dean and the faculty. The lead faculty will work under the supervision of the dean and in coordination with the department coordinator to create faculty schedules. This position is a full time faculty appointment with program administrative duties.


  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions.
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success.
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.

  • Ensure program approval and maintain accreditation.
  • Assist in the process of requesting and maintaining instructional equipment and supplies for classroom/laboratory use.
  • Manage day-to-day operations for the program and its partnerships.
  • Maintain relationship with Clinic partners.
  • Communicate and support the faculty and adjunct faculty.
  • Effectively organize, teach, and revise course work in accordance with syllabi; including various delivery formats, methods, work schedules, and locations.
  • Evaluate and report student performance and progress.
  • Regularly engage in professional development activities and actively seek information about developing trends and ideas.
  • Advise students regarding admissions, progression and graduation.
  • Participate in departmental and college wide meetings and activities.
  • Perform other related work duties as assigned.
  • Organize an advisory committee meeting two times a year.


  • Communicate frequently and effectively with faculty and dean.
  • Assume responsibility for day-to-day operations; deal effectively with student and faculty problems, and exercise independent judgment when making decisions.
  • Possess the ability to organize and present various concepts to a wide range of students with varying backgrounds and abilities, and adjust teaching techniques accordingly.
  • Manage a classroom setting in a manner that is acceptable and consistent with department and College objectives, guidelines, policies and practices.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with students, colleagues, staff, administrators, and the general public.
  • Possess strong technology skills.
  • The PD must have frequent, regular and consistent contact with students and program faculty regardless of program location.
  • Be a creative, energetic, and self-motivated individual who demonstrates leadership and collaborative work habits within the department the college committees.
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.
  • The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.


    Position involves working in a classroom and an office setting. Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work. Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing.


    • The PD of an associate degree program must have earned at least a baccalaureate degree from an academic institution accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE).
    • Successful teaching experience in higher education, preferably at the community college level
    • The PD must: (CoARC standard).
    • Extensive critical care experience inclusive of neonatal, pediatric, and adult medicine that includes but is not limited to a high proficiency in ventilator knowledge and functionality from infant to adult and is able to instruct it.

    • BCLS (at a minimum).

    1. a) hold a valid Registered Respiratory Therapy (RRT) credential and current state license;
    2. b) have a minimum of four (4) years’ experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist with at least two (2) years in clinical respiratory care;
    3. c) have a minimum of two (2) years’ experience teaching either as an appointed faculty member in a CoARC-accredited respiratory care program or as a clinical instructor/ preceptor for students of such programs;

    • Documentation of a valid RRT credential
    • Documentation of a current state license;
    • Documentation of Bachelors/Master’s degree and transcripts from accredited institution.


    • Administrative experience in healthcare or higher education setting.
    • One year of full time teaching in higher education.
    • 3 years of recent respiratory therapy experience.
    • ACLS instructor or willing to obtain within 6 months of assuming the position.
    • Advanced credential such as ACCS, NPS, AE-C, etc.


    Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family or marital status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572, Email: [email protected] or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison St., Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, Telephone: 312-730-1560, Fax: 312-730-1576, Email: [email protected].