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Director Health Science - Medical Labs Science (Grant-Funded)

City Colleges of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Mar 14, 2024


The School of Health Sciences at Malcolm X provides a variety of allied health programs to students interested in completing two-year associate degrees and/or obtaining credentials in the health sciences that will lead to careers in the high-growth healthcare industry. Programs include Nursing, Radiography, Surgical Technology, Respiratory Care, Dental Hygiene, and Pharmacy Technology, in addition to other high-demand Health Sciences fields. 


Reporting to the Dean or Associate Dean of Health Sciences and Career Programs, the Director Health Sciences - Medical Lab Sciences, wi l l provide leadership as an educator and administrator, directing the academic, clinical, and administrative operations of an assigned health science program(s) and working in close coordination with industry and community partners to ensure students enrolled in degree and certificate healthcare programs receive a quality education leading to careers in the health field.   

The Director Health Science - Medical Lab Sciences is also responsible for ensuring assigned health science program(s) maintain compliance with accreditation standards and regulations as defined by the appropriate accrediting agencies . The successful candidate will f osters an educational environment that supports students and faculty in the pursuit of quality learning opportunities and a meaningful student experience and in addition p erforms related duties as required

    • Administration & Operations
    • Manages program’s day to day operations, implementing administrative and academic processes to meet the instructional needs and enhance the educational effectiveness of the program.  
    • Develops and implements policies and procedures in collaboration with Dean and Associate Dean of Health Sciences and Career Programs.
    • Directs and supervises faculty and staff; conducts faculty observations to assure quality of instruction; evaluates work performance for conformance with program standards. 
    • Works with employees on identified performance issues; coordinates with Human Resources to implement disciplinary actions and termination procedures as needed.
    • Conducts staff meeting and addresses faculty and staff issues and concerns.
    • Participates in the interviewing and hiring of faculty and program staff.  Assists in recruitment efforts, organizes interview panels, and oversees the selection and hiring process in coordination with Human Resources and appropriate college administrators.
    • Develops and manages the program’s academic schedule. Plans and implements appropriate and efficient course scheduling and clinical rotations; make faculty assignments; and reviews instructors’ syllabi to assess compliance with curriculum standards.
    • Prepares and administers the annual program budget and implements budgetary controls for the management and disbursement of funds.   Prepares periodic budget reports.
    • Monitors and approves expenditures of budget allocations and approves the purchasing of equipment, supplies, training materials and related program needs.
    • Maintains and updates the program’s student handbook and website pages; ensures program’s written and social media materials and information are current.
    • Identifies and provides professional development opportunities for faculty in current and developing instructional technologies and enhanced educational methodologies.
    • Chairs and works in partnership with program’s Advisory Committee. Coordinates and participates in program assessment, course content validation and review of proposed curriculum changes to remain abreast of new developments in the field and to continue meeting workforce needs.
    • Works to adapt program to respond to changes in standards by specialized accrediting bodies, public health agencies, and/or public health emergencies, implementing required changes to curriculum, clinic and laboratory protocols, instructional delivery, and student/instructor interactions. 
Curriculum Development, Accreditation and Assessment 
    • Monitors the development, provides guidance, and approves curriculum to ensure that program outcomes are met and expected competencies are being taught to students.
    • Oversees the on-going review and evaluation of didactic and clinical curriculum to ensure its continuing alignment with accreditation guidelines, college’s education requirements, and industry standards. 
    • Works with faculty and college administrators in the development and implementation of new courses and curriculum, ensuring adherence to the college’s proposed academic curriculum changes (PACC) process. 
    • Participates and leads the program’s accreditation review process, working with key stakeholders in preparing comprehensive self-study documents, coordinating site visits by accreditation reviewers, and implementing post visit program modifications as necessary. 
    • Directs staff activities in preparing for on-site visits, the submission of required self-study and annual reports, and other administrative requirements required to maintain accreditation.
    • Oversees required periodic reporting to accrediting agency including outcome assessments, graduate survey data, and career placement analysis.
    • Develops and implements assessment plans to effectively evaluate the program’s quality of instruction, clinical practices, and student learning outcomes. 
    • Maintains and provides program performance data to college administrators including data on enrollment, program completion, and achievement of student learning outcomes .
Recruitment & Student Development     
    • Oversees and monitors program students’ education cycle including recruitment, admissions, enrollment, retention, graduation, and job placement.
    • Participates in outreach activities to recruit students and help meet program enrollment goals.  Prepares materials to market program; organizes open houses; provides information on program and career opportunities.
    • Develops and modifies program’s admissions requirements, selection criteria and graduation requirements in collaboration with faculty and college administrators. 
    • Coordinates the program’s selective admissions process, where applicable, including application review, prospective student interviews, selection and notification of program acceptance. 
    • Conducts and coordinates student orientations for new student cohorts. 
    • Monitors students’ progress towards completion.  Maintains and utilizes data to create strategies for student retention.
    • Addresses student concerns and manages disciplinary issues.  Coordinates with staff to provide referrals for resources to help students overcome identified barriers to academic success.
Partnerships/ Program Improvements
    • Fosters and develops partnerships with industry and community organizations and identifies opportunities for program improvements and growth.
    • Develops working relationships with potential employers to assist students and graduates with job placement; coordinates job placement activities; and tracks and maintains job placement data.
    • Builds relationships and creates partnerships to develop and implement plans for apprenticeship opportunities. Works with college administrators to create apprenticeship models; secure agreements with employers; and identifies, vets, and place students in apprenticeships.
    • A minimum of a Master's degree
    • Must hold the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) credential s ASCP-BOC
    • Minimum of 3 years of teaching experience in didactic, laboratory, bench, or a combination of all
    • Must be a National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS ) professional
    • Knowledge of education methods and administration as well as current NAACLS accreditation procedures and certification procedures.
Additional qualifications are as follows:
    • Experience working in a unionized, higher education setting desirable
    • Knowledge of curriculum and clinical requirements for a specified health science program
    • Knowledge of accreditation standards and regulatory requirements for a specified health science program
    • Knowledge of labor market, workforce practices and trends within a specified healthcare field
    • Knowledge of curriculum development, program review and evaluation and student learning assessment practices
    • Strong management, administrative and leadership skills
    • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
    • Project management skills
    • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and multiculturalism in one’s work experience
    • Must be able to prioritize and meet deadlines in a timely manner
    • Ability to handle situations with tact, persuasiveness, and diplomacy
    • Must be able to work some evenings and weekends.  Travel in and out of District may be required.
    • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
We Offer: Excellent health and welfare benefit package and long-term savings and investment programs including 403(b) & 457(b) Investment Plans and a pension plan with the State University Retirement System (SURS) Plan. Generous vacation, holiday, personal and sick days, and tuition reimbursement. For a more detailed overview of benefits, please visit the benefits page of our website.

Malcolm X College was selected as a Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges award winner . The award is given by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching and leadership at community and technical colleges, and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a leading academic publication.

MXC was recognized for its best-in-class student and staff recruitment and retention practices, inclusive learning and working environments, and meaningful community service and engagement opportunities.

Chicago residency is required for all full-time employees within 6 months of hire.
We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
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