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GIS - Associate Faculty

Skagit Valley College
Mount Vernon, WA
Closing date
Sep 20, 2023

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Salary: See Position Description

Location : Mount Vernon, WA

Job Type: Associate Faculty - part-time

Job Number: A23-004

Department: Academic Education

Opening Date: 06/09/2023

Position Summary
The Opportunity:

Skagit Valley College is accepting applications for associate faculty to teach Geographic Information System (GIS) courses in the Environmental Conservation program. The Environmental Conservation program prepares students that are degree-seeking in an Associate's degree (AAS-T) and Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Conservation as well as GIS certificate-seeking students.

BAS degrees as well as associates and certificates at Skagit Valley College operate on a cohort model and follow a spiral instructional design. The spiral design means that the curriculum is integrated within each quarter and between quarters. The GIS courses are offered in a supported online environment.

Part-time faculty positions are typically filled on a quarterly basis. Part-time faculty are responsible for preparing and providing instruction to students as required by program design.

Skagit Valley College adheres to a set of guiding principles:

Respect, Integrity, Open and Honest Communication, Collaboration, and Compassion

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provide contextualized instruction in GIS that meet defined learning outcomes, following SVC program design principles;
  • Create a positive learning environment for students using diverse teaching methods to support and enhance student success;
  • Deliver culturally appropriate curriculum that reflects the diversity of student experience;
  • Express appropriate awareness of the history of underrepresented groups and promote an equitable work and learning environment;
  • Develop and provide class syllabi to students and the academic office;
  • Assess, monitor, and document student performance;
  • Work collaboratively with other program faculty teaching courses that quarter;
  • Recommend modifications and improvements to course and program design;
  • Fulfill part-time faculty responsibilities in accordance with the negotiated agreement and Skagit Valley College policies.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge and/or understanding of:
  • Familiarity with active learning strategies inclusive of all cultures and backgrounds.
  • Familiar with ArcGIS cloud platform.
  • Familiarity with learning management systems such as Canvas (or demonstrated ability to learn) and with MS Office.
Skills in:
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written English.
  • Strong leadership skills that include the ability to make sound decisions and delegate appropriately.
Ability to:
  • Engage in team teaching, applied learning, and in a flipped classroom.
  • Foster a constructive learning environment.
  • Contribute to the College's diversity initiative and foster a climate of multicultural understanding and appreciation.
  • Act according to the principles of integrity, respect, open and honest communication, collaboration, and compassion.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree in geography/GIS, or a related ecological field, such as environmental science, ecology, or natural resource management.
Desired Qualifications:
  • College-level teaching experience;
  • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting equitable access and educational achievement of diverse students;
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaborative teaching and learning.
Salary, Benefits, Conditions of Employment, Application Procedure
Salary and Benefits:
The salary rate for part-time faculty is in accordance with the negotiated agreement and may be subject to change based on legislative mandates. In order to be eligible for benefits, state regulations must be met.

Rate of Pay: Faculty compensation units (FCU) is computed by total hours (lecture, lab, clinical) identified on the approved course outline for a given course, divided by eleven. Part-time faculty pay is computed by multiplying the faculty compensation unit rate by the number of faculty compensation units. The current FCU rate for 2023-24 at Step A is $877.00 (will be increased to include any I-732 COLA).
Example of Associate Faculty pay (this is for illustrative purposes only):
  • Course: BISC 220 | 33 lecture, 44 lab
  • 33 + 44 = 77
  • 77/11= 7 FCUs
  • A Step A faculty member would be paid 7 x FCU rate $877 = $6,139
Conditions of Employment:
  • Prior to employment, the candidate must pass a criminal background check;
  • If hired, you will be required to provide proof that you are either 1) a U.S. citizen, or 2) an immigrant whose status permits you to lawfully work in this country;
  • Completion of academic degree(s) will be verified through receipt of official transcripts at the time of hire.
Application Procedure:
To be considered for this position, applicants must:
  1. Meet the minimum qualifications, and
  2. Submit a complete application to the online recruitment system at that includes the following:
  • The online application, which includes answers to all supplemental questions and contact information for at least three (3) professional references;
  • A current resume; (Attachment: Resume)
  • A cover letter/letter of interest addressing the minimum and desired qualifications for the position. (Attachment: Cover Letter)
Application Deadline: Application materials will be accepted until this position is filled. Applications may be kept on file to be considered for openings that may occur in the future. The College reserves the right to hire one or more candidates.

Application Assistance: If you have questions about the position or require special accommodation, you may contact Human Resources at (360) 416-7794, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Time. SVC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the recruitment process may leave a TDD/TTY message at (360) 416-7718 by the application closing date. Information on SVC's Reasonable Accommodation policy can be found at OPPM 3040.

For questions regarding the online application system, you may call NEOGOV Applicant Tech Support at (855) 524-5627 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Time. For best results, apply using one of the following browsers supported by NEOGOV: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and later versions of Internet Explorer.

SVC Annual Security Report: The U.S. Department of Education and the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act require all colleges to provide information to current and prospective students and employees about campus safety policies, procedures, and statistics on certain crimes, including hate crimes, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault. We are required to report our campus security information and statistics in an Annual Security Report, which is updated annually each October. All prospective employees may obtain a copy of the Annual Security Report from the Human Resources Office by calling (360) 416-7794 or by accessing the Report at:

Skagit Valley College is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all groups in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices. SVC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity, pregnancy, genetic information, age, marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. All faculty and staff hired at Skagit Valley College are encouraged to embrace, continually support, and enhance diversity and equity on our campus and in our community. Annual Notice of Non-Discrimination.

Why work at Skagit Valley College?Nestled between the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound in the northwest corner of Washington State, Skagit Valley College offers a unique and highly regarded transfer curriculum and professional-technical programs that respond to the workforce needs of the region. The College celebrates diversity in its staff and students, and adheres to a set of guiding principles: respect, integrity, open and honest communication, and collaboration.

Benefits eligibility is determined in accordance with state regulations.


Select from below the options that best describe your highest education attained.
  • Not applicable.
  • High School diploma, GED, or equivalent.
  • Some college: one (1) to two (2) years of college.
  • Some college: three (3) to four (4) years or more of college.
  • Associates degree or equivalent.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
  • Master's degree, or higher degree.


Specify the field of study of your highest education attained if applicable, or if further clarification is needed relating to your highest education attained, please describe in the text box below (if not applicable, type "n/a")


In the text box below, describe your teaching experience.


Most openings are at the campus in Mount Vernon. However, these positions could be based at any of the sites in the SVC District. Please mark the box next to each location to select the sites you prefer to apply for work at (note: you may select more than one site). The actual location assigned will be based on candidate preference and/or business needs and is subject to change.
  • Mount Vernon, WA.
  • Oak Harbor, WA on Whidbey Island


I am aware that a satisfactory result from a background check is a requirement of this position.
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  • No

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