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Department Chair – Business Psychology (Southern California) - Hybrid

The Chicago School
Los Angeles, CA

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Job Description:

The Chicago School’s Business Psychology Department in Southern California, with campuses in Anaheim, Los Angeles, and San Diego, is currently accepting applications for Department Chair. The Department Chair is a member of the faculty and the primary academic administrator for the Business Psychology Department in Southern California, offering graduate and doctoral programs. The Department Chair reports directly to the Division Chair for the national Business Psychology program. The Chair can work from any of the three locations, and the position is available for hybrid work with the expectation of at least three days on campus.

The Department is seeking candidates with a strong record of administration, scholarship, faculty training and mentoring, and community and business engagement. Although the primary duties of the Chair are administrative, teaching and dissertation supervision are also expected.

The department seeks an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness, professional development and scholarship, integrity and ethics, respect for diversity and pluralism, innovation, flexibility, and teamwork and collaboration. Candidates who will advance equity, diversity, and inclusion through their teaching, scholarship, and service are strongly encouraged to apply.

Principal Duties:

Strategic Growth

  • Review admissions files and development of materials to support the achievement of new student recruiting goals in collaboration with the admissions team to meet enrollment goals.
  • Develop and execute a plan for community engagement in support of expanding awareness and driving new student enrollment in collaboration with university leadership.
  • Partner with university leaders in mitigating student attrition.

People Management

  • Recruit, hire, and manage faculty in alignment with budget allowances and university needs.
  • Build and manage a faculty team that is inclusive and welcoming of diverse voices, new perspectives, and innovation.
  • Develop and apply a structured, data-driven system for mentoring, supervising, and evaluating the teaching, advisement, and other duties performed by faculty members to ensure student achievement of program and institutional learning outcomes.
  • Ensure department faculty remain active in scholarship and service as evidenced by membership in institutional committee work, professional organizations, publications, presentations, and colloquia.

Academic Quality & Innovation

  • Lead student development efforts (monitor satisfactory academic progress, supervise efforts to support student development through Academic Development Plans and Professional Performance Evaluations, and represent the department at the institutional Student Community Standards Committee with the goal of supporting student progress through the curriculum and timely degree completion.)
  • Teach up to 9 credits per academic year.
  • Lead on the department reviews and assessment(s) required of the department including participation in research and writing for any necessary self-study or department-related reports to maintain ongoing accreditation and good status with accreditors.
  • Address student concerns effectively in a timely and responsive manner in support of student satisfaction and retention.
  • Conduct regularly scheduled curriculum reviews and revisions to ensure currency and alignment with competencies desired by employers in coordination with the university academic leadership
  • Cultivate opportunities for students to participate in scholarship and community engagement such that students are regularly participating in the production of scholarly work products and/or involved in community activities beyond the campus.
  • Supervise student research as Thesis or Dissertation Chair and ensure faculty are successfully advising student research to successful completion within or ahead of expected program completion times.
  • Ensure that department faculty remain current in knowledge and skills regarding emerging instructional technology into classroom instruction to support ongoing innovation and instructional excellence.

Academic Operations & Budget Management

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the department(s) to ensure quality student experience and faculty performance expectations are maintained.
  • Direct course scheduling in a manner that supports the student experience via ensuring adequate class size and assigning faculty who are properly credentialed and trained to deliver assigned course content. Course scheduling should additionally incorporate opportunities for collaborative course offerings between geographic locations and delivery modalities.
  • Represent the department at meetings, student events, and other related events to facilitate collaborative decision-making, student engagement, building program and university awareness in the community.
  • Lead the development of strategic academic and budget plans for the department, including recommendations from the assessment and department review process to inform student enrollment growth targets and program staffing needs in collaboration with university academic leadership.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Industrial/Organizational or Business Psychology, or a similar field from a regionally accredited institution
  • Academic administration experience, including teaching at the graduate level, and professional experience are strongly desired.
  • Three to five years of academic leadership experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • A strategic thinker who can offer innovative solutions to aid the department in its continued growth and expansion.
  • An optimistic, action-oriented leader who can motivate faculty to embrace a culture of excellence with respect to student engagement and outcomes.
  • Able to balance institutional priorities with department needs and initiatives.


Applicants should submit a CV and letter of interest.

Compensation & Benefits

This opportunity is budgeted at $90,000 - 130,000 base compensation. Additional compensation factors may impact total compensation. To learn more about our competitive benefits and additional rewards, including generous paid time-off, medical and dental insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, retirement plan with employer contribution, multiple flexible spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, click the link below.

The Chicago School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please note: For the protection of faculty, staff, students, and all who enter our facilities, The Chicago School strongly recommends that all employees are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per CDC guidance.


The Chicago School is a not-for-profit, accredited institution with more than 4,000 students at campuses across the country (Chicago, Los Angeles and Orange Counties, Calif., and Washington, D.C.) and online. TCS has been an innovator in the field of psychology and related behavioral science for more than 30 years. TCS offers more than 20 degree programs and a wealth of opportunities for international experiences.

Central to our transformational impact on students, their communities, and the practice of psychology is The Engaged Professional Model of Education. This groundbreaking approach to training leverages the talents and experience of faculty practitioners, who work with our Community Partnership and Applied Professional Practice teams to provide students a rich spectrum of clinical training in a wide range of community settings. In fact, the School was the first of its kind to be named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its leadership in service and civic engagement.

Our graduates emerge with unrivaled skills, and ready to make much-needed changes in the communities they serve. They work around the world in hospitals, schools, community centers, agencies, NGOs, private practice, and elsewhere. Our graduates blend a sophisticated understanding of the human experience with high-quality practice in fields such as adolescent psychology, applied behavior analysis, Latino mental health, and forensic psychology.

The Chicago School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is an active member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology—which has recognized The Chicago School for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity and advocacy.

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