Coordinator/Instructor, Horticulture Technology

Coordinator/Instructor, Horticulture Technology


Western Piedmont Community College
1001 Burkemont Avenue
Morganton, NC 28655
Phone: 828-438-6000

Job Location

Jim Richardson Campus


Hiring Range – Minimum to Midpoint ($4.151 – 5,552/monthly) 9-month contract



Job Category

  • Instructional (Faculty)

Application Period

Opens: Friday, March 2, 2018
Closes: Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Target Start Date

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Expected Work Hours


Employment Type

Full-Time (9 Month Contract)

Minimum Qualifications

1. Associate Degree in Horticulture or the equivalent.
2. Previous administrative experience with demonstrated leadership ability.
3. Good oral and written communication skills required.
4. Five years of commercial horticulture work experience required.

Physical Demands:
- Maintain Horticulture facilities.
- Lift up to 50 pounds.
- Operate heavy machinery.
- Ability to travel up to one mile over uneven terrain.
- Prolonged periods of walking, standing, kneeling and bending.

Preferred Qualifications

1. A master’s degree preferred.
2. Experience in commercial greenhouse production, plant propagation, organic production, and horticultural specialty crops preferred.
3. Teaching experience at the post-secondary level preferred.
4. NC Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s license preferred.

Position Description

The coordinator’s primary purpose is the instructional, planning, and operational aspects of the Horticulture Technology program. The Coordinator of Horticulture Technology, under the direction of the Department Head of Applied Technologies, will help provide leadership of the program and work closely with students, faculty and staff to ensure the viability, currency, and integrity of the Sustainable Agriculture program.

Instructional duties include the following:
• Maintain an acceptable work load based on College policy.
• Maintain and update current texts, videos, laboratory space, etc. to meet program and industry needs.
• Foster and maintain a nurturing learning environment and a program workplace emphasizing institutional core values.
• Maintain professional skills and subject expertise through continual study and research and through involvement in professional organizations.
• Maintain records of student attendance and grades according to college and state policy and procedure.
• Maintain annually updated course syllabi and provide each student with a written statement of course requirements at the beginning of the semester including texts, course content and competencies and evaluation.
• Prepare course materials; use appropriate teaching techniques including delivering lectures, leading discussions and conducting laboratory demonstrations; and perform other activities, which are related to and meet the requirements of the courses.
• Conduct evaluations of student performance and assign grades on the basis of such evaluations.
• Maintain posted office hours as required by College policy and procedure and be available for student conferences and tutoring.
• Serve as an adviser for students regarding courses required in the program and advise other interested individuals relative to programs and affairs.

Personnel management duties include the following:
• Oversee the recruitment, screening, and selection of new program instructors.
• Supervise, mentor, and evaluate instructors within the program.

Program management duties include the following:
• Formulate, recommend, and implement necessary curriculum changes and be knowledgeable of and implement changes made at the state level or other mandate.
• Develop, implement, and maintain an ongoing program evaluation process.
• Prepare and submit semester instructional schedules including the assignment of instructors for specific classes.
• Prepare and submit a recommended budget for program including any required travel, materials and supplies, equipment, part-time instruction, and recommendations for additional full-time faculty.
• Insure that the programs have viable advisory committees and meet with the committees on a regular basis as dictated by the program needs and College policy.
• Work in accordance with college adopted evaluation process to assess the programs to ensure the needs of the College and the community are being met.
• Formulate short and long-range goals for the continuing improvement or growth of the programs. Each goal should have an attainment strategy.

Other duties include the following:
• Maintain the following:
• 3,000 sq ft. fully automated commercial greenhouse.
• 1,500 sq ft tropical and aquaponics greenhouse.
• Containerized nursery facilities.
• Various specialty crop planting beds used for instructional purposes.
• Conduct and/or assist in periodic safety inspections within the programs’ facilities to identify and correct potential hazards. Also submit any necessary request for repairs or maintenance.
• Donate academic expertise in the local, state or national community when appropriate to fulfill the community relations goals of the College.
• Supervise work-study students and/or lab assistants as assigned.
• Assume additional responsibilities as assigned by the Department Head or the Division Dean.


How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online at


Job Post Contact

Anita Berry

Benefit/Recruitment Specialist

Western Piedmont Community College

(828) 448-3127