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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 other 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. Delivers instruction to students using a variety of methods; adjusting teaching styles to meet the needs of a diverse student population.  Daily 30%
  2. Prepares instructional materials, lesson plans, classroom and laboratory presentations, public presentations, and assisting students in achieving educational goals.  Daily 20%
  3. Assesses 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. Prepares official records, forms and related documentation requirements within established timelines.  Daily 5%
  5. Provides counsel regarding student discipline issues to create positive outcomes.  Daily 0-5%
  6. Recruits potential students for educational programs; conducting 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 10%
  8. Develops, researches, reviews and/or revises 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. Represents the college at Awards Conferences, State Committees, or various types of work groups in support of the area of instruction.  Quarterly 0-5%
  12. Delivers instruction to non-credit students interested in personal/community learning opportunities.
  13. Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.   As required


Incumbent assigned to PCAE:

  • Possesses Knowledge / fluency in a second language
  • Provides written communications such as student contracts, letters of reference and nomination letters for honor societies and scholarships
  • Provides special needs student instruction and supervision
  • 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
  • Manages Parent and Child Together facilitation
  • Meets with High School Principal, Contract Partners and other agencies to promote the success of the student
  • 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 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
  • Adjusts instruction for physical and/or psychological differences
  • Lifts heavy objects, setting up/breaking down classrooms, or other physical activity related specifically to the subject being taught

Incumbent assigned to Fitness and Wellness Center:

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

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.

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.

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