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Full-Time Faculty, Funeral Service Education
Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, Washington
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Date Posted 05/19/2020
Faculty-Education-Other Education (study Of)
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
SALARY: Depends on Qualifications
OPENING DATE: 03/30/20
CLOSING DATE: Continuous


This is an Annual Renewable position with the possibility of converting to Tenure Track
Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), located 15 miles northeast of Seattle, is the only public institute of technology in Washington state and has provided high quality education since 1949. 
We offer 8 applied bachelor's degrees, 43 associate degrees and 91 professional certificates in 42 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. LWTech is located within the city of Kirkland, which is home to companies such as GoDaddy, Google, Astronics and EvergreenHealth, and the college is within minutes from Microsoft and Nintendo. LWTech was recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the top 150 two-year colleges in the nation in 2018 and is proud to be a Military Friendly School.

LWTech is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its staff and faculty. We serve a student population of 6,500 that come from a variety of backgrounds. We strongly value diversity and are working to improve access and successful educational outcomes for all students. We are actively seeking applicants that will help to balance our employee workforce to align with our students and community. Questions regarding the College's commitment to diversity and our campus culture may be directed to Human ResourcesEquity, Diversity, Inclusion Council

Develop and teach a variety of courses related to the Funeral Service Education program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Evaluate and modify courses when necessary to meet the needs of the changes in the profession. This position is Annual Renewable with the possibility of converting to Tenure Track. This position reports to the Associate Dean of Funeral Service Education.



  • Teach a variety of scheduled college-level and laboratory classes in the Funeral Service Education to a diverse student population in a manner consistent with the program and accreditation standards.
  • Supervise and evaluate students in theory and laboratory settings
  • Develop and teach productive and constructive work habits, study skills, and core skills as identified by the college; model the communication, computation, and human relations skills required for employment in the Funeral Service profession
  • Promote classroom and laboratory procedures and articulate OSHA Safety standards in accordance with identified local, state, and federal policies and procedures
  • Follow disciplinary procedures, as prescribed in college policy, and deal consistently and fairly with all students
  • Participate in college initiatives such as completion and diversity
  • Participate in self-improvement activities and staff development in the assigned instructional area and technical field
  • Maintain a comprehensive knowledge of Funeral Service trends, including Funeral Service competency in areas of responsibility and current clinical competency, and relate specific applications to industry
  • Develop and maintain industry and or community support for the Funeral Service Education Program by attending advisory committee meetings, and maintaining contact with industry for internship/job placement and follow-up activities
  • Assist in developing, expanding, revising and updating effective program materials and department goals; evaluate and review program for requirements for outcomes assessments, state and related accreditations
  • Coordinate the Gifted Body Program
  • Perform professional tasks related to the areas of assignment, in student advisement, curriculum design and evaluation, program review, advanced computer skills including funeral service software, learning management systems, and other business of the department/division
  • Develop culturally relevant course content, culturally responsive pedagogical techniques, and effective practices for engaging students who are diverse and/or students who are historically underserved.
  • Regular and satisfactory attendance and punctuality; other duties as assigned

In addition, full-time faculty will also:
  • Maintain regular office hours; participate in department and division meetings
  • Develop curriculum and develop and assess program and educational outcomes Perform advising, recruiting, and retention activities
  • Take part in college accreditation, program review, and college committees as specified in the faculty bargained agreement
  • Perform other professional activities as approved by the Associate Dean and dean
  • Be available on some evenings or weekends to assist with college-related activities and functions


  • Master's Degree (in any discipline)
  • Possession of a Degree from an ABFSE accredited institution
  • Minimum Two years of work experience as a licensed Funeral Service Provider
  • Demonstrated excellence in communication skills
  • Current license to practice in Funeral Directing and Embalming in Washington State or acquire a Washington State license within one year of appointment, if licensed in another state.
  • Knowledge of current Funeral Services practices, laws and regulations Ability to qualify for a WA state professional-technical certificate
  • Doctoral Degree (in any discipline)
  • Recent teaching experience using a variety of methods, including traditional classroom, didactic and/or clinical, individualized lab instruction, and collaborative group activities Proficiency in Microsoft Office software applications
  • Evidence of recent professional development activity
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with students, staff and community from diverse backgrounds, including those whose native language is not English, and a commitment to a culturally diverse work environment


Placement on the faculty salary schedule is based on an individual assessment of education and experience. Salary is negotiable depending upon qualifications; salary is for an academic year (173 days) and as may be adjusted according to the faculty bargained agreement. Working hours are usually Monday through Friday between 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, with some evening advising and other flexible hours as needed. Summer quarter employment may be available based on student enrollment. This is a full-time, Annual Renewable position with the possibility to convert to Tenure Track. Medical, dental, and insurance benefits are provided as currently administered under Public Employees Benefits Board; State Retirement Plan; sick leave is equal to 1 day per month, effective upon employment.

Required Online Application Materials
Online application
Current resume
Cover letter
Responses to the supplemental questions included in the online application process

Conditions of Employment
Official transcripts/certifications will be required upon employment
Job offers are contingent upon successful completion of background/reference checks
Physical/Mental Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of
those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this
job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform
the essential functions.
Mobility: ability to sit, walk or stand for extended periods of time
Dexterity: fine manipulation sufficient to operate a computer keyboard, handle individual
papers, write and take notes and/or prepare materials or equipment
Lifting: frequently lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects up to 50 pounds
Hearing/Talking: ability to hear normal speech, speak and hear on the telephone, and
speak in person
Emotional/Psychological Factors: ability to make decisions and concentrate, frequent
contact with co-workers, as well as the public
Visual Requirements: close vision sufficient to read files, documents, and computer
screens and do close-up work; ability to adjust focus frequently

Environmental/Work Conditions
Frequent use of office equipment
Exposure to chemicals and bodily fluids and pathogens
Exposure to weather; corridors between building are located outdoors

Eligibility Verification
If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work

Affirmative Action Statement
Lake Washington Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minority
groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, sexual
orientation, gender identity, gender expression, creed, disabled veteran status, marital status or
Vietnam-era veteran status in is programs and activities. Questions regarding the College's
Affirmative Action Policy may be directed to the Meena Park,Executive Director of Human
Resources, Affirmative Action Office/Title IX Coordinator, (425) 739-8212.


You must submit an online application, including resume and letter, at http://www.lwtech.edu. We do not accept hardcopy, faxed, or emailed application materials.

All application materials become the property of Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

11605 132nd Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
Position #20F034
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