Department Chair, Earth and Environmental Sciences
General Statement of Job
Provides academic leadership, management, and overall coordination for the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (ESS), serves as the budget authority for the ESS, represents the ESS 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. Teaches assigned environmental science, environmental technology, or geology courses as qualified.
Location Northridge Hours As assigned; 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, Math and Science 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.
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.
- Environmental science, environmental technology, or geology teaching content.
- Effective teaching techniques adaptable to a variety of learning styles.
- 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.
- Multicultural education programs and systems.
- Sensitive issues relating to a diverse student body.
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, and including possible multiple campus locations that may vary by semester.
- Maintaining confidentiality of work related information and materials.
- Effectively assisting student learning.
- Interacting with students of diverse backgrounds.
- 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.
- Demonstrated proficiency using computer applications, classroom or other current learning technologies for effective teaching at the community college level.
- Demonstrated proficiency using standard office software applications.
Required Work Experience
- At least three years of non-teaching, full-time work experience in the field of environmental science or technology.
Preferred Work Experience
- Experience in field, classroom and online instruction in the environmental or geological sciences at the community college level.
- Experience organizing and managing complex, time-sensitive projects which involve the oversight of, or collaboration with, peers.
- Experience teaching online using Blackboard or other course management software.
- In accordance with SACSCOC regulations: Master's degree in Agronomy, Biology, Earth Science, Engineering (Environmental, Agricultural or Civil), Environmental or Water Resource Management, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, Geological Sciences, Geophysics, Hydrology, Limnology, Marine Biology, Oceanography/Marine Science, Wildlife Ecology, Wildlife Science, or Master's degree with 18 graduate hours in these disciplines from an accredited university. SACSCOC requirements differ depending on the Environmental Science, Environmental Technology, and/or Geology courses taught. Specific requirements by course are listed in the most recent Faculty Qualifications Table at http://www.austincc.edu/employment-at-acc/full-time-and-adjunct-faculty-position-information/minimum-credential-qualification-requirements.
- Reliable transportation may be required for teaching in multiple campus locations.
- Ability to work, with or without reasonable accommodations, in indoor (office, classroom, and laboratory) and exposed (outdoor) settings.
- Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, kneeling, pushing and pulling.
- Occasional lifting of objects up to 10 pounds.
Other Preferred Qualifications
- Experience with, or training in, the design of college courses in environmental and geological sciences.
- Experience using innovative teaching techniques and social media to improve student success.
- Demonstrated skills in effective communication and program outreach.
- 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.