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Department Chair - Sports Management

American Public University System
West Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jul 11, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Management
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Department Chair - Sports Management

Requisition Number: DEPAR003272
Location: Online / RemoteOnline / Remote

* When Applying: Upload a CV and a copy of unofficial transcripts, Master's Degree and above. Student issued/unofficial copies are acceptable. Please do not send us official copies, unless specifically asked.
  • Reports to: Dean
  • Department: Academics
  • School: Health Sciences
  • Program: Sports Management
  • Location: Remote
  • Date Closing: Open Until Filled
  • FLSA Status: Exempt

Synopsis of Role:

The Department Chair is a key leadership position within the university. The Department Chair provides the resources for a quality learning experience for students by ensuring coherence in the discipline and relevance to the practice. This leadership position contributes to a range of activities that support student learning outcomes, program quality, and discipline integrity, all of which focus on student learning, teaching quality, and retention. The Department Chair facilitates the work with other departments including faculty hiring and development, institutional research and assessment, instructional design, Library, assessments, course materials, and marketing/outreach. The Department Chair oversees the daily operations of a program or programs.

Essential Functions:
  • Responsible for overseeing the operations of program(s), including the management of faculty.
  • Responsible for program, curriculum, and teaching quality.
  • Facilitates the long-range development of the unit within the context of the School's vision, mission, and goals.
  • Works with faculty to ensure that the unit's evolution reflects external changes in the discipline and that the unit maintains a sense of its place within the School.
  • Articulates the unit's goals and needs within the School, and works with the dean/associate dean to advance the unit's programs in the School as well as outside the institution.
  • Hires faculty and has the responsibility of developing and evaluating faculty.
  • Work with faculty to ensure discipline and program continuity, currency, and relevance.
  • Convene regular meetings with faculty so they are aware of how their course(s) fit within the overall program progression, and other APUS requirements.
  • Confer with members of educational committees and advisory groups to obtain knowledge of subject areas, and to relate curriculum materials to specific subjects, individual student needs, occupational areas, and discipline knowledge.
  • Work with Curriculum Assessment to develop course and program assessments that evaluate student learning and effectiveness of instructional strategies and methods to achieve learning outcomes.
  • Regularly analyze and report on data to assess student learning and retention.
  • Manage student academic and conduct appeals processes.
  • Engage with external expert reviewers to review program content; execute reviewer recommendations as applicable.
  • Convene Program Industry Advisory Council meetings.
  • Prepare and present Program Reviews for the assigned programs.
  • Coach/mentor faculty in curriculum development and teaching quality, as needed, to ensure standards are maintained.
  • Support/promote ongoing professional development and scholarship for faculty.
  • Ensure faculty are aware of new classroom procedures and instructional materials.
  • Recognize faculty for outstanding performance or accomplishments.
  • Provide input for annual performance reviews.
  • Participate in the discipline-related professional communities.
  • Demonstrate excellence in teaching courses within program (# of registrations per year, based on program size, faculty population, registrations responsible for, etc.).
  • Support APUS initiatives and departments; specifically marketing and outreach.
  • Enforces academic standards, appropriate quality, and rigor to ensure programs are in alignment with the university's academic quality design framework.
  • Serves as first line of contact for student grievances.
  • Participate in the annual strategic planning and budgeting process.
  • Conduct audits on classrooms on an annual basis.
  • Conduct IACs for program(s) as appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Critical Skills and Job Complexity:
  • Coaching and Developing Others — identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
  • Communications — knowledge of communication and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Critical Thinking - using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Attention to Detail — Careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Cooperation - Pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Discipline Expertise - Willing and able to remain current on discipline development.
  • Initiative - Willing and able to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Innovation — Creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Leadership - Willing and able to lead; take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Self-Discipline - Maintain composure, keep emotions in check, control anger, and avoid aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Stress Tolerance —Ability to accept criticism and deal calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

  • Doctoral degree in sports management, athletic administration, sports leadership, business, or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution is required.
  • Five or more years of experience in the sports management, athletic administration, or sports business industry is preferred.
  • Experience leading specialty accreditation efforts through the Commission on Sports Management Accreditation (COSMA) is preferred.
  • Five or more years of teaching experience is required.
  • Three or more years of college-level teaching experience is preferred.
  • Online teaching experience is required.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite programs is required.
  • Management experience is preferred.

Preferred Areas of Expertise:
  • Sports Management
  • Esports
  • Athletic Administration
  • Sports Marketing
  • Sports Finance and Economics
  • Sports Law and Agency
  • Sports Event Management
  • Facility Management
  • Coaching and Athlete Development
  • Recreation Management
  • Sports Information

Work Environment and Physical Demands:
  • Remote/Online
  • Sitting, extensive use of keyboard
  • Required attendance at meetings (Dean and Chairs meeting) in Charles Town, WV, Virginia, or D.C.

Compensation and Benefits:

Equal Employment Opportunity

It is the policy of American Public University System to afford equal opportunity to all qualified persons. We treat all qualified individuals equally as to their recruitment, hiring, assignments, advancements, compensation, and all other terms and conditions of employment. American Public University System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, or sensory disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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