Department Chair - Cinema

Job description

The Department Chair provides collaborative leadership to the faculty within the Cinema department and serves as the liaison between department faculty and other staff members. Department Chairs ensure the continuous improvement of the academic programs through assessment of student learning outcomes, developing learning outcomes leading communities of practice in their field of expertise and promoting a culture of academics and student success.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan and manage department's orientations, workshops, outside lectures, retention activities, and other events.
  • Serve as liaison across Hollywood and Chicago campuses to ensure collaboration and consistency in regard to relevant
  • Participate on programmatic conference calls.
  • Collaborate with other departments, including other academic programs, Registrar, Library, Admissions, Outreach,
  • Student Affairs, Career Services, Equipment Center, and Production Services to promote student success.
  • Hold quarterly department meetings to assess student achievement and course effectiveness, appropriate levels of instruction, scaffolding between courses, general policy updates and maintain meeting minutes.
  • Supporting and motivate faculty in developing lesson plans that fit learning outcomes, bridging learning between courses, interpreting the curriculum design, enhancing course content, deciding on appropriate resources and technology needs, complete departmental service and faculty development requirements and participating in faculty
  • Ensuring full time faculty have the appropriate course loads and administrative assignments to meet expectations of the institution.
  • Serve as the chair of minimum 2 committees and completes relevant tasks outside committees: Chairs curriculum committee in program(s) area and Chairs programs assessment committee(s).
  • Serve as the point of contact for students for academic advising.
  • Maintain a high level of responsiveness to student needs.
  • Develop and manage program course schedules, student registration, and teaching assignments in conjunction with other academic administrators.
  • Monitor section count, student instructor ratios, average registered credits and total registered credits while making sure students have enough course options and are on track to graduate.
  • Manage program curriculum conversions and determine the course equivalences and substitutions.
  • Schedule the teach-out and teach-in of program versions to maximize student-instructor ratios, teaching budget, and maintaining students' anticipated timeline to graduation.
  • Work closely with faculty to plan their courses to enhance student-learning outcomes and strengthen the program to prepare students for job placement.
  • Ensure credit hour compliance.
  • Complete annual performance reviews for all direct reports.
  • Establishing individual relationships and reaching out to students in person, by phone or email.
  • Communicate with clarity and consistency.
  • Author quarterly and annual institutional effectiveness reports. Connects evidence to strategic and budgetary
  • Contribute to a culture of evidence-based decision making.
  • Oversee the academic assessment, data collection, and reporting process to ensure outcomes meet or exceed both
  • WASC accreditation requirements and the school's internal benchmarks according to the institutional academic assessment guide.
  • Lead program review by engaging faculty and co-curricular departments including gathering data and leading the curriculum committee in reflection and analysis. Serve as the lead author for the self-study, strategic plan, and organize external and internal reviews.
  • Manages implementation of strategic plan under direction of the Dean.
  • Manage records for accreditation, including IER reports, assessment documents, faculty transcripts, resumes, qualifications, alternative credentials, faculty development plans, course assessment surveys and other WASC
  • Maintain relationships and arrange Program Advisory Committee Meetings with industry professionals, as directed.
  • Use CampusVue, our campus-wide information system, to manage student records, registration, degree audits, average registered credits, student-instructor ratios, and grades.
  • Manages the academic program's budget.
  • Participate in new faculty hiring process according to policy.
  • Teach a minimum of 1 course per quarter and independent studies as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Directly supervises 12 month faculty, 9 month faculty and adjunct faculty teaching within the program.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience
Master's degree or higher in area of study. Minimum 3 years classroom teaching in higher education at a regionally accredited institution. Participation in activities outside the classroom and/or education setting (member committees and/or professional organizations, volunteering, etc.).

Application Requirements

  • Cover letter
  • Resume or CV

Preferred additional documents (the following are required prior to interview if not included in initial application):

  • Digital copy of master's degree transcript from degree granting institution
  • Please reference the CCH Catalog and include a list of courses you are qualified and able to teach in your cover letter or as an addendum. The school catalog is available at:
  • Sample syllabus

Please send a zip file attachment with all files, including cover letter, in a single email. Please make sure all files names include your first and last name in the title (for example: Last name, First name_name of document . pdf). Please email your file to [email protected] with "[Position you are applying] Application - [your last name]" in the subject line.

About Columbia College Hollywood

Columbia College Hollywood educates students in the art and science of communications and the diverse media of contemporary storytelling within an exploration of the liberal arts. Our rigorous course of study and practice prepares graduates to be analytical thinkers and effective communicators who are creative, knowledgeable, and responsible contributors to advancing a curious, thoughtful, and compassionate global community.

Columbia College Hollywood is committed to fostering a learning community that promotes creativity, innovation, and growth through education, collaboration, and a common love of the entertainment arts. We inspire communication, collaboration, and personal growth.

Columbia College Hollywood was originally established in the 1952 in the MacArthur Park neighborhood of Los Angeles as a branch campus of Columbia College in Chicago. The curriculum was designed to focus on the burgeoning television and radio industries and featured a faculty made up of working television and radio professionals. In 1959, Columbia College Hollywood separated from the Chicago institution to operate as an independent, private, nonprofit college.

During the 1960s, as the entertainment industry grew and changed, the college established a cinema department with a dual focus on film and television. To serve its expanding curricula and student population, the college moved to a new campus on Las Palmas Avenue in Hollywood in 1970. In 1997, Columbia College Hollywood established its current campus in the historic, former world headquarters of Panavision, a foremost designer and manufacturer of cameras and lenses for the film and television industries. The college is now located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, providing access to major film and television studios in Los Angeles.

In 2018, Columbia College Hollywood merged with Tribeca Flashpoint College in Chicago, Illinois. As a result, a wider range of programs and services are available to students at both locations and online. The campus in Illinois is now known as Flashpoint Chicago, a campus of Columbia College Hollywood.

Columbia College Hollywood
18618 Oxnard Street
Los Angeles, CA 91356

Flashpoint Chicago
28 North Clark Street
Suite 500
Chicago Illinois 60602




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Posted: 11/2/2018
Application Due: 1/1/2019
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