Job description

El Camino College



Req: A2021-014


Close Date: Wednesday,  January 27, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.


Complete job description and application available online at: https://elcamino.igreentree.com/css_academic


El Camino College is seeking a full-time, tenure-track faculty member to join its team.  The Astronomy program has strong ties to an active, local amateur astronomy community. Four astronomy courses are taught in the 60-seat Planetarium Building, and at the on-campus Observatory.  


The position requires participation in a variety of campus divisional activities such as faculty meetings, student activities, office hours, and curriculum/instructional development.  Other job responsibilities include the assessment of learning outcomes to improve teaching and learning to meet El Camino College's mission of institutional effectiveness, quality educational programs, and vibrant student support services.  Some assignments may include evening, weekend hours, and/or dual enrollment courses offered offsite on high school campuses.  


Selected candidates will be invited for an interview, which will include a teaching demonstration on an assigned topic.



Master’s degree in astronomy, or astrophysics OR 


Bachelor’s degree in either of the above AND master’s degree in physics, mathematics, geophysics or engineering OR 


The equivalent - Candidates not possessing the required qualification(s) as stated on this announcement, must complete the Request For Equivalency Form as part of the application process to explain in detail how their qualifications are equivalent to those above; OR

Valid California community college instructor credential in appropriate subject issued prior to July 1, 1990 (per California Education Code 87355); AND

Evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the racial, socio-economic, academic, and cultural diversity within student population, including students with disabilities, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practices.



Experience and love of teaching science.

Experience teaching at a community college.

Engaging speaking skills.

Familiarity with the night sky.

Experience with imaging using small telescopes.

Experience with planetarium equipment and presentations.

Demonstrated skill with addressing issues of equity.

Demonstrated expertise in culturally responsive methodologies, particularly as it relates to students' lives, interests, and communities.


SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS - Please keep your response to 300 words.

How do you support student success, particularly for students from historically underrepresented and/or marginalized communities?

How does your approach to working with students reflect culturally responsive practices?



Contract shall be for full-time, tenure-track teaching assignment for the 2021 – 2022 academic year, beginning August 26, 2021.  A teaching demonstration will be required during the interview process.  Offer and acceptance of employment is subject to verification of all information provided on the employment application, credential(s), and transcripts.  Candidates selected for employment must agree to be fingerprinted, submit Certificate of Completion of the Tuberculosis Risk Assessment and/or Examination, provide proof of eligibility for employment in the United States, and present a valid Social Security card upon hire.


The starting salary ranges from $68,403 - $93,953 depending on education and experience. Excellent fringe benefits are included.



An applicant must submit the following by the closing date:

1) Online application: https://elcamino.igreentree.com/css_academic

2) Cover letter describing how applicant meets the qualifications.

3)  Resume including educational background, professional experience, and related personal development and accomplishments.

4) Pertinent transcripts as stated in the required qualifications.  (Unofficial computer-generated academic records/transcripts must include the name of the institution and degrees awarded to be acceptable.)

Foreign Transcripts:  Transcripts issued outside the United States of America require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA.  For information on transcript evaluation services, please visit: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl635.pdf

5)  Evidence of a valid community college credential, if applicant holds one.


Applicants with disabilities requiring special accommodations must complete the form provided below at least five (5) working days prior to the final filing date:



Please Note:  Documents submitted or uploaded for a previous position cannot be reused for other positions.  You must submit the required documents for each position you apply for by the closing date.  Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application.   Applications with an incomplete status will not receive consideration.  You may check the status of your application on-line.


If you need assistance you may call 310-660-3593 Ext. 5809 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Due to the large volume of calls received on closing dates, we highly recommend that you do not wait until the last day to apply so that we may assist you with questions or technical matters that may arise. Give yourself sufficient time to complete the profile, which may take 45 minutes or more. Positions close promptly at 3:00 p.m. 


The campus will be closed  - December 24, 2020 - January 1, 2021


Closing Date:  Wednesday,  January 27, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

The El Camino Community College District is committed to providing an educational and employment environment in which no person is subjected to discrimination on the basis of  actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, age (over 40), disability (mental or physical), sex, gender (including pregnancy and childbirth), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military and veteran status, or retaliation; or on any other basis as required by state and federal law. 




Diversity Profile: University



View more

Learn more on Inside Higher Ed's College Page for University

Arrow pointing right
Job No:
Posted: 12/21/2020
Application Due: 1/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time
Salary: $68,403 - $93,953 depending on education and experience. Excellent fringe benefits are included.