Assistant Professor - Fire Science

Oregon, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 16, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Posting Number: 06001816 Position Title: Assistant Professor - Fire Science Posting Date: 02/16/2021 Closing Date: 03/16/2021 Open Until Filled (notes): Length of Position: 9 months per year - academic calendar contract Anticipated Start Date:

September 2021

Position Type/Employee Class: Full-Time Faculty FTE: 1.0 Salary Level: Assistant Professor Starting Pay Range $50,700 - $60,000 for 9 mos, plus exceptional benefits Hours per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Depending on class schedule Days of the Week: Varies per term Job Summary/Purpose:

To provide instruction to students in the Fire Science program, develop curriculum, assess student learning, and provide student advising.

CTE Program Director Disclaimer:
Every CTE program has a Program Director. As faculty within the Fire Science program, you may be asked to perform the job duties of the Program Director for the Fire Science program. In the event that this designation is given, you will be provided with the information regarding this position prior to any appointments. International Fire Service Accreditation Congress ( IFSAC ) requires the program director holds a minimum of a bachelor degree level.

Terms of Employment
• Full-time Faculty, 1.0 FTE, Exempt. This is a fulltime, tenure-track probationary position commencing September 2021. Hours of work may include evening or weekend teaching assignments.
• $50,700 – $60,000 per year depending on experience.
• Represented by the Faculty Forum Collective Bargaining Agreement.
• Initial assignment will be at the Bend Campus.
• Official transcripts are required upon hire. Applicants anticipating degree completion must supply a letter from his/her university stating the degree title and that the degree will be granted by that date.
• Upon hire, must pass criminal and/or driving history; only information relevant to the position will be considered.
• May include travel throughout the College district.

Essential Functions:


1. Provide instruction in Structure and Wildland fire courses, using approved course outcome guides. Teaching assignments may be during the day (including early morning), evening, or weekend, and could include classes taught at any of the College campuses, live, asynchronously online, or hybrid combinations of formats.
2. Provide student advising and assistance in areas of course selection, career planning, job placement and employment follow-up.
3. Hold at least five scheduled office hours per week for student help sessions and program assistance.
4. Participate in department meetings, curriculum revision, course assessment, program assessment, and program review.
5. Engage in regular professional growth activities, remain current in the field, and maintain current credentials or licensures as required by the program.
6. Participate in service to the college. This may include participating in College committees, taskforces, peer teams, or other activities.
7. Provide meaningful, professional service to the community, businesses, public agencies, and other organizations.
8. Perform other essential job functions as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.


1. Provide leadership and be responsible for maintaining and evaluating the effectiveness of the Fire Science curriculum leading to an AAS in Fire Science.
2. Ensure that the Fire Science program and course offerings comply with the current industry standards as established by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training ( DPSST ); the National Fire Protection Association ( NFPA ); the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education ( FESHE ); and IFSAC . The individual will also ensure that the National Wildfire Coordinating Group ( NWCG ) course offerings comply with the current industry standards as established by the NWCG, the local Pacific NW Wildfire Coordinating Group ( PNWCG ), and the Training Working Team ( TWT ).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Individuals must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that he or she can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities. The successful applicant will be able to

1. Demonstrate thorough knowledge in the field of Structure and Wildland Fire at all levels of certification and the ability to apply this knowledge.
2. Teach in adverse and fire training ground conditions.
3. Adapt and use a variety of teaching and assessment techniques including the use of technology to enhance student success.
4. Observe, direct, and oversee students ensuring safety in the classroom or laboratory.
5. Work with and present various curriculum concepts to a wide range of students with varying diverse backgrounds, abilities, and learning styles.
6. Effectively use Microsoft office suite, various course management systems, technology to teach traditional, hybrid, or online courses and other technology used in the instruction setting.
7. Communicate effectively and respectfully with diverse students, staff, and community members.
8. Provide services to students in a manner which does not discriminate as to race, creed, religion, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual preference or marital status.
9. Travel and or teach at various hours and campus locations, as required.
10. Foster a collaborative atmosphere among students and the willingness to work as a member of a team with faculty.
11. Utilize excellent oral, written and electronic communication skills.

Physical Demands and Other Ergonomic Requirements:

Individuals must be able to lift and carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds. Ability to work on the fire ground and with fire apparatus and equipment. Ability to work in classroom and office environments using computers, white boards, projectors, and other basic office equipment. All individuals are required to be able to perform the essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement

It is the policy of the Central Oregon Community College Board of Directors that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, disability, sex, marital status, national origin, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, citizenship status, veteran status or any other protected classes under Federal and State statutes in any educational programs, activities or employment. Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact the Equal Employment Officer, c/o COCC’s Human Resources office, 541.383.7216.

In support of COCC’s EEO statement, employees with bilingual fluency in English and Spanish is a plus, along with experience working in a diverse multicultural setting.

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Requirements:
• Requires an AAS Degree in Fire Science or a closely related discipline or a minimum of 24 quarter hours (16 semester hours) of credit in the Fire Science field
• Minimum of 3 years of experience in the fire service.
• Certified as NFPA Instructor I or equivalent with the ability to obtain NFPA Instructor II.
• Certified as an NFPA Firefighter I and NWCG Wildland Firefighter II (FFT2).

Preferred Qualifications:

Minimum of 3 years of teaching experience with demonstrated curriculum development.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Note that you will be required to upload/create the required documents indicated in this posting at the time you apply. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to upload all required documents, including transcript(s). If you have questions please contact HR at 541-383-7216.

COCC is not able to support work visas for this position. Candidates must be able to work in the United States at time of employment.

Is a Criminal History Check required? Yes Is a Credit History Check Required? No Open Until Filled No Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Choose your highest level of education:
    • No High School Diploma or GED
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Associates Degree
    • Bachelors Degree in Progress
    • Bachelors Degree
    • Masters Degree in Progress
    • Masters Degree
    • Ph.D. in Progress
    • Ph.D.
    • J.D.
    • M.D.
    • Other Doctorate Level Degree
  2. * How many years of COLLEGE LEVEL teaching experience do you have?
    • Less than 1 year
    • 1-2 years
    • 2-3 years
    • 3 years
    • More than 3 years
  3. * COCC employees must work and reside in the state of Oregon at the time their work is being performed. Are you, or will you be residing in the state of Oregon by the start date of this position?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * The College is NOT able to support Visa applications for this position. Applicants must already be eligible to work in the United States to be considered for this position. Are you, or will you be eligible to work in the US by the start date of the position?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Please indicate how you satisfy the requirement of 3 years of fire experience

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Are you a Certified NFPA Instructor I or equivalent with the ability to obtain NFPA Instructor II?
    • Yes
    • No
    • In progress
  7. * Are you Certificed as an NFPA Firefighter I AND NWCG Wildland Firefighter II (FFT2)?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Only NFPA Firefighter I
    • Only NWCG Wildland Firefighter II (FFT2)
  8. * Please provide your Teaching Philosophy/Evidence of Teaching Potential. You will have the opportunity to upload this document in the next step of the application process in the Required Documents section titled “Teaching Philosophy/Evidence of Teaching Potential”.
    • Yes, I have uploaded the Teaching Philosophy/Evidence of Teaching Potential document
    • No, I have not uploaded the Teaching Philosophy/Evidence of Teaching Potential document
  9. * Are you a U.S. military veteran? (COCC provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment. To receive veterans’ preference in this recruitment process, you must upload your DD214 and DD215 (if applicable) form(s) as supporting documentation. You will have the opportunity to upload the document in the next step of this application process.)
    • Yes, I am a veteran
    • No, I am not a veteran
  10. If you have identified yourself as a qualified veteran or disabled veteran by submitting your DD214 and DD215 (if applicable) form(s) as proof of veteran status, please describe any transferable skills earned during your military service that you feel relate to the requirements/preferences of this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  11. * Background checks are required for all employees of COCC. Should an offer of employment be made to you and accepted by you, you will receive an email from COCC / HireRight Screening requesting your consent and basic information to complete the check. The offer of employment will be conditional upon satisfactory completion of the criminal background check. Confirmed findings on a criminal background check will not automatically disqualify you from being hired into a position. Results are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, considering the job responsibilities and other risk factors. Additional information regarding COCC’s criminal history check policy can be found online in the General Procedures Manual, Section HR-2-1. Please indicate here if you will provide consent to the criminal history check when requested by the College:
    • Yes, I will provide my consent when requested
    • No, I will not provide my consent when requested
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Letter of Recommendation 1
  4. Letter of Recommendation 2
  5. College Transcript 1 (unofficial)
  6. Teaching Philosophy/Evidence of Teaching Potential
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation 3
  2. College Transcript 2 (unofficial)
  3. College Transcript 3 (unofficial)
  4. College Transcript 4 (unofficial)
  5. US Military DD 214
  6. Other Document 1
  7. Other Document 2
  8. Other Document 3
  9. Other Document 4
  10. Other Document 5
  11. Placement File, if applicable

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