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Fire Technology Instructor, Part-Time
Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California
Date Posted 12/21/2020
Faculty-Vocational & Technical-Fire Science
Employment Type Part Time
Application Deadline Open until filled
Job Number FAC00269P
Position Title Fire Technology Instructor, Part-Time
Position Type Faculty Part Time Pool
Percentage Employee Not to exceed 60%
Number of Months Assignment
Starting Date As Needed - This is to establish a pool for future part-time teaching positions.
Current Work Schedule
Salary Range

Dependent upon academic background and educational experience. Please visit our website at http://www.riohondo.edu/hr/hr-documents/ to see the faculty salary schedule.

Shift Differential
FLSA Exempt
Department Public Safety
Open Date 12/18/2020
Initial Screening Date
Open Until Filled No
About Rio Hondo College

About Río Hondo College

Río Hondo College welcomes and embraces all students in their educational and career pathways. As a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), our College has a student population of 22,000, of which 18,000 are Latinx students. We were the first college in Los Angeles County to provide two years of free tuition to first-time, full-time college students through our Río Promise program. We are proud to acknowledge that many of our students have transferred to high ranked institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, USC and UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, Cal State LA, Cal State Long Beach, and Whittier College to name a few.


Our caring and dedicated student-centered staff, faculty, and administrators are devoted to the advancement of educational justice, equity, and opportunity for all our students. Our College’s 900 employees, with close to 600 faculty, hold themselves accountable for the academic success of disproportionately impacted student populations. Our entire staff, with unwavering team collaboration, work hard to ensure our students reach their full potential by eliminating gaps in academic outcomes that traditionally hinder students of color.

Río Hondo College is committed to the recruitment of qualified and diverse employees who are dedicated to our students’ success. We recognize that diversity in an academic environment fosters cultural awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for our students. We are steadfast in our hiring practices and staff development processes which reinforce the goals of equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion. Our practices and processes also support the importance of a workforce that reflects the community and the diverse student population we serve.

Río Hondo College employs approximately 55% tenured track faculty of color; 60% part-time faculty of color; 85% classified staff of color; and 50% administrators of color.

Río Hondo College offers 30 associate degrees that guarantee transfer (ADTs) to Cal State Universities, a bachelor’s degree in Automotive Technology, more than 60 certificates, a Pathway to Law School, dual enrollment with K-12 districts, state championship speech & debate team, top-notch athletic teams, student leadership opportunities, travel abroad experiences and more.

In collaboration with the communities in Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, El Monte, South El Monte, Whittier, portions of Norwalk, La Mirada, Downey, La Puente, the City of Industry, Los Nietos and Avocado Heights, Río Hondo College provides an exceptional academic curriculum to meet the unique needs of our region and strengthen our communities.

Basic Function/Definition
Essential Duties

Knowledge of: Current theory and practice within the subject discipline, Principles and best practices of effective teaching, Learning theories, both pedagogical and andragogical, Student learning outcomes and methods of assessment, Community college curricula, Community and campus resources, services, programs, and professionals available to students, Methods of gathering, analyzing, and preparing data, Modern computing technology, Record keeping techniques with regard to student enrollment, attendance, and progress

Ability to: Demonstrate a thorough and accurate knowledge in the subject field or discipline, Deliver course curricula in various learning styles, Exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, social, economic, cultural, disability and ethnic background of community college students, Integrate current and emerging instructional delivery technologies into the learning process to enhance teaching and the educational experience, Maintain professional standards that protect student confidentiality, Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing using tact, patience, and courtesy, Establish and maintain effective working relationships, both on and off-campus, Analyze situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action, Demonstrate commitment to professional excellence and continuous growth within subject field or discipline.

Minimum Qualifications

Any Bachelor’s degree and two years of professional experience, or any associate’s degree and six years of professional experience.
A valid California Community College Credential authorizing service in the appropriate subject matter areas.
Demonstrate a sensitivity to, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.


1) An Associate degree in fire technology or related area; AND/OR 2) a combination of successfully completed coursework totaling at least twelve (12) units at the baccalaureate level in the area in which the equivalency is requested, PLUS evidence of at least three (3) years’ experience in a related career area.


Assignment(s) may include teaching courses in any field related to the public safety career fields, as assigned during day, evening and weekend hours. Other duties and responsibilities include teaching responsibilities describe in Board Policies, California Education Code and Faculty Association Contract.

Provide academic instruction to students through lecture, lab, or performance courses; assess and develop cognitive abilities, communication skills, and higher order thinking skills among students through appropriate assignments and activities in one-on-one, classroom, and distance mediated instructional settings.

Advise and instruct students regarding programs of study, other institutions of higher education, lifelong learning resource, and effective study skills; refer students to support services, programs, resources, and other professionals as appropriate.

Observe and evaluate student performance in meeting course objectives and student learning outcomes through assignments, projects, discussions, and examinations; provide feedback in a timely manner to student inquiries in class, online, or during established consultation office hours.

Plan and organize instruction according to approved course outlines and student learning outcomes to maximize student learning in alignment with department, college, and District goals; implement the student performance objectives as listed on the official course outline of record.

Maintain current, accurate records of course enrollment, attendance, student academic progress, course curriculum, and student learning outcomes; prepare and submit data and reports related to course and student progress in a timely manner.

Evaluate and select instructional materials such as textbooks, manuals, software, and tools in collaboration, as appropriate, with discipline faculty; order instructional materials according to campus bookstore procedure to ensure timely deliver.

Revise and update course content and materials of instruction in accordance with new theory, application, and industry developments within the discipline or area of specialization.

Update syllabi; collaborate with discipline faculty on a regular basis to assess and revise measurable student performance indicators for each course.

May participate in curriculum and program development; may provide input into the development of student learning outcomes.

May attend and participate on committees and in department, division, campus, and District meetings.

May participate in articulation and matriculation related activities. Perform related duties as assigned.

May include working in a para-military atmosphere for professional vocational academies (i.e. marching, physical training, weapons range, heavy lifting, climbing ladders, fighting fires, hiking, etc.)

Foreign Degrees

Any degree from a country other than the United States, including Canada and Great Britain, must be evaluated by an Evaluation Service prior to the closing date. Certification must be attached with copies of transcripts.

License Certificates/Credentials
Desired Qualifications
Working Conditions
Position Description

Applications are now being accepted to develop a list of qualified candidates for Fire Technology Instructor, Part-Time or hourly as needed teaching assignments.

Application Procedure

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PT on the closing date.

Applicants must submit a complete online application that includes the items listed.

  • Rio Hondo College online application (which includes supplemental questions)
  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae
  • Complete transcripts of all college/university studies, including degree earned (copies will be accepted). NOTE: Transcripts from multiple colleges/universities may need to be scanned as one document, then uploaded.
  • Transcripts must include degree awarded and confer date (please circle conferral date on transcripts). Transcripts without this information and online applications without transcripts will be disqualified.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Additional Information
  • The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires the District obtain documentation from every individual who is employed which verifies identity and authorizes his/her right to work in the United States.
  • Successful candidate is responsible for verifying all prior work experience and providing all academic transcripts for purposes of salary placement.
  • As a condition of employment, the selected applicant must provide a set of fingerprints (at the applicant’s expense) taken by an official LiveScan agency.
  • Provide a Certificate of Tuberculosis Exam for initial employment (The certificate must be renewed every 4 years as a condition of continuing employment).
  • For positions requiring a valid California driver’s license, proof of insurability is required.
  • Applicants who are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act and require accommodations for completing the application process, testing (if required for position), or the interview, please notify the Human Resources Office.
  • A copy of this announcement will be provided in Braille to visually impaired applicants upon request.
Commitment to Diversity

All applicants must have demonstrated cultural competency and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.

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EEO Statement

Rio Hondo College is committed to employing qualified administrators, faculty and staff members who are dedicated to student success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters cultural awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal opportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for all qualified candidates.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please list all degrees held and specify the fields in which you earned them. Please list any Community College Credentials held, if any.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Please describe your fire service experience. Explain the departments you have worked for, ranks held and length of time in each position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Explain your experience in teaching Fire Technology courses in the classroom or online and/or describe your experience teaching California State Fire Marshal Level I, and Level II classes. Describe any fire academy instruction at a regional or local accredited agency.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Describe exactly what areas of instruction you feel comfortable teaching. Please do not say "ALL AREAS". Be specific to the topics you feel you are able to satisfactorily teach and why.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * What have you completed within the past three years to stay involved in, refreshed yourself with or be otherwise considered personal growth in order to maintain recency in the fire service (examples; course taken, certificated earned, classes attended, books reviewed, etc.).

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Describe your training and/or experience that demonstrates your sensitivity to, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Do you have the ability to sit, stand, walk, crouch, stoop, squat, twist, climb and lift 50 lbs.?

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Unofficial Transcript (Graduate)
  3. Unofficial Transcript (Undergraduate)
Optional Documents
  1. Other Documents
  2. License or Credential
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