Join our Student-Centered College!
Do you love connecting adult learners with their educational goals so they can thrive in their lives and careers? Are you passionate about working with the incredibly diverse group of students taking classes through our Western State Hospital site? If these questions resonate with you, then we invite you to consider joining the team at Pierce College, an innovative and equity-focused community college dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals.
About Pierce College:
Pierce College is an innovative community college committed to student engagement and learning. We value student learning experiences that foster equity and diversity in the classroom and expand into our local and global communities. From closing achievement gaps for all students to building directed career pathways, faculty, staff, and administrators work collaboratively to lead initiatives that advance student success. The college serves over 15,000 students in basic skills, transfer, and professional technical programs. Through continuous efforts, we have improved retention rates by 17% and graduation rates by 89%. This year, Pierce was named a top community college in several national polls and received an Aspen Institute Rising Star Award as a top-five community college in the nation.?Pierce College employees and students live and work in various communities that offer the diverse cultural and environmental benefits of rural, suburban, and urban lifestyles in the Pacific Northwest. As part of the community and technical college system in Washington State, the District includes Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Pierce College Puyallup, Pierce College at Western State Hospital, and Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
About the Program:
The successful candidate will teach as a contracted instructor for Education Services at Western State Hospital. Instructors are Washington State licensed and certified teachers. Education classes focus on functional skills such as reading and comprehending information related to one's illness and treatment, improving typing, communication, math, and writing skills, and GED preparation and testing. These classes provide students a sense of pride by providing the structure, resources, and support necessary to create and achieve tangible learning goals. Education is a cornerstone to the most vital tenet of recovery: living a full, satisfying life.
Western State Hospital (WSH) is an inpatient psychiatric hospital. With over 850 beds and more than 2000 employees, WSH is one of the largest psychiatric hospitals west of the Mississippi. WSH provides evaluation and inpatient treatment for individuals with serious or long-term mental illness. Patients are referred to the hospital through the Regional Support Network (RSN), the civil court system when individuals meet the criteria for involuntary treatment (RCW 71.05) or through the criminal justice system (RCW 10.77). WSH is located in the city of Lakewood, Washington, which is seven miles south of Tacoma.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
The successful candidate's responsibilities include:
  • Teaching a variety of GED courses focused on patients under the age of 23 and lacking a high school diploma;
  • Providing both one-to-one and classroom instruction;
  • Assessing patient education history and reading levels at hospital admission;
  • Embracing and engaging in innovation;
  • Demonstrating multicultural competence in interactions with students, faculty, hospital staff, and community members;
  • Engaging in efforts to improve student access, retention, inclusion, and success;
  • Designing, instructing, and assessing assigned courses;
  • Incorporating active student learning and appropriate use of technology in the classroom;
  • Teaching, advising, and mentoring a diverse student population holistically from access to completion;
  • Collaborating with treatment team members and clinicians;
  • Serving on a variety of committees;
  • Attending and participating in regular department and division meetings;
  • Working effectively and collegially with faculty and staff across disciplines/programs; and
  • Engaging in ongoing professional development as a process of continuous improvement.
QUALIFICATIONS:
Required:
  • Master's Degree or PhD in Education, Adult Education, or a closely related field and valid Washington state teaching license
OR
  • Bachelor's degree with secondary teaching certification in Washington State and experience teaching basic skills to students

Special Requirements and/or Conditions of Employment:
  • Must pass in-depth Washington State Patrol and FBI background checks
  • Must pass the New Employee Orientation course and maintain access to Western State Hospital
APPLICATION PROCESS:
Terms of Employment:
This is a full-time, specially funded, faculty position for 220 contracted days per year. It is expected for this position to start September 2019. Scheduled hours may vary with occasional evening work and travel between Pierce College campuses/sites. Travel may occur as required for attendance at events. A competitive benefits package is included.
Application Procedure:
To be considered for this position, applicants must include the following items in their application package:
  1. Letter of formal application that addresses how your experience and education qualifies you to perform the assigned responsibilities (Cover Letter)
  2. Response to the following: Describe strategies you use to engage students from diverse backgrounds and educational preparation (Supplemental Question)
  3. Detailed resume of all educational and professional experience, which includes licensing and certifications (Résumé)
  4. Copies of all college and university transcripts. International transcripts much include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: http//ncaes.org/members.htm. (Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application; official transcripts required prior to hire) (Transcripts)
  5. A list of four current professional references with name, relationship to candidate, address, email address, and telephone number. Please do not submit letters of recommendation (References)
Reasonable Accommodation:
Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.
Screening & Interview Process:
Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and have met the required qualifications will be considered. The most desirable candidates will be contacted for an interview. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.
Conditions of Employment:
  • Physical Work Environment: work is performed in an office and instructional setting. This position is located at Western State Hospital, in which, there exists the potential for violence. The incumbent must be able to pass a background check prior to working.
  • In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.
  • Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in this policy.

Equal Opportunity:
The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices for all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.