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Nursing Professor - Tenure Track

Tacoma Community College
Fircrest, WA
Closing date
Sep 20, 2023

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Who We Are ( 3 positions available)

Located in the scenic Puget Sound area with Mount Rainier in the distance, Tacoma is the third largest city in Washington State with a thriving and diverse community of over 200,000 residents. Tacoma Community College (TCC) was built on the ancestral territory of Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Puyallup. The 1854 Medicine Creek Treaty forcibly removed them to the Puyallup Reservation to make way for settlers; we recognize the privilege of utilizing this land has come at great cost. We honor the resilience of the Puyallup people, who still live here, defend their rights, and contribute greatly to the well-being of this community.

Our institution aims to increase partnerships and community ties with the local indigenous populations. TCC is committed to increasing Native visibility by developing more culturally responsive curriculum.

Moreover, TCC stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the Black community by further strengthening collaboration with the Black Student Union as well as community entities such as the Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective, the Tacoma Urban League, and local black-owned businesses. We are committed to infusing and incorporating more educational content focused on the lives and experiences of the Black community into our curriculum. We are examining and revising our policies and practices with the stated goal of becoming an anti-racist institution.

Tacoma Community College is an Associate and Bachelor degree-granting public institution that serves a diverse population of approximately 12,000 students. We embrace our identity as a community college. Our Mission Statement says, "As the community's college, we create meaningful learning, advance equity, and strengthen student and community success." To grow our workforce, we seek to recruit employees who exemplify these attributes:

Committed to educating a racially and socioeconomically diverse student population that reflects the diversity of our community.
Values intellectual curiosity and innovation.
Honors the campus mission to promote equitable access to educational opportunities.
Cares about student success and collaborates on strategies to facilitate success for historically underserved populations.
Welcomes difference and models respectful interaction with others.

The college offers two nursing degrees or certificates at this time that include the Associates in Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Ready Program Degree which leads to their RN, and the Nursing Assistant Certificate. The program first time NCLEX pass rate for 2021 was 96%. The TCC Nursing Program mission is "To produce innovative Associate Degree nurses who provide safe quality care to diverse populations, invest in continued professional learning to maintain excellence, and inspire others in the profession of nursing. The nursing program will accomplish this through evidenced-based nursing education in an environment that promotes caring, diversity, ethics, excellence, holism, integrity and patient-centered care." The nursing program is one of the largest in the state and admits 160-180 students annually that reflect the diversity of our community.

The program is staffed with five support staff, 12 full-time faculty, and approximately 40-45 part-time faculty all under the direction of the Associate Dean of Nursing. Through a donation from Joe Harned, a generous TCC benefactor, the majority of the TCC's health programs are located in a 69,700 square foot state of the art building (Note the NAC program is located at both the TCC and Gig Harbor campus). The building features several study areas, two healing gardens, geothermal wells and is considered the best Wi-Fi wired building on campus. The Nursing Program enjoys a large state of-the-art Simulation Center and three fully equipped Skills Labs. This Center is located on the third level of the HC Joe Harned Center for Health Careers, in Building 13 on the TCC Tacoma Campus. Approximately 12.5% of our curriculum is simulation-based and is set up using the INACSL standards.

Our 5-week Nursing Assistant program is offered at both the Tacoma campus (building 19) and Gig Harbor campus and we are excited to work with community members for innovative collaborations. We love our students and seek a new member of our team to play an essential role in preparing the registered nurses and nursing assistants of tomorrow.

We are searching for three tenure-track faculty positions to support the RN and NAC programs. These positions reports to the Associate Dean for Nursing. Essential Functions Participate in the design, revision, implementation, and evaluation of the nursing curriculum.
Participate in activities of the nursing faculty team; including attend nursing faculty meetings per negotiated agreement and serving on departmental committees as elected or appointed.
Participate in development and evaluation of policies and standards for selection, admission, promotion, and graduation of nursing students.
Responsible for the teaching-learning process of students in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings.
Participate in the selection of clinical facilities and in the development of positive interpersonal relationships with the personnel of such institutions.
Planning and implementing a quarterly schedule of clinical experiences for the students.
Evaluate student achievement in terms of clinical outcomes utilizing student's clinical performance and the written assignments pertaining to client care.
Participate in academic advising of students according to the college and program policy.
Participate in ongoing assessment and evaluation of nursing program and student outcomes.
Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse community members, health care professionals, students, faculty and administration.
Utilize strong skills in written, oral, and listening communications.
Interpret the philosophy and outcomes of this Associate Degree Nursing Program to the community within and outside the College.
Participate in College governance and activities to support the Strategic Plan and Initiatives of Tacoma Community College.
Maintain office hours according to college policies. Attend division meetings.
Perform other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in nursing from an accredited college or university, which includes evidence of preparation and curriculum development or teaching.
Minimum of two (2) years of professional experience in the practice of nursing.
For clinical faculty will directly supervise students at the clinical facility; current clinical experience of at least three years in the clinical subject area top.
Able to meet state of Washington vocational certification requirements.

Preferred Qualifications Experience using multiple methods of technology to facilitate nursing education.
Experience or coursework in curriculum design and evaluation.
Experience using writing as a method of evaluation in nursing.

Conditions of Employment Successful completion of a criminal history background check.
Hold a current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Washington, or eligible for licensure in the state of Washington.
The successful candidate must be available to attend regular in-person activities on campus for student meetings, college and program committee work, industry partner meetings, and other related functions.
Full COVID-19 vaccination is required as a condition of employment.

The Successful Candidate Will Demonstrate Ethics and integrity, and sound professional judgment.
An appreciation of diversity and the benefits of a commitment to cultural awareness and sensitivity in the workplace.
Ability and willingness to use innovative teaching techniques & infuse technology in the teaching and learning process.
Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with students, colleagues and staff representing diverse ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic and learning abilities.
A strong commitment to teaching in a community college setting, responding to the broad ranging needs of a diverse student population.
Commitment to functioning as an effective team member.
Knowledge and experience of nursing in a variety of health care settings with a focus in critical care, emergency nursing, medical-surgical nursing, and working with a diverse population.
Instructional skills using a variety of teaching methodologies and technology to meet the needs of multiple learning styles.
Commitment to remain current in nursing practice.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Ability to work successfully with the varied and diverse students and staff of the college.
Leadership skills and commitment to nursing across the health care continuum.

Application Process All complete applications received by the priority consideration date will be reviewed by a screening committee. Selected candidates will be invited for interview which may include a teaching demonstration.

Complete application packages must include the following:

Tacoma Community College Online Application
Resume and cover letter describing how your educational background and work experience align with the responsibilities and qualifications of the position.
Unofficial copies of transcripts for all colleges and universities attended (official transcripts will be required for the successful candidate).
Tacoma Community College is committed to creating and supporting a multi-cultural climate that welcomes, fosters, respects, and celebrates diversity. Please attach a statement (maximum two pages) describing your experiences with other cultures and communities, your level of cultural self-awareness and how you have integrated both experience and self- awareness into your living/working environment.
Terms of Employment
This is a full-time tenure track faculty position contracted on an annual basis. Placement on the faculty salary schedule will commensurate with educational background and experience per the Faculty Negotiated Agreement(Download PDF reader) ( Article 4.00 Academic Employee Compensation ). The salary range for this position is $51,150-65,500. Tacoma Community College offers a comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Life and long- term disability insurance plans; sick and personal leave; reduced tuition for the employee; and retirement benefits are also provided. For more information, please visit our employment page/employment benefits: A collective bargaining agreement exist and membership in the TCC Federation of Teachers or payment of a service fee and is available anytime upon hire. Evening and off campus assignments may be a part of the instructional load. Flexibility is required to meet the needs of the department. Degrees must be from accredited colleges or universities recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and verified by National Clearinghouse.International degrees will be verified for U.S. equivalency.

Tacoma Community College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Tacoma Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). Provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Stephen Smith, Title VII and Title IX, Building 14, 253-566-5055; Dr. Davi Kallman, Section 504 Officer, Building 7, 253-566-5157. This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and or modified without notice.

Tacoma Community College
Human Resources
6501 S 19th St Bldg. 14, Tacoma WA 98466

The benefits information presented on this page is a summary of College provided benefits. This information is subject to change and is subject to the provisions of any legislative mandates and College policy changes. For more detailed information about Tacoma Community College (TCC) benefits, please do not hesitate to contact the College benefits coordinator at (253) 566-5024.

TCC offers a comprehensive benefits package which include medical, dental, life insurance, and long- term disability insurance through the Public Employee Benefits Board (PEBB), along with retirement benefits through TIAA and the Department of Retirement System

Full-time faculty, classified staff, administrators and professional staff are eligible for benefits. Hourly employees and part-time faculty may be eligible for benefits if, and when, they meet specific criteria and are notified by TCC Human Resources.

Effective Date of Coverage
Coverage begins the first day of the month following the date of hire, or date of achieving eligibility status. If the date of hire is the first working day of the month, coverage begins immediately.

Health Insurance

Medical Plans
Eligible employees have several medical plan options to select from. Employees pay a monthly premium through payroll deduction.

Premium Rates Effective January 1, 2023
PEBB Medical Plans
EmployeeEmployee & Spouse or Domestic Partner
Employee & Children
Full FamilyKaiser Permanente WA - Classic$167$344$292$469Kaiser Permanente WA - CDHP$25$60$44$79Kaiser Permanente WA- Value$94$198$165$269Kaiser Permanente WA- SoundChoice$46$102$81$137UMP-Classic$135$280$236$381UMP-Select$59$128$103$172UMP Plus - PSHVN$97$204$170$277UMP Plus - UWMACN$97$204$170$277UMP-CDHP$29$68$51$90Resources: PEBB Website

Medical Plan information

PEBB Medical Plan Comparison

Dental Plans

Employees choose from three dental plans. TCC covers the full dental premium for employees and enrolled dependents.

Resource: Dental Plan Comparison


Covered under medical plan chosen.

Waiving Medical Coverage

If you have other employer-based medical insurance, Medicare or TRICARE, you have the option to waive PEBB medical coverage. Dental is mandatory for all eligible employees and cannot be waived, unless enrolled in dental coverage as a dependent under a SEBB (School District Employee Benefits Board) plan.
Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) & Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP) & LimitedPurpose FSA
FSA & DCAP accounts allow employees to set aside pre-taxed dollars to cover out-of-pocket health care and/or childcare expenses.

Members of WFSE (HE CCC) and WPEA, will be eligible to receive a $250 FSA card if employed as of November 1 with an annual full-time equivalent salary of less than $50,004, and is enrolled in a non- CDHP medical plan as of January 1 of the plan year that FSA funds are made available. This card is issued by PEBB in the following January and does not count against the annual FSA limit, if enrolled in an FSA with Navia.

The Limited Purpose FSA is eligible for employees who are enrolled in a consumer-directed health plan (CDHP) that has a Health Savings Account. The Limited Purpose FSA is only for dental and vision expenses.

Resource: Navia Benefit Solutions

Life Insurance

Benefits eligible employees, lawful spouse or same-sex domestic partner, dependent children under 26 years of age are eligible to enroll in life insurance. Coverage is effective first of the month following the date of employment for basic coverage; for optional coverage, amounts become effective the first of the month following approval date.

Basic Coverage: $35,000 Basic Term Life & $5,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) This is employer-provided at no cost to the employee.
Supplemental Life Insurance Coverage(s) : Any supplemental term life insurance and AD&D coverage for employee, lawful spouse, qualified same-sex domestic partner, and family is available at additional cost to the employee.


MetLife Life Insurance Long Term Disability (LTD)
Basic LTD:Provides 60% of the first $400 pre-disability earnings, reduced by any deductible income at no cost to the employee.

Supplemental LTD: Supplemental LTD coverage to replace at 60% or 50% of full pre-disability earnings is available at an additional cost to the employee.

Resource: PEBB Long-Term Disability Insurance

Paid Leave

Classified staff, Administrators, and Professional staff are eligible for paid vacation, sick leave, and personal leave, along with paid federal holidays. Monthly vacation entitlement amounts can vary from
9.33 to 16.67 hours per month depending on the employment type and length of state service. Monthly sick leave entitlement is 8.00 hours per month based on 100% FTE position and will be prorated accordingly if less than 100% FTE. Annual personal leave entitlement varies depending on employee type. Full-time classified, administrators, and professional staff are paid for all federal holidays.

Full-time faculty receive 84.00 hours of paid sick leave per academic year along with 28.00 hours of personal leave. Full-time faculty are paid on an annual contract and do not receive pay for federal holidays.

Part-time faculty receive sick leave each quarter using a formula based on the total FTE% from the cumulative teaching contracts issued to them that quarter. They would receive 7.00 hours of personal leave if they are issued a multi-quarter appointment at the start of the academic year. Part-time faculty do not receive pay for federal holidays.

Part-time hourly and student employees receive 1 hour of sick leave for every 40 hours worked in a month (and fractions, thereof). Up to 40 hours of sick leave can carry over from one calendar year to the next.
If a part-time hourly or student employee is hired into a full-time position, the sick leave hours earned in the part-time position do not carry over to the full-time position. Part-time hourly and student employees are not paid for federal holidays.

Monthly entitlements are given at the beginning of the following month.
All employees in salaried positions may take up to five days of paid bereavement time off for the death of a family member. This is separate from the sick leave or vacation leave.


Retirement participation is mandatory for retirement benefit eligible TCC employees. Employees are offered a choice between two retirement plans and that choice is generally irrevocable while employed at TCC.

Classified Employees and (retirement eligible) Part-Time hourly:

Classified employees and eligible part-time hourly employees must choose between the Public Employees Retirement Systems (PERS) Plan 2 or Plan 3. More information about these plans can be found at this link: Department of Retirement Systems Plans


Faculty can choose to enroll in the State Board Retirement Plan (SBRP) with the plan administrator being TIAA or the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) Plan 2 or Plan 3 administered by the Department of Retirement System (DRS). Prior history in any of these plans may limit current plan choice. Click here to compare TRS Plan 2, TRS Plan 3, and SBRP.

SBRP -TIAA - This is a Defined Contribution Plan. The employee contributes a mandatory defined amount and the state matches the employee's contributions. Contribution rates are based on age.

TRS Plan 2 - A 401(a) defined benefit plan. TCC and employee contribute a percentage of salary to fund the plan. Your monthly benefit at retirement will be based on your earned service credit and compensation.

TRS Plan 3 - A 401(a) hybrid plan with Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution components. The defined contribution portion of the plan is funded through mandatory employee contributions. The employee may choose between six contribution options. TCC contributes to Defined Benefit part.

Administrative/Exempt Employees

Administrators and Exempt employees may choose to participate in the State Board Retirement Plan (SBRP), administered by TIAA, or the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) Plan 2 or Plan 3, administered by the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS). Prior history in a Washington State Retirement Plan may limit plan choice. Click here to compare PERS Plan 2, PERS Plan 3, and SBRP.

SBRP/TIAA - This is a 401(a) Defined Contribution Plan. The employee contributes a mandatory defined amount and the state matches the employee's contributions. Contribution rates are based on age.

PERS Plan 2 - A 401(a) defined benefit plan. TCC and employee contribute a percentage of salary to fund the plan. Your monthly benefit at retirement will be based on your earned service credit and compensation.

PERS Plan 3 - A 401(a) hybrid plan with Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution components. The defined contribution portion of the plan is funded through mandatory employee contributions. The employee may choose between six contribution options. TCC contributes to Defined Benefit part.

PERS Rates Effective July 1, 2022.

TRS Rates Effective September 1, 2022.

State Board Retirement Plan (SBRP) - Contributions Rates:

Contributions are based on your age:
Your AgeYourContributionEmployer ContributionTotal SBRP ContributionUnder 355%5%10%35-497.5%7.5%15%50+10%10%20%

Supplemental Retirement Savings:

State Board Voluntary Investment Program (SBVIP):

SBVIP is a voluntary, optional, unmatched retirement savings plan, operating under Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), administered by TIAA. SBVIP participants may contribute on a pre-tax and/or after-tax (Roth) basis, up to the annual IRS limit and can start and stop their contributions at any time during employment. Contact Human Resources to start/stop contributions.

Deferred Compensation Program (DCP):

Tax-deferred savings plan administered by the Department of Retirement Systems. New Full-time employees are automatically enrolled in DCP 3 months after hire at a contribution rate of 3%. Employees are sent a notification letter within approximately 30 days of hire. This notice includes information about auto-enrollment and the necessary steps to take if one chooses to opt-out or make changes to their DCP enrollment. Contributions can be changed at any time during employment. Following the initial auto- enrollment possibility, employees would contact DRS to setup contributions and can contribute on a pre- tax basis up to the annual IRS limit.

Tuition Waiver

Administrative, Classified, Full-time Faculty, and Part-Time faculty employed for more than 50% FTE are eligible to register for space-available classes, up to 10 credits per quarter, with the State Employee Tuition Waiver program. Class registration and any applicable class fee will still apply. Click here for the Tuition Waiver form (Download PDF reader) .

Liberty Mutual

PEBB members may receive a discount of up to 12% off Liberty Mutual's auto insurance rates and up to 5% off of Liberty Mutual's home insurance rates.

Contact Liberty Mutual at 1-800-706-5525 and mention that you are a State of Washington PEBB Member (client #8246) or visit a local Liberty Mutual office and let them know you are State of Washington PEBB Member (client #8246) for a quote.

Collective Bargaining Agreements

WFSE Higher Education Community College Coalition: WFSE (HE CCC) CBA(Download PDF reader)
WPEA Higher Education: WPEA CBA(Download PDF reader)
WFSE Represented Exempt Bargaining Unit: WFSE-Exempt CBA
TCC Faculty Negotiated Agreement: TCC Faculty Negotiated Agreement

Which best describes your level of education? High School graduate or equivalent
Some College
Associates degree from an accredited college or university
Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
Masters degree or higher from an accredited college or university

How many years of professional experience do you have in the practice of nursing? None
More than 1 year and less than 2 years
More than 2 years and less than 3 years
More than 3 years and less than 4 years
More than 4 years

Clinical faculty will directly supervise students at the clinical facility; Do you have current clinical experience of at least three years in the clinical subject area? Yes

Are you eligible for Washington State vocational certification as described in the WAC 131-16-080?. Yes

Please describe your experience using multiple methods of technology to facilitate nursing education.

Please describe your experience or coursework in curriculum design and evaluation.

Please describe your experience using writing as a method of evaluation in nursing.

Do you hold a current license to practice as a registered nurse in Washington, or eligible for licensure in the state of Washington? Must have upon hire. Yes

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