Faculty Librarian – Tenure-Track

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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.

This unique position provides the candidate the opportunity to develop innovative and equitable reference, instruction, collection, and outreach services. Spokane Community College’s librarians support a diverse student population (transfer, workforce, adult education, urban, and rural) and grow professionally within a dynamic, student-focused library team and a supportive campus community.

Spokane Community College (SCC) is a beautiful campus set along the Spokane River and near the urban city center of Spokane.  Spokane is a mid-sized city in the inland Pacific Northwest with a high quality of life and quick access to the outdoors. In addition to the 148-acre main campus in Spokane, SCC serves over 10,000 square miles in eastern Washington including educational centers in Colville, Newport, Inchelium, and Republic. More information about relocating to/living in Spokane is available here: http://ccs.spokane.edu/Working-for-Us/Relocation-and-Living-in-Spokane.

SCC is one of two accredited community colleges that comprise the Community Colleges of Spokane. Serving about 22,000 students, SCC is an educational leader and responsive partner with the community and region to provide access to relevant programs of the highest quality. Offering state-of-the-art career technical programs (approximately 50% of total enrollment) as well as liberal arts/transfer programs (about 25%) and basic education for adults (about 25%), SCC’s comprehensive opportunities transform lives and enrich our communities. As a college we are collectively committed to the work that embraces diversity, promotes equity, and fosters inclusion and global awareness at every level of our college.

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 the closing date.

Spokane Community College seeks qualified candidates for consideration of employment in this annually contracted, tenure-track position.


  • Partner with college faculty to teach information literacy to students in a variety of programs (professional/technical, transfer, and adult education) through traditional classroom and distance education modes. Assignments may be at off-campus centers and may also include evening and/or weekend classes.
  • Utilize best practices for instruction and assessment.
    Teach information literacy trainings for faculty and other college personnel.
  • Create engaging digital learning objects.
  • Contribute to information literacy curriculum development.
  • Provide excellent point-of-need instruction from the library’s on-ground and virtual reference desk.
  • Be available and accessible to students for the purpose of academic consulting and support, in a manner appropriate to meet student needs, through a combination of scheduled office hours, email accessibility, or other effective means of responsive and timely communication.
  • Provide reference with opportunities to develop new approaches and services.
  • Serve as liaison to and actively develop professional relationships with faculty and students in assigned disciplines.
  • Support equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice initiatives.
  • Build excellent relationships with faculty, students, and library personnel to advance student success and the goals of SCC.
  • Work creatively and effectively both individually and collaboratively.
  • Promote library services and resources to all within the college community.
  • Contribute to the advancement of SCC library initiatives.
  • Participate in a variety of professional communities on a regional, statewide, and national level.
  • Understand core library operations and emerging trends in information literacy, instruction, collections, and holistic student support.
  • Conduct collection development in various disciplines including the development of accessible OER, in cooperation with library personnel and college subject matter experts.
  • Plan, manage, and complete complex projects.
  • Support the integration of new and emerging technologies into library practices and services.
  • 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; evaluate student progress and provide clear, timely feedback.
  • Participate in district, division, department, or general faculty meetings; in-service training; curriculum development; academic consulting; workshops or seminars; service on district or college councils or committees; or other activities within the scope of the position.
  • Comply with state and federal law applicable to professional duties and responsibilities; follow established procedures in areas such as printing, turning in grades, bookstore orders, office support, student financial aid requirements, safety and health issues and related administrative processes.
  • Model professional decorum and mutual respect in all personal interactions.
  • Comply with district policy, procedures and directives, state and federal regulations, orders and statutes, and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Support and advance the CCS strategic plan, and perform other duties as assigned.

In addition, faculty may:

  • Instruct courses in related disciplines based upon individual qualifications and expertise.
  • Supervise paraprofessional employees or direct the work of assigned work study students.
  • Ensure assigned staff adhere to acceptable behavior and performance standards; demonstrate that assigned staff have been informed of how behavior and performance will be assessed; provide assigned staff with timely and accurate feedback regarding performance; and promptly correct any observed performance and behavioral problems.
  • Advise student clubs or associations.


REQUIRED COMPETENCIES (Minimum Qualifications)

  • An earned Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from an American Library Association-accredited institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to instruct others in a classroom, online, workshop, training, or other learning environments.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively and cooperatively with students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
  • Demonstrated experience composing public-facing and professional communications in multiple modes and formats.
  • Acceptance of the responsibility to always promote the welfare and best interests of students.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and supporting a teaching, learning, and working environment that honors equity, diversity, and inclusion.

PREFERRED COMPETENCIES (Desirable Qualifications)

  • Previous experience equivalent to one academic year as a professional librarian.
  • Previous experience in higher education.
  • Experience with planning and delivering accessible, responsive, and innovative information literacy instruction, multi-modal learning objects, and/or research support for students in a variety of settings.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to support diverse populations using evidence-based equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racist strategies.
  • Collaborate in coordinating library marketing and outreach using best practices in current trends including communicating our value to college stakeholders and students.
  • Knowledge of Open Educational Resources (OER) development.
  • Experience working with the Alma/Primo (ExLibris) Library Management System.




This is a full-time, tenure track position with an entry level base salary (for a 175-day academic year contract) of $59,037 – $90,649 / year. Future advancement in base salary is based upon a combination of years of service accrued at our college and professional development activity.

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).

Faculty have potential to earn up to $129,585 (average annual salary paid to our 20 highest earning faculty during FY2022/23). Average annual faculty salary for FY 2022/23 (all faculty) was $84,641.

TOTAL COMPENSATION:  $75,301 – $109,735.

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 September 2023.


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.


Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. PST on April 04, 2023. 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 the closing date.


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.*
  • College transcript(s)  – 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 [email protected]

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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