Department Chair

Los Angeles, CA
Oct 11, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Los Angeles, CA
Irvine, CA
Full time

Job Description:

Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an independent, regionally accredited not-for profit professional graduate school with a dynamic student body and a professionally accomplished faculty. Our curriculum and training opportunities prepare graduates to deliver outstanding professional services emphasizing the ability to understand and work with diverse populations.

The Program:

The Applied Clinical Psychology program is a post-master's Psy.D. program. Students complete two years of coursework covering advanced topics in psychology. They complete a practicum in the second year, and the third year is dedicated to a full time internship. Students complete a dissertation as part of the program.

Position Title:

Department Chair - Applied Clinical Psychology

Principal Duties:
  • Distinguishing the program by providing a vision that directs and motivates faculty to be innovative
  • Managing the operations of the program in a complex, fast-paced higher education environment;
  • Ensuring the quality of the faculty, curriculum, assessment of student learning, and scholarly activity of faculty and students
  • Maintenance of collegial and supportive relationships with relevant accrediting and professional bodies and completion of required reporting or documentation.
  • Faculty committee and production assignments
  • Facilitation of Program Faculty Governance and All Faculty meetings.
  • Supervision and development of Program, Affiliate, and Adjunct Faculty to meet quality standards and goals as well as institutional priorities
  • Oversight and coordination of the academic program to meet quality, relevance, and currency standards and goals
  • Oversight and coordination of Student Affairs within the program.
  • Development of viable new curricular offerings in the field.
  • Participation in research, writing and ultimate responsibility for any necessary self-study or program-related reports.
  • Management of the student learning assessment plan and the program review process for the department to identify needed improvements to student learning
  • Development of strategic academic and budget plans for Department, including recommendations from the assessment and program review process.
  • Outreach and recruitment of faculty and support of student recruitment.
  • Coordination or management of student training.
  • Supervision of the teaching, advisement, dissertation activities, and other duties performed by Faculty members to meet department academic goals

    Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • The Department Chair must be an optimistic, action oriented leader who can motivate faculty to embrace these values in the classroom and within the institution
  • The Department Chair must be able to balance institutional priorities with program needs and initiatives.
  • They should have at least 3-4 years of previous administrative experience as an academic department chair or program director, and a record of scholarship or professional experience commensurate with the rank of Associate or Full Professor.
  • The ideal candidate will be an experienced practitioner-scholar with strong visionary and leadership skills who will thrive in a diverse, rich, and innovative environment. Time is allotted for professional practice, which is encouraged for all faculty and academic administrators.

    Position Qualifications:
  • Successful candidates must hold an earned doctorate in Clinical or Counseling Psychology, preferably from an APA accredited program.
  • License to practice Psychology, preferably in CA
  • Strong record of administrative experience in higher education.
  • Teaching and academic administration at graduate level as well as professional experience.
  • The Department Chair must be an optimistic, action oriented leader who can motivate faculty to embrace these values in the classroom and within the institution.
  • Experience with online as well as on ground teaching formats.
  • Must have a strong interest in the development of leaders, as this job requires the development of future leaders in the field through curriculum.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage operational processes including the program budget.
  • Solid people development skills with a focus on providing opportunities for faculty and staff to excel.
  • This is an environment that expects high productivity and quick response time, as well as the ability to minimize operational tasks and maximize creativity and innovation. The Department Chair must be able to balance institutional priorities with program needs and initiatives.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to be flexible and working in an environment of expansion and change


    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology offers a generous compensation and benefits package, as well as the opportunity to work for a leader in the field of education. Some of our key benefits include: generous paid time-off, medical and dental coverage, company-paid life and disability insurance, retirement plan with employer contribution, multiple flexible spending accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement, professional development, and regular employee appreciation events.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology


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