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Music Instructor

Position Summary
Big Bend Community College (BBCC) is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time, tenure-track Music Instructor position. We are looking for a person prepared and interested in teaching courses in Music. The start date for this position is September 14, 2020. However, the successful candidate may begin work earlier based upon availability and the needs of the college.  

The Music Department is a one-person department within the larger Humanities Division. This position reports to the Dean of Arts and Sciences and works closely with the Humanities Division Chair as well as other faculty and staff. 
Big Bend Community College (BBCC) is a comprehensive public community college serving a large, rural district in central Washington State. BBCC's main campus is located in the city of Moses Lake (pop. 24,009) in Grant County, situated on the former Larson Air Force Base. In addition to the central campus, BBCC has learning centers in seven outlying communities that provide adult basic education, high school completion, and English Language Learning programs as gateways to college. We are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and we serve approximately 4,000 students, with an annualized FTE of approximately 2,000. 
Big Bend Community College strives for excellence in teaching and learning. We are a student-centered and innovative college that is committed to fostering a community that supports and recognizes the value of diversity; 42% of our student-body is Hispanic. Recognized as a Leader College by Achieving the Dream, Big Bend is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Our student body consists of 75% first-generation college students and 71% of our students receive some form of financial assistance.
Our college seeks candidates who have a deep commitment to and understanding of the rewards and challenges of working with students. We particularly welcome those who will be active participants in our small but thriving college community.
Big Bend Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical, mental or sensory disability, use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, marital status, pregnancy status or families with children, a mother breastfeeding her child, AIDS/HIV or hepatitis C, genetic information, and/or status as a veteran or any other legally protected classification. 
Big Bend provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Please direct all inquiries regarding compliance with access, equal opportunity, and/or grievances to the Vice President of Human Resources & Labor/Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator/Section 504 Coordinator, BBCC 7662 Chanute Street NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837; 509-793-2010 or via email at
This position is open until filled. Priority consideration will be given to applicants whose complete application has been received by November 12, 2019. Big Bend Community College reserves the right to offer this position to a qualified candidate at any time, so a prompt response is encouraged. 
Essential Job Duties
Primary essential responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:
  • Prepare and teach music courses; this may include day, evening, hybrid and online classes. Current courses include Music Appreciation, History of Jazz, History of Rock and Roll, Music of the World, Group Piano, Group Guitar, Music Technology Workshop, College Chorus, and Orchestra.
  • Offer regular and predictable access to students through posted office hours, electronic communication, and other appropriate methods.
  • Instruct, assist, and motivate students through careful preparation of course materials, effective teaching methodologies and informed substantive feedback on assignments and discussions.
  • Advise students; assist students in planning an educational program and in selecting courses, and when necessary refer students to appropriate student services for assistance.
  • Participate as an active member of working committees dealing with instruction, college-wide and department assessment, student matters and/or college related concerns.
  • Represent and advocate for the Music Department at Humanities Division and campus-wide meetings.
  • Foster relationships with district high school music programs.
  • Design, implement, and document assessment tasks for the Music Department.
  • Work effectively with colleagues and students of various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and be a positive contributing member of the campus community.
  • Provide advice and support for associate (adjunct) Music faculty.
  • Maintain positive and effective communications with students, faculty, administration and staff.
  • Foster a flexible, healthy learning environment with respect for student diversity.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth, development, and conduct.
  • Other duties as agreed to with division chair or administrator.
Minimum & Desirable Qualifications
At the time of application, all applicants must possess the following:
  • A Master's degree in Music or Music Education from a regionally accredited institution or in a closely related field with significant coursework in graduate-level music.
  • Ability to teach music performance classes in choral/vocal music and/or instrumental music.
  • Successful teaching experience at the post-secondary level (university or community college).
  • Experience working with students from diverse academic, age, socioeconomic, cultural, ability, and ethnic backgrounds. 
  • Teaching experience at the community college level. 
  • Experience teaching transfer-level music courses.
  • Experience in supporting associate (adjunct) faculty.
  • Ability to teach additional courses within the Humanities Division such as drama or theater should the need arise.
  • Experience implementing innovative teaching methods such as inverted instruction, coordinated studies, team teaching, or active learning strategies.
  • Experience implementing strategies to improve student success and retention.
  • Experience with online learning, hybrid courses, and learning management systems (Canvas, Blackboard, etc.).
  • Bilingual English/Spanish proficiency.
Application Instructions
This position is open until filled. Priority consideration will be given to applicants whose complete application has been received by November 12, 2019. Big Bend Community College reserves the right to offer this position to a qualified candidate at any time, so a prompt response is encouraged. 
To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required qualifications and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:
  1. BBCC Online application.
  2. Cover letter, addressing why you are interested in this position and how your qualifications make you the ideal candidate.*
  3. Comprehensive resume or CV.*
  4. Response(s) to the questions found in the Supplemental Questions Tab above.* 
  5. Unofficial transcripts documenting undergraduate and graduate course work and degrees. Official transcripts required upon employment.*
NOTE:  All of the above items are required to ensure your consideration for this position. The items marked with an asterisk are required to be included/uploaded with your online application prior to submission. The college reserves the right to remove documents, submitted but not requested, by BBCC as part of the application process. These documents include, but are not limited to statements of teaching philosophy, diversity statement, letters of recommendation, student evaluations, performance evaluations, etc. 
BBCC reserves the right to not fill this position, reject all applicants, reopen the position, or make a direct appointment. Applications received during this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies at the College's discretion.
Persons hired will need to provide documentation verifying identity and employment authorization to work in the United States. 
Official transcripts will need to be provided to the college within the first thirty (30) days of employment.
In compliance with state and federal regulations, BBCC is committed to a safe and drug-free campus. Employees are expected to comply with BBCC's policy prohibiting illegal drug use or activity, including notifications of criminal drug convictions and the use of prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications that are likely to affect job safety. The complete policy and procedure are available to view on the policies page of the BBCC website. Printed copies of the policy and procedure are available by contacting the Human Resources Office at 509-793-2008.
BBCC strives to be a safe and secure campus for our students, employees, and community. Detailed information regarding campus security, crime statistics for the most recent-three year period, and other information is available on the Campus Safety and Security page of the BBCC website. If you have questions or would like a printed copy of the materials please contact Campus Safety and Security at 509-793-2286.
This posting does not reflect the entire job description and may be changed and/or modified, at any time, without notice. 

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Big Bend Community College
7662 Chanute Street, NE

Moses Lake, Washington, 98837