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Chair, Department of Special Education, National University - Remote

National University
Remote Position
Competitive plus Benefit Package
Posted Date
Sep 19, 2022

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National University

Chair, Special Education Department

Remote Position/Full time

The Department Chair for Special Education in the Sanford College of Education is a full-time administrator with faculty retreat rights.  The Chair provides intellectual leadership toward achievement of the highest possible level of excellence in teaching, research, service, administration, and accreditation activities. This position articulates the needs of the department, acts as the primary source of information about specific programs and daily operations and implements change to assure program quality. The Chair supervises all full-time faculty teaching a course in the Special Education department.

The Chair initiates and supports appropriate degree and service programs, fosters improvement of student academic performance, recruits and retains a diverse faculty, fosters collegial relations among faculty and staff, and maintains a strong commitment to academic excellence. The Chair also provides leadership and support to faculty to achieve and sustain excellence in teaching and learning, which includes supervision of all faculty and staff within the department, developing and maintaining programs and courses that are both consistent with Sanford College of Education's mission, and are reflective of the current/best practices in the Special Education department’s disciplines.

The Department Chair will work with the Dean or Associate Dean to establish annual goals and action plans related to implementation of the department’s plan as part of the department’s annual reporting process. The Chair will also meet with the Dean to review and evaluate the results of department’s annual progress toward implementation of the department’s annual goals, including the proper allocation of resources as needed to implement action plans. Finally, in consultation with the Dean, the Chair may elect to teach up to one course per calendar year, but since the primary role of this 12-month administrative faculty position will be to provide administrative leadership, any teaching would be considered in-load.

Essential Functions:


  • Manage all professional activities of the department and serve as primary departmental liaison/representative to the Sanford College of Education, University, and external constituencies, including accreditation bodies Facilitate a climate of open communication and cooperation among all members of the department Drive vision for all programs within the department, with short-term and long-term goals. Regularly assess strengths, weakness, opportunities for each program, in alignment with overall vision, mission and strategy of NU/College/Department Collaborate with marketing and enrollment to support development of short and long-range academic strategies to expand programs nationally, increasing instructional and delivery capabilities In collaboration with the Director of Curriculum, develop new and existing programs to meet market demands and aligning respective budgets Coordinate professional accreditation activities, including as appropriate internally and externally mandated reviews, while also preparing a variety of statistical and narrative reports, records, and files related to assigned operations and programs Direct department’s relative merit and quality of programs related to central administration, national and state boards of higher education, and professional accrediting and granting agencies Collaborate with the University’s state compliance team to ensure departmental practices are in alignment with compliance standards Manage and participate in the coordination of program track and curriculum development accreditation Complete monthly and annual external accreditation agency forms and reports

Instructional Administration:

  • Drive academic excellence, positive student engagement and continued growth of the department Promote intellectual tenor of the department by encouraging senior faculty to serve as mentors and positive role models for less experienced faculty, associate faculty, and adjuncts Maintain rigor, high standards and consistency of programs that attract, retain, and prepare a diverse body of students to meet workforce demands Align academic approaches and program development with identified Workforce Education Services (WES) market force needs as well as Office of Strategy and Innovation (OSI) Implement adaptive and advanced tech-based educational approaches to student engagement and learning outcomes Model the improvement of quality teaching to faculty that ensures attainment of student learning outcomes while maintaining an inclusive, welcoming learning environment In consultation with the Dean or Associate Dean, recommend, train, coach, develop and mentor Academic Program Directors (APD’s) in the leadership and management of their respective programs. Assign Course Lead responsibilities as appropriate to qualified faculty annually or as needed Assist in the selection and evaluation of additional partnerships, facilities, and resources to enhance technologically advanced adaptive learning environments that promote student learning Assess, evaluate, and counsel faculty to ensure instruction is adaptive, competency-based and student focused

Human Resource Management:

  • Empower faculty to develop professionally to meet the needs of students Responsible and accountable for the overall human resource management of the department, including but not limited to: the supervision and evaluation of all full-time faculty as part of Faculty Plan development, mid-year review, promotion/merit recommendations to the Dean, performance improvement plans, disciplinary action, or non-renewal of contract according to University policy Monitor the enhancement of the full-time faculty in teaching, research/scholarship, and institutional and professional service Assist in the recruitment, screening and selection of full-time faculty as needed. May lead search committees for full-time faculty within the College As formal supervisor for full-time faculty, actively manage, support and ensure engagement and performance Serve as primary source of professional development for full-time faculty, including coaching, training, and overall development, including performance improvement plans as needed. Collaborate with University-wide resources such as the Office of Strategy and Innovation, Center for Teaching and Learning, Academic Success Center to provide the most current information and resources to the faculty within the College In collaboration with the Academic Program Director, conduct faculty onboarding for all newly hired full-time faculty, including but not limited to: meeting over videoconferencing platform to welcome the new faculty to School/College, discuss training needs and a training plan, explain the process of determining which courses faculty will teach and assigning students to courses. Provide resources to assist new faculty and follow up several weeks after the start of teaching to schedule a time to discuss progress, answer questions, and offer developmental support Direct the development, monitoring and coaching of faculty performance plans and quarterly and check-ins, keeping faculty accountable to weekly, quarterly, and annual performance goals while clearly evaluating areas of success and growth during check-ins, including the annual review Ensure all programs are properly and strategically staffed with full-time and part-time faculty Contribute to the University's reputation in given areas of academic pursuit through scholarly research and conference proceedings, competitive grants, and community engagement Engage in scholarly activities to maintain professional growth and accreditation expectations (as needed). Determine a well-balanced, diverse faculty membership on committees within the department Model exemplary communication strategies, combined with organizational skills to provide the means for effective chairing of departmental meetings and participating in other meetings where the chair serves as a representative for the department

Financial Management:

  • Develop and supervise the departmental budget according to the policies and processes of the college/university, including supervising the maintenance of an inventory of departmental assets (if applicable), and assisting in complying with government regulatory mandates Seek the means to gather financial support for departmental programs and assists/encourages faculty to obtain internal and external grant funding to support their scholarship and research activities Maintain a holistic understanding of the department to anticipate needs and develop well-reasoned decisions and business plans Initiate and maintain contractual service agency agreements where applicable Utilize financial due diligence to provide department budget and overall performance metric review

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position will directly supervise full-time faculty.

Supervisor duties to include:

  • Screens applications, interviews candidates, and recommends individuals for hiring Trains and assigns work to new and continuing employees Delegates tasks and provides effective direction to team members to produce substantial business results Independently conducts frequent performance feedback weekly, quarterly and annually, to include annual performance evaluations Makes recommendations for salary increases, merit increases, promotions and reclassifications. In conjunction with HR, determines corrective action and/or progressive discipline as needed for direct reports


Education & Experience:

  • Terminal degree in Special Education or a related field Current/Active Credential, Licensure, Certification in Special Education Current rank of full or associate professor at an institution of higher learning Experience with state and/or national accreditation processes Experience in using online instructional delivery systems Experience in working with credentialing programs, applicable to the programs within the department Experience in higher education as a department chair, director, program coordinator or comparable leadership position Experience evaluating and mentoring faculty and managing other personnel Evidence of effective teaching in higher education settings, including working with adult and non-traditional learners

Competencies/Technical/Functional Skills:

  • Ability to participate as an active team member of the team and organization and work toward a common goal. Contributes fully to the team effort and plays an integral part in the smooth running of teams Accepts personal accountability, proactively seeks resolution for personal limitations head-on; and supports honesty and respect towards others, the company and oneself Actively seeks to influence, build effective relationships, and gain alignment with peers, functional partners and/or external partners to accomplish business objectives.  Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting-edge programs/processes.  Ability to generate and/or recognize imaginative or creative solutions that generate successful outcomes Working knowledge, principles, and practices of office management/systems within a higher education environment, preferred. Demonstrates an understanding of underlying organizational issues Ability to drive towards achieving measurable and challenging goals to support organizational success. Demonstrates the ability to focus on achieving results consistent with the organization’s objectives. As a leader, develops goals based on the organization’s vision, mission, strategic goals, and objectives Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individual of constituencies in a diverse community to include students, faculty, and staff Work independently and foster a cooperative spirit within a large and/or small team of diverse cultures, while working in a fast-paced environment with multiple deadlines and frequently changing priorities Intermediate use of computers and Microsoft Office Suite Applications such as Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook.  Experience using Student Information System (SIS) such as SOAR/Peoplesoft systems

Travel:  Travel required as necessary, may include quarterly college/school meetings, commencement, and conferences.


NUS Human Resources will conduct the search.  The search committee will review nominations and applications until the position is filled. However, to ensure full consideration, applicants are encouraged to submit materials by September 30, 2022 with a projected start date of January 2023.

The National University System is committed to maintaining a high-quality, diverse workforce representative of the populations we serve. As a network of nonprofit educational institutions, the System employs more than 3,300 faculty and staff and serves over 41,000 students. We are united in our mission to meet the global education demands of the 21st Century and are dedicated to creating a supportive academic and work environment that allows for students, faculty and staff to develop their interests and talents while experiencing a sense of community and a commitment to diversity. With programs available both online and at our many campus locations, the National University System is a leader in creating innovative solutions to education and meeting the needs of our diverse student population, including adult learners and working professionals.

National University offers an opportunity to work in an innovative environment that supports diversity.

National University (NU) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employee per applicable federal, state and local laws. At NU, a diverse mix of highly talented, innovative and creative people come together to make the impact of a lifetime for each of our student learners. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment, education, and admission at National University. We are focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, color, ancestry, age, family care status, veteran status, marital status, creed, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, and other legally protected group status.









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