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Self Defense Class Instructor

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The Self Defense Class Instructor teaches a one semester course on self-defense and empowerment in private, public, and activist spaces at Reed College. The goal is to help students develop competencies in setting personal boundaries using a variety of physical and non-physical tactics. This instructor will prepare students to respond to interpersonal conflict (harassment, physical assault, and sexual assault) in private and public settings, within the context of differentials in power dynamics and oppression; evaluate situations and practice personal safety and effective bystander intervention in public and crowd settings. We welcome and encourage applicants from historically marginalized backgrounds to apply.

This is a temporary, part-time position, working 2 hours a week. The pay for this position is $60.00/hour. The expected start date is January 2018. This position is not benefited. However, you are eligible for paid sick time and voluntary contributions to a retirement account. You will have access to many other campus amenities, such as library borrowing privileges, membership to the campus fitness center and discounted TriMet bus passes.


  • Outgoing, with the ability to effectively communicate.
  • Inspirational.
  • Reassuring and affirming to people.
  • Curious about addressing intersections of power and oppression in social and interpersonal settings.
  • Aware and knowledgeable about the dynamics of power and how they are affected by intersections between race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, age, etc.
  • Enjoys connecting with others through teaching and learning.
  • Enthusiastic about social justice.


  • Performs and teaches practical de-escalation, bystander intervention, boundary setting, positive sexuality and self-defense tactics in group settings, within the context of differentials in power dynamics and oppression.
  • Maintains high level of enthusiasm and positive reinforcement in the classroom; adjusts methods to create safe environment for people of various identities and experiences.
  • Teaches a curriculum that provides opportunities for discussion about types of interpersonal aggression and relevant self-defense skill practice.
  • Evaluates, adjusts, and implements curriculum (with a team and students) to meet needs of students and goals of program.
  • Maintains class records as appropriate.


Teaching experience with positive sexuality, bystander intervention, and systems of power and oppression; preferably with 18-25 year olds of all genders, sexual identities, racial backgrounds, and ethnicities. Demonstrated experience working with survivors of trauma in group instruction settings. Prior experience co-teaching or co-facilitating LGBTQ people and people of color.


Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required for submission. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position contribute to achievement of your long-term professional goals?
  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

As you apply online, you will also be expected to provide an answer to the following:  

  • All members of Reed's community are expected to contribute to a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus. Employees who experience the most success at Reed are comfortable interacting with a diverse group of students, colleagues and community members. How would you use your skills and experience to contribute to community growth?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. Priority will be given to those who apply before November 24, 2017, 11:59pm (PST). This position will remain open until a candidate accepts our job offer. The estimated start date for this position is January 2018.

Reed College’s goal is to reply to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.