Community Colleges of Spokane

Graphic Design Instructor- Tenure Track

SALARY: $55,916.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 11/30/21 

CLOSING DATE: 01/14/22 04:00 PM 


Please be aware that this recruitment closes at 4:00 p.m. PST. The application process will not be available after this time. To ensure consideration make sure your application is completed and submitted as soon as possible. Applications will only be accepted prior to 4:00 p.m. on January 14, 2022.

 The Community Colleges of Spokane is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Graphic Design Instructor - Tenure Track in the Graphic Design Program. 

Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) District Equity Statement 

CCS believes that access to high-quality education in a safe and inclusive environment is the right of all individuals and imperative for the continued advancement of a strong democracy and workforce. We also believe higher education institutions have an obligation to work toward and demonstrate progress in ensuring equity amongst their students, faculty, and staff. Equity is grounded in the principle of fairness. In higher education, equity refers to ensuring that each student receives what they need to be successful through the intentional design of the college experience.

 Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) is one of two accredited community colleges that comprise CCS. SFCC is located in the inland Pacific Northwest. In addition to serving the urban and suburban population in greater Spokane, including students from Fairchild Airforce Base, CCS provides educational services to rural communities throughout our 12,302 square-mile region in Eastern Washington, including students from the Spokane and other Eastern Washington tribes. 

SFCC is a beautiful campus located on the ancestral home of the Spokane Tribe, near the Spokane River. Our campus is not far from the urban center of Spokane, a mid-sized city with a high quality of life and quick access to the outdoors. More information about living and working in Spokane at:

 Serving about 8,200 students, SFCC endeavors to be an educational leader and a responsive partner with the community and region to provide access to relevant programs of the highest quality. We offer a large liberal arts/transfer program (approximately 75% of total enrollment) as well as state-of-the-art professional technical programs (about 25%). As reflected in our mission statement, we strive to “embrace diversity, promote equity, and foster global awareness” at every level of our college.

SFCC’s Graphic Design Program works closely with Spokane’s vibrant design industry to produce graduates that are industry-ready. The two-year SFCC Graphic Design Program prepares students for entry-level jobs in design studios, advertising agencies, interactive agencies, corporate in-house design departments and other businesses, or transfer to a four-year degree program. Teaching opportunities may include the following skill sets/subject areas: graphic design theory & process, web design and development, user interface/experience design, print design, animation, video, photography, typography.

 The Graphic Design Program is part of the Applied Visual Arts Department, containing Photography, Journalism, and Interior Design, within the Division of Visual & Performing Arts, which also includes Fine Arts, Music, and Audio Engineering.


  • Develop, produce and revise an effective curriculum that meets the needs of a rapidly changing industry; prepare course materials and instruct a wide range of adult learners through on-ground and online education modes; 
  • Coordinate and team-teach lessons in a project-based curriculum; develop competency based/learning outcomes, modules, rubrics and self-assessments. Types of courses include but are not limited to: Design Process, Design Technology, Multimedia Technology, and Web Development. 
  • Communicate expectations and establish clear grading criteria through appropriate instructional means, to include but not limited to developing course syllabi, handouts, and materials supporting the instructional process; evaluating student progress and providing clear, timely feedback.
  • Design, develop and produce program promotional materials; document and publicize student success utilizing print, broadcast and/or social media; keep program web pages up-to-date.
  • Engage with industry-related professional organizations; correspond with industry professionals on a regular basis; analyze technology trends and directions; assist in maintaining an active program advisory committee.
  • Provide continuity in program management and instruction; participate in annual program review to enhance learning and program outcomes; with time, assist and mentor adjunct faculty.
  • Together with other program faculty, coordinate and conduct program entry interviews.
  • Network and develop cooperative learning and employment opportunities; coordinate and supervise student cooperative education work sites (internships).
  • Serve as a mentor and resource for students seeking employment or continued education.
  • Provide availability and accessibility to students for purpose of academic consulting and support, in a manner appropriate to meet student needs, through a combination of scheduled office hours, e-mail accessibility or other effective means of responsive and timely communication.
  • Participate in district, division, department, or general faculty meetings; in-service training; curriculum development; academic consulting; workshops or seminars; serve on district or college councils or committees, or other activities within the scope of the position.
  • In addition, faculty may:
  • Advise student clubs or associations.
  • Instruct courses in related disciplines based upon individual qualifications and expertise.


REQUIRED COMPETENCIES (Minimum Qualifications)

  • Must have an earned bachelor’s degree in a field related to Graphic Design/Visual Communication from an accredited institution and three years of relevant, industry experience in areas such as print, multimedia and/or web design (part-time or full-time) OR an earned associates degree in a field related to Graphic Design/Visual Communication from an accredited institution and seven years of relevant, industry experience.
  • Ability to teach the skills within their area of specialization.
  • A high level of proficiency using Adobe Creative Cloud applications relevant to the field (primarily Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop), a working knowledge of HTML, CSS and CMS (WordPress, etc.).
  • A strong professional design portfolio.
  • Ability to teach, mentor, and provide academic consulting to a diverse student population.
  • Strong work ethic, interpersonal skills, and ability to be a team player.
  • Acceptance of the responsibility to promote the welfare and best interests of students at all times.
  • Acceptance of and willingness to support the role that community colleges serve in higher education, and specifically the mission, values, goals and objectives of the Community Colleges of Spokane.
  • Ability to perform assigned duties in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations and goals of the institution and the community/technical college system.
  • A demonstrated understanding of and value for the contributions that a diverse workforce can make to the success of both the organization and the students we serve.

PREFERRED COMPETENCIES (Desirable Qualifications)

The following competencies are not necessary for application, but having one or more of these may increase a candidate’s success:

  • Working knowledge of user interface/experience design.
  • Experience and involvement in the design industry/community.
  • Leadership/project management skills. 
  • Advanced degree in relevant areas.
  • Teaching experience.
  • Experience producing learning modules and self-assessments in a competency-based learning environment.
  • An understanding of and passion for the mission of the community college.



This is a full-time, tenure track position with an entry level base salary (for a 175-day academic year contract) of $55,916 - $59,069 / year. Future advancement in base salary, up to the current maximum of $83,494, is based upon a combination of years of service accrued at our college and professional development activity.

  Faculty have potential to earn up to $121,561 (average annual salary paid to our 20 highest earning faculty during FY2018/19). FY 2018/19 average annual faculty salary (all faculty) was $76,425. Annual salary is comprised of base salary plus any combination of academic year overload contracts, summer effort contracts, project stipends, student club advising stipends, and/or department chair /program lead faculty stipends consistent with the provisions of the current collective bargaining agreement between CCS and the Association for Higher Education (AHE).

 TOTAL COMPENSATION:  $71,901 - $75,336.

 Total compensation is an estimate based upon adding the following amounts together:

  • Base compensation, plus
  • Current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution rates, plus
  • Median retirement fund contributions. 

The actual total will vary depending upon each employee's enrollment choices.

 CCS reserves the right to cancel this recruitment without notice. Union membership is no longer a condition of employment although this position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.  Anticipated date of employment is Fall 2022.


Person hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of U.S. Citizenship or lawful authorization to work in the United States. This is an absolute condition of employment. An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H1-B visa. In addition, the Community Colleges of Spokane maintains a drug-free work environment and prohibits all smoking in the college buildings and state-owned vehicles. Must be able to successfully work in and promote a multicultural work and education environment. 

Prior to a new hire, 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. Once an applicant is chosen for an interview, they are required to complete and submit a declaration regarding sexual misconduct and investigation per state law.

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader), state employees must be fully vaccinated. For anyone starting employment after October 18, 2021, your vaccine status will be verified at New Hire Intake. Please reach out to if you need information on a medical accommodation or if you need information on a religious exemption.


To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required competencies and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:

  • CCS online application.
  • Cover letter addressing your qualifications as applied to the responsibilities of this position. *
  • Comprehensive resume. *
  • Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.*
  • Digital portfolio*
  • College transcript(s) if applicable - unofficial/copies of transcripts are acceptable for initial application, official copies must be submitted upon acceptance of job offer.

NOTE: All of the above are required to ensure your consideration for this position. The item(s) marked with an asterisk are required attachments to your application prior to submission. If you require an accommodation during the application or interview process, please contact HR at

 Community Colleges of Spokane does not discriminate in its programs, activities and employment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, marital status, pregnancy, parental status or families with children, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, AIDS/HIV or hepatitis C, honorably discharged veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, use of trained guide dog or service animal by a person with disability, genetic information or any other legally protected category. Please direct all inquiries regarding compliance with access, equal opportunity and/or grievances to the Chief Administration Officer, Community Colleges of Spokane, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., PO Box 6000, MS 1004, Spokane WA 99217-6000 or call 509-434-5037; WA Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS) 1-800-833-6384 or 7-1-1.

 Native Land Acknowledgement

We are honored to acknowledge that the Community Colleges of Spokane, and our main campuses for Spokane Falls and Spokane Community College, are located on the traditional and sacred homelands of the Spokane Tribe. We also provide services in a region that includes the traditional and sacred homelands of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and the Kalispel Tribe. The CCS Pullman Center operates on the WSU campus and is located on the ancestral homelands of the Palus people and on the ceded lands of the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe.

We pay our respect to tribal elders both past and present as well as to all indigenous people today. This land holds their cultural DNA and we are honored and grateful to be here on their traditional lands. We give thanks to the legacy of the original people and their descendants and pledge to honor their stewardship and values.

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