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Director of the Veterinary Technology Program

Employer
Unity College (Maine)
Location
New Gloucester, Maine

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Professional Fields, Veterinary Science
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Institutional & Business Affairs, Program Administration, Technology, Analysts & Programming
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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JOB OVERVIEW

The Technical Institute for Environmental Professions (TIEP) Director of Veterinary Technology (Vet Tech) Program is responsible for the development, growth, management, and administration of the Vet Tech program at the Technical Institute for Environmental Professions (TIEP) at Unity College. In this role, the Director performs all professional duties related to the Vet Tech program including, but not limited to, program and curriculum development, budget development and oversight, program accreditation, program assessment and evaluation, faculty supervision, lab supervision, student advising, teaching, and clinical outreach. The Director is responsible for working with the Director of Career Placement and Corporate Partnerships to place students in clinical internships and apprenticeships.

POSITION SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS

  • The TIEP Veterinary Technology Program Director will fulfill the following administrative responsibilities:
    1. Work with the faculty, Dean TIEP, and President of the Enterprise/Chief Academic Officer (CAO) to establish program strategy, program competencies, goals, essential skills, and outcomes.
    2. Hire qualified faculty for the program.
    3. Lead and manage the curriculum development process in alignment with Unity College curriculum policies
    4. Lead the implementation of this new program.
    5. Build the processes to conduct a comprehensive and systematic program assessment and review in alignment with the College-wide assessment system.
    6. Assign faculty to teach courses in their area of expertise in the program.
    7. Complete annual performance evaluations for faculty.
    8. Build the program reports as required on agreed upon deadlines.
    9. Supervise and/or manage clinical related duties and instruction.
    10. Mentor or assign mentors to faculty in the areas of mission, philosophy, curriculum design, HyFlex classroom format, strategic goals.
    11. In collaboration with the Dean of TEIP, ensure that faculty are trained in, and abide by, the current AVMA accreditation standards.
    12. Coordinate student recruitment and advising efforts with the TIEP Executive Director of Student Lifecycle Management (EDSLCM).
    13. Assess and determine current and anticipated needs for all required equipment, instructional resources and supplies, library, and technology resources for the Vet Tech program.
    14. Prepare, manage, and provide oversight for the budget for the vet tech program.
    15. Establish and maintain a student safety handbook along with policies regarding safety, security, and maintenance of classrooms, offices, labs, clinics, and equipment.
    16. Prepare program accreditation documents and maintain accreditation standards; pursue timely submission of programmatic accreditation documents to the President of the UC Enterprise/CAO or designee.
    17. Maintain communication between Vet Tech program and administration of TIEP and the Unity College Enterprise
  • The Curriculum and Instructional Duties of the TIEP Director of Veterinary Technology include but are not limited to:
    1. Teach course(s) in area of expertise.
    2. Work with faculty, the Dean of Curriculum and Assessment, and instructional designers to develop course philosophy, objectives, templates, master syllabi, and evaluation and assessment methods for the curriculum.
    3. Maintain data on the course and program specific outcomes.
    4. Review and select all applicable instructional resources (textbooks, online resources, and instructional materials).
    5. Supervise or teach up to 720 student credit hours per year in clinical procedures as needed.
    6. Provide channels for students to communicate with the program.
  • The leadership role of TIEP Director of Veterinary Technology Program includes, but is not limited to, the following:
    1. Work with Marketing to promote the program.
    2. Collaborate with Advancement to build a strong alumni network.
    3. Recommend candidates for membership of the program advisory committee according standards outlined by American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) - Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
    4. Build a network of relationships with veterinary clinics across the state and beyond as needed.
    5. Chair Program advisory task group and conduct meetings as required.
    6. Develop and pursue annual professional development plan for the Director and for all faculty as approved by the Dean of TIEP
    7. Contribute to a three-year recruitment plan for students and faculty.
    8. Represent the TIEP Vet Tech Program and Unity College at professional meetings and at public functions as needed.
  • Pro-actively communicate challenges, successes, and failures with leadership.
  • Other duties as assigned by Dean of TIEP, the CAO, and/or the President of the College.

UNITY COLLEGE INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBLITIES:

  • Demonstrates commitment to Unity College's core values and serves as a role model for the College's standards of conduct.
  • Contributes to the College's commitment to sustainability and contributes to the College's commitment to support a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment.
  • Follows safety and infection control policies while assisting with their enforcement.
  • Assumes responsibility to maintain and upgrade professional knowledge and skills with regulations, industry trends, current practices, new developments, and applicable laws. In addition to actively participating in Unity College Professional Development days and Unity College required annual trainings.
  • Demonstrates a high degree of commitment to customer service and student success.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

To be successful in this position you must be able to execute each of the position specific responsibilities while meeting the position expectations.

Additionally, the position specific education, skills and competencies listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability needed. Reasonable accommodations may be made upon approval by the supervisor and Director of Human Resources, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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POSITIONS AT UNITY COLLEGE ARE DEPENDENT ON THEIR VIABILITY AND AN ESTABLISHED VIABILITY MATRIX. THE VIABILITY MATRIX FOR THIS POSITION IS:

  • The Technical Institute for Environmental Professions produces a minimum annual gross revenue of $10M with a margin between 20-30%
  • The Veterinary Technical Program wins and maintains programmatic accreditation.
  • The Technical Institute for Environmental Professions continues to operate as an approved SEBU of Unity College.
  • The Vet Technical programs is a net revenue positive program

At Unity College, we don't just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our students, and our community.
Unity College is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.

OSITION SPECIFIC EDUCATION, SKILLS AND COMPENTCIES:

Required:

  • Associate or bachelor's degree from an American Veterinary Medical Association accredited program or currently credentialed as a veterinary technician; or as a licensed veterinarian.
  • Three - five years field experience.
  • Proven track record in building out new program(s) in higher-ed or at a non-profit.
  • Ability to function effectively within a matrix organizational structure, maintaining open lines of communication while being discreet, courteous and well poised.

Preferred:

  • Higher education leadership experience.
  • Teaching experience.

WORK SCHEDULE / AVAILABILITY REQUIREMENTS

Work hours are specific to the requirements of this position and can include days, evenings, and weekends. Working extended hours required as needed. Must be flexible and cooperative in fulfilling responsibilities and meeting the College's needs. Although Unity College employees are generally scheduled to work at their specifically assigned locations, there are times when travel is necessary and employees are required from time to time to attend events, meetings or work temporary assignment at any Unity College location.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

While performing the duties of this job, it is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand or walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The use of either hand for repetitive movements such as grasping, grasping and turning, and fine manipulation is required as is the ability to use the telephone for internal and external communications.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

Work is performed mostly in an office setting. The noise level in the work environment is normally moderate. Exposure to changes of temperature or humidity 1-33% of the time.

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