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Program Director, Agriculture

Program Director, Agriculture

ID 
2017-2139
# of Openings 
1
Job Location 
US-WY-Cheyenne
Posted Date 
7/13/2017

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Overview

The mission of Laramie County Community College is to transform our students' lives through the power of inspired learning. Our over-arching goal is that our accomplishments as a community college will distinguish LCCC from others in the nation, in turn benefiting our communities and bringing pride to the Great State of Wyoming.  Our core values include Passion, Authenticity, and the Desire to Make a Difference. 

 

A cover letter detailing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications for this position is required. You can upload a cover letter when you create an applicant profile.

 

Job Summary: 

Core responsibilities of this position include: The Program Director, Agriculture and Equine is responsible for the coordination, planning, presentation, and evaluation of the Agriculture and Equine programs. The program director/faculty member is responsible for performing assigned duties during the day, evening, or weekend on any Laramie County Community College campus or outreach center as assigned. At a minimum, the related activities include administration of Agriculture and Equine Programs, instruction; instructional counseling; academic mentorship; scheduling of courses; coordinating the schedule for academic and non-academic use of agriculture and equine facilities; develop strategic direction of the agriculture and equine facilities to align with the mission and vision of LCCC; engagement of internal and external stakeholders; serving on various committees; coordinating and/or participating in school based community events and service-learning activities and participating in local, state, regional, or national professional activities and organizations. A program director member performs all other duties as directed by the School Dean, Vice President of Academic Affairs, or the President or designee. This is a Category D (12-month) faculty position having 246 assigned duty days and 42 workload hours.

Laramie County Community College is dedicated to student success and aspires to develop world-class community college faculty.  The College’s faculty positions have the primary responsibilities of teaching assigned courses, holding regular office hours, being available for students, advising, and collaborating on departmental objectives. In addition, all faculty work in alignment with the College’s mission, vision, and values to continuously improve as professional educators and experts in their field. Faculty further serve the College in collaborative and collegial relationships across the institution. Full-time faculty are offered provisional status upon employment. All LCCC faculty are supported by the Faculty Academy within the Center for Teaching & Learning

Other duties may be assigned based on institutional need.

 

Compensation: Commensurate with education and experience. For full listing of benefits and faculty salary schedule, visit http://lccc.wy.edu/about/humanResources/benefits.aspx

 

Priority Screening Date: For full consideration, apply by August 4th, 2017.

 

Starting Date: August 17th, 2017.

 

For information about Cheyenne, visit http://www.lccc.cc.wy.us/about/welcome

Essential Functions

Facilitate Learning (35-40%)

 

Faculty employ effective teaching practices coupled with the development and use of appropriate educational materials, delivery strategies, and effective assessment practices. Responsibilities associated with this function include:

 

Teaching:

  • Teach assigned classes as per course schedule and meet required contact hours, unless permission to deviate has been approved by appropriate supervisor to accommodate student need
  • Teach classes according to the approved Master Course Outline of Record (MCOR) and provide a current course syllabus for each course taught to the appropriate supervisor
  • Post and maintain office hours or maintain regular hours in the Student Success Center, Writing & Communication Center, or other areas approved by the Dean in accordance with College policy and procedure
  • Communicate with and respond to students in a timely manner (in most instances this means 1-2 faculty work days)

Curriculum Development:

  • Assist in the design, implementation, and review of academic programs aligned with current or emerging community, state, or national needs, as appropriate
  • Maintain and adapt curriculum that is current, effective, and appropriate to course and program competencies
  • Develop and maintain instructional materials to support course and program competencies as applicable
  • Coordinate with and provide input to appropriate subject librarian to assist in selecting, evaluating, and deselecting library resources as applicable

Instructional Delivery:

  • Foster a supportive learning environment that encourages student success
  • Incorporate current subject matter expertise into instruction
  • Utilize varied learning activities to maximize student engagement and success
  • Employ relevant teaching tools, strategies, and classroom technologies

Assessment of Student Learning and Continuous Improvement:

  • Support student learning with timely and on-going feedback on progress and provide assistance towards meeting the course competencies
  • Evaluate student progress through cycles of formative and summative assessment
  • Comply with College procedures and practices related to instructional delivery, assessment, and reporting requirements to include records management
  • Engage with colleagues in the course, program, and institutional level assessment cycle of student learning for college data collection and continuous improvement

Service to the College (5-10%)

Faculty contribute to the College by engaging in activities that support, stimulate, and sustain the institution and the community. Responsibilities associated with this function include:
Align with Core Values:

  • Faculty demonstrate a commitment to the College by involvement in one or more of the following:
  • Serving on recognized College committees
  • Participating in student, College, or community-sponsored activities
  • Advise student clubs or groups

Build Relationships:

  • Engage in active and productive collaboration with colleagues through department, school, and College-wide initiatives such as attending faculty and department meetings, college assemblies, professional development and orientation activities, etc.
  • Assist with program promotion and recruitment of students through collaborative relationships with external stakeholders such as four-year partners in transfer and/or articulation, industry, high schools, etc.
  • Work closely with internal stakeholders such as Advising, Admissions, Student Success, Financial Aid, and the Career Center to promote student success
  • Provide collegial assistance and mentoring for colleagues

Professional Development (5-10%)
Faculty are knowledgeable about their subject matter and maintain relevancy in their field through activities such as research, publications, presentations, professional association memberships, and/or conference attendance.

Responsibilities associated with this function include:

  • Maintain current subject matter expertise and expand knowledge through professional development
  • Comply with the minimum faculty qualifications and credentials, and, if applicable, maintain required certification or licensure per Administrative Procedure 2.7P (Minimum Faculty Qualifications Procedure)
  • Engage in professional development activities in order to incorporate best practices to instruction
  • Develop communities and professional relationships that are relative to teaching assignments such as advisory committees, industry partners, and other external stakeholders
  • Share knowledge gained through professional development with internal and external stakeholders

Nonessential Functions:  

An employee in this position may perform some of these responsibilities on an infrequent basis

  • Overnight travel to conferences, trainings, student activities, and professional development opportunities
  • Attendance and support of Program, Department, and College functions

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

All LCCC faculty are expected to demonstrate proficiency in the competency areas appropriate to their faculty level as defined in the College’s Administrative Procedure 2.17.1P. In addition, requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position include

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Possess proficiency in instructional methodology, curriculum design and development, program strategic planning, budgeting
  • Knowledge of education, management, and adult learning theories and principles
  • Knowledge of program management
  • Knowledge of issues related to the livestock contracts, sales, and events
  • Demonstrate professional knowledge of discipline and changes in the field
  • Display a professional demeanor and exhibit good work ethic
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Demonstrate collaboration, cooperation and sensitivity in working with students, colleagues and staff in the campus settings
  • Represent the college at appropriate meetings and planning sessions as they relate to the assigned area of responsibility
  • Facilitate partnerships with stakeholders to include but not limited to FFA, 4-H, Universities, private industry
  • Demonstrate appropriate judgment in making decisions
  • Apply appropriate teaching techniques and methods in classroom and/or online instruction
  • Promote student recruitment and retention
  • Establish a student-instructor relationship conducive to learning and promote active involvement of students in learning activities
  • Teach course content that is consistent with the official course outline of record and use pertinent course materials at an appropriate level
  • Computer and office software competency

Physical/Mental Demands: 

  • To successfully perform the essential functions of this position, an employee must be able to maintain appropriate composure and necessary confidentiality with regard to both past and current employee, student, and donor data; documents; issues; etc., and respect privacy needs of all employees, students, and donors
  • The ability to comply with highly inflexible deadlines is required to successfully perform the essential functions of this position; there will be multiple occurrences of sudden, urgent task completion required
  • While performing the essential functions of this position a variable work schedule may be required including long work days, evenings, and weekends as needed
  • There may be occurrences of interacting with employees and/or students, past employees and/or students, members of the general public, and others who express opinions, may exhibit strong emotions, which will require the employee to interact professionally, diplomatically, and appropriately in such situations
  • While performing the essential duties of this position, an employee would frequently be required to move around the assigned work areas as well as within hallways, meeting rooms, and other parts of the campus facilities
  • There may be multiple/daily instances of prolonged sitting, standing, and personal computer use, which would include keyboard and/or mouse usage as well as viewing a computer monitor
  • An employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 15 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds to perform essential position functions. Assisted lift technique is required for all lifts over 50 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus
  • The overall work environment requires the mental ability to shift focal point quickly due to interruptions; an employee must be able to mentally track multiple projects and tasking as well
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; however, there may be unexpected instances of somewhat loud sounds
  • Must be able to travel between the college external sites to meet with stakeholders
  • Function in an environment with substantial animal exposure and without any allergic reactions

The Administrative Duties (45-55%): The Program Director will work in conjunction with the Dean of BATS on the administrative duties. The administrative duties of the Program Director of Agriculture and Equine include but are not limited to the following:

 

  • Develop, revise and maintain program, program website, catalog description, program calendar, class schedules, program manuals, Arena schedule for classes and practice times
  • Provide leadership in developing, collecting, analyzing and reporting program, course, and student outcomes for college, advisory committee, state boards, and regulatory entities
  • Coordinate program review activities and maintain program assessment materials
  • Assure program alignment with institutional and other applicable entities
  • Align program budgets, purchasing, and resources with college initiatives and strategic plan in cooperation with the School Dean, Dean of Students, and Rodeo Coach
  • Assign and schedule faculty workloads according to College policy and department needs
  • Provide leadership in program articulation with other colleges, universities, and businesses
  • Plan program of study and course offerings and activity/athletics practice times to best meet students’ needs and minimize students’ scheduling conflicts
  • Meet, maintain communication with, and provide leadership to the program advisory committees, community members, and stakeholders per college and regulatory entities
  • Initiate, establish, review and manage software, equipment, service, and externship contracts/affiliation agreements
  • Manage and monitor student recruitment, admissions, and advising processes, in collaboration with Student Services
  • Oversee of development, maintenance, and procurement of facilities and program laboratory facilities and assuring all equipment is in safe, working order and meets all applicable state and federal regulatory requirements
  • Assist in the recruitment, selection, supervision, training, mentoring, and evaluation of program faculty, faculty development, and program meetings
  • Assist in the recruitment, selection, supervision, training, mentoring, and evaluation of program staff, and staff development
  • Participate in regular meetings with BATS Dean and with BATS Program Directors
  • Mediate student, class, and/or potential appeals concerning academic issues
  • Work to resolve faculty and employee conflicts
  • Audit students for graduation, and submit documentation to internal and external stakeholders
  • Build, maintain and develop new, strategic plans for the agriculture and equine programs in consultation with the faculty and staff
  • Monitor and approve all budgeted program expenditures
  • Monitor cash flow projections and report actual cash flow and variance on a regular basis
  • Manage all project funds according to established accounting policies and procedure
  • Ensure that all financial records for the program are up to date
  • Update and implement new concurrent enrollment offerings between the department and area Agriculture instructors
  • Along with the Dean of BATS, have signature authority for academic, and club accounts housed within the agriculture and equine departments
  • Support, facilitate, and complete LCCC policies and procedures in collaboration with all campus departments including but not limited to Finance, Accounting, Student Services, Institutional Advancement, Human Resources, and Institutional Effectiveness
  • Establish expectations, performance objectives, and methods to measure accomplishments with employees
  • Communicate appropriate work behavior and determine developmental needs for employees
  • Provide regular feedback and engage in ongoing and meaningful dialogue with employees
  • Work to improve employee performance through training, mentoring, and coaching
  • Determine if employees have the appropriate tools to complete job tasks and address obstacles to their completion


 

Qualifications

Minimum:

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited institution in an Agriculture, Agriculture Business, Higher Education or related field
  • Two (2) years teaching experience
  • Two (2) years of work experience in agricultural field
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Although some faculty positions may necessitate specific education and/or experience requirements, all LCCC Faculty are required to meet the minimum faculty qualifications as defined within the College’s Administrative Procedure 2.7P. 

 

Preferred:

  • PhD from an accredited institution in an Agriculture, Agriculture Business, Higher Education or related field
  • Five (5) years teaching at the community college level in an agriculture and equine program
  • Two (2) years curriculum design, program planning, articulation, service learning
  • Two (2) years of management experience
  • Prior experience in fundraising
  • Ability to coach a student team or club activity

 

LCCC DOES NOT SPONSOR H1B VISAS.

  

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

 

Laramie County Community College is committed to providing a safe and nondiscriminatory educational and employment environment. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or other status protected by law. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The college does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational, extracurricular, athletic or other programs or in the context of employment.

 

The College has a designated person to monitor compliance and to answer any questions regarding the college’s non-discrimination policies:  Please contact: Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Room 205B, Pathfinder Building, 1400 E College Drive, Cheyenne, WY  82007, 307-778-1217,TitleIX_ADA.Coordinator@lccc.wy.edu.

 

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