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Department Chair, General Studies and Student Development
Austin Community College District in Austin, Texas
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Date Posted February 13, 2018
Admin-Student Affairs and Services
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline 04/13/2018
Department Chair, General Studies and Student Development
Closing Date: 04/13/2018 
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Position Information
Location Northridge
Note: (or as assigned)
Hours 40 hour/weeks as assigned; May include morning, afternoon, and/or evening/weekend hours/classes.
Salary Salary is assigned according to the Full-Time Faculty Salary Scale.
FLSA Status Exempt
Reports To Dean of Liberal Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Criminal Background Check Pre-employment criminal background checks are required for all Staff and Faculty positions. Pre-employment urinalyses drug screens are also required for all top candidates considered for positions in ACC's College Police department.
General Statement of Job
Provides academic leadership, management, and overall coordination for General Studies degrees and Student Development success courses, serves as the budget authority for the department, represents the department on college councils, committees, and in college processes, as appropriate, uses a collegial, inclusive, and collaborative  process to facilitate departmental decision making, and provides a college-Wide instructional leadership environment conducive to student success.
Description of Duties and Tasks
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Provides leadership in developing, evaluating, and maintaining the College's general studies and student development curriculum that responds to community needs, prepares students for success, and meets the stated requirements of THECB, SACSCOC, and, where appropriate, other accrediting bodies.
Provides leadership in the assessment and evaluation of student success program quality, to include teaching faculty, courses, student evaluations, and programmatic evaluations utilizing learning outcomes and student success program goals.
Teaches assigned courses and maintains office hours to assist students.  Participates in graduation, general assembly, and other college functions.  Serves on college-wide committees.
In the area of curriculum/instruction, ensures timely and effective assessment of student learning outcomes at the program and course levels.  Facilitates the ongoing development of curriculum, ensures academic program planning, ensures continuous quality improvement in all courses and programs, ensures course master syllabi compliance, and evaluates faculty credentials.
Serves as the budget authority for the General Studies/Student Development department and oversees approved instructional and operating budget for assigned areas and functions.
In the area of facilities, assigns classrooms (in conjunction with Campus Managers).
In the area of management, hires adjunct faculty, oversees faculty search committees, makes faculty assignments, maintains eligibility lists, approves faculty assignments, approves final course schedule. Provides leadership for and approves professional development activities of departmental faculty, including required training to meet the College's credentialing requirements for Effective Learning courses.  Selects and supervises Assistant Department Chair(s) on an annual basis.  Develops departmental budget, orders instructional supplies, facilitates department meetings, makes and reviews updates to college catalog.  May, in conjunction with another level of authority, monitor faculty LEH workloads, recommend canceled classes, monitor office hours, supervise and evaluate site-based support staff and full-time and adjunct faculty and monitor performance improvement.  Requests new faculty positions, recommends members of interview committee for full-time faculty positions, recommends new full-time faculty to dean and vice president for final approval.  Prepares and/or oversees the preparation of required reports (including budget recommendations, student follow-up, release time/stipend, faculty LEH, and accreditation reports).
In the area of student/faculty issues, approves administration of course challenge exams, approves grade change requests, processes incomplete grade changes, facilitates requests for review of final course grades when necessary, addresses student complaints.  May, in conjunction with another level of authority, approve course substitutions/waivers, address student complaints, review and resolve on-site student and faculty issues, serve as contact for registration/add-drop issues, approve class limit override, and address employee complaints against supervisor.
Supports student success in general education and student development course work and in general studies degree plans, acting as a liaison across departmental lines to support alignment and assessment of effective learning/student success courses.
Must possess required knowledge and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
Supervisory practices, principles, and methods.
Knowledge of effective instructional techniques and innovative modes of course delivery adaptable to a variety of learning styles.
Knowledge of current technologies and learning management systems (currently Blackboard).
Extensive knowledge of the discipline, subject matter, and related and/or relevant topics and issues in the teaching discipline.
Knowledge of dual-credit educational environments.
Knowledge of racial equity issues in higher education including anti-racism principles and culturally responsive teaching.
Knowledge of ACC's Guided Pathways approach to student success.
Knowledge of ACC's mission as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).
Understanding of the community college philosophy and mission.
Knowledge of principles and practices associated with Servant-Leadership.
Must possess required skills and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
Maintaining an established work schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
Maintaining confidentiality of work related information and materials.
Effectively using interpersonal and communication skills, including tact and diplomacy.
Effectively using organizational and planning skills with attention to detail and follow through.
Supervising and coordinating activities of subordinate personnel.
Planning, prioritizing, and problem-solving.
Planning and managing budgets and manpower needs.
Technology Skills
Demonstrated proficiency using computer applications, online resources, and other technologies for the classroom and online learning as well as to develop and build course content and perform administrative duties.
Required Work Experience
Teaching experience in a community college classroom.
Preferred Work Experience
Experience with duties and responsibilities of a department chair in a community college environment. 
Required Education
Master's degree in Educational Psychology, Psychology or Education OR
Master's degree in Adult and Developmental Education, Counseling and Psychology, College Student Development or Educational Counseling with three graduate hours in learning strategies or human learning or adult learning or cognitive psychology or learning motivation and emotion or biological basis of behavior OR
Master's degree with 18 graduate hours in Educational Psychology, Psychology, or Education including three graduate hours in learning strategies or human learning or adult learning or cognitive psychology or learning motivation and emotion, or biological bases of behavior.
Preferred Education
Doctoral-level degree in academic areas appropriate for this position and department. 
Physical Requirements
Abilities to communicate effectively with students.
Work is routinely performed in an office environment.
Provide resources for safe operation of units. Provide financial and human resources to help eliminate identified safety hazards. Create and support a workplace safety culture by leadership and example.
ACC Benefits Overview
Full-time Faculty and Staffing Table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the College are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short and long term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.
ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by Federal law.
The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC as its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Austin Community College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.
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