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Funeral Service Education Assistant Professor

Job Description

Job Posting Title

Funeral Service Education Assistant Professor


Los Rios Community College District (American River College)

Department Location

Health and Education

Posting Number


Temporary Position Category


The Institution

Founded in 1955, American River College (ARC) is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the Sacramento region, serving about 30,000 diverse students each fall and spring at its main campus and centers.

Our Strengths
The College has an outstanding record for academic quality and is among the top community colleges in the state for transferring students to the University of California and California State University systems. The College offers education and support for students to strengthen basic skills, earn associate degrees and certificates, transfer to other colleges and universities, and achieve a career as well as other academic and personal goals. ARC also has a strong reputation for its wide array of career programs in areas such as Healthcare, Hospitality, Human Services, Business and Computer Science, Public Safety, Applied Arts, Advanced Transportation and Manufacturing, and Apprenticeship.

Our Vision
Our vision is to transform the future of all students and our community through inclusive, equitable education. The College seeks individuals who share our mission of placing students first by providing an academically rich, inclusive environment that inspires critical thinking, learning and achievement, and responsible participation in the community.

Our Commitment to Social Justice and Equity
American River College strives to uphold the dignity and humanity of every student and employee. We are committed to equity and social justice through equity-minded education, transformative leadership, and community engagement. We believe this commitment is essential to achieving our mission and enhancing our community. The College seeks candidates who are committed to culturally inclusive practices and serving the ARC student population. Faculty and staff are encouraged to engage in the ongoing development of their professional skills. The College thus supports employee engagement in a broad range of trainings, workshops, and activities such as the Equity Action Institute, the New Faculty Academy, and the Classified Leadership Academy. Also, faculty and staff regularly participate in trainings offered through the College’s Center for Teaching and Learning and its Instructional Technology Center.

Position Summary

The faculty member shall be responsible for the following: teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean; helping students fulfill their maximum potential in mastering course content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining a thorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teaching field; continuing professional development; utilizing current technology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standards of professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professional position; assisting with articulation and curriculum development and review; serving on college committees and participating in faculty governance including accreditation and student co-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities as assigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties and responsibilities of a full-time faculty member as outlined in the college faculty handbook.

American River College is committed to employees:
  • Actively demonstrating a commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Engaging in self-reflection and continuous improvement regarding individuals and their cultural competence
  • Exercising responsibility and accountability for actions
  • Viewing students, ALL students, as equally capable and worthy of our care, time and energy
  • Demonstrating appreciation and respect for others’ perspectives and lived experiences

Position Salary Information:
Initial maximum salary placement is based on academic degree, upper/graduate level units earned, and/or related professional occupational experience per the Los Rios College Federation of Teachers Contract (the initial maximum placement is Class V, Step 8). For more information on the step placement process, please click here.


$49,886 - $94,109 per year. Additional earnings may be available for summer, overload, and stipends. LRCCD Salary Schedules

Additional Salary Information

Initial annual salary within a given range varies, depending upon units/degrees completed at accredited colleges/universities and experience. Candidates not holding the minimum degree requirement may start at a salary lower than posted above.

Assignment Responsibilities

General Responsibilities:

  • Providing funeral service education to students in the Funeral Science and Embalming (FSE).
  • Maintaining continued accreditation from the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE).
  • Overseeing student admissions to the Funeral Service Education program.
  • Providing appropriate preceptor training for the field experience course.
  • Participating in advisory committee.
  • Coordinating didactic, laboratory and field education.
  • Evaluating, selecting, and purchasing educational material and equipment.
  • Maintaining appropriate records.
  • Updating library and educational materials.
  • Maintaining Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards relevant to Funeral Service Education.
  • Student recruitment and retention.
  • Overseeing and evaluating curriculum content for recency, relevancy and revisions.
  • Recruiting and reviewing of adjunct faculty.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Work Year

164 days

Work Schedule

To be determined.

The assignment may include day, evening, online, hybrid, weekend, and/or off-campus classes/hours.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, completed by August 17, 2023, AND two years of occupational and/or professional experience directly related to the assignment being taught, OR, hold a California Community College Instructor’s Credential in the discipline area; OR, the equivalent.*
  2. Hold and maintain a valid California Embalmer’s License by August 17, 2023.
  3. Hold and maintain a valid California Funeral Director’s License, or its legal equivalent, by August 17, 2023.
  4. Have graduated from an institution of Funeral Service Education accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) or its predecessor or, for programs outside the United States, have graduated from a post-secondary funeral service program equivalent to ABFSE accredited programs.
  5. Have two years of specialized training in embalming and at least one year of experience as a licensed embalmer.
  6. Have two years specialized training and experience in funeral service practice to enable the faculty member to give proper instruction.
  7. Earn a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution within five years of the initial appointment date. For faculty earning degrees in colleges or universities outside the United States, the institution awarding the degree must have met degree standards which in the judgement of American Association of Collegiate Registration and Admissions Officers (AACRO) are acceptable or similar to those of ABFSE.
  8. Must hold and maintain the requirements in accordance with the standards of the ABFSE.
  9. Have an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, including those with physical or learning disabilities as it relates to differences in learning styles; and successfully foster and support an inclusive educational and employment environment.
  • If your degree title differs from the minimum qualifications listed above, you are requested to apply under the “equivalent” provision.
  • Applicants applying under the “equivalent” provision must attach details and explain how their academic preparation and/or professional experience is the equivalent of the degrees/minimum qualifications listed above. Please visit our website for a sample letter and information on the equivalency determination process.

Application Instructions

Applicants applying to this posting are REQUIRED to complete fully and submit:
  1. Los Rios Community College District Faculty Application
  2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  3. Letter of Interest
  4. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work
  5. Copy of California Embalmer’s License and California Funeral Director’s License
  • Applications submitted without all required documents, listed above, will be disqualified.
  • Applicants indicating “see resume” on the application will not have that referenced experience considered for minimum qualifications, which may lead to the application being disqualified.
  • Applicants, including current Los Rios Community College District employees, are required to provide official transcripts, if required to meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
  • Applicants are required to submit official transcripts within 60 days of the time of hire.
  • Graduate advising documents and grade reports will not be accepted as official transcripts.
  • Individuals who have completed college or university course work at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees, and other relevant documents.
  • A foreign transcript evaluation is required any time foreign course work is used to meet minimum qualifications and/or salary placement even if the foreign transcript has been accepted by a college or university in the United States.
  • Foreign transcript evaluations are ONLY accepted from AICE (Association of International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) or NACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) agencies or evaluators. For additional information on foreign transcript evaluations click here.

Do not submit additional materials that are not requested.

Posting Date


Closing Date


Open Continuously


Beginning On (or About)

Full-time, Tenure-track Faculty Position
Beginning on (or about) August 17, 2023

How and where to apply

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for complete information on how to apply online with our District. If you need assistance with any phase of the application process, please call (916) 568-3112 during regular business hours 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PST, Monday through Friday.

After hour inquiries should be emailed to HR@losrios.edu. Submission of applications are by 11:59 p.m., of the posting closing date.


Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful clearance from a criminal background check, freedom from tuberculosis, and proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States prior to the first day of work. The District may select additional qualified candidates should unexpected vacancies or needs occur. When education is a requirement for the position, official academic transcripts from the accredited college/university must be submitted within 60 days of hire.

For the latest information on the COVID Vaccine mandate, please visit the COVID Vaccine Requirements informational page.



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