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Instructor, Geographic Information Systems
Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon
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Date Posted 10/30/2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Requisition ID req493
Department Geography
Campus SY-Sylvania Campus
Employment Type Faculty
Best Consideration Date 01/12/2019
Position Summary

The Geography Department, at Portland Community College's Sylvania Campus, seeks a full-time Instructor with diverse experience using geospatial technologies and an innovative teaching style to begin Fall 2020. The Geography department currently offers a GIS Certificate and is developing a UAS Certificate and an Associates of Applied Science in Geomatics.

For more information about PCC's Geography and GIS Program, visit our site at: 



As a part of the application process you are required to do the following:

Cover Letter:

In your cover letter please address how you meet the minimum qualifications for this GIS position. Additionally, please provide an example of how you create an inclusive and culturally responsive classroom, and use innovative strategies to engage students. 

Supplemental Questions - Responses Required in Application:

As part of the application, you will also be asked to respond to these two supplemental questions from the Screening Committee:

In 500 words or less, please describe how you would work collaboratively with GIS and GEO faculty across the district to further develop the GIS program with a focus on practices that engage and retain women and people of color.
How would you work with local GIS professionals and industry to create opportunities for student experiences and internships while also preparing students to be successful in those opportunities?


See the classification description for additional information: https://www.pcc.edu/instructor-qualifications/geo/

Candidate Profile

These qualifications, skills and abilities are critical for success in this position.
Throughout the screening process, you will be evaluated based on the demonstration of these qualifications.

Thorough knowledge in Geospatial software and technologies  including (but not limited to) ArcGIS Pro, AGOL, Collector, and Story Maps; QGIS;  and Geographic Information Systems terminology and concepts
Expertise in specialized Geospatial software, skill or technology such as Programming (Python, Javascript); GPS (Trimble); Photogrammetry or Remote Sensing (ENVI); UAS; Web mapping; or other specialized skills.
Evidence of culturally responsive teaching practices
Willingness to innovate and be creative in presenting class materials & content
Ability to work collaboratively  with other GIS/GEO faculty, and willingness to contribute to GIS program development, GEO SAC, Sylvania campus, and PCC in a positive and productive manner
Excellent interpersonal communication skills, contributing to the positive, optimistic and forward-looking energy of the program
Ability to mentor students in preparation for entering the Geospatial workforce
Ability to maintain, nurture and develop new community partnerships for student work experience and internships

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered, your application must demonstrate these minimum qualifications. (Experience is calculated based on the start and end dates you provide multiplied by the number of hours per week worked).

Master’s Degree in Geography or Master’s Degree in a related field*, plus 30 hours of graduate quarter credits in Geography


Master’s Degree a related field*, have completed at least 30 hours of graduate quarter credits in Geography or GIS, with 3 years of current, full-time work experience in GIS


Bachelor’s Degree in Geography, GIS, or related field*, with 4 years of current, full-time work experience in GIS


Bachelor’s Degree in a related field*, with a GIS certificate with 12 or more quarter credit hours in GIS, and 4 years of current, full-time work experience in GIS


* Related fields include GIS, Forestry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Urban Planning, Anthropology/Archeology, Economics, History, Political Science, Geology, Engineering, Public or Community Health, Architecture, Earth or Physical Sciences, Conservation Science, or other similar degrees

Starting Salary Expectations Initial Salary Placement up to Step 3 ($56,274) will be based on related experience, per PCC's collective bargaining agreement.
Position Grade Salary Range $52530 to $91089 Annual Salary
PCC Benefits

PCC offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide employees and their families, including domestic partners, with access to a broad range of benefit options. Includes Health, Dental, and Vision options, Group Life, Long-term Disability, Long-term Care, and Auto and Home Insurance programs.

PCC currently fully funds the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS/OPSRP) pension and contributes an additional 6% into the employee's Individual Account Program under PERS/OPSRP.  PCC offers a tax deferred annuity program and a deferred compensation program where employees may save additional pre-tax dollars for retirement.

Additionally, PCC provides a tuition waver for yourself, domestic partner, and dependent children under 24 years of age; plus partial tuition reimbursement for yourself at other accredited institutions.

* Please note: Temporary Full-Time Faculty are not eligible for Personal Leave Days, Life Insurance, Long-term Disability, or AD&D Insurance.

Paid Leave:

1 day of sick leave for every 18 days worked (~10 days/year)
21 hours of additional personal leave per year
4 paid holidays (which occur during the term you are teaching)

View a complete list of PCC benefits.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements Official transcripts are required to be submitted within 2 weeks of offer date for degrees required in the stated Instructor Qualifications.

Instructors shall have earned required academic credentials at a regionally accredited US institution or a foreign institution having the equivalent of regional accreditation.

Instructors with credentials from other countries will have their transcripts evaluated by agencies that have good standing with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services to establish fulfillment of this standard. (for more information see http://www.pcc.edu/hr/employment/faculty-information.html)

For more information on PCC's General Instructor Qualifications Policy I301 visit: 
Background Check Required Yes

Portland Community College complies with the Oregon Veterans' Preference in Public Employment law which provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment. You will be given instructions during the application process to claim Veterans' Preference in the recruitment of this position, and to provide the documents required for verification of eligibility. Please do not send your documentation to the hiring manager directly. For verification of eligibility, please submit the following documentation:

Veterans: DD214
Disabled Veterans: DD214 and Letter from the Department of VA

Portland Community College is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected class.


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