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Opportunity: Fine Arts Instructor & Gallery Program Director

Aritistic Discipline: Cultural, Uncategorized, Visual


The Fine Arts Department at Spokane Falls Community College invites applications for a full-time, annualized position as instructor of 2D and/or 3D Studio Foundations and Gallery Program Director to oversee the gallery’s transition to a new building currently under construction for Fine Arts and Photography. Architectural renderings available at:

SFCC is a beautiful, modern, well-maintained campus located in the inland Pacific Northwest overlooking the Spokane River, near the urban center of Spokane, a mid-sized city with a high quality of life, an emerging arts community, and quick access to the outdoors. More information about the arts in Spokane at:

SFCC is one of two accredited community colleges that comprise the Community Colleges of Spokane. Serving about 8,200 students, SFCC strives 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%). We strive to embrace diversity, promote equity, and foster global awareness at every level of our college.

The Fine Arts Department at SFCC is a large and dynamic department of active and professional artists with a strong regional reputation for innovation and excellence, offering a broad range of instruction in 2D and 3D, including drawing, painting, printmaking, Mac Lab, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, foundry. Fine Arts Program and Gallery web pages can be found here:


  • Serve as Gallery Program Director, developing programs that bring in a diverse roster of artists related to and supporting instruction and the college mission.
  • Serve as curator/facilitator for installing exhibits, advising the Gallery Club, and collaborating with local institutions on the visiting artist lecture program.
  • Prepare for and instructs transfer-level lecture and studio courses serving students seeking an Associate of Art Degree, Associate of Fine Arts Degree, and the Certificate in Fine Arts. Courses may include Fundamentals of Drawing, Drawing Composition, Drawing Techniques, Color and Design, Advanced Design, Installation Art, Video Art, Performance Art, Portfolio, and additional related courses depending on the candidate’s area of specialization.
  • Participate in assessment reviews of student portfolios in capstone courses and mentoring of students.
  • Participate in professional and service activities relating to the department, the college, and the community.
  • Provide ongoing student academic advising, feedback, and support.
  • Be an active part of college culture and participatory governance; serve on college committees/work, departmental projects, training, etc.
  • In addition, faculty may:
    • Supervise or direct the work of assigned work-study students. Responsible for ensuring assigned staff adhere to acceptable behavior and performance standards.   Demonstrate that assigned staff have been informed how behavior and performance will be assessed, receive timely and accurate feedback regarding performance, and any observed performance and behavioral problems are corrected promptly.
    • Work evenings, alternative schedules/modalities, summer or at alternative work locations consistent with the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.



REQUIRED COMPETENCIES (Minimum Qualifications)

  • An earned Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Fine Arts Degree (MFA) from an accredited institution with emphasis / concentration in the areas outlined above.
  • Experience as a preparator and curator.
  • Abilities and skills to be a gallery director.
  • Previous experience equivalent to one or more years of college-level teaching in Fine Arts (graduate-level teaching included).
  • Excellent teaching ability; evidence of strong foundational skills as evidence in student work.
  • Artistic accomplishment as demonstrated in a portfolio.
  • Knowledge of contemporary art theory and practices as evidenced in candidate’s portfolio.
  • Commitment to serving a socially and culturally diverse student population.
  • 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 commitment to fostering and supporting a teaching, learning, and working environment that honors diversity, equity, and inclusion.

PREFERRED COMPETENCIES (Desirable Qualifications)
Additional qualifications that will be considered:

  • Demonstrated successful outcomes with socially and culturally diverse populations.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills and a collaborative work style.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and manage departmental or community-based projects.
  • Experience in student advising and mentoring.
  • A practicing artist with an active exhibition record.
  • Experience as a gallery director.



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 2021.

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 February 16, 2021.  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 including supplemental questions.
  • Cover letter addressing your qualifications as applied to the responsibilities of this position. *
  • Curriculum vitae *
  • Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references*
  • 20 digital images in a PowerPoint or a Combined PDF of candidate’s recent professional work labeled with title, medium, size, and date.*
  • 20 digital images in a PowerPoint or a Combined PDF of recent student artwork that is relevant to this position labeled with course title, media, size, and date.*
  • A sample assignment from a foundation level studio course the candidate has taught with 2 labeled images of student work from the assignment to be included in the 20 student images *
  • Graduate and undergraduate transcript(s) * Unofficial/copies of transcripts are acceptable for initial application.  Official copies must be submitted when candidate becomes a finalist.
NOTE:  All of the above are required to ensure your consideration for this position.  The item(s) marked with an asterisk are required to be included as an attachment to your application prior to submission.
 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.
Expires: February 16, 2021