Sample Position Descriptions For: Department Head OR Department Chair

Position Summary:

[Briefly summarize why the position exists and its role in achieving unit/program objectives.]

Administrator assigned to the College of [XXXXX] with responsibility for management of the following academic and administrative programs/processes:   [XXXXXXX]


[Identifies the breadth and scope of decisions, the level of autonomy and review, and any specific guidelines used to make those decisions, i.e. curriculum guidelines, etc.]

Has authority to allocate resources and responsibility to manage the College to meet expected results.  Provides leadership and direction for staff.

Duties:  [Describe the major or most important duties performed by this position. Be clear about both the overall function and specifics of work performed.  There should be an easily identifiable relationship between the duties, position summary, decision-making and lead work/supervisory responsibilities.]

XX%      Establish priorities for academic programs:  current and future program development and implementation.

XX%      Integrate teaching, outreach, specific department programs, applied and basic research, including the application of cutting edge technology.

XX%      Develop, oversee and manage department resources:  develop budgets and monitor expenses; effectively use available resources; build and strengthen relationships with commodity/industry groups, alumni, professional organizations.  Pursue diverse funding sources for innovative programs/curriculum/research.

XX%      Promote diversity through pursuit of stated goals for students, staff and faculty.

XX%      Provide leadership, supervision and direction for the College, including staff: Hires and trains employees; plans, assigns and reviews work; establishes goals and assesses performance through completion of written evaluations; acts on disciplinary issues, up to and including dismissal; addresses grievances and develops a plan for corrective action.  Actively promotes faculty and staff development.