Chairperson - Business Programs
Job Title: Chairperson - Business Programs
Department: Business Programs
Location: Columbus Campus
Employment Type: Administrator/Executive/Manager
Employment Status: Board Approved
Bargaining Unit: Non-Bargaining Unit
FLSA Status: Exempt
Compensation Type: Annual
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Schedule: M-F, 8am-5pm; evenings and weekends as necessary
Community colleges are uniquely positioned to respond to workforce needs and make higher education an affordable reality. There has never been a better time to join a two-year college, and there’s no better place to do it than at Columbus State. A laser focus on student success and a partnership mindset have established Columbus State as a key talent provider in a thriving regional economy, and a premier community college that is changing the nation’s education and workforce landscapes. With more than 46,000 students across two campuses, at several regional learning centers, and online, Columbus State is the nation’s only institution recognized as an Achieving the Dream (ATD) college, an AACC Guided Pathways institution, and a participant in The Right Signals Initiative through the Lumina Foundation.
As the administrative and academic leader of the department, the Chairperson is accountable for the delivery of academic programs in accordance with departmental, divisional, and College strategic plans; the hiring, evaluation and professional development of department personnel to include faculty and staff; and oversight of budgeting and resource management. As a member of College administration, the Chair coordinates departmental activity with the activities of other units within the college and in collaboration with other members of administration, and assists in the development and implementation of College initiatives. This position demonstrates a commitment to the success of students and fosters diversity, inclusion and collegiality among faculty, staff and students. This position reports to the Dean of Business, Engineering & Technology.
Professionalism, Emotional Intelligence Essentials, Managing Work, Managing People, Continuous Improvement, Strategic Planning, Customer/Student/Employee Focus, Building Partnerships, Collaboration, Adaptability, Leadership, Creating an Inclusive Environment, Conflict Resolution
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Supports the strategic goals of the College through all of the department’s programming decisions; in collaboration with the Dean, leads faculty and staff through the process of establishing and maintaining a long-term vision for the department that is consistent with the College’s mission. Serves as a liaison between the department and other units of the institution and ensures departmental compliance with College and accrediting agencies’ policies, procedures and regulations.
Guides, executes and reports the department’s strategic planning process while maintaining a climate that is collegial and encourages innovative thinking through faculty and staff engagement and participation. The Chairperson articulates the goals of the department and the division, both within and beyond the department and carries forward the department’s requests in pursuit of these goals.
Actively leads departmental enrollment management strategy in conjunction with faculty, advisors, and other campus resources through the use of data analysis, recruitment plans, enrollment growth strategies, and retention programs.
Constructs and coordinates the academic course schedule according to student and program needs; seeks input from faculty and advisors; facilitates the faculty course selection process; and assigns faculty to courses. Monitors course registrations and adjusts schedules and assignments in conjunction with the Dean and Office of Academic Affairs. Prepares reports including enrollment analysis, strategic planning initiatives, departmental accomplishments, and the status of department goals.
Administers the department budget in collaboration with the Office of Academic Affairs and the Resource, Planning and Analysis Office. Estimates expenses to implement department objectives; completes midyear budget review; reviews and approves requisitions; exercises budgetary controls and reallocates resources when necessary.
Promotes and supports the selection and retention of outstanding and diverse faculty and staff. Conducts annual faculty appraisals and staff evaluations. Communicates position expectations, provides direction and resolves work problems. Recommends pay increases, promotions and other personnel actions. Approves leave and authorizes overtime as appropriate. Provides recommendations to the Dean with regard to faculty and staff vacancies and position reallocations. Administers disciplinary actions upon approval and in collaboration with the Dean and Human Resources.
In collaboration with Lead Instructors/Program Coordinators and other faculty maintains an active, credentialed adjunct pool. Conducts classroom and online observations of adjunct faculty when required and completes the appraisal process. Ensures new adjunct faculty are provided mentorship and guidance regarding procedures and protocols and provides an orientation to the department and College.
Advocates for departmental needs by recommending to the Dean, equipment and supplies for purchase, projecting space and equipment needs for the department and exercising general responsibility for departmental facilities and equipment in accordance with College policy. Initiates and/or monitors laboratory needs, textbooks, technology, and capital equipment orders.
In collaboration with the College Credit Plus office, works to staff, manage, and support the offering of embedded college-level courses to high school students. Coordinates with lead faculty to, or in some instances may, conduct classroom observations and provides appropriate orientation and team-building activities with high school faculty and facilitators to help with their integration and understanding of the department’s curriculum and learning outcomes.
Works collaboratively with faculty union and college personnel to uphold the bargaining agreement.
Leads department faculty in a wide range of new and ongoing academic and administrative matters. Fosters collegiality among faculty and supports their professional development. Maintains communication and collaboration with the faculty regarding department, division, and College strategic and academic initiatives. Supports the faculty tenure and promotion process.
SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS
Leads and supports student success initiatives within the department. Responds to students’ needs and inquiries: meets with students regarding grade disputes, or other issues. Mediates and provides solutions to student-faculty conflicts. Refers students to appropriate college resources. Leads faculty and academic advisors through the evaluation and approval of pre-requisites and helps to maintain the transferability of the curriculum.
CURRICULUM, ACCREDITATION, & ASSESSMENT PROCESSES
Leads and supports the faculty in curriculum development, redesign, and change. Serves as the liaison to the Office of Curriculum Management to ensure new courses and curricular changes to the College catalogue and web pages reflect current and accurate information. Supports the department assessment committee and faculty engaged in curriculum and program review.
COLLEGE & COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Collaborates with the Offices of College Credit Plus, Distance Education and Instructional Services (DEIS), Workforce Innovation, Delaware Campus and Regional Learning Centers and other departments regarding a variety of subjects, which could include course schedules, staffing, faculty credentialing, projects, faculty professional development and other initiatives. Serves as a liaison with other institutions of higher learning, industry leaders, professional organizations, and the public.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION
Develops and maintains strategic partnerships with diverse groups and communities. Partners strategically with Talent Acquisition to ensure the best Diversity, Equity & Inclusion practices are utilized in hiring that results in the hiring and retention of a diverse faculty and staff. Helps to ensure the College meets its responsibilities in identifying problem areas and systemic concerns while reporting complaints alleging discrimination. Takes responsibility for creating a welcoming, inclusive, and productive work and learning environment where employees and students feel valued and able to contribute to their full potential, regardless of their differences.
Serves as a resource for faculty with respect to curriculum design and student support, specifically promotes, advises upon, and supports curriculum development aimed at creating an inclusive learning environment.
OTHER DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Other duties as required. Manages multiple assignments of varying complexity and meets tight timelines and deadlines, with the ability to adapt to changing needs of the College and business partners. Ensures College name and image is perceived positively by external as well as internal audience/stakeholders. Fosters and maintains a safe environment of respect and inclusion for faculty, staff, students, and members of the community. Regular, predictable, and punctual attendance is required.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions described in this position description. While performing duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into computer. The employee frequently sits for periods of time, stands, and walks. Employee converses verbally or manually with others in person as well as by telephone. Vision demands include close, relatively detailed vision when focusing on a computer screen. Employee occasionally lifts up to 10 pounds.
Typical office environment. Regular exposure to moderate noise typical to business offices. Must travel to various Columbus State campuses and sites as well as offsite venues.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of : higher education; academic discipline specialty; role of community college in higher education and the community; management principles; curriculum planning and implementation; organizational change; distance education; assessment theory and practice; international education trends and issues; and educational administration.
Skill in : verbal and written communications; listening; organization; preparing reports; conflict management; application of job-related software; making presentations; college level teaching; planning and scheduling.
Ability to : apply management principles to practical situations; develop and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, students, general public, and other contacts; exhibit creativity in leading the development of curriculum; multi-task; work effectively with diverse student, staff, and faculty populations; maintain confidential and sensitive information.
Master's degree in a business-related discipline. Prior higher education experience. Three (3) years of progressive leadership experience above entry level. State Motor Vehicle Operator's License or demonstrable ability to gain access to work site(s).
Prior community college leadership, administration, or teaching experience.
Additional Information : For first-round consideration, applicants are required to submit a cover letter along with resume or curriculum vitae. The position will remain open until filled.