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Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Instructor, Tenure Track

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

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Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Instructor, Tenure Track

San Diego County - Grossmont College

Transforming lives through learning isn't just the vision of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. It happens every day with our 30,000 students who take the first step in their higher education, become trained for a new career, or learn knowledge that transforms their world perspective.

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District honors a diverse academic community and fosters equity mindedness across our institutions. As such, the District is committed to eliminating achievement gaps among different student groups by promoting a culture of appreciation for diversity, equity, inclusivity, and social justice, and continuously examining our processes and practices through an equity lens.

The District provides an excellent health and welfare benefits package to its employees. We take care of our employees and have continued to offer medical, dental and vision coverage to eligible employees and their dependents at no charge for any of the plans we offer.

Become a part of this dedicated team in beautiful San Diego County!

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Job Summary
Application Deadline: Monday, December 4, 2023 at 11:59pm PST

NOTE: Application materials that are submitted on the last day of application and are timed out will not be accepted.

Division: Nursing and Allied Health

Months worked out of the year: 10 months

FTE: 1.00

Starting Salary Range:
$66,036 (Class II, Step 6) - $91,169 (VII, Step 10) Annually for a 10-month contract
Based on education and experience

Anticipated Start Date: Spring 2024

First Level Interviews: Thursday, December 14, 2023

Job Description


Under an assigned supervisor, instructors participate in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs, courses and other experiences that will directly result in the educational growth of the students and support advancement of the vision, mission and values of the college and District. This position may include a combination of day, evening, and/or weekend assignments in classroom, labs, simulation, and clinicals based on Department needs.

This position is being offered by a college strongly committed to the "open door" concept serving a diverse student population. Instructors will be expected to perform other duties consistent with their faculty job description as stated in the faculty contract F.AFT - INSTRUCTOR FULL TIME.pdf (


Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR) or Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) initially certified nationally and licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of California who has relevant experience in occupational therapy, administration and practice AND

A minimum of a master's degree awarded by an institution that is accredited by an institutional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). The master's degree is not limited to a master's degree in Occupational Therapy. For degrees from institutions in countries other than the United States, ACOTE will determine an alternative and equivalent external review process AND

Minimum of 2 years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the postsecondary level AND

Administrative and teaching experience in occupational therapy or related area AND

Clinical experience as a Registered Occupational Therapist or as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with minimum five years of experience


The equivalent. If you are applying based on “the equivalent”, you will need to complete an Equivalency Determination Form. This form MUST be submitted as part of the application procedures.

Click here for Equivalency instructions and the Equivalency Determination Form.

NECESSARY QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must demonstrate:
  • Administrative and didactic teaching experience in occupational therapy.
  • Experience and knowledge of the American Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) accreditation's goals and standards and accrediting process.
  • Clinical experience as a Registered Occupational Therapist or as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with minimum five years of experience.
  • Ability to work with adult learners.
  • Active involvement in local, state and national professional organizations.
  • Commitment to community college principles and philosophy.
  • Ability to instruct, support, and demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of students of diverse age, ancestry, race, disability, ethnicity, perspective, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, education, and socio-economic status.
  • Expertise in actively engaging students in the learning process.
  • Understanding of and experience with Occupational Therapy Assistants.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates will also be evaluated for qualifications in the following:
  • Experience with various technological teaching aids: PowerPoint, learning management systems, databases, etc.
  • Experience with reentry students and remediation strategies. Experience in recruitment and career fairs.
  • Evidence of grant writing abilities.
  • Evidence of effective committee work.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Coordinate all aspects of Occupational Therapy Assistant Program within ACOTE standards and GCCCD guidelines.
  • Work with Fieldwork Coordinator to acquire and maintain clinical sites for fieldwork experience.
  • Search for outside funding; manage ongoing program including budgeting and scheduling.
  • Teach classroom and laboratory Occupational Therapy Assistant core courses.
  • Committee assignments, conference attendance, updating and developing curriculum, and participating in instructional program review, ACOTE accreditation and approval processes.

Additional Information


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1) Complete and current resume / CV

2) 1-2 Page Cover Letter including why you are interested in this position and how you meet the qualifications of the position.

3) Current state professional license. If the license is not from California, the selected candidate must be able to provide evidence of a California license prior to start date.

4) ALL Official or Unofficial Transcripts from accredited Universities and/or Colleges, from all colleges attended in addition to the terminal degree.

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GCCCD is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX employer.

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The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, a two-college district in eastern San Diego County, has been providing a high-quality education to the region since Grossmont College opened its doors in 1961 and Cuyamaca College began operating in 1978. The district is tied closely to the suburban and rural communities that it serves, providing a $1 billion economic impact to the region through its payroll, purchasing, and spending by students and alumni.

The district has a strong commitment to diversity and equity with a student population representing a broad variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, socioeconomic levels, cultures and abilities. The district strives to provide an educational environment that fosters cultural awareness, mutual understanding, and respect that ultimately also benefits the global community.

The colleges offer more than 150 degrees and certificates in a wide range of programs. Both colleges have signature programs that have become well-renowned. Grossmont College is recognized for its top-notch Administration of Justice, Culinary Arts, Nursing and Allied Health and Theatre Arts programs, while Cuyamaca is known for its Automotive Technology, Ornamental Horticulture, Environmental Health and Safety and Water/Wastewater Technology programs.

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Working at Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

The mission of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District is to provide educational leadership through learning opportunities that anticipate, prepare for, and meet the future challenges of a complex democracy and a global society.

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District realizes that staff diversity in the academic environment fosters cultural awareness, mutual understanding and respect, harmony and creativity, while providing suitable role models for all students.

Both Grossmont and Cuyamaca College are comprehensive academic institutions located in El Cajon, a city in eastern San Diego County. Both are close to beaches, mountains, the desert, and varied cultural and recreational attractions.

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