Solar Energy Instructor

$57,000 yearly
  • Tohono O'odham Community College
  • Sells, AZ, USA
  • Mar 17, 2023
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Job Description

Job Title:         Solar Energy Instructor

Reports To:     Chair of Academic Programs in Workforce and Community Development

Status:             Full-time/ Regular/ Exempt

Salary:             Salary: $57,000 annual (DOE)

SUMMARY: The Solar Energy Instructor will teach Photovoltaic related courses in a tribal community college setting. Teaching assignments may include evening and weekend classes in-person, and online formats. The instructor will use multiple methods of instruction, assessment results, and appropriate technologies to engage students and promote student success. The instructor will also be expected to design curriculum, participate in professional development in indigenous education practices and online learning, and participate in committee work.


  • Develop and maintain the curriculum for a Solar Installer certificate;
  • Teach 15 equated load hours/semester to include material and preparation time; develop and grade exams and instruments to evaluate student learning and progress; submission of student grades/progress as required by the programs/policies of the Instruction area. Maintain office hours of 5 per week;
  • Develop and recommend Electrical and Solar class schedules and remain current in discipline and industry standards/credentials as established by NCCER and NABCEP;
  • Practice and enforce department-approved safety regulations in the lab room;
  • Promote and practice good laboratory techniques along with end of lab clean-up;
  • Be student-centered and focused on student learning outcomes;
  • Maintain currency in the discipline by conducting research and attending conferences
  • Mentor and advise students;
  • Participate in meetings, committees, and in other college activities;
  • Integrate Tohono O’odham culture into the curriculum;
  • Working with the Academic Chair of WCD, develop and implement processes and tools for assessment of teaching and student learning outcomes;
  • Work with the Chair of Academic Programs of WCD, and the Coordinator of Dual Enrollment to coordinate the articulation between secondary and post-secondary partners;
  • Support the T-So:son (Our Core Values) including T-Wohocudadag – Our Beliefs, T-Apedag – Our Well-Being, T-Pi:k Elida – Our Deepest Respect and I-We:mta – Working Together.
  • Perform other duties of a similar nature or level.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field with three years current, relevant experience or a minimum of 5 years of industry experience in Construction/Electrical/Solar;
  • Or an Associate Degree in photovoltaic systems and 5 years of experience with NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) certification or ability to complete within one year.  Have the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) certificate or ability to complete before teaching a course using NCCER curriculum. OR;
  • Be a Certified Journey person in Electrical, residential and commercial with current certification.


Additional Consideration May Be Given To Individuals with the Following Qualifications:

  • A Master’s or Ph.D. in a related field.
  • Additional expertise in Mathematics, Solar Energy, Green Constructions, Computer Science, or Engineering.
  • Two years of instructional experience in higher education.
  • Classroom experience working with Native American students of the Southwest in tribal communities.
  • Ability to speak and understand O’odham and/or Spanish.



  • Valid Arizona Driver’s license with no DUI's or major traffic offenses within the past two years;
  • Must successfully pass a background check and fingerprint clearance.




  • Knowledge of lab techniques as it relates to solar energy and photovoltaics;
  • Instructional methodologies;
  • Adult learning theory;
  • Research methods;
  • Student evaluation methods (formative and summative);
  • Principles in assigned academic area;
  • Advising processes and practices;
  • Curriculum development.



  • Using a computer and relevant software applications;
  • Conducting research;
  • Evaluating student performance;
  • Instructing students;
  • Creating collateral materials for class sessions;
  • Advising students;
  • Working with Native American students;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with subordinates, coworkers, supervisor, and the public.