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Horticulture - Cannabis Instructor

Niagara County Community College
Sanborn, NY 14132
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Position Title: Horticulture - Cannabis Instructor
Position Category: Faculty
Position Status: 10 Month
FLSA: Exempt
Advertised Salary: $47,785
Department: Business and STEM
Working Hours: Varies

General Description: Niagara County Community College is seeking a full-time instructor for the Horticulture Program - Cannabis Specialization in the Business and STEM Division. The instructor will be responsible for student advisement, assessment of learning objectives, and participation in divisional and college activities. The typical teaching load is 15-18 contact hours per semester which will be comprised of both face-to-face instruction on campus and, once necessary training is completed, online modalities. In addition, the instructor will be responsible for attending regular meetings on campus and participating in committees. Teaching assignments may be during day, evening, or weekend hours. The instructor may be tasked with coordination of the horticulture program.

Lectures are typically three or four contact hours per week. Labs are typically three contact hours per week. Cannabis courses currently offered by the department include The Business of Cannabis, Cannabis Production, The Biology of Cannabis, Cannabis Pest Management, Cannabis Products and Technologies, and Medical Applications of Cannabis. The instructor may also be responsible for teaching various other biology and/or horticulture courses. Classes are held on the NCCC's main campus in Sanborn, NY.

The start date of this position will be August of 2022 for the beginning of the Fall 2022 Semester.

Niagara County Community College is doing its part to prevent the spread of the COVID -19 virus within our work environment and requiring that all faculty employees be fully vaccinated against COVID -19. Therefore, the candidate that is selected for hire of the position must show proof of vaccination status to the Human Resources office after an offer of employment is accepted. NCCC will consider requests for medical and religious exemptions from the COVID -19 vaccine requirement.

Typical Work Activities
    • Provide instruction with the focus on teaching and learning to help ensure students in each class successfully meet all course outcomes and classroom objectives.
    • Ensure appropriate course-level rigor in class instruction and assessment methodologies.
    • Development, integration, and delivery of course content planning documents including, but not limited to, course syllabi and assessments.
    • Establish and maintain a classroom climate consistent with the NCCC mission and vision.
Professional Development
  • Participate in professional development activities.
  • Maintain a current knowledge of teaching discipline/field of study as evidenced by active participation in professional organizations, maintenance of current scholarly collection of resources, and engagement in active, on-going dialogue with peer faculty.
  • Participate in faculty development opportunities, including program-specific and campus-wide faculty meetings.
  • Cultivate a wide network of industry experts to rely on for externship hosts, field trips, and guest speakers.
Administrative duties
  • Meet requirements for creation, distribution, and retention and/or submission of beginning- and end-of-term paperwork.
  • Participate in curriculum monitoring and development process by providing feedback on curriculum to Program Coordinator and/or the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  • Attend required College functions including program meetings, graduation, and special activities.
  • Participate in campus-wide initiatives in support of retention and graduation goal attainment.
  • Advise students for classes, internship, and career options.
  • If applicable, as program coordinator:
    o Recordkeeping, budgeting, scheduling
    o Program updates (syllabi, degree requirements)
    o New course and program development
    o Represent the program at open houses
    o Program evaluation ( PEER ) and Advisory Board
    o Greenhouse oversight, equipment maintenance and inventory
    o Hiring, training, and evaluation of adjunct faculty and part-time technical assistants

Essential Functions: Ability to work with and teach a student population with diverse backgrounds. Ability to speak in front of groups of people. Must be able to communicate effectively with students, co-workers, supervisors, and the campus community. Must be able to develop, prepare, and present information. Must be able technologically adept. Must be able to physically perform the duties of the position and must adjust any teaching to the Americans with Disabilities Act provisions.

Required Qualifications:
  • A Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in Horticulture, Plant Sciences, Biology or related field.
  • Knowledge gained through work experience and/or education in:
      • Cannabis cultivation, breeding, manufacturing, and processing to create products for pharmaceutical, construction, and agricultural uses
      • Federal/state/local laws, regulations, and social equity initiatives
      • Extraction technologies and processes including basic chemistry, safety, and compliance
      • Responsibilities and legal requirements of a dispensary in the distribution of information and products to the consumer
      • Career and internship opportunities in the industry
      • Knowledge of endocannabinology including chemical characteristics of cannabis and the factors that influence its interaction within the body
Desirable Qualifications:
  • A Master of Science degree in a discipline that relates to this position
  • Teaching experience at the college level.
  • At least 5 years of cannabis industry work experience
  • Experience with classroom technologies including learning management systems and Zoom
  • Course development at the college level
  • Industry certifications, training, or membership in professional organizations
  • Industry-related public speaking experience and/or publications
  • Management-level or supervisory work experience

About NCCC: Our college nurtures and empowers its students and employees in ways that recognize and value our common humanity as well as the richness of our diversity. NCCC offers high-quality academic programs leading to degrees and certificates which are supported by outstanding student services in an inclusive and welcoming environment. NCCC provides a variety of cultural, social, and international experiences, as well as community education and workforce development that supports economic development that positively impacts the quality of life of valued stake-holders. The College operates through a collegial model of shared governance and transparency, and is accountable to meet the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.

Established in 1962, NCCC offers a comprehensive and vibrant learning environment with an enrollment of approximately 3,090 students (Fall 2021 semester). The student to faculty ratio is 12:1, providing a high degree of personalized attention and connection between students and faculty.

The NCCC campus, located in Sanborn, NY, offers easy access to both Buffalo, NY and Niagara Falls State Park, and is minutes from the Canadian border. The campus is centrally located between the county's three main cities of Lockport, Niagara Falls, and North Tonawanda. NCCC serves the community in two locations within Niagara County, at the Sanborn campus, and at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, located in the heart of downtown Niagara Falls.

NCCC continues to actively expand with the recent opening of its Learning Commons Center, a $25 million dollar project on the Sanborn campus. In just a short period of time, it has become the nucleus of the campus; a place for faculty to collaborate and help students develop critical thinking skills while incorporating state-of-the-art technology and innovative student support services.

NCCC welcomes applicants who are committed in helping us fulfill our mission and to reach our vision of being a leader in providing a dynamic, high quality, educational environment responsive to current and emerging needs of our students and community. At NCCC we embrace diversity and promote inclusion throughout the institution and seek candidates who share those principles and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.

Background Check Detail: Niagara County Community College is committed to maintaining a safe environment for its faculty, staff, students, volunteers and the general public that use our facilities. Therefore NCCC will conduct an employment criminal background check on all individuals for whom employment is to be tendered. Those candidates who are discovered to have past criminal convictions will be evaluated for employment per Article 23-A of the New York Correction Law.

EEO Statement: NCCC does not discriminate and prohibits harassment or discrimination related to any protected category including creed, ethnicity, citizenship, sexual orientation, national origin, sex, gender, pregnancy, disability, marital status, political or social affiliation, age, race, color, veteran status, military status, religion, domestic violence status, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression or perceived gender. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Special Instructions Summary: Niagara County Community College considers only those applications that clearly demonstrate the applicant meets all required qualifications as indicated on the posting, please review the qualifications before applying. Persons meeting the required qualifications as stated above should submit the following:

cover letter that addresses each of the qualifications
unofficial transcripts
names and contact information for three (3) current, work related references

Incomplete packets will be rejected for lack of information.


Posted: 2022-01-12 Expires: 2022-02-13

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