Life Skills Instructor (Part Time)

Kirkwood Community College


Limited Term Position – Continuation of this position is contingent upon future funding from the Iowa Department of Corrections, this position is currently funded for FY 25.

To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.


POSITION IS LOCATED INSIDE THE IOWA MEDICAL CLASSIFICATION CENTER (IMCC), A DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FACILITY.  Under limited supervision, the instructor is responsible for teaching life skills to incarcerated students at IMCC. The instructor collaborates with fellow instructors on the development of curriculum aligned to adult education standards.
Work Schedule: 07:30-12:30 Monday - Thursday, this position doesn’t work during college breaks or holidays.


  • 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 juveniles who need life skills instruction.
  • Maintain student and program records for reporting purposes.
  • Collaborate with fellow instructors at IMCC, as well as in the Department of Corrections, on the development of curricula for offenders.
  • Act as a liaison among the Iowa Department of Corrections, IMCC, and Kirkwood Community College, supporting the operations of IMCC.
  • 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. 
In addition, candidates must be able to pass the DOC security clearance requirements and graduate from the four week Department of Corrections New Employee Training which may include use of force, personal safety, chemical agents, CPR, blood borne pathogens, suicide prevention, and other DOC training.

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 DOC security clearance requirements and graduate from the four week Department of Corrections New Employee Training.
  • Candidates with prior corrections, adult education, 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.

Job Benefits:

Kirkwood offers a wide range of employee benefits.  Read more about them here

Job ID: 98088

Posted 12 days ago

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