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Agriculture Science Faculty

Otero Junior College

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Agriculture Science Faculty



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Position Title: Agricultural Science Faculty

Position #: 300080

Position Status: Full-Time

Reports To: Department Chair


Under the supervision of the department chair, the faculty member will:


1. Teach courses in the agricultural sciences including but not limited to courses in Animal Science, Soil and Crop
Science, and Agricultural Business.

2. Assist in planning and curriculum development.
3. Responsible for recruiting a diverse student population into the program.
4. Supervise college laboratories, to be established (farm, feeding center, greenhouse, laboratory, etc.) for students

agricultural curricula.

5. Organize and manage classrooms, shops, and laboratories. Coordinate the maintenance and repair of tools and

6. Provide advising and mentoring for students as required.
7. Participate in faculty meetings and committees.
8. Demonstrate competent leadership abilities; maintain positive interpersonal relationships with faculty, staff and


9. Perform additional responsibilities as assigned, to include departmental outreach and service, consistent with the
college’s mission.

10. Keep local school districts informed concerning the educational opportunities, career possibilities, and instructional
programs available to youth agriculture.

11. Other duties as assigned.

See Human Resources for a complete job description.


• Master’s Degree in any field with 18+ graduate credit hours in agriculture-related discipline

  • Hold or be eligible for a Career and Technical Education Credential including 4,000 hours of related work experience.



  • Agricultural Science or related discipline.
• Experience in teaching courses in Soil and Crop Science.
  • Experience in teaching courses in Animal Science.
  • Experience in teaching courses in Agriculture Business.
  • Demonstrate instructional quality; e.g., coursework or training in teaching methods or assessment of student learning.
• Prior teaching experience in secondary agricultural education.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Strong computer skills.
• Evidence of flexibility in teaching methods to accommodate various learning styles.


  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with diverse populations including experience working with adult and non-
traditional learners.
  • Willingness to teach a varied schedule including evenings, weekends and summer.
• Have effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate successfully with the regional agricultural community

faculty, students and administration.

  • Educational philosophy in alignment with that of a small rural, comprehensive Community College and enthusiasm for this type
of environment and the aspirations of its people.


$44,500 - $47,500 with excellent benefit package including PERA retirement, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and

paid sick and personal leave.

166 Day Contract – 9-month academic year position


For consideration, an applicant file must contain:

1. Cover letter that addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications
2. Resume that includes teaching philosophy
3. Copies of transcripts (A.A., B.A., and M.A.)
4. Names, addresses, and phone numbers of 3 professional references

Note: A teaching demonstration is included as part of the interview process



Position Open Until Filled 1st review of applications will be November 16, 2022



January 12, 2023


Submit Application Packet To:
Otero College

Attn: Kelsey Barbee

Director of Human Resources

1802 Colorado Ave

La Junta, CO 81050

FAX: (719) 384-6947


Or Email To:


Inquiries May Be Directed To:

Kelsey Barbee

(719) 384-6824


Applicants must submit to and pass a background check before an offer of employment can be extended.

Otero College prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment including those that violate federal and state law or the

State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Board Policies 3-120 and 4-120. The College does not

discriminate on the basis of sex/gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran

status, pregnancy status, religion, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation in its employment practices or

educational programs and activities. Otero College will take appropriate steps to ensure that the lack of English language skills

will not be a barrier to admission and participation in vocational education programs.


The College has designated Kelsey Barbee, Director of Human Resources, as its AFFIRMATIVE ACTION (AA), OFFICER,

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY (EO), AND TITLE IX COORDINATOR with the responsibility to coordinate its civil rights


compliance activities and grievance procedures. If you have any questions, please contact Kelsey Barbe, Director of Human

Resources at 719-384-6824, , or 1802 Colorado Ave. McDivitt Hall RM# 140, La Junta, CO 81050.


You may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Region VIII, Federal Office Building, 1244

North Speer Boulevard, Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204, telephone (303) 844-3417.

The Federal Cleary Act (The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990) requires all institutions of higher learning to make

available to prospective employees the agency’s Annual Security Report/Campus Crime Statistics. A paper copy of this report can be

obtained at the Student Services Center upon request or at: This report includes

statistics for the previous three years concerning crimes that occurred on campus or on property controlled or owned by Otero College, as

well as public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, our campus.

Former employees of the Colorado Community College System or one of its 13 colleges, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in

lieu of termination, must disclose this information in your application packet

Qualified protected class individuals are encouraged to apply


Otero College must comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. If hired you will be required to provide documents to show

your identity and authorization to work. In addition, Colorado fiscal rules require direct deposit for all new employees.


Founded in 1941, Otero College is an accredited Hispanic Serving Institution and is a state two-year community college with

approximately 1500 students (1250 FTE) made up of traditional, non-traditional and international students. The college is governed

by the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education. Otero is located on an attractive 40-acre campus on

the southern edge of La Junta, Colorado. The college is a full-service campus with dormitory housing, food service, men’s and

women’s varsity intercollegiate athletics, and state-of-the-art educational technology. The city of La Junta has a population of

approximately 8,000 and is located on Highway 50, sixty miles east of Pueblo. The college serves the residents of Otero, Bent,

and Crowley counties. This rural geographic area in southeast Colorado is primarily agriculture based and has a population of

approximately 33,000 people. Students at Otero can earn degrees in Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied

Science, Associate of General Studies or an Associate Degree in Nursing. Students who wish to pursue vocational occupations

will find over a dozen one- and two-year certificate programs available. Career and Technical Education certificate programs at

Otero include:

Advanced Ag/Business Management

ABM Financial Analysis

Ag/Business Marketing and Risk Management

ABM Records and Business Planning

Rural Business Entrepreneurship


Hair Stylist

Nail Technician


Crop Production

Intro to Horticulture


Emergency Medical Technician

EMT Intermediate

Community Health Worker

Law Enforcement Training Academy

Livestock Production

Agriculture Production Management

Artificial Insemination

Nurse Aide

Practical Nursing



Welding Fundamentals I

Welding Fundamentals II

Welding Production

Advanced Welding Pipe

Advanced Welding Railroad

To learn more about Otero College, visit the college’s website at



To educate students and provide workforce training that enhances personal and professional growth in a learning

environment that facilitates maintaining high academic standards, relationship building, academic and emotional

support, and encourages all students to become the best version of themselves.

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