Clinical Coordinator/Instructor Respiratory Therapy Program - San Juan College in Farmington New Mexico

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San Juan College

Farmington, New Mexico

United States

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Detailed Job Description


This position is responsible for coordinating the clinical components of the Respiratory Therapy program and for teaching program courses. This position reports to the Director of The Respiratory Therapy Program.


San Juan College is committed to serving the needs of our students through a process of continuous quality improvement. We uphold and affirm the following iCARE values:

• Innovation
• Collaboration
• Accountability
• Respect
• Excellence

Duties & Responsibilities


• Develops assigned course curriculum, including objectives, pre- and post-tests, lesson plans, exams and assignments; performs direct teaching/demonstration of respiratory therapy skills; facilitates hands on learning in the classroom, laboratory or field setting.

• Updates course material annually based on collaborative program evaluation results and current RT advances.

• Maintains and submits course records consistent with college and accreditation standards.

• Manages all aspects of the clinical component of the RT program.

• Maintains a sufficient number of clinical sites to assure timely student placements.

• Maintains and updates contracts, memoranda of understanding, and other documentation necessary to support fieldwork sites.

• Advocates, develops and documents collaborative links between the academic program and clinical sites, including regular contact and supervision of students on site; collaborates with preceptors to design experiences which enrich the relationships between academic and clinical education.

• Facilitates student progression in clinical sites to include counseling for difficulties, remediation, and evaluation of professional behaviors.

• Submits final grades to the enrollment office.

• Participates in assigned college committees.

• Maintains professional board certifications and licensures; maintains active memberships in professional organizations; remains informed of current trends in the profession.

• Completes required continuing education.

• Performs related duties.


• Knowledge of respiratory therapy principles, practices, and standards.

• Knowledge of respiratory therapy evaluation and treatment equipment.

• Knowledge of contracts, memoranda of understanding, and other documentation necessary to manage clinical operations.

• Knowledge of respiratory therapy clinical training principles.

• Knowledge of student advising principles.

• Knowledge of curriculum development principles.

• Knowledge of effective teaching strategies.

• Knowledge of program and learner assessment principles.

• Knowledge of accreditation standards and processes.

• Knowledge of college policies and procedures.

• Skill in the operation of computers and job related software programs.

• Skill in decision making and problem solving.

• Skill in interpersonal relations and in dealing with the public.

• Skill in oral and written communication.

• Skill in working effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.


The Director assigns work in terms of very general instructions. The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures and the nature and propriety of the final results.


Guidelines include Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care requirements, State of New Mexico respiratory therapy regulations, American Association of Respiratory Care ethical standards, Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, and college and program policies and procedures. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application.


• The work consists of varied instruction and management duties. Strict regulations and the variety of tasks to be managed contribute to the complexity of the position.

• The purpose of this position is to direct the Respiratory Therapy program’s clinical training component. Success in this position results in the efficient and effective provision of instruction to students and to compliance with accreditation standards.


• Contacts are typically with co-workers, other college personnel, faculty, staff, students, clinical site preceptors, respiratory therapy professionals, representatives of accreditation agencies, vendors, and members of the general public.

• Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, to resolve problems, to provide services, to negotiate or settle matters, or to motivate or influence persons.


• The work is typically performed while intermittently sitting, standing or stooping. The employee occasionally lifts light and heavy objects, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, and distinguishes between shades of color.

• The work is typically performed in an office or classroom. The employee may be exposed to contagious or infectious diseases. Work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, gloves, etc.


This position has direct supervision over Administrative Assistant (1), adjunct faculty, and student employees.


• Bachelor’s Degree in Respiratory Therapy or a course study strongly related to the occupational field is required. Master’s Degree is highly preferred. • A minimum of four years experience as an educator for an approved CoARC Respiratory Therapy Program is required. • A minimum of four years clinical experience as an RRT in an inpatient hospital setting is required. • The successful candidate must hold a professional license or certification as required by the state. • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of New Mexico for the type of vehicle or equipment operated. • All candidates are subject to a Criminal Background Investigation prior to any offer of employment.

Starting Salary

Salary commensurate upon highest level of education and actual years of teaching experience.

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Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Lecturer / Instructor / Adjunct
Type of Faculty:Visiting / Adjunct
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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