Job Details

Cuesta College
  • Position Number: 5003044
  • Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Position Type: Business - Accounting

Aviation Maintenance Full-Time Tenure Track Instructor

Cuesta College

Salary: $64,582.00 - $99,924.00 Annually
Job Type: Full Time
Job Number: FY2324-00164
Location: Various Off-Campus Locations, CA
Department: Instruction
Closing: 4/10/2024 11:59 PM Pacific

Job Description Summary

Cuesta College is seeking a Full-Time Tenure Aviation Maintenance (AVMT) Instructor to teach and provide leadership within our newly formed AVMT Department starting the Fall 2024 semester. The successful candidate may be required to teach day, evening, and weekend classes at the AVMT teaching facility located at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (KSBP). The candidate will also have additional college and departmental responsibilities as outlined below.

Cuesta College and the Engineering and Technology Division value the ability to serve and honor our diverse students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities, and orientations. Therefore, it is important to us that our faculty, staff, and administrators demonstrate an understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds as well as sexual orientation and abilities of all constituents in the Cuesta College community.


In addition to the responsibilities of the faculty classification description, the specific position is also responsible for:
  • Developing and teaching AVMT courses.
  • Prioritizing student success and efforts to engage in student mentoring.
  • Teaching a broad range of courses within the Aviation Maintenance discipline
  • Developing curricula in AVMT to meet and maintain FAA standards.
  • Working collaboratively with faculty colleagues in other disciplines.

Representative Duties:

The full-time college instructor is responsible for effective performance in the following areas:
  1. Teaching and Instruction

The following duties are representative of the kinds of expectations that are normally required of a full-time Cuesta College instructor. Certain duties are common to the everyday operational needs of the College while other activities may be required on an as needed basis. All of the duties, however, are common requirements at various times for full-time instructional positions.
  • Plans for and initiates curriculum improvements.
  • Plans for and is continually well prepared to teach.
  • Provides organized delivery of instruction.
  • Is courteous to and approachable by students.
  • Remains consistent with the stated and approved goals and content of the course.
  • Adheres to the subject matter of the course as outlined in the Course Outline of Record
  • Shows enthusiasm for the subject matter.
  • Uses effective motivation to create a personal desire to learn the subject/skill(s).
  • Uses standards of student evaluation that are clear, equitable, and followed consistently throughout the course.
  • Requires levels of instructor and student effort sufficient to the mastery of the subject or skills in the course.
  • Grades and returns student assignments and tests in a reasonable period of time.
  • Selects appropriate course materials.
  • Makes effective use of teaching aids and materials required of students (e.g., texts, manuals, low-cost, Open Access, etc.).
  • Prepares complete course outlines and equity-minded syllabi.
  • Continually revises and updates course content and materials of instruction.
  • Coordinates course contents and methods with other teachers in the program/discipline.
  • Meets and assists students during office hours or by appointment or at other reasonable times.
  • Initiates and carries through with improvements to course contents and methods.
  • Initiates and/or participates in overall department-wide program development, maintenance, evaluation, revision and/or expansion.
  • Identifies and connects students with college services and resources.

B. College and Departmental Responsibilities

College and/or Departmental responsibilities may include the following activities:
  • Working collaboratively with faculty and staff.
  • Maintaining collegial, professional, racially aware, and ethical conduct.
  • Regularly submitting assessment results into the college outcomes and assessments database.
  • Developing and updating student learning outcomes, courses, and course/program curriculum.
  • Serving on college committees and taskforces (Participatory Governance).
  • Researching and writing program reviews.
  • Serving on peer evaluation and hiring committees.
  • Collaborating with the Program Director and Division Chairs on course scheduling.
  • Working collaboratively with full-time and part-time instructors in the department.
  • Collaborating with community about curriculum changes, job opportunities, or scholarship opportunities for students.
  • Leading AVMT Dual Enrollment efforts and collaborating with local high schools.

C. Evidence of Outstanding Ability as a Teacher

Appropriate evidence includes, but is not limited to, experience, training, or achievement that the candidate has demonstrated:
  • Commitment to staying current and certified with the latest developments and FAA requirements for Aviation Maintenance.
  • The ability to continuously reflect on, evaluate, and improve teaching methods.
  • The ability to organize and explain content in ways appropriate to students' abilities and learning styles.
  • Implementation of critical pedagogy (i.e., support students to actively engage in their own learning processes, promote development of critical thinking skills, and encourage students to become lifelong learners).


Where You Will Work
Serving all of San Luis Obispo County, Cuesta College has provided comprehensive associate degree offerings, certificates, and community programs to the region since 1964. The main campus is located along scenic Highway 1, west of San Luis Obispo and east of the beaches of the Pacific Ocean. Cuesta College has a North County Campus in Paso Robles, and South County Center, in Arroyo Grande.

Who We Are

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to our culture and the work we do. Cuesta College is proud to be a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) committed to racial and socio-economic diversity as it reflects our communities and student populations. We actively seek to attract candidates who share this commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. As part of the Cuesta College team, you can expect to be part of a collaborative community of faculty, classified professionals, administrators, students, and community partners advancing educational excellence with intentional support services leading to student success and completion.

Additional information about the college can be found at
The college planning documents can be found at
Our Student Equity Action Plan can be found at
We offer comprehensive benefit options. Information about benefits can be found at

Essential Functions & Qualifications

-Any Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and two years of professional experience directly related to the teaching assignment;
-Any Associate's degree from an accredited institution and six years of professional experience directly related to the teaching assignment;
-The equivalent. (Candidates applying on the basis of equivalency must submit all materials requested for an equivalency judgment. For directions on what is an acceptable equivalency argument please review the requirements listed on the HR Website or see further information on Equivalency Petition Process Information below.).
-A valid Community College credential in the discipline (If received prior to 1990, as the credential is no longer being issued).

-Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

-Teaching experience in the discipline, community college level preferred;
-Awareness of the philosophy and objectives of California Community Colleges;
-FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certificates.

Additional Information

Candidates will be required to submit all documents listed below when applying for this position. When uploading documents, PDF documents are preferred.
  • Cover letter;
  • Resume;
  • Professional Reference List. See further document instructions below;
  • Unofficial transcripts;
  • Teaching Philosophy Statement. See further document instructions below; and
  • Diversity Statement. See further document instructions below.

Reference List Instructions: Your reference list must include (3) three professional references, their contact information, and their relationship to you.

Teaching Philosophy Statement Instructions: A teaching philosophy statement is where applicants convey their teaching values, beliefs and/or goals. It could include your teaching methods, what you want to achieve with your students, what motivates you as a teacher, and the purpose of education.

Diversity Statement Instructions: Cuesta College is committed to building and maintaining a workforce that reflects and honors the diversity of our students. It is important to us that our faculty, staff, and administrators demonstrate an understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of staff and students and of staff and students with physical and learning disabilities of all constituents in the Cuesta College community.

In order to best prepare your diversity statement for this application, please review our Academic Senate approved Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Rubric, please visit our Equal Employment Opportunity Page:

In 500 words or less, with consideration to our Mission Statement and our values expressed above, please explain how you will demonstrate your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in this position.

Equivalency Petition Process Information: Faculty shall meet the minimum qualifications established by the Board of Governors, or shall possess qualifications that are at least equivalent to the minimum qualifications set out in the regulations of the Board of Governors. If a candidate does not directly meet minimum qualifications, they can submit a Petition for Equivalency form in order to apply for equivalency. For more information on the process, please review the links below for more information.

Equivalency Process (AP 7211) (Download PDF reader)

Petition for Equivalency Form

Completed online applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by the closing date for this position. LATE, INCOMPLETE, FAXED, MAILED OR EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Please contact HR to ensure all documents have been uploaded and your file is complete up until 72 hours before the closing date.


Salary is determined by education and experience. More information regarding our current salary schedules can be found on the following link:


Cuesta College will not sponsor any visa applications. San Luis Obispo County Community College District ("Cuesta College") is an equal opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), age, disability (physical and mental), genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal and state law in admission and access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities at any of its campuses. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Cuesta College also prohibits harassment on any of these bases, including sexual harassment, as well as sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. In compliance with California law, all prospective staff and students are entitled to read the Annual Security Report, published each October by the Cuesta College Department of Public Safety. This report contains information about our emergency and crime reporting procedures, as well as crime statistics for the past 3 years. You may request a copy of this report at one of our two Public Safety Offices: on SLO campus at Building 6600A or on North County Campus at building N1021, during campus business hours. You may also access the complete text of this report at the following website address:

Cuesta College uses E-Verify as part of the I-9 process to verify the work eligibility of all new hires. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9 to data from U.S Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records. For further information, visit:

Interview Process Information

Selected applicants will be invited to give a teaching demonstration and interview on May 15, 2024.

First Interviews will be held in person or via Zoom by candidate request. In person interviews are preferred and, in the interest of equity, candidates will be reimbursed up to $500 toward their travel expenses if they choose to interview on campus. Virtual teaching demonstrations will be evaluated using the same criteria as in-person demonstrations and will be expected to facilitate similar levels of effectiveness, skill, engagement and interaction.

Second interviews will be held via Zoom on Thursday, May 30, 2024.

The selected applicant will begin their full-time teaching assignment in the Fall semester of the 2024-2025 school year, which begins on Tuesday, August 6, 2024.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

The San Luis Obispo County Community College District promotes inclusiveness, prohibits discrimination, and encourages all qualified persons to apply. As an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, Cuesta College actively seeks candidates with diverse backgrounds to assist students, staff, and faculty. For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) assistance with the application and/or interview process, please contact the Human Resources Office: (805) 546-3129.

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