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Sierra College is seeking a full-time, Long-Term Temporary Fire Technology Instructor. Sierra College is a Community College located near Sacramento, California where a heavy emphasis is placed on academic excellence and student success. Since its founding in 1936, Sierra College has focused on quality instruction and meeting the evolving needs of the students and communities that it serves. The Sierra Community College District covers more than 3,200 square miles and serves the Northern California foothill counties of Placer and Nevada, as well as parts of El Dorado and Sacramento. We serve over 18,000 students throughout the region in both on-ground and online courses, including students at our main Rocklin Campus as well as at three centers located in Grass Valley, Tahoe/Truckee, and Roseville.

Sierra 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. A strong candidate for this position must demonstrate a profound understanding of and experience with successfully supporting individuals with varying backgrounds. This includes persons with disabilities, various gender identities and sexual orientations, as well as individuals from historically underrepresented communities and other groups. Our District is committed to providing strategies for success and proactive student-centered practices and policies focused on eliminating equity gaps.

As an institution, Sierra College is committed to eliminating the equity gap in all student populations with dynamic, learner-centered practices and policies that fully engage the college community.  The ideal candidate will share the College’s commitment to helping its racially and socioeconomically diverse students develop the critical skills necessary to succeed in their degree and career objectives. Currently, Sierra College enrolls 18,300 students per term: 26% of Sierra College’s students are Latinx, 3% are African-American, 2% are Filipino, 5% are Asian-American, 1% are Native American, 6% are multiracial and 57% are White. As a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), Sierra College understands that it has a great responsibility to the educational attainment and economic well-being of our students.

The successful candidate will join a Fire Technology department dedicated to the use of culturally responsive teaching strategies and methods that meet the varying needs of our students and ensure a successful learning environment. Sierra College demonstrates its commitment to equity by supporting ongoing professional development for students, faculty, and staff. These opportunities include trainings and workshops on equity and inclusion, a Faculty Equity and Inclusion Certificate, SC4 (Sierra College Community, Creativity, Culture, and Collaboration Training), active Academic Senate standing committees concerned with student success and equity, a Presidential Equity Advisory Committee (PEAC), culturally responsive student engagement centers, support for our undocumented and AB540 students, campus-wide equity summits, a robust set of programs, events, and conferences related to equity-mindedness and supporting the success of our diverse students.


Responsibilities and qualifications for this position include:

  • Teaching basic-skills and college level Fire Technology courses, such as Firefighter I Certification Training, Firefighter II Training, Fundamentals of Fire Service Operations, Building Construction for Fire Protection, Fire Apparatus and Equipment. Represent the District in Federal, State, and local professional forums and organizations focusing on Fire Technology.
  • Interact with public and private agency partners to develop and improve curriculum and programs.
  • Interact with Federal, State, and local agencies to ensure compliance with mandated course content accuracy and certification requirements.
  • The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about culturally responsive pedagogical techniques and effective practices for engaging students who are historically underrepresented and underserved in traditional classrooms.
  • The faculty member will participate in curriculum development and in the review and assessment of student learning outcomes and course success rates disaggregated by race/ethnicity and other key demographics to ensure the success of all students.
  • Participation in campus governance, faculty organizations and committees, departmental activities such as program review, and in one’s own professional development is also an integral component of the position’s regular responsibilities.


  • Bachelor’s degree AND two (2) years of occupational experience in the discipline OR Associate’s degree AND six (6) years of occupational experience in the discipline OR the equivalent.

o   If claiming equivalency, please attach the Request for Equivalency Hearing form. The equivalency form may be found at:

o   Individuals who have completed college or university course work at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees and other relevant documents.

o   A foreign transcript evaluation is required any time foreign course work is used to meet minimum qualifications and/or salary placement even if the foreign transcript has been accepted by a college or university in the United States.

o   Foreign transcript evaluations are ONLY accepted from AICE (Association of International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) or NACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) agencies or evaluators. Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluations click here.

  • Knowledge of:  Fire Technology practices and processes; teaching practices, methods, and techniques; current directions in Fire Technology theory and research.
  • Ability to:  Lecture in front of large groups of students; explain Fire Technology concepts in a clear, logical and concise fashion; interact effectively with student, peers and administrative personnel; work independently to solve problems; recognize variation in student backgrounds, abilities, and learning styles; be patient with students; maintain integrity, honesty, reliability, and cooperation.


Certified and/or Registered State Fire Training Instructor through the Office Of the State Fire Marshal.


Placement on the District’s Faculty Salary Schedule is dependent upon years of experience and level of education. Entry level is from $55,333.90 to $74,152.72 at time of employment. The current highest salary attainable after employment is $99,371.74. The District offers a very competitive benefits package, which includes health and welfare as well as income protection. Employees will be members of the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS). Sick leave, sabbatical, and other leaves are available according to the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement.


There are five (5) required documents to apply for this position:

  1. Employment Application
  2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  3. Cover Letter that addresses the  responsibilities and qualifications listed above, including:
  4. The transferable experience, knowledge, skills and abilities for teaching basic-skills and college level Fire Technology courses.
  5. Evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the racial, socioeconomic, academic, and cultural diversity within the community college student population, including students with different ability statuses (e.g., physical and/or learning) as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice within the classroom and in the campus community.
  6. Applicable Transcripts
  7. Teaching Philosophy Statement that must include discussion of the following questions:
  8. What do you feel are the best strategies for supporting historically underrepresented and underserved students? Specifically, what are the key factors that contribute to their success and the closing of equity gaps in the classroom, particularly for African-American, Latinx, and Native American students?
  9. Think of the most successful class you have taught or equivalent experience. What were the key factors in creating that success, particularly for African-American, Latinx, and Native American students?
  10. What role should faculty play in student success?
  11. Describe how your teaching approach has changed/evolved since you began teaching. Provide examples of what motivated the change(s).

Candidates must apply at:

DEADLINE:   Applications must be received by the Sierra College Human Resources Department no later than WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2019.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Please note that letters of reference may be utilized during the reference checking process, but will not be provided to the hiring committee.


Sierra College is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination and the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.

Sierra College

5100 Sierra College Boulevard

Rocklin, CA 95677

(916) 660-7105

[email protected]

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Brittani Kelly
Human Resources Specialist

(916) 660-7106
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