Job Description

Red Rocks Community College seeks applications for a full time faculty position to lead our Fire Science and Emergency Management Planning programs beginning on March 1, 2018.

Red Rocks Community College exemplifies extraordinary. We are dedicated to our Vision and Mission, which promote student achievement, staff empowerment, and community engagement. We live our values: Integrity, Collaboration, Learning, Inclusiveness, and Communication. (See:  We encourage applications from individuals whose background and interests align with our commitment to inclusiveness. 

With an unrivaled reputation grounded in our Values, we stand out as a cutting edge model in higher education. We are one of the first community colleges in the country to offer both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs. Our continued pursuit of excellence is instilled in our employees and has inspired a dynamic and passionate culture.


Position Responsibilities: This position is a full time faculty appointment that performs instruction-related duties and responsibilities and program coordination and direction for the Fire Science and Emergency Management Programs at the College.

Teaching: Teach courses in the Fire Science and Emergency Management Programs.

  • Teach day, evening, and/or weekend, courses in accordance with approved course of study or outline utilizing traditional and alternative methods of instruction (including computer-aided, on-line, distance learning, self-paced, interdisciplinary, etc.) where appropriate.
  • Coordinate class structure and organization, prepare course materials, demonstrate and maintain currency in the discipline and in teaching methodology, present instructional material effectively.
  • Maintain professional and courteous interaction with students and employees, and demonstrate sensitivity to different learning styles.
  • Hold regular office hours, encourage student engagement and student achievement, utilize assessment data to facilitate student learning.
  • Document teaching and curriculum changes based on assessment results, incorporate course, program, and college student learning outcomes into teaching, utilize student retention strategies, integrate technology into course work as appropriate to the discipline. 
  • Assist with program and plan development and maintenance, coordinate instructional programs as assigned.
  • Review, coordinate, and recommend textbooks and/or class materials.  Comply with college procedures pertaining to grading and record keeping.
  • Assist in maintaining inventory control of equipment, tools, and supplies required for classes, and in requesting repair and/or replacement for the equipment according to division regulations. 
  • Ensure program and staff regulatory compliance with CTE requirements, The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, and other relevant agencies. 

Service: Fulfill the mission and goals of the College outside of the classroom. Provide service to the Instructional Services Division as well as the College and community. Components may include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct classroom observations and provide performance feedback for part-time faculty.
  • Develop and communicate program policies and procedures to staff and students. Assure the integrity of the established standards and procedures.
  • Provide academic and behavioral advising to students to facilitate successful outcomes.
  • Manage program curriculum development, review, evaluation, updates, and revisions.
  • Oversee curriculum delivery via proper scheduling and staffing of courses, managing textbook/lab supplies, and licensing/maintenance of equipment.
  • Perform administrative tasks to maintain program excellence including but not limited to, evaluating graduation applications and prior learning assessment applications, creating challenge exams, scheduling class offerings for each semester, provide catalog revisions as requested, maintain course sequence plans for each degree and certificate offered.
  • Conduct annual and five-year program reviews for Fire Science and Emergency Management Planning programs to maintain program excellence.
  • Conduct advisory committee meetings twice each year to receive feedback from local agency partners and employers.
  • Participate in strategic planning, program assessment, and accreditation activities with other members of the Fire Science & Emergency Services department. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited academic institution in Fire Science, Emergency Management and Planning, Public Safety Administration, Emergency Medicine, Education or a related field with coursework specific to fire science/emergency management planning.
  • Current certification by the NREMT or Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as an EMT.
  • Ability to obtain the appropriate CTE credential upon hire.
  • Current FFII, Fire Officer I, and Fire Instructor I certification from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.
  • Ability to obtain a Fire Instructor III certificate from the Division of Fire Prevention and Control within 6 months of hire.
  • A minimum of five years of experience as a fire fighter.
  • Prior teaching experience in a community college or similar academic setting. (Minimum one semester)
  • Coursework completed in teaching adults or documented experience in teaching adults (Minimum one semester).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Fire Science, Emergency Management Planning, Public Safety Administration, Education, or related field.
  • Current certification by the NREMT or Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as a Paramedic.
  • Proficient in curriculum development, supervision, instruction, evaluation, and academic advising.
  • Current FFII, Fire Officer III, and Fire Instructor III certifications from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.
  • Experience with a wide range of students at the community college level or in a comparable setting.
  • A strong commitment to effective teaching at the community college and an understanding of its philosophy, role and mission. 
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
  • Three to five years in an academic leadership role in a community college or similar academic setting.
  • Experience with program assessment, strategic planning, and grant funded initiatives.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Understanding of Fire Science and Emergency Management Planning education and licensure regulations and guidelines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds and typically underrepresented groups.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to teach students using traditional and alternative methods of instruction. 
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate technology into the classroom where appropriate.

Salary: RRCC offers a flexible work environment. This position is a full time 9 month appointment.  Starting salary: $45,780-$53,530

To ApplyThis position is open until filled. Applications received by 11:59 p.m. on Friday February 02, 2018 will receive first priority. Applicants should include (1) a cover letter describing their academic qualifications and professional experiences and how they will bring value to the Fire Science curricula. Applicants’ statements should detail how their teaching, service and/or work experience has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their field; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further Red Rocks Community College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion; (2) a description of teaching philosophy 3) any evidence of teaching effectiveness, and 4) a CV or resume.

Contact information for three references will be asked for in the application.

Applications must be submitted electronically through Red Rocks Community College employment online:

Important Notes

Note: Former employees of the Colorado Community College System or one of its 13 colleges, who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this within your application materials.

Note: Former employees of the Colorado Community College System or one of its 13 colleges, who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this within your application materials.

Red Rocks Community College is committed to diversity in its people and programs. The College is an equal opportunity educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex/gender, sexual orientation gender identity, religion, age, national/ ethnic origin, pregnancy status, veteran’s status, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by applicable law, in its employment practices or educational programs and activities.

RRCC has designated the Executive Director of Human Resources as its Affirmative Action Officer/Equal Opportunity Administrator/Title IX Administrator with the responsibility to coordinate its civil rights compliance activities and grievance procedures. For information, contact Executive Director of Human Resources, Title IX Coordinator, Title VII/Equal Opportunity Coordinator, ADA/Sec 504 Coordinator, 13300 West Sixth Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80228. 303-914-6298.

Reasonable accommodation will be provided upon request for persons with disabilities.  If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in the application process, please notify Human Resources at 303-914-6570.

RRCC conducts pre-employment background checks on all employment finalists to determine or verify background information, including criminal history, references from previous employment, qualifications, and, when applicable, driving history. Employment offers are contingent upon receiving a satisfactory report.

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