Instructor - Anamosa State Penitentiary

Kirkwood Community College


To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous decisions and improvements to the College Learning Environment.


POSITION IS LOCATED INSIDE THE ANAMOSA STATE PENITENTIARY.  Under limited supervision, the instructor is responsible for teaching basic skills, literacy, and High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) subject areas (reading, writing, social studies, science, and mathematics, with an emphasis on Reading) to incarcerated students enrolled in the Education Program at the Anamosa State Penitentiary (ASP). The instructor collaborates with fellow instructors on the development of curriculum aligned to adult education standards.
Work Schedule : 7.30 pm -3.30 pm


  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence. 
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions.  
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.  
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success.  
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.


  • Effectively teach basic skills, literacy and HSED subject areas to eligible offenders in a variety of instructional formats.
  • Work with special education youth in order to meet the requirements of existing Individualized Education Plans.
  • Maintain student and program records for reporting purposes.
  • Collaborate with fellow instructors at ASP, as well as in the Department of Corrections, on the development of innovate curricula for offenders in alignment with the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adults.
  • Act as a liaison among the Iowa Department of Corrections, Anamosa State Penitentiary, and Kirkwood Community College, supporting the operations of Anamosa State Penitentiary.
  • Know and follow Department of Corrections security protocols and policies including key and radio control, supervision of incarcerated individuals in education, de-escalation and personal safety techniques, which may include training and use of chemical agents, first aid, and incident command systems.
  • Complete Department of Corrections training quarterly, face-to-face and online.
  • Perform other related work duties as assigned.
  • Be able and willing to represent the College in the most positive manner with prospective, former, and current students, clients, suppliers, and the community we serve.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with peer team members, students, and staff.
  • Possess strong human relations skills and be able to interact with diverse personalities.
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, logically, and coherently orally and in writing.
  • Deal responsibly and effectively with problems, and exercise independent judgment when making decisions
  • Possess ability to adapt to a work situation inside a medium/maximum security institution housing convicted offenders.
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.  
The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.


Position involves working in an office setting. Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work.  Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing.


  • Bachelor’s degree with relevant instructional experience is required. In addition, candidates must be able to pass the ASP security clearance and graduate from the four week Department of Corrections Training Academy.
  • Candidates with prior corrections, adult education, K12 instructional experience, corporate training, higher education instruction or at-risk teaching experience are preferred.  

Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572,  Email: or the director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email:

Kirkwood Community College prides itself on fostering a diverse workforce and values unique perspectives throughout its campus community. The college is a convenient, innovative, visionary educational leader striving to remain affordable and accessible. With more than 140 majors and programs, Kirkwood boasts 16,000 annual college-credit students while maintaining one of the lowest tuitions in the state. All degree-seeking students are eligible for federal financial aid and the college offers more than $3 million in scholarships each year to students from all walks of life. 

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Job ID: 98065

Posted 17 days ago

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