Mortuary Science Instructor

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Mortuary Science Instructor

North Orange County Community College District

Position Number: 2016225FT

Location: Cypress College

Department: CC Health Sciences

Percentage of Employment: 100%

Months of Employment: 10 Months Per Year

Work Schedule: Full Time, Tenure Track

Job Description:
Teach scheduled college-level lecture and laboratory classes in the Mortuary Science program, and related courses, to a diverse student population in a manner consistent with the department's standards, accreditation standards, and with the content cited in the approved course outline and plan of instruction. This includes, but are not limited to, clinical practicum management, funeral directing, and decedent care.

Supervise and evaluate students in theory and laboratory settings, including off-site externship, practicum, and work experience assignments; establish and maintain liaison and membership with professional funeral service associations and licensees in the funeral industry.

Develop practicum agreements/contracts, establish policies, processes, and metrics to assess clinical competencies of students. Coordinate the organization, administration, continuous review, planning, and general effectiveness of clinical experiences for students enrolled in mortuary science program.

Supervise students' clinical experiences and maintain oversight of student practicum experiences in a variety of assigned off-campus locations and ensure each funeral service location/site's compliance with relevant state and federal statutes and regulatory requirements as a part of the clinical practicum, i.e., number of students assigned, competency certification, adherence to ABFSE accreditation standards, preceptor training, transfer of remains, embalming, etc.

May serve as the Mortuary Science Student Club advisor.

Manage annual memorial service and completion ceremonies.

Participate in the program accreditation process, department planning, and program review.

Maintain communication with the Program Director and affiliated funeral service site personnel.

Perform professional tasks related to the areas of assignment, in student advisement, curriculum design, evaluation, program review, advanced computer skills, including funeral service software, learning management and course management systems, and other affairs of the department/division.

Participate in curriculum development and serve on department, division, college and district committees as necessary to maintain and improve the instructional program; participate in appropriate professional development activities.

Participate in co-curricular activities, including planning, implementing, and teaching in special programs designed to support student success.

Participate in the formulation of Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and the Student Learning Outcomes assessment cycle.

Maintain formal office and campus hours; participate in department and division meetings.

Maintain current knowledge of instructional methods and new technologies pertinent to areas of assignment; learn and apply emerging technologies and advances (e.g., computer software applications) as necessary to perform duties in an efficient, organized and timely manner.

Teach scheduled classes and perform related duties as assigned, including timely compliance with clerical and administrative responsibilities; comply with district, college and division policies in the performance of duties.

Instruct and assist in the growth and success of a diverse population of students through careful preparation of course materials, effective teaching methodologies and informed critical feedback on assignments and discussions.

Develop culturally relevant course content, culturally responsive pedagogical techniques, and effective practices for engaging students who are diverse and/or are students who are historically underserved. The ideal candidate should have experience in this area with African American, Latinx, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and other disproportionately impacted students.

Work cooperatively with staff and students.

Off-campus, evening, weekend, hybrid and/or online assignments will be required as part of the regular contract. Summer and winter intersession assignments are expected for clinical coordination.

Primary Purpose:
Duties and responsibilities as presented are intended to be representative and not restrictive. The District reserves the right to modify the assignment and allocation of duties in accordance with operational needs.

Working Relationships:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Special Requirements:
This position requires a valid driver’s license. Incumbent may be required to travel off site for business reasons. All employees driving personal, leased, or district-owned vehicles for District related activities must certify possession of a valid Driver’s License. Employees must certify that personal vehicles are covered by automobile insurance as required by California law. (Administrative Procedure 7400, Section 4.0)

The award of all degrees must be verifiable on a legible transcript. If degree award date is not posted on transcript your application will be deemed incomplete and removed from consideration.

Grade cards will not be accepted in lieu of transcripts.

All degrees and course work used to satisfy the required minimum qualifications must be submitted and from accredited postsecondary institutions. See our website at regarding accredited postsecondary institutions.

Evaluations of foreign degrees and/or course work are required. See our website at for information regarding evaluation of foreign degrees.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree or equivalent foreign degree AND a Bachelor’s degree in the discipline or closely related discipline AND six (6) years of professional experience directly related to the assignment which must include clinical decedent care as a licensed embalmer;


Graduation from an institution of funeral service education accredited by the ABFSE.

National Board Exam certification from the ICFSEB not later than August 19, 2021.

Possession of a valid California funeral director’s license or acquisition of California license not later than August 19, 2021.

Possession of a valid California embalmer’s license or acquisition of California license not later than August 19, 2021.

Commitment to diversity. All applicants must have demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff. The applicant must be able to demonstrate how these factors relate to the need for equity minded practices within the classroom.

Desirable Qualifications:
Commitment to promoting a positive and inclusive campus climate that respects and advances diversity.

Teaching experience, preferably at the upper division/university level or with diverse adult populations.

Demonstrated leadership experience and/or participation in community or professional organizations.

Experience as a clinical coordinator or preceptor in an accredited funeral service education program.

Licensed funeral service practitioner with recent mortuary, cemetery, and crematory experience as a supervising embalmer or clinical preceptor.

Experience working effectively and collaboratively in a team-teaching environment.

Experience working in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment while maintaining a professional demeanor.

Experience designing alternative educational activities that develop different learning outcomes.

Experience using technology in education/funeral service practice.

Effective written communication skills.

Working Conditions:

Salary Range: $67,769 - $102,601 Annually

Number of Vacancies: 1

Posting Number: 2016225FT

Open Date: 12/22/2020

Close Date: 4/23/2021

Special Instructions Summary: Special COVID 19 Notice: In-person interviews are suspended at this time and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Candidates may be required to conduct teaching demonstrations in-person using necessary safety measures. Thank you for your continued interest in working at North Orange County Community College District.

Initial salary placement will be determined by the Office of Human Resources in accordance with the faculty collective bargaining agreement and is not negotiable. The candidate selected for employment will be required to provide the following: official transcripts and verification of experience prior to the first duty day, identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the Immigration Reform and Control Act, fingerprints and required medical certification pursuant to statue. NOCCCD will not sponsor any visa applications.

The District may choose to fill one or more positions from this recruitment within the same fiscal year or 8 months, whichever is longer.

Applicants must complete the driver’s license section of the application. If not completed, the application will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.

To ensure consistency and fairness to all applicants, please do not submit materials in addition to those requested. Additional materials will not be considered or returned. Be sure to complete all questions and sections of the application. For questions which may not apply, indicate “N/A” (not applicable). Do not use terms such as “see resume” or “see attached”.

The minimum required number of references for this position is five (5).

All applications will be screened under a process of utmost confidentiality by a committee of representatives from the college community. Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview. At the time of the interview a written exercise and/or an oral presentation related to the assignment may be required. Subsequent to the interviews, the screening committee will select candidates for final consideration. A second interview will be required of candidates selected as finalists. References, including a supervisor will be contacted if a candidate is moved forward as a finalist in the recruitment process.

The effective start date may vary pending the approval of the academic calendar.

NOCCCD offers reimbursement for candidate travel expenses. Visit to view the administrative procedures - AP 7120-10.

Reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities may be requested by calling (714) 808-4810 at least three business days in advance of the scheduled examination/interview date.

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Posted: 12/22/2020
Application Due: 12/22/2032
Work Type: Full Time