Full-Time Instructor: Finance



Job description

Job Type: Full time

Job Number: JR-011769

Location: Home OfficeIf you’re passionate about building a better future for individuals, communities, and our country-and you’re committed to working hard to play your part in building that future-consider WGU as the next step in your career.

Driven by a mission to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs, WGU is also committed to being a great place to work for a diverse workforce of student-focused professionals. The university has pioneered a new way to learn in the 21st century, one that has received praise from academic, industry, government, and media leaders. Whatever your role, working for WGU gives you a part to play in helping students graduate, creating a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.

**All qualified internal candidates must include an updated resume showing current WGU employment and apply by end-of-day 9/15/22**

For Internal Faculty candidates:

INTERNAL candidates must have their application submitted prior to 09/15/22 to be considered for this opening

* If you have applied for a position in the last 90 days, please be prepared to share your feedback and how you have addressed the feedback received using specific, detailed examples.

Position Summary

Student learning is the primary responsibility of WGU faculty. Course Instructors are subject matter experts who teach and mentor students when students engage in their assigned courses. Course Instructors vary the type, length, and intensity of instructional method based upon student needs. Course Instructors work on a team to support an assigned group of students and offer specialized instruction on challenging topics. Using technology, Course Instructors interact with students in both group and one-on-one settings. As part of WGU’s disaggregated faculty model, Course Instructors provide their expertise and collaborate with the faculty who are responsible for developing and evaluating courses and assessments.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Acts as a steward for carrying out WGU’s mission and strategic vision. The Course Instructor must demonstrate a high level of commitment effectively and consistently.
  • Provides expertise in assigned content area and maintains current knowledge in his/her field.
  • Fosters student learning through innovative teaching practices.
  • Responds with urgency to meet student needs and communicates professionally and respectfully with students and all other members of the WGU community.
  • Offers proactive support and outreach to assigned students.
  • Uses technology-based teaching and communication platforms to aid students in the development of competencies.
  • Collaborates with other professionals within the university to promote a positive, student-obsessed atmosphere.
  • Participates and or leads training activities;
  • Responds with urgency to changing requirements, priorities, and short deadlines.
  • Consistently exhibits WGU Leadership Principles.

Knowledge and Abilities

  • Must demonstrate technological competency: Data entry, email and calendar, word process, and database programs.
  • Extraordinary customer service and communication skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with ability to present information clearly, concisely, and accurately; friendly, persuasive speaking and writing style.
  • Well organized – conscientious and through with detail


Minimum Qualifications:

  • 15+ graduate credit hours in Finance required; Terminal degree in finance preferred. Education must be from an accredited institution. Education is verified.
  • Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience teaching adults in Higher Education; preferably in an online distance based model
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of industry experience in Finance. CFP, CFA, securities licensing, and/or insurance credentialing preferred
  • Masters in Accounting, Finance, or MBA with graduate level training in Corporate Finance, Financial Management, and Financial Analysis
  • Experience providing student support and instruction; demonstrated ability to work with struggling or at-risk learners
  • Ability to break down complex concepts into content that is more accessible to learners
  • Ability to deliver exceptional customer service (AKA “Student Obsession) to our Students
  • Office: Candidate must reside in the continental United States and works from a dedicated office space that enables reliable support of required technology; must be free of noise, distractions, and interruptions during prescribed work hours
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate learner schedules and occasional college meetings/events; learners require support evenings and weekends

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional designation such as CPA, CMA, CFA, or FPAC strongly preferred
  • Terminal degree is preferred with at least 5 years in the Finance industry and 3 years of Instructional Finance experience.

Working Conditions

Travel/Commute: works primarily from home within the continental United States but is available to travel to meetings as required.

Ability to work a student-friendly schedule (evenings/weekends)

Disclaimer: This Job Description has been designed to indicate the general nature, essential duties, and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this classification. It does not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications that are required of the employee to do this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. This Job Description does not constitute a contract of employment and the University may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.

How to apply

Apply online

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The principal mission of Western Governors University is to improve quality and expand access to post-secondary educational opportunities by providing a means for individuals to learn independent of time and place and to earn competency-based degrees and other credentials that are credible to both academic institutions and employers.