Culinary Arts Tenure-Track Instructor

Santa Rosa Junior College

Job Description



Culinary Arts Tenure-Track Instructor

Santa Rosa Junior College

Salary: $76,771.00 - $107,114.00 Annually

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: 23-116

Location: Sonoma County, CA

Department: Culinary Arts

Closing: 3/1/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

FILING DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 1, 2023

It is the candidate's responsibility to be sure that ALL required materials are submitted by the filing deadline to be given consideration.

Salary Range: $76,771-$107,114 (2022/23 Faculty Salary Schedule); teaching experience, other related professional experience, and academic degrees determine salary placement on a schedule that is competitive with other California Community Colleges. Contracted salary is for 177 days per year (August through May) as specified in the All Faculty Association Contract, Article 8.

Fringe benefits: The District offers a competitive benefit package which includes health & welfare (medical/dental/vision/life/long-term disability) benefits for employees and eligible dependents.

Housing Assistance: Reduced fees for mortgage loans and real estate services may be available to the candidate selected for this position (contact Human Resources for more information).

We are seeking equity-minded faculty who are committed to educating our diverse student population. SRJC supports equal access for all students, multi-ethnic global perspectives, and cultural competencies. We value diversity that supports honesty and integrity in an environment of collegiality and mutual respect and compassion that includes civic engagement opportunities that contribute to real world problem solving and empathy to identify the challenges and address the needs of others. Candidates must have demonstrated instructional skills to join our outstanding team of faculty, staff and administrators to provide high quality programs and services to our district, our community, and most importantly to our students.

This is a full-time, tenure-track/continuing contract position in the Culinary Arts Department at Santa Rosa Junior College, beginning Fall Semester, August 2023. Appointments are contingent upon funding and Board approval.


Santa Rosa Junior College has been an integral part of the Sonoma County community and its rich history, beauty and culture for more than 100 years. Many of SRJC's students are drawn to the college for its academic excellence, superb faculty and staff, comprehensive student services and beautiful grounds. SRJC's mission is to passionately cultivate learning through the creative, intellectual, physical, social, emotional, aesthetic and ethical development of our diverse community. At SRJC, we value learning that includes:

Excellent and innovative instruction and support services;

A learning- and learner-centered environment;

A welcoming physical environment;

Equity-minded faculty and staff with a caring and supportive attitude among faculty and staff;

Access to programs and courses that lead to transfer and/or gainful employment.

Access to lifelong learning opportunities

In 2021, SRJC served approximately 21,000 students each semester and is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism. SRJC is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), reflecting the great responsibility that the College has to the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community. We also support diverse learning communities including, APASS, HSI Connections, Puente, Umoja. SRJC received the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for the past three consecutive years and SRJC was the only California Community College recipient of this award. This award recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The ideal candidate will share SRJC's commitment to be an inclusive, diverse and sustainable learning community that engages the whole person.

Video Overview of Santa Rosa Junior College

Essential Functions

The Culinary Arts Department at Santa Rosa Junior College offers certificates in Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry, Front House Operations, Dining Room Service, and Restaurant Management; Associate of Arts degrees in Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management; and courses in Global and Specialty cooking. These courses serve certificate students, associate degree students, transfer students, and community students. The Culinary Arts Department offers day, evening, and weekend classes at the Culinary Arts Center across from the Santa Rosa Campus, as well as online courses.

Located in one of the gastronomic hubs of the United States, the Culinary Arts Department at SRJC is Sonoma County's leading culinary school in a booming industry. The Department offers thorough, affordable, innovative instruction, preparing a workforce of qualified future chefs, pastry chefs, restaurant managers, and business owners. The Department operates a popular, full-service restaurant and bakery showcasing local and sustainable ingredients, including from SRJC's own Shone Farm. Culinary Arts students are prepared for the realities of working in a vibrant industry..

The Culinary Arts Department prides itself on a collaborative, team-oriented work environment that values communication amongst students, faculty, staff, and administration.

Culinary Arts Department website

This position is for a full-time, tenure-track faculty member teaching face-to-face courses in the Culinary Arts Department at SRJC.

SRJC offers courses at two campuses, located in Santa Rosa and Petaluma, as well as multiple satellite locations within the district, including online. While this assignment is for the Santa Rosa campus, please note the district reserves the right of assignment to any location, and that assignments could involve any combination of day or evening classes with weekly office hours being mandatory. Instructors assume responsibility for maintaining currency in the field, for updating existing courses and developing new curricula (including courses that serve community needs, such as short, non-credit, or online courses), assisting in the assessment of student learning outcomes, participating in department activities and other college service such as committee work, managing laboratories, and participating in community outreach on behalf of the college.



Bachelor's degree AND two years of full-time (or part-time equivalent) related experience; OR an Associate's degree AND six years of full-time (or part-time equivalent) related experience; OR a fully satisfied (Life) California Community College Instructor's Credential in Foods, Food Services or related technologies or equivalent. (Degrees must come from an accredited institution.)


  • Professional culinary arts teaching experience.
  • Minimum of three years of full-time restaurant and/or hospitality experience.
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural in English/Spanish.
  • Ability to teach a wide range of culinary arts courses, from introductory to advanced.
  • Ability to organize, teach, and supervise students in operating a full-service restaurant.
  • Demonstrated commitment to practices of seasonality and sustainability in the professional food industry.
  • Demonstrated experience and proficiency in the use of computer technology as a teaching tool.
  • Familiarity with the local food industry, including current and changing trends.
  • Ability to remain standing for extended periods of time; safely lift and carry 50 lbs; use fingers and hands to feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, taste and smell.

  • Demonstrated commitment and contributions to the development of organizational goals.

    A sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

    Candidates must possess the minimum qualifications exactly as listed above for disciplines of interest, or they must file for equivalency (Download PDF reader) in order to be considered. Candidates who are requesting equivalency consideration are responsible for documenting all course work, degree programs and related professional experience at the time of application. For questions regarding the equivalency process, please contact Human Resources Legenia Gonzalez ( Please also see the Equivalency Guide for Faculty Applicants (Download PDF reader) and the Faculty Minimum Qualifications Self-Evaluation Checklist for more information.

    The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

    Application Procedures

    In order to be given consideration for this recruitment, applicants must submit the following documents by the filing deadline:
    • A completed Santa Rosa Junior College Employment Application and responses to Agency-wide Questions. Please note that contact information is required for a minimum of three references.
    • If you do not meet the minimum qualifications exactly as stated, you must complete and attach the Equivalency Application to your Employment Application. If applicable e, Equivalency Application is available at linked/Application%20Materials/FacEquivApp.pdf. Information on SRJC (Download PDF reader) Faculty Equivalency Procedures can be found at Board Policy 4.3.2bP.
    • A cover letter explaining your interest in the position, including how you meet the requirements and are qualified to perform the duties as listed in the "Position Description" section of this announcement.
    • Current Resume.
    • Provide a 500-word response to the diversity prompt below:
    Please provide two or three examples of your ideas and/or experiences in creating, modifying, and/or performing one or more of the following to meet the needs of a diverse student population:
    Curricula; Learning activities;

    Teaching/counseling practices; Educational Resources;

    Training, background, coursework and/or professional development; Program Development

    6. Copies of transcripts of all college-level coursework, including confirmation of degrees. If selected for the position, official transcripts must be submitted prior to employment. Unofficial copies (both sides) will be accepted if the unofficial document includes a seal, watermark, or other proof that the document was provided by an educational institution.
    • If transcripts are from an institution outside of the United States, applicant must provide a formal evaluation of their foreign degree(s) at the time of application.
    • SRJC only accepts foreign transcripts that have been evaluated by a credential evaluation service accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For a full list of accepted evaluation services, please see NACES.
    • For further details on SRJC requirements on Foreign Degrees, please see Foreign Degree Requirements.
    7. If you do not possess minimum qualifications as noted under the Minimum Qualifications Section of the job posting, you must complete and attach the Faculty Equivalency Application (Download PDF reader) and supporting documents, including narrative synopsis, to your employment application in order to be considered. Please see the SRJC Faculty Equivalency Procedures, the Equivalency Guide for Faculty Applicants (Download PDF reader) and the Faculty Minimum Qualifications Self-Evaluation Checklist for more information.
    8. If applicable, copy of California Community College Credential (both sides) in Foods, Food Services or related technologies.


    MAILING ADDRESS: 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
    PHONE: (707) 527-4954
    EMAIL: Please contact Legenia Gonzalez at

    The office is located in the Bussman Hall Annex on the Santa Rosa campus. All documents included in your online employment application become the property of the District. Your employment application for this opening will not automatically be considered for future openings. New employment application(s) must be submitted for each opening.

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT (Prior to beginning employment):

    • In accordance with Federal Law all employees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
    • Must be fingerprinted and have background clearance (at applicant's expense); and
    • Must take a TB test (once hired and every four years thereafter).
    • Within 6 months of employment, must complete required District trainings such as Title IX, Mandated Reporter.
    • Employees who work on-site or access District facilities: Beginning January 1, 2022: provide proof of full vaccination. For more details, see vaccination mandate.

    Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Jeanne Clery Disclosure) Sonoma County Junior College District's annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Sonoma County Junior College District; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can read or obtain a full copy of this report by going to Paper copies of the full report are available upon request by contacting Police Department Records at (707) 527-4963 or by coming to the Sonoma County Junior College District Police Department located at 2032 Armory Drive, Pedroncelli Center, Santa Rosa Campus.

    Non Discrimination
    The Sonoma County Junior College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnic group identification, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic condition, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or sexual orientation in any of its policies, procedures or practices; nor does the District discriminate against any employees or applicants for employment on the basis of their age. This non- discrimination policy covers admission, access and treatment in District programs and activities- including but not limited to academic admissions, financial aid, educational services and athletics-and application for District employment.

    SRJC Strategic Plan

    VISION: SRJC aspires to be an inclusive, diverse and sustainable learning community that engages the whole person.
    MISSION: SRJC passionately cultivates learning through the creative, intellectual, physical, social, emotional, aesthetic and ethical development of our diverse community.
    • We focus on student learning by preparing students for transfer; by providing responsive career and technical education; and by improving students' foundational skills.
    • We provide a comprehensive range of student development programs and services that support student success and enrich student lives.
    • We support the economic vitality, social equity and environmental stewardship of our region.
    • We promote personal and professional growth and cultivate joy at work and in lifelong learning.
    • We foster critical and reflective civic engagement and thoughtful participation in diverse local and global communities.
    • We regularly assess, self-reflect, adapt, and continuously improve.

    Equal Employment Opportunity
    SRJC attracts and retains the most qualified faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. This is achieved through an inclusive recruitment strategy and a rigorous, thorough hiring process that begins with the fair and consistent evaluation of each application for minimum qualifications and demonstrated skills specific to each position/assignment. Because the ability to serve students from broad cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds and genders is a key commitment of the District mission, SRJC actively encourages applications from candidates who recognize the value that diversity brings to a professional educational community.

    The Sonoma County Junior College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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