Department Chair, Associate Degree Nursing

Austin, TX
Feb 25, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

General Statement of Job

Provides academic leadership, management, and overall coordination for specific academic Associate Degree Nursing area, serves as the budget authority for the Department, represents the Department on College councils, committees, and in college processes, as appropriate, uses a collegial process to facilitate departmental decision making, and provides a College-Wide instructional leadership environment conducive to student success.

Position Information
Location Eastview Campus
Note: Round Rock and Clinical Education Center Hours Generally Monday-Friday, 8 am -5 pm with some evenings and weekends Salary Salary is assigned according to the Full-Time Faculty Salary Scale. FLSA Status Exempt Reports To Dean Health Sciences Criminal Background Check Pre-employment criminal background checks are required for all Staff and Faculty positions. Pre-employment urinalyses drug screens are also required for all top candidates considered for positions in ACC's College Police department.

Description of Duties and Tasks

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Provides leadership in developing, evaluating, and maintaining a curriculum that responds to community needs, prepares students for success and meets the stated requirements of THECB, SACSCOC, and, where appropriate, other accrediting bodies. Workforce Department Chairs will lead in the effort to respond to local workforce needs. Facilitates Advisory Committee Meetings.
  • Instructs students in the Associate Degree Nursing courses in accordance with College policies and procedures, including advising students, maintaining office hours, assisting with registration, serving on College committees, maintaining professional competence, participating in professional development, and participating in required College activities.
  • In the area of Curriculum/Instruction, ensures unit plan development (OIE), Unit-Level Effectiveness Assessment Documentation, Academic Master Plan, GIPWE/ACGM/SACSCOC/Co-Board guidelines compliance, oversees departmental internship/practicum program, and coordinates textbook selection. May, in conjunction with another level of authority, plan, develop and evaluate curriculum, ensure instructional program planning (Master Plan), ensure continuous quality improvement in all courses and programs, ensure Course Master Syllabi compliance, and evaluate faculty credentials.
  • In the area of Facilities, assigns classrooms and addresses safety issues (in conjunction with Campus Managers).
  • In the area of Management, develops and approves final course schedule (in consultation with department personnel). Makes faculty assignments, approves Distance Learning assignments, maintains eligibility list, hires, supervises, and evaluates lab assistants. Provides leadership for and approves professional development activities for departmental faculty and staff. Selects and supervises Assistant Department Chairs on an annual basis (as applicable). Develops budget, orders instructional supplies, facilitates department meetings, makes and reviews updates to college catalog. May, in conjunction with another level of authority, monitor faculty LEH workloads, recommend canceled classes, monitor office hours, supervise and evaluate site-based support staff, Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty, monitor performance improvement, request new faculty positions, recommend members of interview committee for full-time faculty positions, recommend new Full-Time faculty to Dean and Vice President for final approval, prepare and/or oversee the preparation of required reports (including budget recommendations, student follow-up, release time/stipend reports, faculty LEH, and accreditation reports), oversee approved instructional and operating budgets for assigned areas and functions, and order equipment.
  • In the area of Student/Faculty Issues, approves administration of Course Challenge exams, approves grade change requests, and processes incomplete grade changes. May, in conjunction with another level of authority, approve course substitutions/waivers, address student complaints against instructors, review and resolve on-site student and faculty issues, serve as contact for Registration/Add-Drop issues, approve class limit override and informal class transfers, and address employee complaints against supervisor.

  • Additional Job Specific Duties

    • Ensures consistency in the delivery of curriculum and services to faculty and students at all designated campuses.


    Must possess required knowledge and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

    • Sensitivity to the needs of students from diverse backgrounds.
    • Supervisory practices, principles, and methods.
    • Presenting information and summary reports internally and to the public.
    • Understanding of the community college philosophy and mission.
    • College programs, services, and strategic directions.
    • Effective leadership and ethics techniques, including Servant-Leadership principles.
    • Multicultural education programs and systems.


    Must possess required skills and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

    • Maintaining an established work schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
    • Maintaining confidentiality of work related information and materials.
    • Effectively using interpersonal and communication skills, including tact and diplomacy.
    • Effectively using organizational and planning skills with attention to detail and follow through.
    • Supervising and coordinating activities of subordinate personnel.
    • Planning, prioritizing, and problem-solving.
    • Planning and managing budgets and manpower needs.

    Technology Skills

    • Demonstrated proficiency using standard office software applications.

    Required Work Experience

    • Three years work experience as a registered nurse.
    • Three years work experience in a professional nursing education program.

    Preferred Work Experience

    • Experience in the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing processes.
    • Two years effective community college experience at the Associate degree Nursing level.
    • Experience with distance learning technology.

    Required Education

    • In accordance with SACSCOC requirements: Master of Science in Nursing. SACSCOC requirements may differ depending on the courses taught within the discipline. For specific requirements by course, please see the current year Faculty Qualifications Table located at

    Preferred Education

    • Holds earned doctorate in nursing or is currently enrolled in doctoral study in nursing.

    Special Requirements

    Licenses/Certifications; Other

    • Current Texas Nursing License, without stipulations, or eligibility for licensure, with no current disciplinary action.

    Physical Requirements

    • Work is routinely performed in an office environment.
    • Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, kneeling, pushing and pulling.
    • Occasional lifting of objects up to 10 pounds.

    Other Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience with distance learning course development.<br />
    • Teaching/administrative experience in a baccalaureate nursing or RN to BSN program.


    • Provide resources for safe operation of units. Provide financial and human resources to help eliminate identified safety hazards. Create and support a workplace safety culture by leadership and example.

    ACC Benefits Overview

    Full-time Faculty and Staffing Table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the College are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short and long term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.

    ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by Federal law.


    The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC as its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Austin Community College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.


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