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Automotive Instructor, Helena College

Helena College University of Montana
Job Location:
Helena, 59601
Automotive Technology
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Job Description

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Helena College, a two-year comprehensive college, is seeking an automotive technician or previous automotive instructor who is interested in teaching the next generation of automotive service professionals. We are looking for someone to join our dynamic team as a full-time Automotive Instructor.

Duties and Responsibilities

This position is for a full-time, tenure track, Automotive faculty member within the Career Technical Education division.  Faculty members are professional educators with the primary responsibility of providing a quality education for all Helena College students.

The instructor will teach Automotive Technology curriculum consisting of 8 areas of study as defined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

This position reports to the Executive Director of Career Technical Education and Dual Enrollment, and will be responsible for teaching 30-32 credits in the academic year. 

This position will be responsible for:

  •      Classroom and clinical teaching. 
    *          Course preparation, remaining current in the area of expertise, and updating course content when appropriate to reflect the current levels of knowledge in the discipline.

    *          Developing, implementing, and reviewing – at least annually – an effective learning process that incorporates appropriate methodology, technology, and other tools.

    *          Developing a system for ongoing evaluation of both teaching and learning, including course competency expectations and student outcome measures.

    *          Working in partnership with the Career Technical Education Division Chair, through a formal system of evaluation of instruction, to identify strengths and weaknesses in the instructional process and identify professional development activities that will lead to effective student learning.

    *          Maintaining an appropriate schedule to allow for student access and inquiry.

    *          Working in partnership with student services personnel on student advising, orientation, recruitment, and marketing.

    *          Participating in necessary institutional functions such as, but not limited to, college committees, club sponsorship, and facilitation of advisory committees, student/faculty recruitment, budget development, and mentoring of new and part-time faculty.

    *          Other professional responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
    *          5-10 years recent experience working in the automotive industry, or a degree in Automotive Mechanics (2 or 4 -year degree).
    *          Excellent communication skills.
    *          Ability to plan, develop, implement, evaluate/assess, and continuously improve instruction.
    *          Ability to effectively combine an array of methods to enhance student learning: including lectures, group discussions and activities, demonstrations, individual activities, etc. 
    *          Understanding of and ability to use teaching methods that best serve individual students’ needs, interests, and ability to learn.
    *          Willingness to collaborate with faculty and other stakeholders on program and curriculum development.
    *          Commitment to Helena College mission, vision, and strategic goals.
    *          Ability to build constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, and mutual respect.
    *          Willingness to adhere to college policies.

 Preferred Qualifications

    *          Previous teaching experience.
    *          Experience using technology in the workplace/classroom.
    *          Familiarity with current issues and trends in higher education, specifically in two-year education.
    *          Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications.
Salary and Benefit Information

The base salary range is commensurate with experience.

Benefits  include a comprehensive group insurance benefits program including medical plan options with prescription drug and dental plan, vision exam coverage, an employee assistance program (EAP), retirement plan, life and disability insurance options, flexible spending and dependent care account options, and optional long-term care insurance. Additional information on benefits can be found by visiting:

Union Information

Helena Teachers' Union

How to Apply

First review of applications will happen April 1, 2024. This position is open until filled, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please submit the following application materials** via "New Resume/CV" button below. Please do not apply through*. 

A complete application includes:

  1. Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position. A general letter salutation such as “Dear Search Committee” or “Dear Hiring Manager” is acceptable
  2. Detailed Resume - listing education and describing work experience
  3. Transcript - (Unofficial transcripts acceptable with application) Official transcripts due upon hire
  4. Three (3) professional references- Names and contact information.

New employees must be eligible to work lawfully in the United States. This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

Incomplete applications may not be considered.

*Applying through or easy apply through may result in submission of an incomplete application.  Applications may be removed from full consideration if they are not complete with materials listed above under the "How to Apply" section.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure complete application materials are submitted and received by the date listed above. 

**Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment. In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. 

ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference - Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References - *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing - Individual hiring departments at Helena College may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility - All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

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