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Paralegal Program Instructor/Coordinator

Date Posted: October 6, 2014
Type: Full-time
Job Details

GENERAL JOB SUMMARY: The instructor is responsible for teaching a full-time assignment of classes as defined by the College and/or collective bargaining agreement on the Estherville Campus. Some assignments may be during evenings/weekends on the T.V. and ICN systems, or online. Must evaluate and report student performance and progress in assigned courses in accordance with College and division policies and procedures.

REPORT TO: Campus Executive Dean

Potential Courses to be Taught *

  • Introduction to Law & Paralegal
  • Legal Ethics
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Family Law
  • Law Office Software
  • Legal Research
  • Torts & Litigation
  • Contract Law
  • Wills, Trusts & Estate Administration
  • Legal Writing
  • Employment Law
  • American Trial Process
  • Principles of Real Estate
  • Civil Procedure & Practice
  • Business Law
  • Income Tax Accounting

* Other courses may be assigned.


Constant (67-100%)

  1. Effectively organize, teach and evaluate student performance and progress in assigned course offerings in accordance with established syllabi.
  2. Assignments may include various delivery formats, methods, work schedules and locations.
  3. Evaluate and record student performance and progress according to College and division guidelines.
  4. Maintain current course syllabi and provide student guides for all courses taught.

Frequent (34-66%)

  1. Maintain established office hours.
  2. Serve as academic advisor to students and make referrals, when deemed necessary, to other College personnel, such as the Executive Dean, Counselors, Financial Aid, etc. for more specialized information and assistance. 
  3. Attend and serve on assigned and voluntary program and College committees.
  4. Assist in the development of new courses and revisions of existing courses in discipline area to insure continued program growth and development.
  5. Arrange lab sites for student practical experiences and monitor progress.
  6. Actively participate in the recruitment of students to the program and college.
  7. Serve as club and mock trial team advisor.
  8. Supervise the intake and initial screening of cases received by the Iowa Innocence Project.

Occasional (10-33%)

  1. Regularly engage in professional development activities and keep current with developing trends and ideas in profession.
  2. Assist in the process of requesting and maintaining instructional equipment and supplies for classrooms/laboratories use.
  3. Assist the supervisor in the budgeting process.
  4. Assist in the maintenance and enhancement of communication within the College and maintain working relationships with area law firms, agencies and organizations.
  5. Consult with the program advisory board.


  1. Represent the College in the most positive manner with prospective, former, and current student, staff and the community, and understand the Community College concept. Possess a commitment to a student centered environment.
  2. Ability to organize and present various curriculum concepts to a wide range of students with varying backgrounds and abilities and adjust teaching techniques accordingly.
  3. Present oneself in a classroom setting in a manner that is acceptable and consistent with program and College guidelines, policies and practices
  4. Assume responsibility; deal effectively with problems and exercise independent judgment when making decisions.
  5. Establish and maintain good working relationships with students, staff, administrators and other contacts.
  6. Read, understand and express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written communications.
  7. Possess strong human relations skills and the ability to effectively relate to diverse personalities and sensitive to various learning styles.
  8. Be a creative, energetic and self motivated individual with demonstrated leadership and organizational skills.
  9. Possess a working knowledge of personal computers and educational media equipment.
  10. Possess patience, tact and diplomacy.

SPECIAL DEMANDS: Position involves sitting or standing most of the time in an office or classroom/laboratory setting. Constant (67-100%) reaching, standing walking, lifting, grasping, talking hearing, repetitive motions and viewing various types of close visual work. Frequent (34-66%) stooping, crouching, pushing, pulling and carrying. Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and 10 pounds of force frequently. May be required to travel between sites utilizing personal vehicle. Must have valid driver’s license, good driving record and provide proof of insurance.

Employment with Iowa Lakes Community College is dependent upon successful passage of a criminal background check.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential functions, 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.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  At least 6,000 hours of recent and relevant experience in the field of instruction to be taught is required.  A Law degree and at least two years of law practice experience working with paralegals preferred.  Prior teaching experience at the post-secondary level desired. Member of the Iowa Bar Association preferred.

SALARY: Commensurate with education and related experience for a 213 day contract.

FRINGE BENEFITS: Paid medical leave and personal leave. Employer pays all of single and majority of family health, dental and vision insurance.  Employee life and disability insurance provided.


The following items must be included in your application packet before it will be considered a complete application:

  • Employment Application form
  • Applicant Confidential Information form (This data is used to comply with government required affirmative action record keeping only and is not used for applicant screening purposes.)
  • A letter addressing your qualifications for the position
  • A resume
  • A copy of transcripts, with originals due upon hiring

Only complete application packets will be considered for the position vacancy.

Position starts:  Spring, 2015. Review of applications will begin October 27. Position remains open until filled.

Application:  Employment Application 

(Save document to your computer and fill in application. Re-save completed application and email as an attachment to Diane Friesner at You may also print out the completed form and mail it to Iowa Lakes Community College, 19 South 7th Street, Estherville, IA 51334.) *** 

*** NOTE: Applications must be complete, including Employment Application Form, Applicant Confidential Information Form, Letter Addressing Qualifications, Resume and Transcripts (if required). See individual job descriptions for instructions. Incomplete applications will not be considered

Contact Information

Contact Diane Friesner at 712-362-0409 or

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