Inver Hills Community College seeks an Unlimited full-time Paralegal faculty who will also act as the Program Coordinator.
Specifically, we seek an individual with demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate Paralegal courses including first- and second-year course work, the Paralegal Internship course, and to facilitate along with the Associate Dean/Dean of the Division in the program planning and assessment initiatives including internship management to meet the Paralegal education requirements of the American Bar Association (ABA). Inver Hills Community College has a long-standing history with the American Bar Association, and we are one of two ABA approved Community College programs in the state of Minnesota.
We are especially interested in a faculty member who can contribute to the diversity of the college with demonstrated commitment to teaching in a variety of formats to a wide variety of students. Experience with program-level assessment and service to the department and college is desired.
Faculty members at Inver Hills are professionally active scholars who participate in departmental, campus-wide, and external activities to enhance their disciplines, promote interdisciplinary discourse and collaboration, and advance the college mission. The college is committed to a collegial environment reflecting a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds among its administrators, faculty and staff. Please note this position will start at the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester (August 18, 2021).
Conduct classroom research and other assessment/evaluation activities.
Participate in college-wide initiatives.
Participate in department curricular review.
Engage in scholarly and other professional development activities.
Participate in department and college curriculum development.
Course assignments include day, evening, weekend and online hours.
Examples of Duties as Coordinator:
Facilitate along with the Associate Dean/Dean of the Division in the program planning and assessment initiatives including internship management to meet the Paralegal education requirements of the American Bar Association (ABA).
Work in conjunction with the Associate Dean/Dean to ensure the program and curricula meet in accordance with regulatory agencies including ABA guidelines for paralegal education.
Mentor and advise students from commencement of the program through to degree completion.
Provide guidance in conjunction with the college's career services in career and further education opportunities in field.
Foster an environment of inclusiveness and demonstrated commitment to diversity
Bachelor’s degree in paralegal or legal studies or a bachelor’s degree and 30 semester credits in paralegal or legal studies, or a graduate law degree.
Occupational Experience Requirement
Three full-time (or equivalent) years of verified related paid work experience in the legal field.
One year of this work experience shall be within five years immediately preceding the date of application for this credential field. The recency requirement shall be waived if the individual has two years of successful full-time (or equivalent) postsecondary teaching experience in the credential field within the last five years.
Juris Doctorate with Admission to the Minnesota Bar, or
Master's degree in Legal Studies
3-5 years of supervisory experience working with persons as Paralegals
3-5 years working as a paralegal
3 years of Administration of Collegiate paralegal education programs
Commitment to the field and continued professional development
Experience with curriculum development in the fields of paralegal education and/or legal studies
Experience working in legal disciplines
Founded in 1970, Inver Hills is a comprehensive community college offering 40 program options and degrees including the Associate in Arts (A.A.), a liberal arts education degree that leads to transfer to four-year colleges; the Associate in Fine Art (A.F.A.) degree in studio arts; and the career-related Associate in Science (A.S.) and Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees in leading occupational areas such as nursing, paralegal, computer networking, law enforcement, human services, business, emergency medical services, teacher education, and more.
Located 10 minutes from downtown St. Paul, scenic Inver Hills Community College serves over 9000 credit students annually. Many Inver Hills students are first generation. The student of color population has increased from 28 to 33% in the last four years. 30 percent of students are low income and eligible for Pell grants. Inver Hills strives to reflect a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds among administrators, faculty and staff. Inver Hills is committed to quality improvement, Learning Communities, campus-wide assessment, innovative instruction, integrating technology in instruction, collaboration with Pre-K-12 for college readiness and access, and civic engagement.
The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
Work assignment of 171 days (August – May)
Tuition Waiver (24 credits each year at any Minnesota State Colleges and Universities institution)
Medical and dental insurance (https://mn.gov/mmb/segip/)
Employer paid life insurance
Pre-tax flexible spending accounts
Retirement plan (Teacher's Retirement Association or Individual Retirement Account Plan)
Personal and sick leave
Desired Start Date: 08/18/2021
Internal Number: 1597
About Dakota County Technical College
Dakota County Technical College endeavors to serve students within nearby communities, as well as those coming from countries around the world. The majority of students work toward degrees and diplomas in a variety of programs to prepare them for employment. However, the college is also proud of its general education department, whose courses are part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. As members of a student-centered organization, all employees, faculty members and administrators are focused on ways to continuously improve student learning within the college's mission. Along the way, DCTC has become a leader in delivering sustainable technologies, service-learning opportunities, and community engagement into the curricula of most programs.