Lead Instructor for Public Safety Programs


The Lead Instructor for Public Safety Programs shall report to the Director of Public Safety Programs. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • General duties and responsibilities include assisting with the planning/scheduling of law enforcement academy instruction and as applicable, providing instruction in the same environment.
  • Assists with the instructional/training activities related to the Law Enforcement Academy.
  • Updates, develops, and performs assessments of the curriculum in the Southeastern New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy subject to final accreditation/approval by NMDPS/LEA.
  • Works with appropriate Federal, State, regional, and local agencies to promote and direct the efforts and objectives of the Law Enforcement Academy and New Mexico Peace Officer certification program (academy).
  • Assists with the supervision of the adjunct instructors for the Law Enforcement Academy; maintains a current list of certified adjunct instructors; makes recommendations to the Director of Law Enforcement Training. 
  • Recruits and aids in placing students in the Law Enforcement Academy; coordinates and facilitates all pre-assessment physical fitness testing for entrance requirements into the law enforcement academy
  • Conduct planning and implementation of scenario-based training; Assists with the coordination of training classes with command staff and training officers from law enforcement agencies and NMLEA.
  • Assists with the comprehensive maintenance schedule and inventory of all academy equipment in order to ensure all equipment is accounted for and functions properly.
  • Researches and recommends new technology for use in the academy training environment.
  • Assists in planning short and long range strategies to promote and market the growth and continued development of the Law Enforcement Academy. 
  • Develops and maintains an on-site library of resource materials for reference, training, and research, to include information related to law enforcement. 
  • Serves as a custodian of all law enforcement training records in compliance with Federal, State, and institutional guidelines, laws, statutes, and directives.
  • Participates in budget and other planning processes providing input of program needs, requirements and other related issues.  
  • Participates in New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy State Board meetings as needed. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required. 
  • Develop and maintain a strong working relationship with the college community. 
  • Actively participates in the institutional goals and objectives designed to support the mission of the college.
  • Participate in a process of continual personal and professional improvement.
  • Serve on college committees as assigned.
  • Nothing contained herein shall limit the President in assigning the employee to any of the various college activities for which he/she would be qualified in order to meet the needs of New Mexico Junior College.


·       Associate degree or higher in Criminal Justice or related field, preferred. 

1.     All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution.

·       Eight (8) years of law enforcement experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience required. 

·       Successful experience in a Law Enforcement Academy is preferred.

·       Law Enforcement Officers Certification is mandatory upon hire. 

·       General Law enforcement instructor certification is mandatory upon hire. Specialized instructor certifications in Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Response to Resistance (Use of Force), and Physical Fitness are preferred but not mandatory at time of hire. 

1.     They will however, need to be obtained within the first year if possible and no later than 2 years from start date. 

·       Must have and maintain the appropriate credentials, to legally be able to carry a college issued firearm and meet State of New Mexico Law Enforcement / New Mexico Junior College firearm qualifications standards. 

·       The approval to carry and continue to carry a college issued weapon on the campus as part of the NMJC Public Safety/Campus Security Department rests solely on the permission of the President of the College.

·       Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico driver's License.   

·       Applicant must satisfactorily pass a drug and alcohol test and the background check prior to employment.

Additional Information

This is a twelve-month exempt position. Standard benefits apply.

New Mexico Junior College and Southeastern New Mexico Law Enforcemnt Academy
Hobbs, NM
$49,224.00 - $73,836.00 Annually

To apply:
Submit NMJC application form via the NMJC website (www.nmjc.edu) letter of application (cover letter), resume, unofficial transcripts (official transcripts required prior to employment), and three references with current addresses and telephone numbers.

Walter Coburn