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Agriculture Sciences Instructor

Company:
Yakima Valley College
Job Location:
Yakima, Washington
Category:
Other Agriculture Faculty

Are you passionate about increasing student success in Agriculture Science? Do you want to work side by side with colleagues who are leading the national conversation on increasing retention and completion? Can you envision yourself challenging and being challenged to find innovative ways to address persistent achievement gaps? If these questions resonate with you, then we invite you to consider joining the faculty ranks at Yakima Valley College (YVC), an innovative and equity-focused designated Hispanic Serving Institution dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals.

YVC offers opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, encourages cooperative learning, and uses technologies in the classroom and for e-learning. All faculty are engaged in the assessment of college goals and purposes.

Yakima Valley College seeks an innovative full-time Agriculture Sciences Instructor who is active and accomplished in their discipline, has a record of successful teaching or related experience, and is committed to community college students and their success. This is a full-time, special faculty (non-tenure track) grant-funded position, with an anticipated start of January 3, 2022. Position based on continued funding.  

This position will support the recently approved Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Agricultural Sciences, which is projected to begin in Fall 2022. This degree will provide practical, hands-on, and applied coursework. 

Reporting to the Dean – Workforce Education the BAS in Agricultural Science Instructor in partnership with the Agriculture Department Faculty will be responsible for developing the program coursework that will support regional agriculture industry needs, in addition to a full-time teaching load upon the start of the program. Coursework will include junior and senior-level agricultural courses such as: Food Safety and Quality, Agriculture Business Management, Precision Agriculture Concepts, Physiology of Fruit Development, Sustaining Soil Health, and Applied IPM. In addition, the instructor may teach various lower-division agriculture courses.

The applicant must be able to develop equity-minded practices within an educational environment.

Essential Tasks
  • Serve as the lead faculty for the BAS in Agriculture Sciences program.
  • Teach a diverse set of Agriculture department courses (both upper and lower division) offered day or evening in multiple modalities (in-person, online, and hybrid) with a focus on the Bachelors of Applied Science in Agricultural Sciences. 
  • Create an environment conducive to meeting student learning needs. 
  • Work closely with the BAS coordinator to serve students.
  • Continually upgrade knowledge and skills to, write, update and implement agriculture curriculum including course outlines and syllabi as required by the institution or industry trends. 
  • Effectively work with agriculture industry members in a variety of disciplines to obtain program support and input on courses, curriculum, and student work experience opportunities. 
  • Possess an educational philosophy appropriate to the community college system and the needs of its diverse populations. 
  • Maintain safe program lab and instructional areas.
  • Advise students in YVC’s Guided Pathways advising model.
  • Recommend and prioritize equipment, and learning material purchases. 
  • Remain current in the agriculture discipline and related technology. 
  • Build and maintain relationships with agriculture industry members through individual contacts and committee participation.
  • Facilitate job and internship opportunities for agriculture students.
  • Write and update curricula including course outlines and syllabi as required by the institution or industry trends. 
  • Maintain eligibility for professional technical certification which includes a professional development plan and first aid/CPR certification if working around equipment or in labs.
  • Participate in agriculture department student recruitment activities 
  • Attend and participate in program advisory committee meetings
  • Assume all other duties of a full-time instructor such as assessing student learning, maintaining student records, department activities, committee assignments, vocational guidance, and student advising. 
Qualifications

KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • Responsive customer service for a culturally diverse population
  • A variety of agriculture subject matter including production agriculture
  • Environmental practices and policies connected to agriculture
  • Adult teaching and learning models and practices
ABILITY TO:
  • Ability to incorporate computer-assisted instruction, interactive television, and mixed-mode delivery into course teaching methods 
  • Ability to work effectively with supervisors, colleagues, staff, and students as part of an educational team 
  • Ability to communicate knowledge and skills in both oral and written forms to students who represent a broad spectrum of ages, abilities, ethnicity, education, and cultural backgrounds 
  • Ability to obtain Washington State Department of Agriculture pesticide license 
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Master's degree in Agricultural Science, Crop Science, Horticulture, Plant Science, Soil Science or related agriculture field from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • At least two years of industry experience in an agricultural discipline. Experience may be a combination of industry and research work. 
  • Demonstrated ability to implement curriculum and deliver instruction in multiple modes of instruction (online, hybrid, and face-to-face).
  • Eligibility for vocational certification in the State of Washington. 
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Doctorate in Agricultural Science, Crop Science, Horticulture, Plant Science, Soil Science, or related agriculture field from a regionally accredited institution of Higher Education.
  • At least two years of instructional experience at the community college or university level and/or experience delivering industry training programs. 
  • Experience using a variety of teaching methodologies and/or assessments of student learning. 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop a program to meet industry needs. 
  • Experience in developing curriculum for courses and/or training programs. 
  • Experience or interest in teaching populations diverse in age, culture, and ethnicity.
  • Experience with data analysis tools used in the agriculture industry. 
Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position you MUST submit a complete YVC Online Employment Application, and include the following REQUIRED attachments: 

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (a generic cover letter will not be accepted). The search committee should be able to easily “check off” each qualification asked for in the job description. 
  • A current resume (a resume will not substitute for the "work experience" section of the online application). 
  • Three (3) professional references (personal references do not count as professional)
  • Unofficial transcripts for confirmation of degree and required for the fulfillment of the minimum qualifications (when applicable). The successful candidate will be required to submit official transcripts at the time of hire.
  • Copy of Credentials or license as required for the fulfillment of the minimum qualifications 
  • Supplemental Questions - Your responses should provide examples and timelines in your education/experiences which give evidence of each claim you make (should also be reflected in your application materials). 
Please note: Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification. Please do not include any attachments other than the ones requested above. E-mailed documents will not be accepted after the closing of the recruitment or in lieu of attaching your documents to the online application. 

Employment Information: 
Those applicants invited to interview may be required to complete a skills test.

Due to an emergency proclamation by the Governor, all employees will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. Employees may request a medical or religious accommodation by contacting the Human Resources Department at 509-574-4670. 

Candidates will be subject to a Criminal History Background Check as a condition for consideration of employment. 

"In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire."
 

Yakima Valley College does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, genetic information, or age in admission, treatment, or participation in its programs, services and activities, or in employment. All inquiries regarding compliance should be directed to the Director of Human Resource Services, YVC, South 16th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, WA 98902; or call 509.574.4670. Click here for the full nondiscrimination statement.  

Yakima Valley College's Annual Safety and Fire Report is available online by visiting the Campus Safety Security website, containing mandated information about current campus policies concerning safety and security issues, required statistics, and other related information for the past three calendar years. To obtain a paper copy of the report, please call 509.574.4610. 

Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the recruitment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. 

All positions are subject to funding.
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