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Administrative & Staff Job Classifications

Class Specification Title: Instructor

Series: Instructor










The Instructor is a stand-alone series. Incumbents are responsible for instructing students in an assigned instructional area (credit and non-credit), including college and career preparation, vocational discipline, English as a Second Language (ESL),  High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation, computer literacy, civics instruction, basic skills in reading, writing, and math, life skills, workplace skills, and other areas of personal interest.  Incumbents are responsible for preparing students for successful completion of their HSE or certification and related skills training; for attracting, referring, and retaining students into the appropriate college programs; preparing students for transition to careers; and responding to community needs and learning interests.


These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.

  1. Delivers instruction to students using a variety of methods; interacts with students in demonstrations; adjusts teaching styles to meet the needs of a diverse student population. Delivers instruction to non-credit students interested in personal and community learning opportunities. Daily 40%
  2. Prepares syllabi, instructional materials, lesson plans, classroom and laboratory presentations to assist students in achieving educational goals.  Develops, researches, reviews, and revises curriculum; selects texts, equipment, and materials including evaluation of alternative delivery methods of instruction (CBT, Video, etc.). Daily 20%
  3. Assesses student needs and goals; determines student placement in programs; monitors home-study students; prepares progress reports; refers students for appropriate testing; provides advising and advocacy; meets with advisors to discuss student progress; and evaluates student progress for program continuation or completion.  Daily 15%
  4. Prepares official records, forms, data-tracking reports, attendance reports, and related documentation requirements. Reads and responds to emails and other communications.  Daily 5%
  5. Provides counsel regarding student discipline issues to create positive outcomes. Assesses student learning outcomes. Provides referrals for students to internal departments and external agencies and organizations to assist students in meeting their needs.   Daily 5%
  6. Recruits potential students for educational programs; conducts orientation meetings for prospective and new students.  Daily 5%
  7. Engages in professional learning activities to improve student outcomes. May represent the college at awards conferences, state committees, or work groups in support of the area of instruction.  Daily 5%
  8. May serve as a lead to support staff or volunteers to include providing work direction in assigned instructional area.  May serve as a resource for staff instructors throughout the program in specialized areas of instruction. Daily 5%
  9. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Incumbent assigned to Adult Basic Education for College and Career (ABECC):

  • Provides written communications such as student contracts, letters of reference and nomination letters for honor societies and scholarships
  • Conducts activities related to Civics and Refugee programs
  • Collaborates with other programs inside the college and in the community to develop and maintain student pathways
  • Facilitates traditional classes with online instruction; provides multiple learning options
  • Facilitates the process of critical thinking and reflection
  • Monitors student satisfaction
  • Relates instruction to learner’s experiences
  • Sets up and breaks down classroom arrangements

Incumbent assigned to Workforce and Business Development:

  • Demonstrates procedures for specific instruction (i.e. Nursing)
  • Maintains inventory of lab and associated equipment
  • Coordinates and communicates with partner providers (i.e. contracted health care facilities) for practicum, clinical and other hands on learning opportunities.
  • Sets up education site under contract
  • Evaluates equipment used in program

Incumbent assigned to Non-credit Continuing Education:

  • Creates an environment conducive to adult or child learning
  • Facilitates the process of critical thinking and reflection
  • Accesses learner experience as instructional resources
  • Monitors learner satisfaction
  • Provides multiple learning options
  • Relates instruction to learners’ experience
  • Sets up and breaks down classrooms

Incumbent assigned to Fitness and Wellness Center:

  • Ensures the fitness and equipment maintains a safe operational training environment
  • Performs and oversees required fitness equipment preventative maintenance
  • Schedules repairs and plans for equipment replacement and/or upgrades

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require):

Bachelor's Degree in a related area and two years of related instructing experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Licensing Requirements (positions in this class typically require):

  • State of Arizona Adult Education Certification, for appropriate discipline
  • State Licensure or certification, if required, in appropriate discipline
  • Finger print clearance and background check
  • Tuberculosis test for appropriate discipline
  • Valid Arizona driver’s license

Knowledge of (position requirements at entry):

  • Instructional principles and strategies
  • Curriculum development
  • Instructional material evaluation and selection techniques
  • Adult learning theory and principles
  • Non-traditional, student-centered approaches to instruction
  • Compliance with Arizona Educational Standards; State and National guidelines
  • Content knowledge related to specific area of instruction

Skills in (position requirements at entry):

  • Prioritizing and assigning work
  • Instructing adult learners
  • Preparing a variety of reports
  • Implementing course materials
  • Using educational technology
  • Maintaining cohesive multi-level diverse groups
  • Adapting instruction to meet individual needs
  • Speaking in public
  • Developing curricula and lesson plans
  • Adapting to a unique teaching environment
  • Working in a collaborative environment
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with co-workers supervisors, and the general public.

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: talking, hearing, seeing, repetitive motions and fine finger movements – using the fingers to manipulate/handle objects such as typing, sorting papers, activating buttons, or sorting/separating small parts.

Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long periods or moving from one work site to another.

NOTE: The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.

Classification History:

Draft prepared by Fox Lawson & Associates LLC (DJG/LM) Date: 03/01
Revised by Human Resources: 06/04; 03/06; 02/14; 08/14, 01/15, 03/15, 09/15