Program Director, Respiratory Care
Union, Missouri - Full Time

East Central College has an opening for a full-time Program Director with expertise in Respiratory Care. The position has responsibilities for the day-to-day oversight of the program operations. The faculty member’s teaching assignment may be contractually reduced by annual agreement to reflect performance of oversight duties. The faculty member with this assignment also has the respiratory care faculty job description.

This is a grant funded position for Strengthening Community College Training Grant (SCC4). 

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, and LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS: (A comparable amount of training, education or experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.)

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree is preferred
  • Four (4) year’s work experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist with at least two (2) years in clinical respiratory care; and two (2) years’ experience teaching either as an appointed faculty member in a CoARC-accredited respiratory care program or as a clinical instructor / preceptor for student of such programs.
  • Must hold a valid Registered Respiratory Therapy (RRT) credential and current unencumbered state license; community college teaching experience is preferred.

ESSENTIAL TASKS: Employee must be able to perform the following essential functions to the satisfaction of the employee’s supervisor.

Program Director responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the overall respiratory care program activities with the Dean of Health Sciences.
  • Exercise leadership in the area of program oversight and curriculum maintenance.  Have a broad understanding of the intricacies of the programs and its relationship to the local sending schools.
  • Communicate as needed with pertinent staff on campus.
  • Assist the program administrator in conducting periodic program review and maintaining appropriate assessment records.  Review assessment activities periodically. 
  • Mentor new faculty and provide feedback to the program evaluation process.
  • Responsible for hiring, orienting, mentoring, oversight, and evaluations of adjunct faculty
  • Assist the Dean with coordination of a schedule of course offerings and faculty assignments to meet the needs of the students.  Evaluate student performance; meet regularly and confer with students regarding their progress in the program. 
  • Oversee scheduling and student assignments to local clinical sites; maintain a relationship with staff at program clinical sites.
  • Provides oversight and management of the clinical lab functions to include  safety; equipment maintenance, upgrades and acquisition; supply inventory management; orientation for faculty, students, and guests; maintain lab calendar and lab usage data/reports; maintain lab guidelines/policies/procedures.
  • Perform as a resource for all faculty during clinical lab use and simulations.  Mentor faculty in use and development of clinical lab simulation.
  • Oversee and participate in events related to student recruitment and any other activities related to the respiratory care program and community outreach.
  • Participate in planning activities with the appropriate administrative offices as well as the advisory committee.  Regularly meet with the advisory committee; a minimum of two times a year.
  • Participate in instructional institutional planning and budget processes; attend respiratory care program meetings and divisional meetings as scheduled.
  • Compliance with and meets standards for accreditation as outlined by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Faculty responsibilities:

  • Teach thirty (30) semester credit hours (or the equivalent in lab, studio, clinical, etc. hours) each academic year and maintain 7 office hours per week (as approved) for the purpose of assisting students.
  • Conduct all classes in accordance with an established and current course syllabus, submitted following established guidelines each semester, and approved textbook (and/or related instructional material). 
  • Maintain student/attendance/grade/discipline records as required by the College; keep appropriate course/department/program/division records, as required by the College.
  • Assist in conducting program review; plan, develop and implement activities in support of the Higher Learning Commission, or other agency, accreditation guidelines with regard to student academic achievement (assessment) and their success on outcomes (institutional effectiveness).
  • Communicate effectively in a professional, tactful and courteous manner with students, fellow faculty and staff, and the general public.
  • Perform assigned responsibilities, duties, and tasks according to established practices, procedures, techniques, and standards in a safe manner and with minimal supervision.

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Program Director


Benefits: ECC offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision and life insurance with no premium cost to the employee for employee only coverage. Missouri Public School Retirement System benefits, generous paid leave, ECC tuition waiver for self and immediate family and tuition reimbursement benefits for employee.

Salary will commensurate with education and years of experience. Faculty salary schedule can be viewed here.

East Central College is located about 60 minutes from St. Louis. For more information about East Central College visit,

East Central College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status. Inquiries related to employment practices may be directed to Human Resources Director at 636-584-6710.  East Central College is an equal opportunity employer and provider of employment and training services.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.