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Frequently Asked Questions


Step-by-step instructions on how to apply for jobs at MSJC: Online Application Instuctions with FAQ's.pdfOnline Application Instuctions with FAQ's.pdf

The responses to these frequently asked questions are general and INTENDED AS GUIDANCE ONLY. You may always contact the Human Resources office for clarification of your particular situation.   

Q #1 - Will I be considered for employment if I do not have authorization to work in the United States? 

A #1 - No, you must meet the Federal requirements for employment in the United States before you may be hired by MSJC.


Q #2 - Does the college reimburse applicants for travel expenses to attend interviews?

A #2 – No, travel costs related to any interview with our District is the applicant’s responsibility.


Q #3 - How do I request accommodation for disability with either the application or during the hiring process?

A #3 - Reasonable accommodation will be provided to applicants with disabilities who request assistance in the application and/or hiring process. Please contact the Human Resources Department by calling (951) 487-3161.


Q #4 – Do all applicants who apply get an interview?

A #4 - No, only the most qualified applicants will be interviewed for a position.


Q #5 - What if I am a student seeking student employment on campus?

A #5 - Student jobs are listed on our Student Workforce Program job board.  Please click this link to view the Student job board Student Workforce Program Job Board​ .  Also, please read the FAQ's specifically related to student employment at MSJC  STUDENT WORKFORCE PROGRAM.pdf​


Q #6 - Is MSJC an equal opportunity employer?

A #6  Yes, MSJC does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or because he or she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Human Resources is required to maintain a file which will yield the composition of the applicant flow.  A Confidential Data Form is provided with the application for this purpose. Completing and returning the form is voluntary. The form will be detached from the application and will not be used as part of the selection process nor will it be seen by the selection committee.


Q #7 - What if I am not available to take a required test on the date testing is scheduled?
A #7 - If you are unable to attend the testing, your application will not be considered for the position.  We do not offer alternate test dates.


Q #8 - What is a letter of interest or cover letter and to whom should it be addressed to?

A #8- A letter of interest highlights your qualifications (e.g., relevant experience, skills, training, education) for the position.  The letter may be addressed to the Selection Committee and must be attached to your online application.


Q #9 - What are the minimum qualifications to teach in a specific discipline?
A #9 - Detailed information regarding minimum qualifications can be found on the 
State Chancellor's minimum qualifications list.


Q #10 - What if I don't meet the minimum qualifications to teach in a desired discipline, but feel that I possess the equivalent of those qualification?

A #10 - You may request an equivalency.  Detailed instructions regarding the equivalency process are listed on each applicable job posting.


Q #11 - What is the difference between a curriculum vitae (CV) and a resume?
A #11 - "Curriculum vitae" is a term frequently used in higher education and "resume" is more common in most other industries.  Both are a summary of your education, skills, work experience, publications, etc.


Q #12 - What is the application process for Part-Time Associate Faculty?

A #12 - We accept applications on an on-going basis in order to establish a pool of qualified candidates.  To be considered, an applicant must submit a completed Academic Employment Application through our online portal.  Applications for qualified applicants are kept on file for a period of one (1) year. The qualified applicant may be contacted directly by a Dean of Instruction or Department Chair for an interview. 


Q #13 – What’s the maximum number of hours I will be allowed to work as an Associate Faculty member?

A #13 – In accordance with the California Education Code an Associate Faculty member is allowed to teach a maximum of 67% of a full-time load.  Non-Teaching Faculty may work a maximum of 23.5 hours per week.


Q #14 – How are the qualifications determined for fee based and non-credit faculty positions?

A #14 – Fee Based Instructors are required to have some related professional experience and/or related educational experience in the discipline they teach.  Non-Credit Instructors need to meet a variety of minimum qualifications which all require at least a Bachelor’s degree in the discipline.


Q #15 - What should I do if I still have questions?

A #15 - If you have additional questions that have not been addressed here, please contact the Human Resources Office at 951-487-3161.


The responses to these frequently asked questions are general and INTENDED AS GUIDANCE ONLY. You may always contact the Human Resources office for clarification of your particular situation.​


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