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Park Management Full-Time Instructor

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Requisition Details

Position Information

Position Title Park Management Full-Time Instructor
How many positions are you recruiting for? 1
Campus West Valley College

Position Summary Information

Definition

West Valley College is now accepting applications for a full-time, tenure-track instructor position in Park Management. We are currently seeking applicants who have experience and a genuine interest in working with all students in subjects related to parks and public lands. The college is located in the heart of Silicon Valley in a beautiful park like setting on 143 acres of oak woodland.

This physical environment provides an excellent outdoor learning environment. Teaching responsibilities in the Park Management Program may include both lecture and lab classes in any of the following discipline areas; Natural and Cultural Resources Management and Interpretation, Visitor Services, Wildland Fire Suppression, Search and Rescue, Visitor Services, Maintenance, Horticulture, Park Planning and Design, Emergency Medical Response, Geospatial and Unmanned Aircraft Technology.

Responsibilities will also include community outreach in the form of recruiting students, meeting with agency supporters, serving on hiring committees for cooperating agencies and community advisory committees. The work of instructional staff will be completed through a variety of class schedules that could include daytime, evenings and weekends. This may include multi-day field trips based on the specific course. Faculty will possess the ability to travel in backcountry settings as the class need arises. Teaching occurs both on-site at the college and various off-site locations to include our training facility at Sanborn Skyline County Park.

Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of a culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.

Assignment

This is a full-time, 10-month, tenure-track position that begins in Spring 2018. Instructional assignments may include day and/or evening classes, Monday through Saturday, as needed and rotate among the Park Management faculty. It is expected that over several semesters all levels of Park Management offered at the college will be taught. This position is represented by the Association of College Educators and American Federation of Teachers (ACE AFT Local 6554).

Work location: West Valley College, Saratoga, CA

Salary and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Range:

  • $61,553 to $95,792 annually, based upon academic achievement, teaching and related experience (Academic Salary Schedule, Steps 1-9).

Benefits include:

  • Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee, spouse and dependents.
  • Employer paid long term disability for employee.
  • Voluntary life insurance.
  • Sabbatical, Rejuvenation and Retraining Leaves.
  • Banked leave provisions.
  • Professional Growth and Development activities.
  • 10 days sick leave accrued annually; personal necessity and catastrophic leave.
  • Conference leaves.
  • Opportunity for overload assignments.
  • Cal STRS Retirement.
  • Position is union affiliated with required dues.
Minimum Qualifications

1. Education & Experience – Possess one of the following:

  • Any bachelor’s degree AND two years of relevant professional experience; OR
  • Any associate’s degree AND six years of relevant professional experience; OR
  • The equivalent of the above.

AND

2. Demonstrated ability to effectively work with persons of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications
  • Certifications applicable to this industry to include; NAI-CIG (Certified Interpretive Guide), EMR-EMT (Emergency Responder/Emergency Medical Technician), LARRO-Low Angle Rope Rescue (California State Fire Marshall Office), GISP-Certified GIS Professional and any other relevant certifications and licenses.
  • Knowledge of political and management issues facing public land management agencies.
  • Demonstrated outdoor skills (e.g., backpacking, rock climbing, search and rescue, wilderness first aid, OHV.etc).
  • Demonstrated skills in performing maintenance responsibilities (e.g., chainsaw use, power tools, trail construction and repair, basic construction, basic electrical and plumbing).
  • Ability to effectively problem solve, be innovative and work with others in a team environment.
  • Experience in organizing and conducting community outreach events and training.
  • Ability to effectively use and integrate technology into teaching and other college responsibilities (e.g., Canvas, ArcGIS, Microsoft Windows and Apple OS based products).
  • Demonstrated teaching ability, leadership skills and the ability to handle emergencies or challenging student situations.
Knowledge and Abilities

Not applicable

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

Instructional duties and assignments may consist of one or more of the following:

  • Provide instruction for assigned courses. This includes preparation, in class activities, evaluation of students’ work, consultation with students outside of class (scheduling time beyond normal office hours if necessary), maintenance of currency in the subjects taught and other efforts related to the teaching of the assigned classes.
  • Maintain accurate class and other records conforming with state requirements and stated district and college needs.
  • Submit, when due, all necessary reports, such as attendance, grade reports, rosters, classes and office hour schedules.
  • Follow course outline for each course with the appropriate division offices.
  • Post and maintain office hours each week in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.
  • Observe, support and enforce the regulations, policies and programs of the District and college.
  • Provide each student with a written course syllabus as per instructions in the Faculty handbook at the beginning of the course.
  • Refer students to appropriate college sources for information on counseling and other student services.
  • Assist students by providing advice on requirements for successful achievement in the member’s area of expertise.
  • Work cooperatively within the college community.
  • Foster an environment that protects academic freedom within the college community.
  • Foster a positive working environment that is free from harassment, prejudice, and/or bias.
  • Demonstrate positive communication skills within the college community.
  • Demonstrate a respect for the dignity of each individual.
Working Conditions

Not applicable

Other Duties
Physical Demands

Not applicable

Applicant Information

APPLICATION INFORMATION:

  • Interested applicants must submit online all materials requested, including: (1) A completed online West Valley-Mission Community College District application; (2) Resume; (3) Unofficial copies of transcripts; (4) District Equivalency Application, if applicable; and (5) Any requested licenses or certificates, if applicable.
  • All sections of the online application, including Education and Educational Work History, must be completed thoroughly.
  • Supervisor(s) name(s) and telephone numbers must be included in the application.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Do NOT send unrequested materials. Unrequested materials will be removed from your application and will not be used for consideration of employment.
  • The employment application and supporting documents represent you; it is to your advantage to fill out the application form carefully and completely.

ABOUT TRANSCRIPTS:

  • If a minimum requirement is possession of a degree, then a copy of transcripts is required to be included with your application to verify the degree being awarded. If no transcripts are included, the application may be screened as not meeting minimum requirements.
  • Degrees must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and/or the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Candidates with degrees not identical to the required state or local qualifications must apply for equivalency by completing the equivalency form, which is part of the application package. See Equivalency Information below.
  • Candidates with degrees earned outside of the United States must provide official certification of equivalency to U. S. degrees by a certified U. S. credential review service, must have a U.S. evaluation (course by course of the transcripts) and must be submitted with this online application. A list of sample credential review services is available on the District HR website at: http://wvm.edu/documents.aspx?fid=26400&doc=26706&year=0&category=39649&excludeyear=1
  • If you do not have an electronic version of the transcript, you can get it scanned at an office supply or copy store; then attach the electronic version of your transcript to this online application.
  • Copies of diplomas, grade reports, graduation petitions, transcript evaluations requests, or similar documents WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of transcripts.

EQUIVALENCY INFORMATION:
Applicants applying under equivalency bear the responsibility of submitting the District’s Equivalency Application form with details and evidence of the factors (academic preparation and/or experience) that they believe to be equivalent of the required qualifications for this position. Application(s) for equivalency are required if degrees are not in exact discipline required.

The Equivalency Application is included in the online application as an OPTIONAL form to complete.

  • ONLY complete the Request for Equivalency application if degree does not match discipline(s) stated in the Minimum Qualifications.
  • List accurately and completely the courses taken that match requirements of the required degree.
  • Do NOT attach documents such as course evaluations.

For assistance, contact:
Office of Human Resources, Attn: Recruitment
14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone: (408) 741-2653 Fax: (408) 867-9059
Email: Jobs@wvm.edu

Selection Process

SELECTION PROCESS INFORMATION:

  • After the deadline date, a committee will review and evaluate applications and supporting materials to select the applicants to be interviewed. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not assure the candidate an interview.
  • All candidates will receive an e-notification to acknowledge receipt of their application materials. If not contacted within 3-6 weeks following the close of the recruitment, no suitable match was determined at this time.
  • Travel expenses to attend first-level interview are the responsibility of the candidate.
  • Application materials become the property of the District and will not be returned or duplicated.
  • The District may choose to re-advertise or indefinitely delay filling a position. Some positions may include first and second level interviews.
  • The District reserves the right to contact former, current, the most recent employers, and others to investigate past employment records of applicants.
  • Any tentative verbal offer of employment is contingent upon formal approval of the college Governing Board.
  • Upon hire the successful candidate must provide the required documents of identity and authorization to work and attest he/she is authorized to work in the United States.

EEO STATEMENT:
West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ a diverse workforce who will contribute to an inclusive and welcoming educational and employment environment. The District is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, physical disability, mental disability, genetic information, ancestry, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, accent, citizenship status, transgender status, parental status, marital status, economic status, military or veteran status, and medical condition consistent with applicable federal and state laws.

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number FY17/18-716FT
Open Date 09/13/2017
Close Date 10/10/2017
Open Until Filled No

Requisition Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Describe your experience as an employee with an agency whose mission is related to public and/or private land management operations. Include your role interacting with visitors while they participate in outdoor recreational activities. Include your experience in the following areas: visitor services (law enforcement, fire suppression, search and rescue and emergency medical services), natural and cultural resources management and interpretation, facilities maintenance and management, administration, planning, special use permits, concession management and public affairs.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Identify the disciplines within the Park Management curriculum that you feel qualified to teach and briefly explain why.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Describe your outdoor experience and provide examples of trips and activities.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Describe your experience and competency in the use of technology. Examples: computers, mobile devices, software, GPS, GIS and drones.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Additional Transcripts
  2. Other Related Licenses or Certificates
  3. Supporting Documentation for Equivalency Request 1
  4. Supporting Documentation for Equivalency Request 2