LVN Instructor

April 28, 2021
Priority Deadline to Apply:
October 21, 2022
College of the Siskiyous

Position Description

College of the Siskiyous, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, is seeking a dynamic and innovative LVN Instructor. Reporting to the Director of Nursing, the LVN Instructor is responsible for teaching theory and clinical instruction in the Nursing Program (including but not limited to Certified Nursing, Assistant Vocational Nursing, LVN to RN Step-up), assisting with the development of staff, facilities, and schedule, and possessing familiarity with Board of Vocational Nursing and Board of Registered Nursing policies to maintain program approval and standards. This is a full-time, tenure track faculty position. The teaching assignment is based in Yreka and could include a mixture of day, evening, and weekend classes at the Weed or Yreka Campus, or other off-campus sites.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Classroom duties: Provide instruction that may include lecture and laboratory classes in the discipline in accordance with established College of the Siskiyous approved curriculum and course outlines; inform students about course requirements, evaluation procedures, attendance, and participation requirements in a course syllabus; effectively teach and communicate with students of diverse backgrounds.
  • Interaction with students outside of class: Advise students on academic and career matters; assist in outreach and articulation with high schools, four-year colleges and universities; post and maintain adequate and regular office hours in accordance with prevailing policy.
  • Out-of-class duties: Maintain necessary attendance, scholastic and student records, and submit them according to published guidelines, prepare and grade class assignments and evaluations according to course syllabus.
  • Professional and curriculum development: Remain current in field; develop, maintain and evaluate curriculum, including development and assessment of student learning outcomes; select textbooks, evaluate course materials, interact with faculty and staff in other areas of instruction, and participate in the development of instructional methods, technology, and materials; work with peers in higher education, and where appropriate, business and industry to maintain currency of instructional programs.
  • Interaction with colleagues: Participate in college governance by serving on college committees; participate in professional development, including flex obligations; assist with student and other educational activities in accordance with college policies; establish and maintain effective work relationships.

Salary & Benefits:

  • The annual salary range for this 195 day contract is: $61,584-$83,048. Starting placement on the District salary schedule is based upon years of experience and number of units completed beyond the Master’s degree. New academic employees may receive credit for no more than five years of job-related experience.
  • Faculty members with an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution receive an additional $2,000 annual stipend.
  • The District offers a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision coverage to employees and qualified dependents.
  • Employees participate in the CalSTRS through District and employee contributions.

Fairchild Medical Center and Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center are sponsoring a 3rd Party, Recruitment and Retention Incentive of $15,000 ($9,000 year one, $3,000 year two and $3,000 year three) which will be offered to the selected candidates.

In addition to the $15k incentive provided by Fairchild Medical Center and Dignity Health, the CEO at Fairchild, Jonathon Andrus, was also able to secure a supplemental compensation package for the selected faculty member. This package would make our Nursing Faculty member’s salary equivalent to what they would make as a Bedside Nurse at Fairchild Medical Center. This supplemental package would be paid to the faculty member monthly for the entire duration of their career at the College. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Valid active California License as a Registered Nurse, or be qualified to obtain a California Registered Nursing License. 
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and two years nursing experience.
  • Direct patient care experience within the previous five years in the nursing area to which he or she will be assigned, which can be met by: 
    • One academic year of registered nurse level clinical teaching experience in the designated nursing area or its equivalent that demonstrates clinical competency. 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in nursing OR Bachelor’s in nursing AND Master’s in health education or health science OR the equivalent OR the minimum qualification set by the Board of Registered Nursing, whichever is higher.
  • At least one year of previous experience teaching in a pre-licensure nursing program OR completion of a post baccalaureate registered nursing education course that includes practice in teaching. 
  • Recent clinical or teaching experience in one of the five areas of nursing as outlined by the BRN: Medical/Surgical, Maternal/child (OB), Pediatric, Geriatric, or Mental Health Nursing, and sufficient experience in at least one other area to meet BRN approval through a remediation process. 
  • Administrative experience in a nursing education program with potential to advance to Assistant Director duties. 
  • Excellence in teaching (enthusiasm, knowledge of subject matter, student motivational skills, diverse teaching methods to address a variety of learning styles). 
  • Completion of approved school course teaching (can be met after hiring).

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
  • Ability to teach nursing courses at the community college level.
  • Commitment to community college education as demonstrated in personal and/or professional experience.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, students, other on-campus groups, off-campus community groups and educational partners.
  • A strong commitment to remaining current in the discipline with evidence of professional development through continuing education.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with students and staff, both orally and in writing.
  • Interest in and/or ability to use relevant and modern technology in the classroom, including videoconferencing and online instruction.

About The Institution

About the Siskiyous Nursing Programs:
Since 1970, College of the Siskiyous has trained thousands of students to become nursing professionals and has maintained a positive rapport with local and regional hospitals and health care agencies. Our programs include:

  • Certified Nurse Assistant Program: A 180-hour course offering theory and clinical experience for students to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for state certification examinations.
  • Vocational Nursing (VN) Program: The three semester Vocational Nursing program is designed to prepare the student for beginning practice in nursing care. After course completion and licensure, students are prepared to function completely and skillfully in a wide variety of health care settings.
  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program: Established in 2007, this two-year Associate in Science degree program provides quality nursing education to VN students of diverse backgrounds. The program will prepare the graduate to apply for the licensing exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and be awarded the Associate Degree in Nursing. Instruction takes place using a state-of-the-art simulation lab. Students also receive hands-on community and clinical experience.

About College of the Siskiyous:
Established in 1957, College of the Siskiyous (COS) is one of 116 publicly-funded California community colleges and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. COS offers associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, athletics, humanities, sciences, and mathematics, as well as career and technical programs in business/computer science, EMS-Paramedic, Fire, and Welding, to name but a few. Courses equivalent to college and university work are accepted for transfer by the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC).

About The Community

About Yreka and Siskiyous County:
The seat of Siskiyous county, Yreka is a small, beautiful, friendly community with a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes. The surrounding area boasts an abundance of recreational activities and outdoor opportunities such as disc golf, hiking, running, swimming, mountain biking, rock and mountain climbing, hunting, fishing, boating, rafting, and kayaking. In the winter, there is snowboarding, downhill and cross-country skiing on majestic Mt. Shasta, as well as Mt. Ashland to the north in southern Oregon. One of the northernmost counties located in California, Siskiyou County lies just south of the border with Oregon. Although it is a rural area, the County’s largest towns, all conveniently on Interstate 5, include Yreka, Dunsmuir, Mount Shasta, and Weed. The County has an Amtrak station and five small local airports, and two larger regional airports are located in nearby Redding, CA and Medford, OR. Siskiyou County offers affordable housing, first-rate educational opportunities, and medical facilities.

Application Process

Please submit all applications and nominations electronically to the College’s search consultant:

Danan Tsan
Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

Additionally, all applications must be submitted electronically via the University’s portal at:

Complete applications should include the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcripts

Complete applications received by October 21, 2022, will receive priority consideration. Applications received after this date may be considered at any time at the discretion of the College until the position is filled.

Selection Process:
After the preliminary screening, selected candidates will be invited to the campus for an initial interview with the Search Committee. At the discretion of the District, videoconference interviews (in lieu of an in-person initial interview) may be offered. Candidates to be interviewed will be selected from applicants who most closely meet the minimum and desired qualifications. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. The Search Committee will recommend a slate of finalists to the Superintendent/President for a final interview.

The District reserves the right to re-advertise the position or to delay indefinitely filling of the position if it is deemed that applicants for the position do not constitute an adequate applicant pool or if funding is not available.

Conditions of Employment:
Employees must satisfy all the pre-employment requirements prior to appointment that include, but are not limited to, tuberculosis clearance (EC 87408.6), fingerprint processing, and verification of their legal right to work in the United States. A pre-employment physical examination may be required.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations in completing the application or interview process must notify the Human Resources Office in advance.

College of the Siskiyous is an equal opportunity employer. The policy of the District is to encourage applications from ethnic and racial minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and Vietnam-era veterans. No person shall be denied employment because of ethnicity or race, color, sex or gender, gender identity, age, religion, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, medical conditions, status as a Vietnam-era veteran, ancestry, or political or organizational affiliation.

College of the Siskiyous is accredited by the Accrediting commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.