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Instructor, Paralegal Studies

Grayslake, IL, USA

Job Type

Full Time - Faculty

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About the Role

The College of Lake County (CLC) is seeking an Instructor, Paralegal Studies for the instruction of first and second-year college-level courses to a diverse student body at our Grayslake, Lakeshore, and Southlake campuses as well as local business, community, and industry partners. CLC is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment, and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. CLC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents our student body. Our search process is designed to promote increasing the diversity of our full-time faculty.

Instructor, Paralegal Studies

Internal Position Title: Instructor, Paralegal Studies

Posting Number: F00992

Department:: Legal Studies

Position Type: Full-Time Faculty

Job Family: Faculty

Summary:
The College of Lake County (CLC) is seeking an Instructor, Paralegal Studies for the instruction of first and second-year college-level courses to a diverse student body at our Grayslake, Lakeshore, and Southlake campuses as well as local business, community, and industry partners. CLC is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment, and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. CLC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents our student body. Our search process is designed to promote increasing the diversity of our full-time faculty.

The Legal Studies program is a nationally known, ABA-approved paralegal education program consisting of two options: an AAS degree (63 credit hours) and a post-degree Certificate (30 hours). This means our students come to us with a wide range of experience; classes consist of both traditional students and seasoned, well-educated adult learners. We prepare students for successful careers in the legal field and instructors enthusiastically engage beyond the classroom by partnering with the local legal professional community, providing career advice, assisting with placement, participating in the ABA approval process, and student recruitment and retention activities.

The college is implementing transformative change through an ambitious and aspirational body of work outlined in its 2024 Strategic Plan to become an organization where every student succeeds and every employee thrives while supporting every business to achieve and every community to grow. As the community's open-access higher education organization, CLC aims to be the leader in providing innovative education and workforce solutions. http://dept.clcillinois.edu/res/CLCWebsite/Reports/Strategic_Plan.pdf

The Faculty Success Framework illustrates the fundamental elements of a faculty member's career at CLC. Its purpose is to support a culture of continual faculty development and to provide full but flexible paths for faculty to both consistently contribute to student success efforts and cultivate professional fulfillment. Our Guiding Principles for Teaching and Learning Excellence outline the qualities we expect CLC faculty will exemplify in their professional and pedagogical engagement with students.

College of Lake County is committed to a diverse workforce that represents our student body. Our search process is designed to promote the increase of diversity of our full-time faculty.

Required Qualifications:

• JD with experience as a paralegal or supervising paralegals

OR

• Master’s degree in Legal Studies or a related area AND two (2) years of fulltime work experience (or equivalent part-time experience over four (4) years) as a paralegal OR an attorney supervising paralegals

OR

• Bachelor’s degree in paralegal or legal studies with at least five (5) years of full-time work experience (or equivalent part-time experience over 10 years) as a paralegal in the field relating to course subject matter

OR

• Bachelor’s degree with ABA approved paralegal certificate and five (5) years of full-time work experience (or equivalent part-time experience over 10 years) as a paralegal in the field relating to course subject matter.

• Proven ability to work effectively and constructively with persons of diverse cultures, language groups, and abilities; demonstrate sensitivity to and ability to work with the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff, including those with disabilities; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Desired Qualifications:

Posting Date: 12/18/2023

Expected Start Date: 08/12/2024


Special Instructions Summary: The priority deadline is February 11, 2024. Additional applications may be considered after the priority deadline. This position may remain open until filled. Applicants who will earn the required degree by May 17, 2024, will be considered.

Applicants selected for an interview will be required to submit a minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation.

This is a full-time, tenure-track faculty position. Salary placement is commensurate with education and experience. An optional contract for the summer session offers the potential for significantly greater earnings.

The minimum 2024 – 2025 academic year (fall and spring semester) base salary range was $69,117 with a master’s degree to $83,790 with a doctorate in the subject field.

Faculty may be assigned to any of the three campuses; Grayslake, Lakeshore or Southlake. New faculty hires are required to attend orientation the week (August 5-9) before the start date of August 12, 2024.Foreign Transcripts: Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA.

Please note: Foreign transcripts require a course-by-course degree analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service. We only accept evaluations from a NACES approved organization: IEE: Foreign Credential Evaluations | Evaluation Company & NACES Member (myiee.org).

Pay Rate: Per faculty contract.

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full Time

Location Grayslake

Total Hours Per Week: Fifteen (15) load hours and ten (10) office hours.

Work Schedule:

Class assignments/subject varies according to course schedule. Ability to teach days, evening and weekends as determined by the needs of the program in any given semester. Ability to teach at all campus locations as needed (Grayslake, Lakeshore or Southlake).

Software Testing Required: None

Interview Process Requirements: None

EEO Statement: The College of Lake County is an equal opportunity employer and has a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, it seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including minorities, women and people with disabilities.

Summary of Essential Functions:

• Selects, prepares, maintains, and updates current curriculum, course outlines and printed and non-printed instructional materials.

• Provides students and the academic division a syllabus that clearly states course objectives and learning outcomes, attendance policies in line with those of the College, texts and readings, timelines and evaluation criteria, and any other information required by College, academic division, or department.

• Meets all classes at assigned times. If unable to meet an assigned class, reports absence to supervisor and academic division staff in an appropriate manner.

• Teaches assigned courses in subject field each academic semester to meet the needs of students, the department and the community. Delivers course content using a variety of teaching styles at various times and campus locations.

• Provides instructional support to the students. Assists in student advisement and refers students, when appropriate, to sources of specialized services within the College. Is available for student consultation through phone, email or appropriately established office hours (in-person or online).

• Participates in developing and administering department and college-wide assessment of student learning. Uses departmental testing instruments as provided and administers other instruments designed to measure student learning outcomes as requested and required by the department, academic division or College. Provides all results as requested.

• Evaluates student performance in meeting course objectives and learning outcomes through assignments, projects, discussions, or examinations. Provides feedback to students in a timely manner on student performance.

• Maintains accurate grade records as required by the College. Submits all attendance and grade records electronically prior to the required deadlines. Produces appropriate grade records for supervisor upon request.

• Uses the appropriate College policies and procedures to resolve and document student complaints, concerns and problems.

• Encourages students to submit course evaluations, reviews course evaluations when available and uses feedback to improve course delivery.

• Participates, when appropriate, in the formation and meetings of career program advisory committees, governance groups, College, academic division, and department committees.

• Attends faculty meetings, department meetings and all other meetings called by authorized personnel.

• Attends Opening Week activities and Commencement.

• Is ethical in all conduct and maintains a high level of professionalism.

• Consistently completes all mandated compliance trainings.

• Properly and effectively utilizes appropriate technology such as Navigate, Canvas, and Zoom to deliver instructional materials, maintain grades, and provide timely communications with students, etc.

• Maintains current knowledge of subject matter via professional development such as professional organization membership, attendance of seminars, conferences and classes, and professional publications.

• Follows all institutional and regulatory policies, procedures and standards. Utilizes self-assessment to determine progress in meeting performance objectives and career goals.

• Actively supports the College and academic division through ongoing service and engagement.

• Performs other duties as assigned by the Dean or Associate Dean.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: College: Knowledge of College policies, procedures, and practices including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); ability to apply sound reasoning to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, and diagram form; ability to work effectively and constructively with individuals and teams from diverse cultures, language groups, and abilities; demonstrate sensitivity to and ability to work with the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff, including those with disabilities; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Department/Divisional: Knowledge of Instructional policies, procedures, and practices with the ability to answer work-related questions; and/or interpret and apply these guidelines correctly in various situations; ability to solve issues and work with diverse populations; ability to read and interpret instructional documents.

DECISION-MAKING and ANALYTICAL SKILLS: ability to interpret policy and establish methods and procedures for ability to perform all essential functions using safe work methods and following safety regulations relating to job; ability to organize and express ideas, directions, and data in a logical sequence to describe a process or explain procedures such as how to perform a task to someone else.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Well-developed public speaking and presentation skills to effectively present materials to individual students or groups; well-developed written communication skills; ability to communicate effectively in a tactful and courteous manner with a variety of people, including students, employees, faculty, and the general public; ability to communicate effectively verbally and written to work with a diverse workforce and student population to prioritize and delegate projects, exchange ideas, information and opinions effectively with others to formulate policies and programs and/or arrive at decisions, conclusions or solutions; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, other departments, students, and the public; ability to manage interpersonal conflict situations requiring tact, diplomacy and discretion.

PHYSICAL: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a classroom setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, reach; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information with or without reasonable accommodation.

VISION: See in the normal visual range with or without correction or reasonable accommodation.

POSITIONS SUPERVISED: None

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