CDS: Chair / Administrator
Vacancy #: 069.TS11.AD
Department: Center for Diné Studies
This position is open until filled.
Location: Tsaile, AZ
Salary Classification:Grade 15-$56,219.00-$70,273.00
Brief Description of the Role of the Position:
The Chair is a Faculty Administrator serving 11 months per calendar year. As administrator, the Chair is responsible for management of a Center or Academic Division. Responsibilities include supervision of instruction and personnel, as well as fiscal and facility maintenance. The Chair participates in development of programs, strategic planning, and facilitates partnerships, collaborations, and consortia agreements. As faculty the Chair is responsible for 50% of a faculty contract fulfilled over a calendar year, as well as assessment of those courses, and student advising. Other duties may include grant management, research, or specific academic endeavors.
The Chair as Faculty Administrator is critical in creating, maintaining, assessing, and reflecting upon a learning environment where academic discipline interweaves with the College mission to support student learning and the Diné Education Philosophy.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Manages a Center/Division’s degree programs by overseeing delivery of courses including approval of course syllabi, course rotation plan, textbook selection, resource availability in libraries, student academic support services, and retention.
Advocates for the Center/Division and represents members’ views on issues that arise; ensures the Center/Division’s concerns and suggestions are conveyed and addressed.
Oversees and manages the development, implementation and evaluation of academic programs within the Center/Division. Supervises accreditation as well as articulation of courses and programs.
Directs and supervises recruitment, mentoring, training, and evaluation of personnel, faculty and staff. Recommends contract renewal of faculty and conducts annual adjunct faculty and staff evaluations. Participates in faculty credentialing. Initiates and supports process for hiring of full-time and adjunct faculty.
Administers departmental budget by monitoring expenditures complying with College financial policies, and prepares an annual budget in collaboration with faculty and staff to meet program delivery needs and the College’s strategic plans.
Oversees and maximizes appropriate usage of office and classroom facilities.
Oversees grant management, if applicable.
Coordinates collaboratively with academic Centers/Divisions, regional sites, and administration and other educational institutions such as schools, districts, post-secondary institutions.
Delivers instruction 50% of a faculty contract per calendar year. Times, days, and site(s) for teaching of courses vary and mode of delivery may include distance education technology. As a multisite college, may be required to travel to teach courses for Diné College.
Engages in assessment of courses taught to inform program assessment.
Provides academic advising and mentoring.
Performs other assignments as required such as grant management, research, or specific academic endeavors.
Complies with applicable college policies and procedures as mandated in the Diné College Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual, College Catalog, business policies, etc.
Earned Master Degree in discipline area of Center/Division required; doctoral degree preferred.
For teaching of 100-200 level courses: Minimum of a master degree in the respective discipline with minimum coursework of 24 credit hours of upper division and/or graduate credit in the discipline to be taught.
For teaching of 300-400 level courses: Minimum of a doctoral degree in the respective discipline with minimum coursework of 24 credit hours of upper division and/or graduate credit in the discipline to be taught with demonstration of extensive or specialized discipline knowledge. (PPPM 400.12)
Minimum standards for Special Diné Scholars Credentials include rigorous testing, validation, verification, special certification, specialized clinical experience or expertise through wide critical and public recognition. (PPPM 400.12)
Minimum of four years supervisory experience may be concurrent with work experience in higher education administration required.
Experience of two years budget management required. (May be concurrent with other work experience.)
A minimum of two years college teaching experience rated as satisfactory or above, required. (May be concurrent with work experience in higher education administration.)
Navajo/American Indian preference is exercised.
Bilingual and bi-literate Navajo, preferred
Operation of Equipment and/or Machinery:
The Chair, as Faculty Administrator is expected to have a high degree of proficiency in computer software used to support the administration of higher education. Software use includes but is not limited to, general office functions such as MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and internet services. In addition, a faculty is expected to utilize academic-specific programs for course delivery (face-to-face, synchronous, and asynchronous), and course maintenance (such as grade submissions, posting of syllabus, etc.).
Must be able to demonstrate a high degree of fluency in the speaking, writing, and reading of the English language. Spoken and written proficiency in Navajo language desired.
No prior DUI, misdemeanor and conviction. Eligible for the Navajo Nation driver’s permit and drive College vehicles for meetings, fieldtrips and other work related travel.
Will be required to comply with administrative conditions of employment as indicated in the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual.
Shall have no property rights or expectations of renewal or retention upon expiration of each Instructor Contract.
Will be evaluated for effectiveness by their supervisor prior to a notification for renewal or non-renewal of contract.
Will be informed of reasons for non-renewal; and
Will not have any grievance rights in the event the appropriate Academic Dean recommends non-renewal of the faculty contract. (PPPM 400.11)
Every faculty shall be credentialed.
Diné College gives preference to eligible and qualified applicants in accordance with the Navajo Preference in Employment Act (NPEA) and the Veterans’ Preference.