Early Childhood Ed - Bachelor of Applied Science (Tenure-Track Faculty)

Skagit Valley College

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The Opportunity: Skagit Valley College (SVC) is seeking qualified equity-minded applicants for a full-time, tenure track faculty position in Early Childhood Education. The successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional teaching skills including those needed to effectively teach in an online or hybrid environment, enthusiasm for the subject matter, an inclusive and equity driven approach to teaching and learning, and innovative pedagogy and teaching strategies. Candidates should be able and excited to teach a variety of lecture and field-work-based courses, including supervising student teaching experiences. Faculty at SVC respect and work effectively with diverse students, colleagues, staff, and others in a campus climate that promotes innovative and equity-minded teaching, a diverse learning environment, and a strong focus on improving student success rates and addressing systemic inequities in access and achievement for all students.

SVC Early Childhood Education Faculty typically teach an equivalent of 15 -18 instructional units per quarter (3 classes) and provide College service. This position is expected to begin in Fall Quarter, September 2023.

This position is based primarily at the Mount Vernon Campus; however, Instructors may be called upon to teach at the Whidbey Island Campus located in Oak Harbor. Additionally, the candidate hired for this position will teach primarily on Saturdays.

SVC welcomes faculty with a commitment to excellence in teaching and the success of all students. We are committed to cultivating a welcoming and supportive learning environment for non-native English speakers and other diverse groups. In so doing, we offer our students and community not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines, but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. Candidates representing all aspects of diversity are encouraged to apply.

About SVC: Established in 1926, Skagit Valley College is a comprehensive community college within the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) providing associates and bachelor’s degrees, as well as certificates, in high-quality academic transfer pathways, workforce training, basic education for adults, and lifelong learning opportunities. Our equity goals align with SBCTC’s Vision statement; “Leading with racial equity, our colleges maximize student potential and transform lives within a culture of belonging that advances racial, social, and economic justice in service to our diverse communities.”

SVC's commitment to equity and social justice drives our collective work to increase access to higher education, inspire student learning and achievement, and strengthen our diverse community. We embrace equity through our core themes of access, achievement, and community by pursuing the continuous examination and revision of norms, policies, and practices to foster the success of all.

SVC aspires to reflect the diverse racial, ethnic, and linguistic demographics in the district, particularly a growing Latinx population. As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) SVC seeks equity minded leadership, faculty, and staff that are committed to inclusive practices and to diverse environments where students from all backgrounds can thrive via multidisciplinary collaboration and the implementation of an array of services.

MissionSkagit Valley College cultivates student learning and achievement; contributes to the educational, personal, and economic success of students; and promotes equitable and thriving communities.

VisionThe primary focus of Skagit Valley College is student-centered teaching and learning. We are committed to:

  • Equitable student outcomes in access, achievement, and community;
  • Our Guiding Principles;
  • Decisions based on strategy and evidence;
  • The development of our employees;
  • A diverse and inclusive college community where everyone belongs.

The Location: Skagit Valley College is on the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish People’s, especially on Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, Samish Indian Nation, Nooksack Indian Tribe and Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe. Located in a geographically diverse region between the dynamic metropolitan hubs of Seattle and Vancouver, BC, SVC is never far from world-class outdoor recreation, urban arts scenes, and local cultural events. SVC serves our local communities with a campus in Mount Vernon, Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, and centers in Friday Harbor, a Marine Technology Center in Anacortes, and a Brewing Academy in Burlington.

Guiding Principles Respect, Integrity, Open and Honest Communication, Collaboration,
and Compassion.

SVC welcomes faculty with a commitment to excellence in teaching and the success of all students. We are committed to cultivating a welcoming and supportive learning environment for non-native English speakers and other diverse groups. In so doing, we offer our students and community not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. Candidates representing all aspects of diversity are encouraged to apply.

Did You Know: Skagit Valley College is an innovative community college committed to offering inclusive access to educational opportunities, supporting student achievement, and engaging our community. SVC is nationally known for learning communities and support for high impact teaching practices that improve the lives of our students. We are committed to creating student learning experiences that foster equity and diversity to strengthen our local and global communities. We practice a high degree of collaboration among faculty, staff, and administrators to lead initiatives that advance student success and strengthen our increasingly diverse district. We value student and colleague engagement in creating an equitable, diverse, innovative, learning-centered environment.

Skagit Valley College offers:
  • An unrelenting focus on our mission to improve the lives of our students and to strengthen our diverse community.
  • Support for innovative teaching, learning, and scholarship.
  • Exciting opportunities for personal and career growth.
  • Diverse cultural and environmental benefits of rural, suburban and urban lifestyles.
  • Friendly, supportive, and diverse work environments.
  • Excellent benefits including competitive leave packages and an array of health, dental, vision, and retirement plans to meet your current and future needs.


Duties and Responsibilities


  • Provide instruction in Early Childhood courses, primarily in the 300 and 400 level courses leading to a Residency Teaching Certification and P-3 and ELL or Bilingual endorsements;
  • Language Arts and Mathematics teaching methods for Preschool through Third Grade;
  • Second language acquisition and effective teaching methods for supporting second language acquisition while preserving and strengthening the child’s home language;
  • Brain development and learning science, for example, the Science of Reading, and how to design instruction based on our understanding of how humans learn;
  • Uniqueness of early childhood period and how to teach learners at this stage of development;
  • Culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogy;
  • Effective classroom management strategies, including positive behavior supports and other research-based methods;
  • Common core standards for Kindergarten through 3rd grade;
  • Responsible assessments methods and how to utilize data for instructional planning;
  • Universal design and other inclusive practices;
  • Effective and inclusive parent communication strategies;
  • Incorporate an equity-minded approach to teaching and learning;
  • Conduct ongoing development, assessment, and revision of curriculum that reflects innovative and inclusive pedagogy and advances in manufacturing;
  • Work collaboratively with SVC faculty from other fields to develop appropriate curricula that reflect the diversity of student experience;
  • Create a positive learning environment for students using diverse teaching methods to support and enhance student success;
  • Collaborate with other disciplines to increase enrollment and support student retention in the program with a focus on ameliorating equity gaps;
  • Develop, monitor, and assess student learning outcomes and fully participate in the college’s program review process;
  • Develop, assess, and analyze program outcomes for the purpose of program;
  • improvement and enhanced student learning;
  • Conduct program outreach by leading program briefing sessions for prospective students, assisting with marketing and recruitment activities and leading student application reviews;
  • Collaborate, facilitate, and participate in advisory board meetings;
  • Participate in unit, department and other College activities, including College governance;
  • Perform other related duties and special projects as assigned;
  • Teach online, hybrid, or classroom-based classes as required;
  • Teach Saturday classes in-person on Mount Vernon campus.
  • Work collaboratively as part of the Early Childhood Education department team;
  • Practice multicultural understanding and foster equity;
  • Participate in division/department and other College activities, including College governance.
  • Develop student teaching curriculum and serve as primary instructor of the student teaching courses, including observing and support students in the field.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to maintain partnerships and interagency community connections;
  • Engage students through innovative instructional approaches such as service learning projects, and contextualized learning;
  • Demonstrate commitment to equity-minded approaches to teaching and learning for
  • Practice and adopt a variety of active learning strategies that facilitate student learning and that are inclusive of all cultures and backgrounds;
  • Support students in accessing appropriate instructional and non-instructional services to facilitate student retention, completion and academic success for all students;
  • Adapt to a variety of teaching situations, including interdisciplinary learning communities, and online and hybrid modalities;
  • Express appropriate awareness of the history of underrepresented groups to promote an equitable work and learning environment;
  • Recruit and inspire diverse student populations to embrace learning and facilitate completion;
  • Work and interact effectively with colleagues, staff, students, administrators and other various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds in support of SVC's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Act according to principles of integrity, respect, open and honest communication, collaboration, and compassion.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in Early Childhood Education, or related field;
  • Five years experience teaching K-3rd grade;
  • Experience teaching multi-lingual learners.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Three (3) or more years of teaching experience in a higher education setting.
  • Experience teaching preschool;
  • ELL or Bilingual Teaching endorsement;
  • Doctorate in education;
  • Bilingual


Salary, Benefits, Conditions of Employment, Application Procedure

Salary and Benefits:

  • Initial annual salary placement ranges from $63,160.00- $84,213.00 for a standard 172-day contract. The College has a negotiated faculty wage scale in which placement on the salary structure is in accordance with the SVC Federation of Teachers Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • A standard 172-day contract is written annually for the period of September to June. Late contracts will be prorated on the basis of work days remaining in the contract year.
  • This position is exempt from the overtime pay requirements of The Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • This is a union represented position subject to a Collective Bargaining Agreement. The College has a negotiated faculty wage scale in which placement on the salary structure is in accordance with the SVC Federation of Teachers Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Salary, retirement, medical and insurance benefits are provided in accordance with state regulations and may be subject to change in accordance with legislative mandates and collective bargaining agreements. Additional information on benefits can be found at

Conditions of Employment:
  • Prior to employment, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
    Additionally, pursuant to RCW 28B.112.080, applicants must declare whether they are the subject of any substantiated findings of sexual misconduct in any current or former employment or are currently being investigated for, or have left a position during an investigation into, a violation of any sexual misconduct policy at the applicant’s current or past employer. By law, post-secondary education institutions cannot hire an applicant who refuses to declare the existence or non-existence of an investigation or findings subject to this statute.
  • In the interest of providing a healthy, safe and secure educational and work environment, and in order to meet the requirements of federal legislation, it is the policy of Skagit Valley College to maintain an alcohol and drug-free workplace for our employees and students.
  • If hired you will be required to provide proof of identity and documentation of U.S. Citizenship or appropriate authorization to work in this position as required by the Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986.
  • Completion of academic degree(s) will be verified through receipt of official transcripts at the time of hire.

Application Procedure:

To be considered for this position, applicants must:
1. Meet the minimum qualifications and;
2. Submit a complete application to the online recruitment system at that
includes the following:
  • The online application, which includes answers to all supplemental questions and contact information for at least three (3) professional references;
  • A current resume; (Attachment: Resume)
  • An online digital portfolio of work;
  • A letter of interest addressing the minimum, desired qualifications, and your education and experience as it supports the responsibilities of this position; (Attachment: Cover Letter).
In order to be considered for the position, you must complete the online application in full and attach the required supplemental documents. Failure to provide this information may eliminate you from consideration for this position.

Application Deadline: Priority screening will begin after April 14, 2023. Applications received on or before this date will receive first consideration. Applications received after the screening date may be considered until the position is filled.

Please be aware that the College hiring authorities reserve the right to hire one or more candidates and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision prior to the conclusion of the recruitment process. Only candidates selected to interview will be contacted.

Priority Screening Date: April 14, 2023

Interviews with Committee: Week of May 1, 2023

Finalist Interviews: Week of May 10, 2023

Selection: End of May

Application Assistance: If you have questions about the position or require special accommodation, you may contact Human Resources at (360) 416-7794, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Time. SVC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the recruitment process may leave a TDD/TTY message at (360) 416-7718 by the application closing date. Information on SVC's Reasonable Accommodation policy can be found at OPPM 3040 .

For questions regarding the online application system, you may call NEOGOV Applicant Tech Support at (855) 524-5627 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Time. For best results, apply using one of the following browsers supported by NEOGOV: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and later versions of Internet Explorer.

SVC Annual Security Report: The U.S. Department of Education and the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act requires all colleges to provide information to current and prospective students and employees about campus safety policies, procedures and statistics on certain crimes, including hate crimes, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault. We are required to report our campus security information and statistics in an Annual Security Report, which is updated annually each October. All prospective employees may obtain a copy of the Annual Security Report from the Human Resources Office by calling (360) 416-7794 or by accessing the Report at:

Skagit Valley College is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all groups in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices. SVC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. All faculty and staff hired at Skagit Valley College are encouraged to embrace, continually support, and enhance diversity and equity on our campus and in our community. Annual Notice of Non-Discrimination.

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