Department Chair, Biological Sciences

Title: Department Chair, Biological Sciences

Posting Date: March 23, 2021

Closing Date: March 30, 2021                      

Please submit an updated CV and a statement of interest in the position to the Office of Human Resources.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Assist in the recruitment and orientation of new instructional staff;
  2. Advise on the instructional competency of all applicants for vacant positions within the program after consultation with members of the program unit;
  3. Submit the preferred subject matter preparation and class schedule of unit members within the department chair’s program consistent with Article XII;
  4. Supervise the development of instructional materials and assist in conducting research on the effectiveness of the instructional program consistent with the philosophy and objectives of the College, the requirements of external and/or regulatory agencies, and Article VII of this Agreement;
  5. Instruct courses or portions thereof within the program as appropriate;
  6. Assist in the implementation of the following evaluation processes as contained in Article XIII:
    1. The process of evaluation of course materials.
    2. The process for classroom observation in a clinical or laboratory–like setting wherein the student is developing a variety of occupational and/or pre-professional skills fundamental to the students' performance after completion of designated programs. The Department Chair (program) shall not implement the process for evaluation by students nor the process for classroom observation where didactic instruction is involved.
  7. Encourage faculty to develop new methods of instruction;
  8. Develop and prepare for submission all reports and accreditation materials required by governing or accrediting agencies;
  9. Participate in the formulation of the program's budget and administer it within the prescribed limits established by the College;
  10. Evaluate and make recommendations for any employees not in the faculty/professional staff unit assigned to the department chair’s program area;
  11. Cooperate with the President of the College or the President’s designee in the development, dissemination, and implementation of Board of Higher Education/College policy, regulations, and procedures;
  12. Meet with the Advisory Committees, which support or influence the instructional program in cooperation with the department chair’s supervisor. Establish liaison and cooperation with external agencies essential to the implementation of the program particularly where the use of external facilities or resource personnel is required;
  13. Cooperate and facilitate cooperation with other program areas and/or departments, learning resources, student services, and administrative services within the College;
  14. The designated administrator shall implement all evaluation processes for the department chairperson and the coordinator, if said coordinator does not report to a department chair. If the coordinator reports to a department chair, the process for the evaluation of course materials shall be performed by the department chair;
  15. Other duties may be assigned if specifically contained in a job description and such duties are consistent with the needs of the College and the provisions of this Article.
  16. The department chair (program) shall be responsible for the total implementation of a college program and/or curriculum defined as a series of diverse courses usually leading to a certificate of associate degree and which require multiple faculty in order to provide core courses and where accreditation, licensure or other external governing agencies require a member defined within the unit to perform supervisory functions for approval, maintenance or continuance of the program.

Working conditions/Physical Demands

Works in an office setting. Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work. Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time.  This person needs to move about inside the office to access office machinery. Constantly operates a computer and other equipment i.e. copier. This person frequently communicates with students, faculty, and staff. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.

Policy Statement on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity & Diversity

The Board of Higher Education and the Boards of Trustees of the Community Colleges maintain and promote a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information maternity leave, military service and national origin ("protected class(s)/classification(s)." Further, this policy prohibits retaliation and incorporates by reference, and where applicable, the requirements of Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1968; Titles I and II of the Civil Rights Act of 1991; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its regulations found at 34 C.F.R. part 106; Equal Pay Act of 1963; Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988; Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; Section 402 of the Vietnam-era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA); Age Discrimination Act of 1975; Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended; Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993; Federal Executive Order 11246 of 1965, as amended by Executive Order 11375 of 1967; Federal Executive Order 12900 of 1994; Federal Executive Order 13145 of 2000; Federal Executive Order 13160 of 2000; Federal Executive Order 13166 of 2000; Massachusetts Civil Rights Act; Massachusetts General Laws Chapters 151B, 151C, and Chapter 149; directives of the BHE, the Boards of Trustees of the Community Colleges and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and other applicable local, state and federal constitutions, statutes, regulations and executive orders.

Equal Opportunity Statement

STCC's personnel and academic decisions, programs, and policies are formulated and conducted in a manner, which will ensure equal access for all people and prevent discrimination. As part of this effort, a College will ensure that employment and academic decisions, programs, and policies will be based solely on the individual eligibility, merit, or fitness of applicants, employees, and students without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, marital status, military service, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation or political or union affiliation.