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Faculty & Program Chair for Mortuary Science

Mortuary Science

Littleton, CO
ID: 620

The Mortuary Science Program at Arapahoe Community College is the only program in Colorado that is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. ACC offers an Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science with both in-person and online tracks to educate students in every phase of funeral service and prepare them for entry-level employment in the industry.

The Faculty & Program Chair for Mortuary Science is responsible for developing and implementing the didactic and clinical education components of the Mortuary Science curriculum at ACC. The Faculty & Program Chair will serve as the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) Program Director and perform related administrative duties including overseeing program assessment, developing, and evaluating curriculum, coordinating clinical practicums, providing clinical instructor orientation, scheduling and serving on advisory committees, and maintaining relationships with industry healthcare providers.

This position ensures timely response to communications from the ABFSE office; ensures compliance with accreditation standards and the ABFSE Policy Manual; monitors National Board Exam pass rates, graduation rates, and job placement information. Additionally, this position will ensure timely submission of annual reports with program demographics, attrition, and program change information including survey of graduates and employers, processing August graduates, and releasing eligible students for the National Board Exam.

The Faculty & Program Chair is a full-time, 9-month faculty position in the School of Health & Public Services. ACC Faculty teach up to 15 credits each fall and spring semester. Program Chair teaching credits can be adjusted depending on Program Chair responsibilities. Faculty have the option to teach courses during the summer semester for additional compensation.  Program Chair responsibilities over the summer may include monitoring and responding to yearly program applications and student enrollments.

Courses may be taught using both traditional and non-traditional delivery methods, including online, computer-aided, distance learning, self-paced, interdisciplinary; courses are offered during the day or evening. The Faculty & Program Chair also recruits, hires, develops, and manages part-time Instructors.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Master’s degree, or higher, from a regionally accredited college or university OR earn a master’s degree in any discipline within five years of initial appointment date.
  • Must be a graduate of an ABFSE accredited school.
  • Must have proof of passing the National Board Exam.
  • Postsecondary instructional experience or training equivalent.
  • Must hold, or qualify to obtain, a postsecondary Colorado Career and Technical Education (CTE) credential including 4,000 paid non-teaching occupational hours within the last five years.

For additional information on Faculty and Instructor qualifications refer to  AP 3-10b.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as an embalmer and funeral director.
  • Understanding of ABFSE accreditation requirements.
  • Postsecondary teaching experience, ideally with chair responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated success building professional relationships and working collaboratively with internal and external constituents and outside agencies.
  • Ability to work effectively both autonomously and as a member of a collaborative team.
  • Understanding of adult learning theory concepts; ability to utilize these principles effectively in the learning environment.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.

Physical & Cognitive Demands

The following are some of the physical and cognitive demands commonly associated with this position.

  • This position operates in a standard office, classroom, and/or lab environment. Constantly uses a computer and routinely uses standard office equipment including phones, copiers, etc.
  • Cognitive demands include comparing, copying, computing, compiling, analyzing, coordinating, synthesizing, negotiating, communicating, instructing, and interpersonal skills.
  • This position constantly communicates with internal and external constituents and students. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.
  • Occasionally moves, positions, and transports classroom and laboratory equipment, up to 50 lbs.
  • Occasional exposure to hazardous chemicals, including embalming fluid.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement

Arapahoe Community College provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process and/or during the course of employment, please contact Angela Johnson, Director of Human Resources, at 303.797.5715 or

Advertised Salary Range

The salary range for this position is $57,754 to $70,194, commensurate with education and experience. This salary is based on 166 contract days within an academic year (August - May). The projected start date for this position is August 2021; salary will be prorated based on the number of contract days worked. This is a full-time, 9-month, FLSA exempt position. This position has been exempted from the State Classified System. Questions about salary should be directed to

To Apply

All applicants must submit a resume, detailed letter of interest addressing the job announcement, unofficial transcripts, copies of applicable certifications, names and contact information for three professional references, and a completed application form. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications as related to the duties and responsibilities of the position. To submit your application, scroll to the bottom of this page.

If you have questions regarding this position, please contact us at

Closing Date

Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2021 at 4:00 PM MT


Benefits for faculty are administered through the SBCCOE Trust. Effective July 1, 2015, employees in faculty positions that are budgeted at .75 FTE or more are eligible for benefits beginning on their date of hire. Information regarding benefits can be found at the CCCS Employee Benefits site. Additional information regarding leave accruals can be found in BP 3-60. Non-classified, benefit-eligible employees are also eligible for tuition assistance.

Faculty are required to contribute to Colorado PERA at a fixed percentage of their salary and do not contribute to Social Security. ACC/CCCS offers three tax-deferred investment plans, including 401(k), 403(b) and 457.

AP 3-55 provides information regarding salary placement and adjustments.

Notice to all Applicants

  • Final candidate will be subject to successful completion of a background check, and, if applicable, a motor vehicle record review.
  • Former employees of the Colorado Community College System, or one of its 13 colleges, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information in their application material.
  • Final candidate is required to submit official transcripts to Human Resources within thirty (30) days of hire.
  • Direct deposit of payroll is a condition of employment.
  • Arapahoe Community College participates in E-Verify.
  • Arapahoe Community College is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.
  • Finalist must be willing to make Colorado their primary workplace, including for online courses.

Arapahoe Community College is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment including those that violate federal and state law, or the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Board Policies 3-120 and 4-120. The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, familial status, veteran or military status, pregnancy status, religion, genetic information, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other protected class or category under applicable local, state, or federal law (also known as “civil rights laws”), in connection with employment practices or educational programs and activities (including admissions). 

We seek to respect, understand, and embrace the diversity of our students, staff, faculty, and the community we proudly serve. As a community, ACC encourages the richness of diversity and values the dignity of all persons. We strive to foster an equitable and positive learning environment that reflects the diverse nature of the people of Colorado and the nation.

For information regarding Arapahoe Community College Security, including Clery Act / Crime Statistics for the campuses and surrounding area, please see the Arapahoe Community College Annual Security Report. For a hard copy report, please contact the ACC Campus Police Department at 303.797.5800,, or Room M2600 at 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, Colorado 80120.