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Instructor, Paralegal
Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Date Posted Jul. 5, 2022
Title Instructor, Paralegal
University Foothill-De Anza Community College District
Cupertino, CA, United States
Department Legal
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Law

Instructor, Paralegal

Initial Review Date: 04/05/22*

*Any complete applications received after the review date will only be forwarded to the hiring committee at their request.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is currently accepting applications for the faculty position of Instructor, Paralegal, De Anza College.

De Anza College Mission Statement:

De Anza College provides an academically rich, multicultural learning environment that challenges students of every background to develop their intellect, character and abilities; to realize their goals; and to be socially responsible leaders in their communities, the nation and the world.

De Anza College fulfills its mission by engaging students in creative work that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and attitudes contained within the college's Institutional Core Competencies:
  • Communication and expression
  • Information literacy
  • Physical/mental wellness and personal responsibility
  • Civic capacity for global, cultural, social and environmental awareness
  • Critical thinking


Under the direction of the Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities Division, instructor will teach Paralegal Studies courses to a diverse student population at a college committed to student equity. The instructor must be knowledgeable about the paralegal profession and have experience working with or as a paralegal. The instructor will be expected to teach in two or more topic areas in which they have direct experience. Course topic areas are typical of lower division undergraduate work in federal and state law overviews, specialized practice groups, including, but not limited to, litigation, corporate law, intellectual property, and estate planning. In this role, the faculty will also develop, implement, and evaluate curriculum in the subject matter of expertise and lecture where appropriate. This should include the integration of computers for instructional purposes in both the laboratory and lecture where appropriate.

Standard duties expected of all faculty include development and evaluation of curricula, maintaining scheduled office hours, attending department and division meetings, pursuing professional growth activities, service on district and/or college committees, and performing other duties consistent with the role of an instructor. Instructors also have the opportunity to participate in campus extra-curricular activities, shared governance, or any program/departmental leadership role.

  • Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  • Possession of a Bachelor's degree or above AND two years of experience in legal assisting (paralegal) OR an Associate degree AND six years of experience in legal assisting (paralegal) OR the equivalent (see below).

  • College-level instructional experience in law-related fields, such as Paralegal Studies, Political Science, or Administration of Justice
  • Community College level experience teaching paralegal students, including lectures and course content delivery designed to provide Paralegal Studies students with practical skills, knowledge, and experience
  • Demonstrate practical hands-on experience working in one or more legal practice area
  • Experience working with or as a paralegal in a law firm, corporate, non-profit, or government setting
  • Experience with techniques and equipment required in teaching subject areas in lecture, course management systems, laboratory or clinical settings
  • Demonstrate teaching pedagogy adaptable to a variety of learning styles including an emphasis on interactive multimedia, research, technology resources, and hands-on experience.
  • In addition, successful candidates will demonstrate the following abilities:

a) teach and communicate effectively with students using inclusive and equity driven practices;

b) work closely and cooperatively with faculty and support staff;

c) develop curriculum and work with academically and culturally diverse students;

d) show flexibility and ability to work as a member of a team of professionals;

e) communicate articulately and effectively with individuals differing in age, gender, ethnicity, educational, and economic background;

f) encourage students to engage in their own learning and motivate them to develop critical thinking skills.

g) change systems of teaching delivery to meet differing student needs and able to adapt to change easily.
  • Awareness regarding the complexity of and the relationship among society, politics, and the legal system and an ability to facilitate difficult conversations on these topics in the classroom.



1. Indoor, office environment.

Physical Abilities:

(Applicants should perform these physical abilities with or without reasonable accommodations)

1. Hearing and speaking to exchange information.

2. Vision sufficient to read various materials.

3. Dexterity of hands and fingers to perform the tasks required of the position.

4. Regularly stand, walk, and sit for extended periods of time.

5. Bending at waist, kneeling, or crouching.

6. Reaching overhead, above the shoulders, and horizontally.

7. Lifting and carrying objects up to 20 lbs.

  • A District on-line application to be completed at *In the application, you will provide information, which demonstrates your understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff. Additionally, you will be asked to explain how your life experiences, studies or work have influenced your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • A cover letter detailing your background and experience, skills, and abilities as they relate to the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position.
  • A current resume of all work experience, formal education and training.

If you wish to request equivalency for this position (if you believe you do not otherwise meet minimum qualifications via educational degree attainment as specified), you may submit the Request for Equivalency form. This form will need to be submitted with your application packet. You may either scan a hard copy of this form with your application packet or submit it as a Word document with your application packet.

If any required application materials are omitted, the committee will not review your application packet. Application materials not required (including reference letters) for this position will not be accepted. For full-consideration, all application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date.

Please allow yourself ample time to complete your application and resolve any technical difficulties that may arise with your submission. We do not guarantee a response to application questions within 48 hours of the closing date. You may also visit our "Applicant Information" webpage to assist with technical difficulties at:

HIRING RANGE: $60,490.00 - $99,345.00 annually plus benefits; actual placement is based on applicant's verified education and experience.

For the complete Faculty Salary Schedule, go to:
Excellent benefits package which includes medical coverage for employee and eligible dependents, dental, vision care, employee assistance program, long term disability, retirement benefits and basic life insurance. Other voluntary benefits are also available such as legal assistance, pet insurance, and long-term care. Faculty are also eligible for paid professional development leaves and stipends for educational and professional development.

For information on our benefits package that includes medical for employees and dependents, visit our web site:

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Full-time, Tenure-track, 10-months per year


Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process must notify Employment Services no later than the closing date of the announcement.

The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District does not reimburse applicants for travel, lodging or any other costs incurred by applicant to attend interviews. All interviewing costs incurred will be the responsibility of the applicant.

For more information about our application process contact:

Employment Services

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

12345 El Monte Road

Los Altos Hills, California 94022

(650) 949-6217


This position will become Open Until Filled after the initial Closing Date. Any complete applications received while the position is Open Until Filled will be reviewed by the hiring committee only upon committee request.

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