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Assistant Professor Job Training - Automotive Technician, Tenure Track

Grand Rapids Community College
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Assistant Professor Job Training - Automotive Technician, Tenure Track

Date: July 19, 2022

Position Title: Assistant Professor Job Training - Automotive Technician, Tenure Track

Department: Job Training

Job ID:

Work Hours/Schedule: 52 Week (Fall,Winter, and Summer Semesters)

Compensation: Consistent with Faculty Association contract

Reports to: Dean and Executive Director of Workforce Training

Posting Close Date: August 22, 2022


GRCC is seeking faculty who possess an interest in working with diverse student populations from a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin and ability; engage in and develop innovative teaching strategies; effectively assess student learning outcomes; demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development; and provide service to our students, the college, and our community at large.

Faculty members are responsible to GRCC and to each other for the successful completion of departmental work, as well as work associated with Workforce Training and GRCC as a whole. In addition to the major position responsibilities, it is expected that faculty demonstrate outstanding communications skills, collaborate effectively, use personal initiative to overcome obstacles and work efficiently to meet deadlines. In an environment where innovation is valued, each faculty member will take responsibility to perform their work in a manner consistent with both the letter and the spirit of GRCC values.

Essential Job Functions
    Teach the Automotive Technician - Job Training class and facilitate daily lesson plans, instruction and lab projects. Assist in the coordination of facilities planning, equipment upkeep and purchasing. Effectively assess, document, and advise students regarding their academic and clinical performance. Demonstrate a commitment to a learning centered environment. Incorporate new technologies and methods for enhanced teaching and learning into instructional methods. Engage in ongoing professional development to maintain expertise in the field and communicate outcomes with faculty and administration. Maintain professional certification. Advise students on curriculum, academic programs, and employment and career goals. Participate in departmental academic plans. Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of students from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of abilities. Provide departmental leadership in Automotive Contribute to the growth and development of the department and College by participating in academic program review; curriculum development, evaluation and revision; committee membership; department and advisory committee meetings. Assist the Program Manager in the preparation of reports and other required documents. Promote the department by creating partnerships with state and local communities, businesses, and schools. Adhere to College processes, policies, and contractual obligations. Support the College's Strategic Plan through departmental and college action projects as appropriate. Support the department and the College through other work normally expected of GRCC faculty members. Perform other duties as assigned. Support the development and implementation of teaching techniques using audio/visual, computer, and group interaction techniques. Support the Department/Program and the College by advising students, participating in committee work, and performing other tasks normally expected of faculty members. Adhere to the standards and requirements expressed in the faculty contract. Manage the communication and support systems with local industry and professional organizations to keep updated on technology, hiring trends, job placements, and expectations of GRCC SWD graduates. Develop and maintain curriculum that reflects the current job skill requirements for graduates. Maintain the student attendance reporting system and GRCC purchasing process. Assist other GRCC staff and instructors by sharing expertise, projects, and class coverage. Assist students seeking employment upon completion of training. Assist support staff in following up with graduates. Maintain requirements of accreditation body NATEF Special projects as assigned.


    Associate's degree in related field required. Candidates with an Associate's degree may be considered with the understanding that a Bachelor's degree must be achieved prior to receiving tenure. Bachelor's and Master's degree in related field preferred. Master ASE certified.

Work Experience
    5 years or more of private sector experience in automotive or other related field. Two (2) years teaching experience at the college or university level with automotive and technology experience preferred. Experience working with non-traditional students from diverse backgrounds and with varying academic skills. Experience with a variety of learning technologies is preferred.

Equipment Use/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities
    Familiar with the hiring practices and skill requirements for local industry. Appropriate technology required to perform the duties of the position.

Physical Demands
    Excellent written and oral communication skills. Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be regularly required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. Ability to frequently climb up and down stairs and balance and hear. Required to stand, walk, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Must occasionally physically lift and/or move up to 40 to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Mental Demands
    Ability to demonstrate the acuity and discernment necessary to safely engage in the practice of Automotive as determined by professional standards of practice. An understanding of and appreciation for the community college philosophy and student population. An interest in working with diverse student populations who represent a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin, and ability. Demonstrated initiative, and organizational and problem-solving abilities.

Working Conditions
    Grand Rapids Community College will comply with any mandated health and safety requirements. Employees will be directed to our GRCC Policy(s) for compliance information. Ability to demonstrate the mental health necessary to safely engage in the practice of Machine Tool as determined by professional standards of practice.


Grand Rapids Community College provides an excellent benefits experience for our GRCC family. Our benefit package is designed to enhance employees' health and well-being. Part-time employees have different benefits outlined in the specific collective bargaining agreements and handbooks. Below is an overview of these benefits, additional details are available on the Human Resources/Benefits website:
    Six health insurance plan options (includes a high deductible plan with a health savings account option). A unique dental & vision reimbursement program (includes coverage for adult orthodontia & lasik eye surgery). Employer sponsored retirement plans as well as voluntary retirement savings plans (403b or 457 plans) Tuition benefits at GRCC for you, your spouse and your dependents. Tuition reimbursement at other higher education institutions for you. Generous time off that includes sick, vacation and personal leave banks. Paid holidays and holiday shutdown period in late December!


Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position at Submit a cover letter and resume in one document. The opportunity to apply for this position will close on August 22, 2022 at 11:59PM. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.

Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics. The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.

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Working at Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids Junior College (GRJC) was founded in 1914 by the Grand Rapids Board of Education after a resolution was passed by the University of Michigan’s faculty which encouraged the establishment of junior colleges in Michigan.

Today, GRCC’s eight-block downtown campus, encompassing more than 25 acres in downtown Grand Rapids, includes several classroom buildings, a learning center (including the Diversity Learning Center) and library, Spectrum Theater, the Applied Technology Center (which features a green roof), a remodeled music building, a fieldhouse with natatorium, a student center, Bostwick Commons, and the Calkins Science Center.

The college also offers instruction from a variety of regional centers in the metropolitan Grand Rapids area (including numerous local high schools, regional centers and its two Learning Corners on Wealthy St. and Seward Ave.) and on the West Michigan lakeshore (including West Ottawa High School, Careerline Tech Center, the Midtown Holland Center and Grand Valley State University's Meijer Campus in Holland).

In addition, GRCC has two Michigan Technical Education Centers (M-TECs in West Michigan. The Patrick Thompson M-TEC, part of GRCC's Lakeshore Campus, located in Holland, opened in Fall 2000 in partnership with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. The Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC ® in Grand Rapids opened in 2002. This world-class facility offers training in manufacturing, auto service, and building and construction trades.

To increase capacity to meet unprecedented demand, GRCC acquired the former campus of Davenport University on Fulton St. in downtown Grand Rapids and began offering courses at Sneden Hall beginning in the Fall 2009 semester.

In Winter 2010, more than 17,000 students enrolled in more than 1,900 liberal arts and occupational courses. The diverse student body represents students from Kent and surrounding counties as well as students from across the U.S. and 22 other nations. Another 10,000 learners are served by non-credit instructional opportunities. In addition to traditional classroom environments, students may also receive instruction through community and distant service-learning offerings, seminars, workshops, training classes, distance learning options and other educational formats. GRCC employs a faculty of more than 260 full-time and 590 part-time members as well as a staff of 430, all of whom are focused on the College’s priorities to be student-centered, collaborative, and flexible. Throughout its 90-year history of academic excellence, GRCC has maintained a solid reputation as a premier transfer institution and is nationally recognized for both its liberal arts and occupational programs. Many GRCC faculty members have been recognized regionally and nationally for their expertise and innovative teaching styles.

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