Department Chair, Education

Austin, TX
Aug 12, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Community College

General Statement of Job

Provides academic leadership, management, and overall coordination for Education Department, 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 collegewide instructional leadership environment conducive to student success.

Position Information
Location South Austin Campus Hours Varies based on teaching assignments. Salary Salary is assigned according to the Full-Time Faculty Salary Scale. FLSA Status Exempt Reports To Dean, Public and Social Services 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.
  • In the area of curriculum/instruction, ensures unit plan development (OIE), Unit-Level Effectiveness Assessment Documentation (ULEAD), 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

    • Develops partnerships with public schools for field observations and service learning. Develops policies and processes to ensure quality experiences for students.
    • Oversees departmental advisory committee. Develops connections with education community within the ACC service area.
    • May require travel to other locations.


    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.

    • 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

    • As required for faculty. 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 Work Experience

    • Must have 2 years experience teaching in a public school setting.

    Required Education

    • As required for faculty.

    Preferred Education

    • Master's degree or higher in Education or related discipline or Master's degree or higher plus 18 graduate hours in education.
    • Must have 9 graduate hours related to diversity such as special education or bilingual education.

    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.


    • 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.