Agriculture Technology Instructor
Iowa Lakes Community College - Estherville, IA

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The instructor is responsible for teaching a full-time assignment of classes as defined by the College and/or collective bargaining agreement on the Emmetsburg Campus. Some assignments may be during evenings/weekends and/or on the T.V. and ICN systems. Position may include teaching high school students. Must evaluate and report student performance and progress in assigned courses in accordance with College and division policies and procedures.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES - % OF TIME

Constant (67-100%)

  • Effectively organize, teach and evaluate student performance and progress in assigned course offerings in accordance with established syllabi. Assignments may include various delivery formats, methods, work schedules and locations.
  • Evaluate and record student performance and progress according to College and division guidelines.
  • Maintain current course syllabi and provide student guides for all courses taught.
  • Design and implement teaching methodologies for classroom and laboratory activities, which develop the competencies needed for individuals employed in agricultural operations.
  • Frequent (34-66%)

  • Maintain established office hours.
  • Serve as academic advisor to students and make referrals, when deemed necessary, to other College personnel, such as the Executive Dean, Counselors, Financial Aid, etc. for more specialized information and assistance.
  • Attend and serve on assigned and voluntary program and College committees.
  • Assist in the development of new courses and revisions of existing courses in discipline area to insure continued program growth and development.
  • Arrange lab sites for student practical experiences and monitor progress.
  • Coordinate specific tracks of the Agricultural Technology program and involve students in the management of the various enterprises.
  • Assist and cooperate with other Agriculture instructors and the Marketing and Admission Offices in recruiting and retaining students.
  • Occasional (10-33%)

  • Regularly engage in professional development activities and keep current with developing trends and ideas in profession.
  • Assist in the process of requesting and maintaining instructional equipment and supplies for classrooms/laboratories use.
  • Assist the supervisor in the budgeting process.
  • Assist in the maintenance and enhancement of communication within the College and community.
  • Encourage and foster student participation in professional organizations, College activities, and community activities.
  • Articulate the curriculum with the Farm Supervisor.
  • KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Represent the College in the most positive manner with prospective, former, and current student, staff and the community, and understand the Community College concept. Possess a commitment to a student-centeredenvironment.
  • Ability to organize and present various curriculum concepts to a wide range of students with varying backgrounds and abilities and adjust teaching techniques accordingly.
  • Present oneself in a classroom setting in a manner that is acceptable and consistent with program and College guidelines, policies and practices.
  • Assume responsibility, deal effectively with problems and exercise independent judgment when making decisions.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with students, staff, other agriculture personnel, administrators and other contacts.
  • Read, understand and express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written communications.
  • Possess strong human relations skills and the ability to effectively relate to diverse personalities and sensitive to various learning styles.
  • Be a creative, energetic and self motivated individual with demonstrated leadership and organizational skills.
  • Possess a working knowledge of personal computers, software (Microsoft Office and other Ag applications) and educational media equipment.
  • Demonstrated capacity to plan, organize, implement and evaluate the management of the specific tracks in the farm enterprise.
  • Ability to articulate the teaching of classroom information with implementation in the agriculture area.
  • SPECIAL DEMANDS:
    Position involves sitting or standing most of the time in an office or classroom/laboratory setting. Constant (67-100%) reaching, standing walking, lifting, grasping, talking hearing, repetitive motions and viewing various types of close visual work. Frequent (34-66%) stooping, crouching, pushing, pulling and carrying. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and 10 pounds of force frequently. May be required to travel between sites utilizing personal vehicle. Must have a valid driver’s license, good driving record and provide proof of insurance.

    Employment with Iowa Lakes Community College is dependent upon successful passage of a criminal background check.

    The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential functions, job duties/responsibilities, and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an allinclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.

    Requirements
    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Three years of experience in agriculture related occupation required. Preference given for teaching experience and Bachelor’s Degree. Working knowledge in livestock production, precision agriculture, or agribusiness desired.

    SALARY: Commensurate with education and related experience for a 209 day contract.

    FRINGE BENEFITS: Paid sick leave and personal leave. Employee health, dental and vision insurance. Employee life and disability insurance. Employee retirement package.

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