Department Chair

August 8, 2013

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Job Description

General Summary
Provides leadership for all educational activities of the department assuring academic integrity and providing a business perspective. The department chair provides academic leadership to faculty at a specified campus in curriculum and instructional practices for a specific portfolio of programs and drives a culture of quality student outcomes. Plans, organizes and directs departmental activities with the objective of creating a positive, customer-oriented environment. Defines and enforces high-quality academic standards and fosters an effective motivational environment to achieve positive educational results for all customers. Creates a positive, customer-oriented learning environment; develops quality, applied educational products; facilitates higher learning in and out of the classroom; oversees the assessment of student learning to improve educational outcomes. Manages day-to-day operations of the department. The department chair will work closely with other departments and foster relationships with potential employers and members of the community served by their portfolio of programs.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Focuses on customer and business needs and prioritizes opportunities associated with cost reduction and productivity improvement, while maintaining academic integrity.
  • Keeps current on educational trends and identifies opportunities to expand academic portfolio to meet current and future labor needs.
  • Will provide DOE insight into local trends and strategy for academic content for emerging employment opportunities within portfolio of programs.
  • Identify strategic alliances through networking, local research and other relevant methods.

Student Retention and Support

  • Drive and actively engage in retention activities including documented communication with both students and administration regarding attendance and progress.
  • Assist students with course registration and academic advice and mentor instructors on effective academic counseling techniques.
  • Address student concerns in a timely manner. Identify retention opportunities and work with campus leadership to deploy solutions.

Faculty Management

  • Select, train, coach, and evaluate instructors; and maintain the continuity and relevance of the program curriculum by meeting regularly with the instructors.
  • Orient new instructors with CEC philosophies, teaching materials, techniques, resources with an end result of up each new instructor for success.
  • Observe Instructors to ensure quality of instruction meets our objectives.
  • Manage faculty loading, class scheduling and instructor scheduling ensuring appropriate student/instructor ratio and classroom utilization.
  • Review and provides feedback on instructor performance. Conducts periodic performance reviews with each instructor.
  • Monitor faculty development needs and provides documentation of faculty development plan and outcomes.


  • Oversee the design, development, revision, and assessment of curricula, including course objectives, instructional methods, learning outcomes, projects, and assessment measures.
  • Recommend lab equipment, supplies, library materials, textbooks, and other items for purchase and use; monitor the safety and quality of instructional materials.
  • chair advisory board meetings at least twice a year
  • Manage special projects as formally assigned by their manager (including, but not limited to new student orientation programs and open houses, assistance with accreditation preparation, campus events, and supervision of staff).


  • Adhere to and publicly support academic policies and procedures, including but not limited to the faculty handbook and catalog.
  • Develop a schedule of course offerings for each term.
  • Assure that attendance is taken in every class for each scheduled meeting time.
  • Maintain required documentation of all student and instructor issues.
  • Assist in management of department expenses within limitations of the budget. Participate in the budgeting process; operates within budget constraints.
  • Maintain compliance with school, state, and accreditation policies in the areas of instruction, curriculum, student satisfactory academics, and attendance.

Professional/Community Involvement

  • Provide annual documentation of continuing professional growth in one’s field.
  • Attend regularly scheduled program meetings, academic in-service workshops, and college-wide faculty meetings.
  • Work closely with Career Services to develop strong employer relationships that will foster targeted career opportunities for students and graduates.
  • Identifies opportunities for student participation in professional organizations including student competitions.
  • Interact with community leaders to ensure student participation in community service projects.

Required Skills

  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities, Competencies
  • Documented expertise, knowledge, and skills in specialty principles
  • Excellent communication skills written, verbal and able to communicate fluidly with all levels at the campus and students
  • Excellent computer skills including Excel, Word, email, internet etc.
  • Decisiveness, flexibility, and an ability to adapt to an environment of intense growth and change.
  • Instructional experience in higher education and/or technical training.
  • Ability to develop strong, long-term relationships
  • Highly motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently.
  • Excellent organizational, time management & prioritization skills

Required Experience

  • Master's degree required
  • Experience in hospitality and tourism
  • Teaching and on-line experience

Job Location
Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Position Type

Application Procedures
For full consideration please apply at A resume, work/salary history, and educational background are required.