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Department Chair, English

San Jacinto College
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jul 25, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
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Employment Type
Full Time
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San Jacinto College

Equal Opportunity Statement: The San Jacinto College District is committed to equal opportunity for all students, employees, and applicants without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, pregnancy, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, genetic information, marital status, or veteran status in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

Department Chair, English - Central Campus

FUNCTION: The Department Chair is a leadership position that translates the strategic directions from the Instructional Deans and Strategic Leadership Team into practical implementations that affect student success. The Department Chair utilizes specific resources to achieve instructional goals of the division; leads and evaluates the faculty members and staff; coordinates continuous improvement initiatives; and uses experience, best practices, plans, processes, and teams to produce clear deliverables and outputs. The department chair will demonstrate the college values.

Essential Job Functions:

Decision Making and Leadership
  • Creates and approves goals for department by interpreting and supporting the goals of the institution as they relate to the department
  • Implements and/or reinforces changes based on policy decisions; interprets department policies to faculty, staff, students, and/or public
  • Initiates and maintains communication with colleagues, administrative staff, faculty, students, industry, external community, state, and national agencies
  • Informs the dean of decisions involving changes in the department and issues related to other campuses
  • Conducts meetings with faculty and staff
  • Provides the necessary research and department support to obtain/maintain external grant funds or donations, if appropriate
  • Resolves issues that arise between faculty and students
  • Keeps current on trends, issues, and initiatives in the divisions' related fields of education that affect teaching and learning within the departmental program
  • Assigns teaching loads and other departmental duties
  • Identifies best practices for department or processes in collaboration with industry and in review of educational literature and community needs
  • Monitors compliance with policies and procedures of the College
  • Attends meetings (e.g., department meetings, task forces, committees, councils)
  • Meets the leadership competencies established by the College.

Department Operations - Non-Faculty Activities
  • Prepares the annual department budget
  • Reviews/approves the purchases of goods and services
  • Develops and/or reviews class schedules
  • Reviews and processes textbook requests on a semester basis to insure timely access and bookstore processing.
  • Works with dual credit to meet the needs of independent school district partners

Department Operations - Faculty Activities
  • Recommends renewal of faculty contracts.
  • Reviews and approves personnel changes within the department and forwards forms to the respective dean
  • Determines personnel needs in the department, makes appropriate requests in writing, and participates in hiring interviews in conjunction with the appropriate search committee
  • Performs tracking and analyzing of program data, specifically student performance and enrollment data
  • Develops and implements strategies that support program completion, job placement, and/or transfer opportunities for students, when appropriate
  • Ensures department participation in student recruitment efforts
  • Supervises campus grants that provide for educational programs or services to the division. Works with colleagues in college district to develop new grant applications.
  • Responds to requests for faculty substitutions, class emergencies, and as a first point of contact for part-time faculty access
  • Performs beginning-of-term learning management system checks, distance learning course reviews, and verifies end-of-course documentation.

Professional Development and Performance Management
  • Evaluates faculty teaching effectiveness through classroom observations, distance learning reviews, and end-of-course documentations annually, using consistent evaluation procedures, and informs the dean of any concerns about the performance of department members
  • Recognizes faculty who demonstrate a high level of teaching effectiveness, giving recognition for positive actions of faculty as well as offering constructive suggestions for professional growth
  • Supervises and evaluates new faculty and staff
  • Provides and/or promotes professional development opportunities to members of the department as appropriate
  • Meets with faculty and/or staff members to create key performance indicators that reflect the needs of the department, as well as consideration for the annual priorities of the College that affect teaching and learning
  • Provides evaluation and ongoing feedback regarding faculty and/or staff performance
  • Participates in validation meetings to review and discuss performance ratings of department members with campus leadership

Curriculum and Assessment
  • Facilitates assessment of student learning outcomes, general education outcomes, program-specific outcomes, accreditation requirements, and student performance on certificate or licensure assessments
  • Facilitates the development of curricular programs, projects, and initiatives in support of the College's mission and strategic plan
  • Works with Institutional Effectiveness
  • Participates in activities associated with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accreditation, program accreditation, and/or program review
  • Monitors program compliance with national, state, and/or regional agencies

Additional Job Functions:
  • Administrative duties as needed to oversee departmental budgets
    • Reviews departmental budgets
    • Follows and reviews procurement activities
    • Reviews compliance to learning management system (LMS) standards for faculty
    • Approves departmental payroll
  • Collaborates with program directors and faculty to develop and implement innovative partnerships, e.g., healthcare providers/agencies, industry partners, governmental agencies, and educational partners.
  • Assist with the coordination of advisory committee meetings with industry and educational partners per institutional requirements and guidelines.
  • Teach a minimum and maximum of one (1) class during the summer.

Salary Grade: CHAIR

Salary is based on the Board-approved salary schedule for the current fiscal year. See Salary Schedule

Requisition Number: req3778

Posting Close Date: 8/18/2022

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Must be available to work Monday through Friday and additional hours as needed.
  • Must have excellent communication skills, demonstrated tactical leadership abilities, and proven results.
  • Must show proven teaching success in higher education.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and achievement in curriculum management.
  • Possess effective and consistent conflict resolution, management, and organizational skills.
  • Possess strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate sound working knowledge of personal computer hardware/software and business management software.
  • Must have administrative experience, including ability to establish priorities and make difficult choices among competing demands and make decisions in a consultative and informed manner.
  • Must have previous experience and ability to lead and motivate faculty, staff, and colleagues effectively and consistently

Required Education:
  • A master's degree from a regionally accredited institution is required.

Required Experience:
  • Five years in community college or industry setting to include teaching or training and/or administration required. Five years teaching and three years progressive leadership or equivalent experience preferred.


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