Detailed Job Description
West Valley College is now accepting applications for a full-time, tenure-track instructor position in Theater Arts, requiring the ability to teach courses in Scenic Design, Stagecraft, Stage Lighting, Technical Production, and general Theater courses that include General Education Theater course.
We are currently seeking applicants who have successful experience and a genuine interest in working with under-represented groups.
West Valley College, though just minutes from the heart of the Silicon Valley, is in a beautiful park-like setting on 143 wooded acres. This physical environment enhances the existing warm and inviting collegiate learning environment.
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.
This is a full-time, 10-month, tenure-track position that begins in Fall 2016. Instructional assignments may include day and/or evening classes, Monday through Saturday, as needed and rotate among the Theater faculty. It is expected that over several semesters all levels of Theater Arts offered at the college will be taught. This position is represented by the Association of College Educators (ACE).
Work location: West Valley College, Saratoga, CA
We have begun a district-wide classification and compensation study. The compensation study will provide information on what other employers pay employees who are performing similar duties. The District will use this information to ensure that our employees are adequately compensated.
The classification & compensation study started in November 2014 and is expected to take approximately 12-18 months to complete. As a result of this study, it is possible for the compensation to change in this position opening.
1. Education – Possess one of the following:
- Master’s degree or Master of Fine Arts in Drama/Theater Arts/Performance; OR
- Bachelor’s degree or Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama/Theater/Performance AND master’s degree in Comparative Literature, English, Communication Studies, Speech, Literature, or Humanities; OR
- Possess a valid California community College Instructor’s credential in Theater Arts; OR
- The equivalent of the above.
2. Demonstrated ability to effectively work with persons of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.
- MFA in Stage Technology
- Skills in set construction, basic rigging and scenic painting
- Teaching experience at the community college level in both production and General Education Theater courses
- Demonstrated experience in scenic design
- Demonstrated experience in light and sound design
- Professional theater experience
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.
- Assume institutional responsibilities, which are of value to the department, division, college and/or District such as: actively participate in the spirit of shared governance in department, division, college and district institutional responsibilities. Such responsibilities may include recruitment and hiring, class schedule preparation, budget development, performance appraisals, mentorship, supervision of support staff, student recruitment and retention, curriculum and program development and evaluation, program review, club advising, committees, accreditation, articulation, and other duties as assigned.
Knowledge and Abilities
Salary and Benefits
West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer
- Anticipated Hiring Range: $53,557 to $83,349 annually, based upon academic achievement, teaching and related experience (Academic Salary Schedule, Steps 1-9).
- 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.