Behavioral Healthcare Instructor – Tenure Track

November 16, 2023

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Job Description


(Full-Time Faculty)

Open Date: 15 November 2023

Close Date: Open Until Filled

First Screening Date: 2 January 2024


Our collaboratively developed shared definition of
equity is that as a College “we aspire to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff have access to resources and support in
proportion to their needs and that they feel respected, connected, and can thrive in their goals.” Peninsula College’s equity
efforts are led by an Equity Standing Committee with cross-campus representation. The committee appoints equity work groups and develops,
assesses, and updates an annual equity plan. That committee’s collective work has identified the need for a position that can lead the
College’s work in equitable hiring practices and equity training for all employees and that can act as resource for the
College’s equity partners by sharing expertise and leadership.


Located in the
northwest corner of the United States, Peninsula College is nestled in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. The main campus in Port
Angeles, Washington, overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the nearby city of Victoria, British Columbia, and has easy access to the
Pacific Ocean, Olympic National Park, and Seattle. Port Angeles is two hours from Seattle and a one-hour ferry ride to Victoria, Canada. The
College is honored to serve six sovereign American Indian nations in the region: Jamestown S’Klallam, Lower Elwha Klallam, Quileute,
Makah, Hoh, and Port Gamble S’Klallam.

The College is honored to have strong relationships with these six federally recognized
Tribes in the College’s service district. The College is home to Longhouse of Learning, Peninsula College Longhouse. It is the first
Longhouse in the nation to be built on a community College campus. The College offers transferable Indigenous language courses in
Klallam/S’Klallam, Makah and Quileute and Hoh languages. Instructional programs include a Tribal Homeland Security & Emergency
Management certificate and an Integrated Indigenous Studies transfer pathway. The College is committed to doing more and taking future
direction from the Tribes.

As a public comprehensive community college with baccalaureate-granting authority, Peninsula College is
highly regarded by businesses, schools, and community partners for its culture of inclusiveness, innovation, high academic standards, and
community engagement. The College is part of the 34-college Washington State Community and Technical College System and is accredited by the
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

The College serves more than 2,500 students through its main campus and Port
Townsend and Forks campuses, its correctional facilities, community education, and its online course offerings. The College community is
vibrant, engaged, and known for its commitment to serving the diverse needs of the local communities across its 3,600 square mile service

The College culture is defined by its Guiding Principles and its shared governance model, which values respect, open and
honest communication, integrity and collaboration. The College is a leader in the Guided Pathways work in Washington State and sees
developing an equitable and socially just institution as a central part of that work. The College is highly regarded as a warm and welcoming
place. Click here for a video about Peninsula College.


Peninsula College is recruiting for a full-time Behavioral Healthcare instructor to teach
courses in the Behavioral Healthcare Bachelor’s degree program and to advise Behavioral Healthcare students. Via a supplemental
contract, the position may also include working with the associate dean of baccalaureate programs to assist with program development and to
coordinate the Behavioral Healthcare program. The college is seeking applications from innovative teachers who are committed to approaching
the classroom from a social justice perspective and by engaging with critical pedagogies. Primary teaching duties will be required courses
for the Behavioral Healthcare Bachelor’s degree program, including Overview of Behavioral Health Disorders, Behavioral Health Systems
of Care, Social and Cultural Diversity in Behavioral Health, Counseling Ethics and Scope of Practice, Care Coordination, and General
Intervention Techniques Including Motivational Interviewing, with the opportunity to develop other courses that align with areas of

Peninsula College has a strong commitment to the achievement of equity and inclusion among its faculty, staff, and
students and values the rich diverse backgrounds that make up the campus community. The college values faculty members who bring creativity
to the classroom by providing opportunities for active engagement of students; who decenters power and encourages co-creation of knowledge;
who brings varying perspectives to class content by including multiple forms of text including OER’s; who enhances academic
achievement by including differing forms of assessment and proof of competence, and who engages the value of learning outside of the
classroom. Applicants with community college teaching experience and/or experience teaching third and fourth year courses in Behavioral
Health like the ones required by this position are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants familiar with Guided Pathways and with working
collaboratively to develop curriculum that fits into Behavioral Health Pathways, are also encouraged to apply.

To ensure the college
provides an inclusive educational and employment environment focused on culturally responsive teaching strategies for success and equitable
outcomes for all, we are seeking a candidate who has an understanding of, and experience with, successfully supporting individuals with
varying backgrounds, including people with disabilities; people with various gender identities and sexual orientations; individuals from
historically marginalized communities; and other groups.



  • Teach
    assigned behavioral healthcare courses in accordance with course descriptions and learning outcomes outlined in the syllabi
  • Develop, assess, improve, and deliver curriculum
  • Gather, organize and/or create course materials that facilitate learning
  • Utilize appropriate technology to facilitate teaching and learning in the lab, classroom and online
  • Through the course
    syllabus, orient students at the beginning of each course to the objectives of the course, learning outcomes, assessment methods, basis of
    grading, attendance requirements, the nature of assignments and class requirements
  • Obtain and maintain sufficient learning
    assessment data in order to provide a valid and reasonable basis for assignment of grades
  • Provide records and data needed to comply
    with federal and state requirements and regional accreditation standards
  • Maintain regularly scheduled and posted office hours for
    assisting students
  • Participate in student academic advising
  • Serve on College committees, which include ad hoc committees,
    strategic College priority committees, and standing committees as defined in the procedure for Board Policy
  • Serve on faculty hiring
    committees as assigned
  • Participate in scheduled division meetings and academic employee meetings
  • Create and regularly
    update a Professional Development Plan that ensures continuing education and ongoing currency in one’s instructional area and current
  • Participate in annual planning and program review
  • Hold office hours and be available to advise and support
  • Ensure ongoing review and assessment of course, program, and institutional student learning outcomes

Program Coordination

  • Work closely with industry partners to provide up to date instruction and align with
    state and national certification competencies with emphasis on the particular skills relevant to local employment.
  • Coordinate the
    behavioral health advisory committee to assure program relevance, positive business relationships and incumbent worker opportunities and
    employment for graduates.
  • Collaborate with high school programs, Dual Credit, and partners to create recruiting pathways and credit
  • Participate in the community and with logical partners in creating recruiting pipelines and program visibility.
  • Assist and support the seeking of grants and their administration for program support and growth.
  • Manage purchasing, inventory,
    and donations in line with budgets and fiscal practices of the college.

Duties of the position requiring knowledge,
skills, and abilities:

  • Ability to establish partnerships with local Behavioral health Providers to arrange
  • Provide information and advice to students, staff, program participants and/or the public regarding the content,
    policies and activities in the behavioral healthcare program
  • Promote the program on campus with outside organizers
  • Attend
    meetings and/or conferences as program representative.
  • Monitor program activities in relation to established program goals; within
    established program parameters, determine variance from program standards.
  • Plan, coordinate and hold advising appointments
    throughout the year.
  • Experience working with computers and technology to deliver or support instruction.
  • Proven strong
    communication skills, written and oral.
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Able to work
    a flexible schedule including evenings.
  • The characteristics of team player, autonomy, timeliness in task performance, initiative,
    and a desire to learn.
  • Have a demonstrated understanding of multiple, critical perspectives that consider the marginalization of
    communities including indigenous, Latinx, Black, Asian, LGBTQ, and experience with inclusive pedagogical and assessment practices.
  • Have demonstrated excellence as a teacher-scholar with demonstrated effective teaching and scholarship.

Professional Experience:

  • 5 years experience providing direct behavioral health services.
  • Teaching
    experience in a formal or workplace setting preferred.
  • Online teaching experience a plus.

Required physical

  • Work will typically be performed in a classroom setting and may require standing and/or sitting for
    extended periods of time.

Required work schedule and work environment:

  • Classroom, lab, and
    office settings

Required education or certificates:

  • Master’s in behavioral health, Social work,
    Psychology, counseling or a related field from an accredited institution (Ph.D. preferred)


  • A full-time tenure-track position/program coordinator beginning the 2024 Fall quarter.
  • The College has
    a negotiated faculty salary schedule in which placement on the schedule is determined by education level and experience.
  • Coordination work, if assigned, will be an additional contract.


  • Full-Time Exempt position.
  • Anticipated starting monthly salary: $5,134.00 -

Full Time Employee Benefits:

Employment Terms

  • A full-time tenure-track position beginning the 2024 Fall quarter; this is a nine-month academic year appointment.
  • The College
    has a negotiated faculty salary schedule in which placement on the schedule is determined by education level and experience. Initial annual
    salary placement is anticipated to be $56,554 – $59,102 for a standard 175-day contract, depending on qualifications. The current
    salary rate is expected to increase subject to the outcome of the negotiated Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • A standard
    175-day contract is written annually for the period of September to June. Late contracts will be prorated on the basis of work days
    remaining in the contract year.
  • Excellent benefits package including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance;
    paid vacation and sick leave; retirement plan options; optional credit union and tax deferred annuity programs. Peninsula College
    contributes $1,145 per month towards the cost of the Washington State employee insurance programs. The college also supports professional
  • Peninsula College is a qualified employer for the PSLF program. If you work for
    the College full time, have had Direct Loans and are on an eligible repayment plan, you are eligible to apply.
  • Full-time employees
    are eligible to apply and participate in the Peninsula College Employee Tuition Program.

Application Submission Procedure:

A complete application file will include:

  • a
    college employment application,
  • (attachment 1) a letter of application addressing specific qualifications of this position,
  • (attachment 2) a current CV,
  • (attachment 3) a teaching philosophy, not to exceed 2 pages
  • (attachment 4) a diversity
    statement, not to exceed 2 pages
  • (attachment 5) unofficial transcripts, (IF hired Official Transcripts will be required) and
  • (attachment 6) three current professional references qualified to assess your experience and ability to perform the duties specified.
    Please include references’ email addresses and telephone numbers.
  • In compliance with the Immigration and Naturalization Act,
    proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.
  • Prior to a new hire, a background check
    including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will
    be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Application materials may be uploaded electronically, by mail, or email to:

Human Resources

Peninsula College

1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Port Angeles, WA 98362

Phone: (360) 417-6298


Applications submitted electronically will be
accepted without signatures.

Jeanne Clery Statement:

Notice of Availability of Annual Security
Report—Peninsula College’s Annual Crime/Security Report is available here, containing mandated information about
current campus policies concerning safety and security issues, required statistics, and other related information. To obtain a paper copy of
the report, please call 360-417-6559.

Title IX Statement:

Peninsula College is compliant with Title IX
best practices. For more information visit, Anti-Harassment and Nondiscrimination | Title IX.

Peninsula College does not discriminate on the basis of race,
creed, color, religion, national origin, families with children, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, including gender identity, age,
honorably discharged veteran or military status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the
use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities. Coordination of compliance is the
responsibility of the Human Resources Officer,, (360) 417-6212.

Peninsula College is an equal opportunity employer.

Peninsula College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, families with children, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, including gender identity, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities. Coordination of compliance is the responsibility of the Human Resources Officer, PC HR Office, (360) 417-6212.

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