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Assistant Professor of Paralegal

Employer
Southwestern College
Location
Chula Vista, CA

Job Details

https://www.swccd.edu/_resources/vision/documents/164.pdf
Responsibilities:
This position may include a combination of day, evening, weekend and extension site assignments. Assignments may be online, face-to-face, virtual or may combine these modalities.
Southwestern Community College District (SCCD) is seeking a full-time, tenure track, equity-focused faculty member committed to serving its' culturally diverse student population.Southwestern Community College District seeks faculty who will foster an inclusive learning environment through equity-minded teaching, leadership, and service to students working toward goals of university transfer, associate degree and certificate completion, employment advancement, and personal growth.
THE COLLEGE Southwestern Community College District is a single college district providing higher education in Chula Vista, San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, National City and Coronado. SCCD's strategic south San Diego County locations position the College to provide exceptional service to a binational community on the U.S.-Mexico International Border. SCCD is one of 20 initial California Guided Pathways colleges and is known for its excellent learning communities. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, the College values equity, inclusion, and culturally responsive andragogy for all students.The College is dedicated to providing quality academic programs, comprehensive student support services that ensure equitable access, and clear pathways to student success. These efforts include professional development opportunities, employee-led affinity groups, proud commitment to DACA students, and supportive employee onboarding practices.
OUR STUDENTS Southwestern Community College District currently enrolls approximately 28,000 students annually. SCCD is comprised of 69% Hispanic students, 10% Caucasian students, 8% Filipino students, 5% African American students, and 3% Asian students. Approximately 63% of the College's students are under the age of 24 with 23% between the ages 25-39. Our students' gender demographics are represented by 55% female and 44% male.
OUR VALUES We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, academic backgrounds, genders, abilities, and orientations. We seek applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. Successful candidates will be expected to exhibit responsiveness and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, cultural, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, religious, and ethnic and racial backgrounds of community college students and employees, and successfully foster and support an inclusive educational and employment environment. An equity-minded individual is a person who already does or has demonstrated the desire to:
  1. Critically self-assess their individual impact, through teaching practices and student engagement, on closing equity gaps and holds themselves accountable to upholding and delivering equitable practices.
  2. Reframe deficit language and take individual and collective responsibility to look at their own practices as a vehicle to eliminate inequities.
  3. Encourage positive race-consciousness and embrace human differences.
  4. Strategically encourage and build buy-in and participation among colleagues for equity efforts.
Southwestern Community College District seeks faculty who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the direction of the Dean, the School of Business is soliciting diverse applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Paralegal studies. This position requires a candidate with strong competencies in the law and the role of a paralegal with primary teaching responsibility in Paralegal/Legal courses. The successful candidate should have substantial work experience as a lawyer in the field of law along with experience as a paralegal and/or with supervising paralegals.The successful candidate will join the School of Business, dedicated to specifically teach Paralegal/Legal courses and to assume the role of Director of our currently American Bar Association (ABA) Certified Paralegal and Bilingual Paralegal Programs. All Paralegal courses are taught in English only. Spanish language and translation courses within the program are within other departments. The role of ABA Paralegal Program Director includes complying with all the requirements to attain and maintain ABA certified status, depending upon the needs of the program each year.
Minimum Qualifications (Faculty and Academic Administrator Positions Only)
Juris Doctorate (JD)
OR
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B).
Desired Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following desired qualifications:
  1. Commitment and success working in a diverse and multicultural community.
  2. Experience teaching within a bilingual paralegal program or teaching within another bilingual program or with training bilingual professionals.
  3. Experience and expertise in culturally responsive teaching Law.
  4. Experience and ability to address equity gaps within the discipline in the classroom.
  5. Knowledge of what is means to work in a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution in regards to institutional, department and instructional practices.
  6. Experience in teaching face-to-face, online, virtual and hybrid Paralegal courses.
  7. Significant work experience as a licensed practicing attorney.
  8. Work experience as a paralegal and/or supervising paralegals.
  9. Demonstrated track record nurturing students inside and outside the classroom.
  10. Demonstrated track record placing group goals and unity above personal aspirations.
  11. Competence with and strong interest in working with data to succinctly and competently write reports for inside and outside institutions and grant applications.
  12. Interest and ability to reach out to employers in the community.
  13. Industry contacts within the legal community.
  14. Demonstrated interest in working in a team of colleagues towards common goals over individual goals.
  15. Excellence in succinctly writing with fluidity for the purposes of discipline reports, grant applications, outreach and marketing.
  16. Ability and interest in placing one's mandatory and optional role as a full-time faculty member at of the School of Business, within the Department of Accounting & Business, above self-employment or work for other employers.
  17. Ability and interest in teaching and in running the Paralegal program above institutional leadership or administrative aspirations.
  18. Ability and interest in reaching out to potential and current students.
Candidates must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities. Experience working in a community with a similar diversity pattern as is found in the service area for Southwestern College is desirable.
Licenses and Other Requirements:
A short teaching demonstration may be required of those invited for an interview.
Working Conditions:

Salary:
Upon initial employment, full-time faculty members are placed on the salary schedule based upon years of experience and education. Initial salary placement for experience can range from $62,245.00-$96,514.00 per year. Faculty members are encouraged to continue their professional development through additional study qualifying them for advancement on the salary schedule.

For the current salary schedule and information on salary placement visit our website at www.swccd.edu.
Benefits include a choice of medical plans, dental coverage, vision, sick leave, and an optional tax deferred flexible benefit plan. Coverage is offered for employees and all eligible dependents.Academic employees participate in the State Teachers' Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California.
Salary Schedule:
Academic Contract (10-month)
Work Schedule:
Successful candidate may be assigned to any of the campus sites (Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa, and/or San Ysidro).
Start Date:
August 21, 2024 (Fall Semester, 2024)
Initial Screening Deadline:
All application materials must be received on-line at https://jobs.swccd.edu. Position is open until filled. Applications received by the first screening deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2023are guaranteed to be reviewed by the selection committee. Any application received after the deadline is not guaranteed a review.
Tentative Timeline (Subject to Amendments):
| October 5, 2023 | Position advertised; District receives applications
| November 17, 2023 | Initial screening deadline for guaranteed consideration. Position is open until filled.
| November 27-December 15, 2023 | Reviewing of applications.
| January 29-February 2, 2024 | Search Committee interviews candidates
| February, 2024 | Top finalist interviews
| March, 2024 | Successful applicant name submitted to Governing Board for approval.
Open Until Filled
No
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Equivalency (Academic Faculty Positions Only)
Equivalency (Academic Faculty Positions Only)" section to read as follows, "To teach classes at Southwestern Community College District, an applicant must have completed coursework that meets the California Community College's Chancellor's Office Minimum Qualifications for Faculty. In some cases, an applicant who does not possess the exact degree title(s) listed by the State may meet State requirements for equivalency. In this case, the District follows a process to determine equivalency. If this is the case, please complete the Supplemental Equivalency Application, for Academic Employment and upload this form with your online application.
Foreign Degrees:
Foreign degrees require an evaluation for United States equivalency from an agency having membership with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc.

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. This report must be attached to your online application at the time of applying.

For your convenience, we have provided the NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) membership list to assist you in complying with this requirement; click on the Helpful Job Tips link on the navigation bar. You may use any other certified transcript evaluation service at your disposal.
Additional Information:
A confirmation number will be assigned if your application packet has been successfully submitted. Assistance with the online application process is available through the Human Resources Office at 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910; telephone: (619) 482-6395 or e-mail to employment@swccd.edu.

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials are received by the review deadline date. A separate, complete application packet is required for each position for which you are applying for. All materials included in your application packet become District property, will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this opening only.

Candidates selected for employment with Southwestern Community College District must be fingerprinted by an electronic fingerprinting service (i.e. LiveScan) within 10 days of employment; provide clearance of tuberculosis (dated within the past 4 years and renewed every four years as a condition of continued employment) within 60 days of employment; provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

In addition to the above, for Faculty/Administrator positions (only), successful candidate must submit official (sealed) college transcripts confirming date degree conferred and/or a valid CA Community College Credential.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided to candidates with verified disabilities. Accommodation requests should be made at the time the interview appointment is scheduled.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Southwestern Community College District will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

The Southwestern Community College District shall not discriminate against any person in employment or in any program affiliated with the District on the basis of age, ancestry, color, ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Notice of Availability of the Annual Security Report - Southwestern College is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security Report is available on the SWCPD website at https://www.swccd.edu/student-support/safety-and-security/jeanne-clery-act/.

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security Report, which contains this information, you can stop by the SWC College Police Department or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (619) 482-6390.

The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention; public safety authority; crime reporting policies; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking; the procedures the College will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

This information is required by law and is provided by the SWC College Police Department.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Plan (DAAPP) - More information about the DAAPP, including the Drug Free Environment and Drug Prevention Program Policy and Procedure and Biennial report can be found in the Health and Safety Section of the campus Consumer Information page ( http://www.swccd.edu/index.aspx?page=1084)
Selection Procedure:
A screening committee will evaluate applicants, taking into account the breadth and depth of relevant education, training, experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview.

INTERVIEW TRAVEL COSTS MUST BE BORNE BY THE APPLICANT.

We reserve the right to re-open, re-advertise, delay or cancel filling this position.


If additional positions become available in this classification, applications received in response to this posting may be considered for those additional positions for up to 90 days after final board approval.
HR Contact Information:

Southwestern Community College
Human Resources (Bldg. 46B-150)
900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910
www.swccd.edu

(619) 482-6395

Organization

Working at Southwestern College

The Southwestern Community College District, located south of San Diego and extending to the U.S.—Mexico border, is one of 72 community college districts in the California Community College system. It serves as the primary source of college education for approximately 400,000 residents of the South San Diego County area including the communities of Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro, Sunnyside, and Coronado.

Southwestern Community College District promotes student learning and success by committing to continuous improvement that includes planning, implementation, and evaluation. We serve a diverse community of students by providing a wide range of dynamic and high quality academic programs and comprehensive student services.

We provide educational opportunities in the following areas: 

  • associate degree and certificate programs
  • transfer
  • professional, technical, and career advancement
  • basic skills, personal enrichment
  • non-credit adult education
  • community services
  • economic, workforce, and community development.

Southwestern College has continuously received accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Whether pursuing an A.A. degree, preparing to transfer to a four-year college or university, or acquiring new occupational skills, students attending Southwestern College are given every opportunity to meet their educational goals.

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