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


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

  1. Delivering instruction to students using a variety of methods; adjusting teaching styles to meet the needs of a diverse student population.  Daily 30%
  2. Preparing instructional materials, lesson plans, classroom and laboratory presentations, public presentations, and assisting students in achieving educational goals.  Daily 20%
  3. Assessing student needs and goals; determining student placement in program; preparing progress reports; referring students for appropriate testing; evaluating student skills and assessing student progress for program continuation or completion.  Daily 15%
  4. Preparing official records, forms and related documentation requirements within established timelines.  Daily 5%
  5. Providing counsel regarding student discipline issues to create positive outcomes.  Daily 0-5%
  6. Recruiting potential students for educational programs; conducting orientation meetings for prospective and new students.  Daily 5%
  7. Providing referrals for students to internal departments and external agencies and organizations to assist students in meeting their needs.  Daily 10%
  8. Developing, researching, reviewing and/or revising curriculum; selecting 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 0-5%
  10. May serve as a lead to support staff or volunteers to include providing work direction in assigned instructional area.  Daily 0-5%
  11. Representing the college at Awards Conferences, State Committees, or various types of work groups in support of the area of instruction.  Quarterly 0-5%
  12. Delivering instruction to non-credit students interested in personal/community learning opportunities.
  13. Performing other duties of a similar nature or level.   As required


Incumbents assigned to Adult Education may be responsible for:

  • Knowledge / fluency in a second language
  • Written communications such as student contracts, letters of reference and nomination letters for honor societies and scholarships
  • Special needs student instruction and supervision
  • Activities related to Civics and Refugee programs
  • Continuing Education / participation in conferences to maintain certifications

Incumbents assigned to Family Literacy may be responsible for:

  • Conducting In-Home visits
  • Student community service hours coordination & tracking
  • Managing Parent and Child Together facilitation
  • Meeting with High School Principal, Contract Partners and other agencies to promote the success of the student
  • Driving students to and from Head Start class site
  • Using group facilitation techniques to enable student learning through life experiences.

Incumbents assigned to Workforce and Business Development may be responsible for:

  • Demonstrating procedures for specific instruction (i.e. Nursing)
  • Inventory  of lab and associated equipment
  • Coordinating and communicating with partner providers (i.e. contracted health care facilities) for practicum, clinical and other hands on learning opportunities.
  • Setting up education site under contract
  • Evaluating equipment used in program

Incumbents assigned to non-credit continuing education may be responsible for:

  • Create an environment conducive to adult or child learning
  • Facilitate the process of critical thinking and reflection
  • Access learner experience as instructional resources
  • Monitor learner satisfaction
  • Provide multiple learning options
  • Relate instruction to learners’ experience
  • Adjust instruction for physical and/or psychological differences
  • Lifting heavy objects, setting up/breaking down classrooms, or other physical activity related specifically to the subject being taught

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 techniques
  • Instructional adult learning theory and principles
  • Non-traditional, student-centered approaches to instruction
  • Compliance with Arizona Educational Standards; State and National guidelines

Skills in (position requirements at entry):

  • Prioritizing and assigning work
  • Instructing adult learners
  • Preparing a variety of reports
  • Implementing course materials
  • Currency in changing and available technologies in subject matter area
  • 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 sufficient to receive work direction

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.

Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, or a negligible amount of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise 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; 1/15