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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 vocational disciplines, English as a Second Language (ESL), General Equivalency Degree preparation, computer literacy, civics instruction, basic skills in reading, writing, math, life skills, workplace skills, and other areas of personal interest.  Incumbents are responsible for preparing students for successful certification completion and related skills training; for attracting, referring, and retaining students for appropriate college programs; and responding to community learning interests.


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

  1. Delivers instruction to students using a variety of methods; 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 30%
  2. Prepares instructional materials, lesson plans, classroom and laboratory presentations, public presentations; and assists students in achieving educational goals.  Daily 20%
  3. Assesses student needs and goals; determines student placement in program; prepares progress reports; refers students for appropriate testing; evaluates student skills; and assesses student progress for program continuation or completion.  Daily 15%
  4. Prepares official records, forms, and related documentation within established timelines.  Daily 5%
  5. Provides student counseling for discipline issues and creates positive outcomes.  Daily 5%
  6. Recruits potential students for educational programs; conducts orientation meetings for prospective and new students.  Daily 5%
  7. Provides referrals for students to internal departments and external agencies and organizations to assist students in meeting their needs.  Daily 5%
  8. Develops, researches, reviews and revises curriculum; selects texts, equipment, and materials including evaluation of alternative delivery methods of instruction (CBT, Video, etc.).  Daily 5%
  9. May serve as a resource for staff instructors throughout the program in specialized areas of instruction.  Daily 5%
  10. Represents the college at awards conferences, state committees, or various types of work groups in support of the area of instruction.  Quarterly 5%
  11. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Incumbent assigned to Pima Community College Adult Education (PCAE):

  • Possesses knowledge of and fluency in a second language
  • Provides written communications such as student contracts, letters of reference, and nomination letters for honor societies and scholarships
  • Provides instruction and supervision for special needs students
  • Conducts activities related to civics and refugee programs
  • Participates in continuing education and conferences to maintain certifications

Incumbent assigned to Family Literacy:

  • Conducts in-home visits
  • Coordinates and tracks student community service hours
  • Facilitates Parent and Child Together program
  • Meets with high school principals, contract partners, and other agencies to promote student success
  • Drives students to and from Head Start class site
  • Uses group facilitation techniques to enable student learning through life experiences

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 contracted education sites
  • Evaluates equipment used for assigned 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
  • Monitors student satisfaction
  • Provides multiple learning options
  • Relates instruction to learners’ experiences
  • Adjusts instruction for physical or psychological differences
  • Sets up and breaks down classroom arrangements

Incumbent assigned to Fitness and Wellness Center:

  • Ensures that the fitness equipment  is functioning  properly
  • Maintains a safe and operational training environment
  • Performs and oversees preventative maintenance for fitness equipment
  • Schedules repairs and plans equipment replacement and 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
  • 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):

  • Instruction principles and methods
  • Curriculum development
  • Instructional material evaluation and selection
  • Instructional adult learning theory and principles
  • Non-traditional, student-centered approaches to instruction
  • Compliance with Arizona Educational Standards and State and National guidelines

Skills in (position requirements at entry):

  • Prioritizing and assigning work
  • Instructing adult learners
  • Preparing a variety of reports
  • Establishing course materials
  • Using the latest technologies
  • Maintaining cohesiveness in diverse groups
  • Adapting instruction to meet individual needs
  • Public speaking
  • Developing curricula and lesson plans
  • Adapting to a unique teaching environment
  • Working in a collaborative environment
  • Communication and 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 fingers to manipulate and handle objects such as typing, sorting papers, activating buttons, or sorting and separating small parts.

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

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