Instructor, Paralegal

Guilford Technical Community College   Jamestown, NC   Full-time     Legal
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Posted on July 11, 2020

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Teaching faculty at Guilford Technical Community College are responsible for supporting student success by creating an optimum learning environment, responding to student needs, managing effective instructional activities, modeling employability skills, demonstrating professionalism, developing cooperative work relationships with other faculty and staff, supporting college administrative requirements, and maintaining competency in their instructional field. He/she will be responsible for quality instruction and for effective participation and interest in the total affairs of the college.

The Division of Business, Creative & Performing Arts at Guilford Technical Community College seeks an energetic, enthusiastic, and collaborative legal professional/educator to join our team. Under general supervision, this person will prepare and teach legal specialty courses designed to support the Paralegal Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree and Certificate. Legal specialty courses include, but are not limited to, Civil Litigation; Commercial Law; Criminal Law and Procedure; Real Property; Family Law; Wills, Estates and Trusts; and Legal Research and Writing.

The ideal candidate will be proficient in legal research software such as WestLaw, and be prepared to integrate these technology skills into the classroom. The successful candidate will be able to teach at times and locations that meet the needs of students, and be committed to working constructively with all facets of a growing Paralegal program within a community college setting.

Duties/Functions

Teaching
Prepare & teach departmental courses to include:

  • developing learner centered lesson plans
  • employing teaching strategies & instructional materials for different learning styles
  • incorporating, as pedagogically appropriate, current technology in classroom, distance learning and laboratory environments
  • creating and modeling a quality learning environment that supports a diverse student population
  • preparing, distributing and utilizing instructional support materials, including course syllabi, supplementary materials, instructional media and other devices as appropriate
  • conducting appropriate assessment of student learning outcomes in courses and programs/general education as appropriate

Professional Development
Maintain a professional status that supports the instructional mission by:

  • participating in professional development activities to maintain currency in field; *maintaining current credentials or licenses as required by program or accreditation
    *participating in professional development opportunities to advance teaching skills and strategies

Administration
Provide daily & ongoing oversight of facilities, equipment and student records to include:

  • maintaining classroom and laboratory spaces including upkeep of assigned equipment
  • providing for the security of facilities, equipment and instructional materials and maintaining safe working conditions
  • maintaining student records (e.g., grades and attendance) in accordance with established deadlines using a variety of technology-based programs (e.g., Colleague, WebAdvisor, Moodle)
  • complying with all applicable college, state and federal rules and regulations

Student Support
Provide an environment conducive to student success to include:

  • conducting recruiting activities
  • provide academic advising
  • promoting retention/persistence by assisting students to develop strategies for success
  • referring students to campus and community resources when appropriate

College Service
Support college-wide endeavors to include:

  • collaboration with faculty and staff from other divisions/departments to promote communication, coordinate schedules and support student success
  • serving on department, division and college committees
  • participating in GTCC institutional initiatives
  • collaborating with educational partners, business/industry and/or external agencies as appropriate to promote the instructional mission of GTCC
  • supporting collegiality and teaching excellence by actively participating in the professional development of new and veteran faculty (e.g., mentoring and peer observation)
  • attending college professional development sessions, college/division/department meetings, graduation and convocation, as required
  • Demonstrate and model the College’s employability skills: adaptability, communication, information processing, problem solving, responsibility and teamwork.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:
• Maintain student records.
• Perform all duties as assigned by supervisor.

Difficult Challenges Contacts Education Required

- Juris Doctorate degree or its equivalent from an American Bar Association accredited law school located at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution
- Admitted and in good standing to practice law in at least one state

Education Preferred

- Admitted and in good standing to practice law in North Carolina

Experience Required

- 3 years of experience in the practice of law
- Post-secondary teaching and/or professional training experience in legal/paralegal studies in any of the following formats: teaching courses, training sessions, conducting professional development workshops, and/or other continuing education seminars

Experience Preferred

-Greater than 3 years of experience in the practice of law
-Community college teaching experience in legal/paralegal studies
-Experience with assessment of student learning outcomes
-Experience with distance learning and/or alternate instructional delivery systems

KSA Required

The Instructor shall possess an understanding of and commitment to the nature and role of the Community College, particularly its “open door” policy. He/she shall have demonstrated personal and professional competence for the responsibilities assigned. The Instructor must be able to:

1. Multi-task
2. Respect Diversity
3. Adapt to changing procedures, protocols or assignments.
4. Create and maintain a learner centered environment
5. Communicate effectively
6. Ability to effectively implement and apply technology solutions.

KSA Preferred Department/Job Specific Requirements

Mandatory GTCC Trainings (upon initial hire) and annual updates as required; other required trainings may be added as needed):

1. Reporting Requirements
2. Discrimination & Anti-Harassment (within 30 days of hire; annual refresher thereafter)
3. Shooter on Campus (within 30 days of hire; annual refresher thereafter)
4. Personal Information Protection (within 30 days of hire; annual refresher thereafter)
5. Ethics and Social Responsibility (within 30 days of hire; annual refresher thereafter)
6. eLearning Level One (before the first day of the first semester teaching)
7. eLearning Levels Two and Three for instructors who teach online or hybrid delivery methods (before the first day of the first semester teaching)

Physical Demands

1. May include teaching day and evening and on multiple campuses

2. Physical Requirements
a. Hear and see
b. Stand extended periods of time (up to 6 hours)

3. Criminal history checks, with acceptable results, are required.

Other:

Criminal history checks, with acceptable results, are required.

Posting Type Faculty