Job Description

Reports to:

Dean of Arizona School of Health Sciences

Position Summary:

This position requires an innovative and dedicated individual to lead and manage all aspects of an academic department, including leading and supporting faculty and staff, and budgetary responsibility and planning processes. The Department Chair works collaboratively with the ASHS Deans' Office as a member of the shared leadership team to develop and implement strategic plans, represent the school and university in the community, and engage in university-wide leadership activities.

Specific duties include administration of the department, collaboration with the Dean's Office, teaching, service, and scholarship.  The Department Chair holds a faculty appointment with academic rank in the department; collaborates with constituents across the university; supervises program administrators, faculty, and staff; designs new programs, and develops and manages annual budgets. This is a full-time position with salary, rank, and benefits commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The Department Chair at the Arizona School of Health Sciences provides visionary leadership, creativity, department governance and direction, and strategic assessment through the performance of the following duties:

Duties and Responsibilities

Department Administration (50-70%)

  1. Ensuring department and programmatic compliance with regional and specialized accreditation standards
  2. Ensuring department and programmatic compliance with institutional policies and procedures
  3. Strategic and tactical planning for the department and its programs, including new program development and enhancement of existing programs
  4. Collaborating with administration and other university departments/programs/service areas
  5. Establishment and monitoring of collaborations with other institutions, organizations, and community partners
  6. Responsible for leading and overseeing department/program/project evaluation activities and to ensure attainment of measured outcomes
  7. Direct and indirect supervisory responsibility for department faculty and staff including hiring/terminating personnel, assigning workloads/duties (personnel allocation), conducting personnel evaluations, and faculty/staff development
  8. Guiding, counseling, mentoring faculty and staff
  9. Monitoring analyses of trends and best practices for faculty recruitment, retention, advancement, and contributions
  10. The delegation of duties as appropriate to subordinates, such as Program Directors, unit Directors/Coordinators, and faculty/staff
  11. Identification, justification, and allocation of resources and budgetary needs
  12. Development of and monitoring departmental and programmatic budget/s and restricted and unrestricted gift funds
  13. Responsibility to participate in development (fundraising) activities to support the department, school, and university
  14. Facilitating faculty development activities and other university workshops
  15. Service to the university and the school through committees and task force participation as a department chair (e.g., promotion and tenure committee, academic promotion boards, strategic plan, university initiatives)
  16. Programmatic and curricular leadership and oversight, including responsibility for curriculum development, currency, and on-going improvement
  17. Ensuring quality learning experiences for students related to their didactic and clinical education and ensuring appropriate assessment of student performance
  18. Collaboration with support divisions across the university to optimize student recruitment and admissions (e.g., open houses, facility tours, interviewing)
  19. Responsible for conflict management and disciplinary actions for faculty, staff, and students within the department
  20. Oversight of departmental documents and literature (e.g., program accreditation documents, departmental student handbooks, catalog sections about the department, departmental website, departmental brochures)
  21. Participation in and support of university events (e.g., graduation exercises, awards ceremonies, public relations/fundraising events, community relations and events)
  22. Leadership in departmental events such as white coat ceremonies and programmatic orientations
  23. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Faculty Role (10-25%)

  1. Educational mentoring of faculty to promote excellence in teaching Instructional design
  2. Instructional delivery
  3. Instructional assessment
  4. Course management
  5. Scholarly mentoring of faculty to promote excellence in scholarly activities
  6. Scholarly proficiency
  7. Scholarly discovery / creativity / translation
  8. Scholarly dissemination
  9. Service/leadership mentoring to promote service contributions and leadership skill development among faculty and students
  10. Service to the institution
  11. Service to the profession
  12. Service to the community
  13. Service to the students (including mentoring and advising)

Collaborative Leadership (20%)

  1. Advocacy for ASHS within the school, across the university, in the community and the particular professional discipline(s)
  2. Supporting and providing input regarding development/revisions of school-wide operations and university-wide policies and procedures
  3. Utilizes diplomatic and effective communication to serve as a bridge/liaison between the department and the School/University for effective functioning across all departments
  4. Collaborates with and provides input to the Dean in developing and balancing the annual operating budget
  5. Collaboration and input regarding events and activities (e.g., graduation, scholarships, open houses)
  6. Collaboration on the development, implementation, monitoring, and refinement of the school and university strategic plans
  7. Collaboration across the school to plan and coordinate new programs
  8. Shared leadership in the development and implementation of school/university-wide initiatives and operations to ensure alignment with   strategic plans
  9. Collaboration and input into the development and collection of data to support strategic plans
  10. Develop and engage in community partnerships as an ambassador of the university/school and particular professional discipline(s)
  11. Supporting and engaging in activities to assist Institutional Advancement in relationship building and fundraising opportunities
  12. Identifying and supporting partnerships with educational institutions and community partners
  13. Chairing or holding leadership roles in university-wide initiatives (e.g., geriatrics initiative, diversity initiative, wellness initiative, research strategic planning, university accreditation)
  14. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein

Skills for the Position:

  1. Ability to lead, mentor, and manage faculty and staff
  2. Ability to lead and manage high-quality health professions education programs
  3. Outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills
  4. Ability to perform duties autonomously with minimal supervision and maintain confidentiality
  5. Ability to work collaboratively across programs, within the School, and across the University
  6. Ability to allocate time effectively

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must have:

  1. Graduated from an accredited physician assistant program.
  2. NCCPA Certification.
  3. Seven or more years of experience in higher education.
  4. A doctoral degree relevant to the department (i.e., Ph.D., Ed.D, DHSC, DMSc).
  5. Eligible for an appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or higher.
  6. Qualifications to meet all of the ARC-PA accreditation standards for the position of program director.

Preferred Qualifications:  The preferred applicant will have:

  1. A terminal doctoral degree in a health sciences area appropriate to the department
  2. A minimum of 7 years of teaching, specifically in a health professions education environment
  3. Previous experience developing and managing operational budgets
  4. Previous experience in the leadership and management of a health professions academic unit at the Program Director level or higher
  5. Experience with conducting an ARC-PA accreditation review (Self-study, completion of the application)

An applicant will submit a cover letter discussing their qualification for the position, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three professional references (They will not be contacted without permission).

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The position is available July 1, 2019.