First Year Experience/Natural Science Faculty

$43,000 yearly
  • Northwest Indian College
  • 2522 Kwina Road, Bellingham, WA, USA
  • Jun 07, 2019
Full time Education

Job Description


First Year Experience/Natural Science Faculty (F/T, 9 months)


OPENING DATE:    June 7, 2019

REVIEW DATE:      June 28, 2019

CLOSING DATE:     Open until filled

START DATE:         ASAP or 2 weeks after acceptance

LOCATION:             NWIC Main Campus

SALARY:                  $43,000 Max DOE


The salary placement upon hire will be based on the selected candidate’s education and relevant work experience as outlined in the job announcement and the established salary schedule for the classification of position to be filled.


Northwest Indian College hiring practices include adherence to the Indian Preference Act (Title 25, U.S. Code, Section 473).  NWIC supports and provides equal opportunity employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information.



The FYE-Student Success Instructor is responsible for focusing on student success and retention through the promotion of our FYE program and our Indigenous Service Learning Program. This position is to provide support and help students to maintain or develop their motivation for success. The faculty member will be responsible for teaching the Introduction to Successful Learning Courses as well as other FYE courses when needed. The FYE instructor will promote the student Commitment to Student Success four themes, especially the theme of Leadership through exploration of self-identity, tribal identity, connection to place and civic responsibility. The FYE instructor will embed the themes into the Human Development (HMDV) classes and seminars.


The main components of work as faculty are: teaching, academic student advising (optional club advising), committee work, community service and research.


  1. Teaching is the first focus. The faculty member is expected to teach 15 credit hours of courses quarterly.  Extra classes will be added if the student count in courses is low.  The faculty member is expected to prepare students for completion of NWIC degrees and/or to transfer to four-year institutions.  The faculty member is responsible for curriculum design and redesign of classes.  This is part of the ongoing program design and assessment process, which requires a significant time commitment.
  2. Advising is the second focus. However, an important objective of the FYE advising is that of a faculty mentor, who begins, very early in the fall quarter to communicate with students about their educational goals, interests, concerns, and questions – and continues throughout the spring quarter.  Therefore, the FYE instructor is encouraged to open up conversations with individual students early-on, so that when the registration period does begin, we know more about our individual students, and we can better help them begin a process of advanced-planning that will help them make more informed decisions about their education.
  3. Committee work is the third major focus. The faculty member is responsible for contributing to the overall functioning of the college through participation on committees. This person will also be a part of the FYE Workgroup, retention team and the Indigenous Service Learning advisory group.



  1. Develop course syllabi and curricula;
  2. Submit necessary reports where applicable such as enrollment, progress and grading information in a timely manner;
  3. Order textbooks and supplies in advance of courses taught following established college timelines;
  4. Create an environment, a presentation style and a pace in which learning is enhanced;
  5. Maintain office hours each week for each credit of lecture class taught;
  6. Present a Native American cultural focus;
  7. Participate in the assessment of student learning outcomes; and our assessment work on an institutional level.
  8. Participate in content area activities /work; and
  9. May be required to perform additional duties of faculty as appropriate and necessary.



This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED to perform this position successfully:


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in closely related field, from an accredited college or university
  • At least three years’ work experience in post-secondary education or closely related field
  • Experience teaching at the postsecondary or secondary level (TA experience acceptable)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal/people skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, such as handling multiple tasks and numerous student files


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in General Education fields, or related discipline
  • Prior instructor experience
  • Experience working in a tribal college setting and/or a tribal community
  • Experience working in a college setting and in a team environment
  • Experience working with and advising adult students
  • Experience with and sensitivity to Native American people and cultural customs
  • Experience working with adult distance learning programs
  • Ability to work well on an independent basis with minimal supervision


Additional Qualifications: Must have a current driver’s license and a driving abstract that meets employer qualifications for insurability. 


Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability in utilizing a variety of instructional delivery methodologies and a strong academic preparation in reading as evidenced by undergraduate and graduate level coursework
  • Thorough knowledge of subject matter
  • Ability to present information in a variety of ways
  • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and respectfully
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment in order to achieve strategic and departmental goals



Interested individuals should submit the following application materials directly to the NWIC Human Resources Office only. 


  1. Cover letter addressing how you meet the position qualifications
  2. NWIC Application
  3. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) form
  4. Current and complete professional resume
  5. Copies of college transcripts (official copy requested at time of hire)
  6. Three letters of recommendation from persons, who are not members of your immediate family, who have firsthand knowledge of your qualifications for the position
  7. If applicable to the position, provide copies of certificates/licenses/credentials


The job announcement and application forms are available online at or may be requested from and submitted directly to:


Human Resources

Northwest Indian College

2522 Kwina Road

Bellingham, WA  98226-9278

Telephone/Fax: (360) 392-4230