Lakewood, WA
February 18, 2024

Pierce College: Basic Skills Instructor/ Assistant Professor at the Special Commitment Center, McNeil Island

The successful candidate will join the district’s Extended Learning Division and teach as a contracted instructor at the Special Commitment Center, developing curriculum, teaching, and assessing student learning. The SCC is a highly secure behavioral health facility for civilly committed sex offenders who have completed their prison sentences (RCW 71.09). This position reports to the Pierce College Education Director at the Special Commitment Center and must interact with students, faculty and staff of the college, Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and SCC clinical and residential staff. Work is assigned according to the Interagency Agreement between Pierce College and DSHS/SCC under supervision of the Education Director.

This specially funded contract is contingent upon receipt of the necessary funding and sufficient student enrollment and may be terminated at any time funds become unavailable to support the position or due to insufficient student enrollment.  


$83,902 - $85,402

Essential Functions

Responsibilities of the successful candidate include:
  • (a) Instruction. Develop curricula as needed.
  • (b) Psycho-Educational Modules. Facilitate two (2) Psycho-Educational Modules during each six-month period to be offered as part of Residents’ treatment programs. This module shall be determined by SCC Chief of Resident Treatment in collaboration with the Contractor.
  • (c) Technology Lab. Instruct SCC Residents in the appropriate use of computer technology to support class objectives, fulfill treatment goals, and prepare Residents for possible transition into the community.
  • (d) Media Lab. Instruct Residents in using existing closed-circuit network to create educational, self-help, and entertainment programming. Each program shall be subject to review, approval, and revision at the discretion of the SCC Chief of Resident Treatment or Authorized Designee.
  • (e) Workshops. Facilitate educational workshops for SCC Residents in the areas of media and culture, arts and literature, sports and recreation, history and current events, and science and philosophy, as requested.
  • (f) Adult Basic Education (ABE) Courses. Instruct High Acuity Residents in ABE courses that meet requirements of the Washington State Office of Adult Literacy Basic Skills Competencies
  • (g) General Equivalency Diploma (GED) Preparation. Instruct Residents in areas as needed to qualify and test for a GED.
  • (h) College Courses. Facilitate all 100- and 200-level academic courses required for SCC Residents to earn Associate Degrees.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master of Education; OR
  • Master of Arts in Teaching and secondary teaching certification in Washington State; OR
  • Bachelor's degree with secondary teaching certification in Washington State

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to develop individualized educational plans and teaching strategies
  • Ability to critically understand and value cultural differences and identities; recognize power, positionality and privilege
  • Maintain professional boundaries
  • Communicate with and assist residents with a variety of behavioral and educational needs
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of historically disadvantaged populations, and create an educational environment that affirms commitment to equity and diversity

Preferred Experience

  • Experience teaching basic skills to students-Experience teaching in correctional education and/or mental health-Experience using Adobe Premier Pro and Adobe Encoder software (CS6 version)-Knowledge of Revised Code of Washington (RCW) SVP 71.09
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