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Cuesta College
  • Position Number: 3096188
  • Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Position Type: Medicine - Nursing

Licensed Vocational Nurse Full-Time Tenure Track Instructor

Cuesta College

Salary: Depends on Qualifications
Job Type: Full Time
Job Number: FY2122-00171
Location: Cuesta College - Paso Robles North County Campus, CA
Department: Instruction
Closing: 6/22/2022 11:59 PM Pacific

Job Description Summary
The Nursing and Allied Health division at Cuesta College is looking for a Full-Time Tenure Track Licensed Vocational Nursing Instructor. The position requires the candidate to teach both theory and clinical courses in both Fall and Spring semesters and assume the role and responsibilities of a full-time faculty including those listed below. The program is three-semesters with a Fall and Spring start every other year. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN leading to licensure as a Vocational Nurse. The nursing program has graduated more than 374 students since its inception in 2006 and boasts high licensure exam pass rates. Classroom instruction incorporates a simulation lab and modern technology. Our program emphasizes hands-on care, strong teamwork and collaboration. The majority of clinical experience will be with geriatric patients in long-term care facilities.

Cuesta College values academic excellence and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion among faculty, students, and staff. With our commitment to success and inclusivity Cuesta College is dedicated to providing students with an enriching learning experience to support attainment of their educational goals and careers. The successful candidate will be a capable instructor committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students, and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps.

Cuesta College seeks employees who value mentorship and are guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals. All departments strongly encourage collaboration across disciplines to create inclusive, integrated, and interdisciplinary learning experiences. College faculty are expected to be knowledgeable about, and willing to utilize different learning and teaching methods appropriate to the students they serve.

Faculty are responsible for choosing appropriate course materials, developing a student-centered equity-minded syllabus adhering to a college-approved Course Outline of Record, outlining classroom expectations, and content to be covered as well as developing a plan for content delivery. This position requires regular communication with students throughout the semester, office hour availability, assigning grades, and referral of students to appropriate support services, as needed. Due to changes in instruction delivery, instructors will be expected to become online teaching certified, if not already certified.

Evidence of Outstanding Ability as a Nursing Instructor
Appropriate evidence for the candidate includes, but is not limited to, experience, training, or achievement:

  • Commitment staying up-to-date with the latest developments in nursing and nursing education and in collaboration with industry and/or professional organizations;
  • Ability to continuously reflect, evaluate, and improve teaching methods;
  • Ability to organize and explain materials/instructions in an appropriate manner to address students' abilities and learning styles;
  • Ability to use teaching methods that engage students actively in their own learning, promote development of critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills and encourages students to become lifelong learners;
  • Ability to use instructional methods that emphasize cultural sensitivity;
  • Ability to motivate students from a broad spectrum of cultural, academic, socioeconomic, and language backgrounds;
  • Ability to develop and assess student learning outcomes, as well as identifying methods for achievement of those outcomes.

College or departmental responsibilities will include the following:
  • Developing, participating, and/or updating program curriculum;
  • Completing and submitting course assessments and evaluations;
  • Serving on college committees (Participatory Governance);
  • Participating and contributing to program review;
  • Participating in Peer evaluations and hiring committees;
  • Scheduling and working with full-time and part-time instructors in the department;
  • Collaborating with classified staff and program director;
  • Serve as a liaison for community healthcare organizations;
  • Collegial, professional, and ethical conduct;
  • Distance Education Certification (by end of Fall 2022).
Located in the heart of scenic San Luis Obispo County, Cuesta College has provided comprehensive associate degree offerings, certificates, and community programs to the region since 1964. Committed to being an inclusive institution that inspires a diverse student population to achieve their educational goals, we are proud to be designated as an Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education. Cuesta College is committed to racial and socioeconomic diversity that reflects our student population; we strive to hire candidates that share the value of commitment to diversity and inclusion. As part of the Cuesta College team, you can expect to be part of a collaborative community of faculty, classified staff, administrators, students, and community partners advancing educational excellence with intentional support services leading to student success and completion.

Additional information about the college can be found at
The college planning documents can be found at
Our Student Equity Action Plan can be found at
We offer comprehensive benefit options. Information about benefits can be found at

Cuesta College requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result. This may be verified through Cleared4Cuesta for all students, employees, and visitors who access Cuesta College campuses and facilities. For the most up to date information, please review our Covid-19 Resources page:

Essential Functions & Qualifications
-Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and 2 years of experience in the field;
-Associate's degree from an accredited institution and 6 years of experience in the field;
- The equivalent (candidates making application on the basis of equivalency must submit all materials requested for an equivalency judgment, indicated on the Equivalency Process link listed in Additional Information);
-The minimum qualifications as set by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians shall meet the requirements of Subsection A or B, below:
(A) Registered Nurse:1. Hold a current California active license as a Registered Nurse; AND2. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited school; OR a valid teaching credential; OR have completed a minimum of one year full-time teaching experience in a state approved registered nursing or vocational or practical nursing, or psychiatric technician school within the last five years; OR met community college or state university teaching requirements in California; AND3. Have a minimum of two years' experience as a registered nurse or licensed vocational nurse within the last five years.(B) Licensed Vocational Nurse:1. Hold a current California active license as a Vocational Nurse; AND2. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited school; OR a valid teaching credential; OR have completed a minimum of one year full-time teaching experience in a state approved registered nursing or vocational or practical nursing, or psychiatric technician school within the last five years; OR met community college or state university teaching requirements in California; AND 3. Have a minimum of two years' experience as a vocational nurse within the last five years.
  • Masters or bachelor's degree in nursing preferred;
  • Teaching experience directly related to the teaching assignment at the community college level;
  • Experience in geriatric and long-term care nursing;
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, the mission and objectives of California Community Colleges;
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with colleagues, students, and industry partners;
  • Ability to contribute to the development of the Licensed Vocational Nursing policies and procedures;
  • Experience using computers and/or multimedia equipment;
  • Demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning and professional development;
  • Demonstrates ability to employ a variety of teaching techniques and strategies to address the diverse learning needs of students;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

Additional Information
Required Documents to apply:
Candidates will be required to submit all the required documents below when applying for this position. When uploading documents PDF uploads are preferred.
  1. Cover letter;
  2. Resume;
  3. Reference list (must include three professional references, their contact information, and their relationship to you);
  4. Two Current Letters of Recommendation, within the last year;
  5. Diversity Statement (please review required prompt information below); and
  6. Unofficial transcripts.
Additional preferred: Teaching Philosophy Statement: Please convey your teaching values, beliefs and/or goals and include how you would approach teaching a diverse student population. Also include your teaching methods, what you want to achieve with your students, what motivates you as a teacher, and the purpose of education.
Diversity Statement Prompt: We endeavor to foster a just and inclusive campus culture here at Cuesta College. In 500 words or less, can you talk to us about your experiences with inclusion as it relates to your career or some other aspect of your work? If you have not had direct experience in this area, please tell us about your aspirations. We welcome learning about your areas of challenge or growth and success.
Equivalency Process: If you do not meet the minimum qualifications for the position please include an equivalency argument. For directions on what is an acceptable equivalency argument please review the requirements listed on the following link: (Download PDF reader)

Completed online applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by the closing date for this position. LATE, INCOMPLETE, FAXED, MAILED OR EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

If you would like to contact us to ensure all documents have been uploaded and your application packet is complete, you can contact HR at up until 72 hours before the closing date.

Additional Information:
Cuesta College will not sponsor any visa applications.

San Luis Obispo County Community College District ("Cuesta College") is an equal opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), age, disability (physical and mental), genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal and state law in admission and access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities at any of its campuses. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Cuesta College also prohibits harassment on any of these bases, including sexual harassment, as well as sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

In compliance with California law, all prospective staff and students are entitled to read the Annual Security Report, published each October by the Cuesta College Department of Public Safety. This report contains information about our emergency and crime reporting procedures, as well as crime statistics for the past 3 years. You may request a copy of this report at one of our two Public Safety Offices: on SLO campus at Building 6600A or on North County Campus at building N1021, during campus business hours. You may also access the complete text of this report at the following website address:

Cuesta College uses E-Verify as part of the I-9 process to verify the work eligibility of all new hires. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9 to data from U.S Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records. For further information, visit:

Interview Process Information
Selected applicants will be asked to interview for a full-time tenure track position as a Licensed Vocational Nurse instructor in the Allied Health Division on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.

Second interviews will be held on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

The selected applicant will begin their full-time teaching assignment in the 2022-2023 school year which begins on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. Assignments will be weekday and weekend on the North County Campus in Paso Robles.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

The San Luis Obispo County Community College District promotes inclusiveness, prohibits discrimination, and encourages all qualified persons to apply. As an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, Cuesta College actively seeks candidates with diverse backgrounds to assist students, staff, and faculty. For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) assistance with the application and/or interview process, please contact the Human Resources Office: (805) 546-3129.

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