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Department Chair

at TCS Education System

Posted: 1/28/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: R0002527-1
Categories: Other/General
Keywords: online

Job Description

Job Description:

Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an independent, regionally accredited not-for profit professional graduate school with a dynamic student body and a professionally accomplished faculty.  Our curriculum and training opportunities prepare graduates to deliver outstanding professional services emphasizing the ability to understand and work with diverse populations. 

The Programs:

The Applied Behavior Analysis department consists of a M.S. and a Ph.D. program in ABA. Both programs are aligned with degree, coursework, and supervised experience requirements for eligibility to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB). Students in the M.S. program complete a thesis and students in the Ph.D. program complete a dissertation as part of their graduation requirements. 

Position Title:

Department Chair – Applied Behavior Analysis

Principal Duties:

  • Distinguishing the programs by providing a vision that directs and motivates faculty to be innovative.
  • Managing the operations of the programs in a complex, fast-paced higher education environment.
  • Ensuring the quality of the faculty, curriculum, assessment of student learning, and scholarly activity of faculty and students.
  • Active involvement in student recruitment efforts to facilitate program growth and responsibility for meeting annual enrollment targets.
  • Development of strategic partnerships in community to support student recruitment and program growth.
  • Maintenance of collegial and supportive relationships with relevant accrediting and professional bodies and completion of required reporting or documentation.
  • Faculty committee and production assignments.
  • Facilitation of program faculty governance and all faculty meetings.
  • Supervision and development of Program, Affiliate, and Adjunct Faculty to meet quality standards and goals as well as institutional priorities.
  • Oversight and coordination of the academic program to meet quality, relevance, and currency standards and goals.
  • Oversight and coordination of Student Affairs within the program.
  • Development of viable new curricular offerings in the field.
  • Participation in research, writing and ultimate responsibility for any necessary self-study or program-related reports.
  • Management of the student learning assessment plan and the program review process for the department to identify needed improvements to student learning.
  • Development of strategic academic and budget plans for Department, including recommendations from the assessment and program review process.
  • Outreach and recruitment of qualified faculty.
  • Coordination or management of student training.
  • Supervision of the teaching, advisement, dissertation activities, and other duties performed by Faculty members to meet department academic goals.

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • The Department Chair must be an optimistic, action oriented leader who can motivate faculty to embrace these values in the classroom and within the institution
  • The Department Chair must be able to balance institutional priorities with program needs and initiatives.
  • Preferred experience includes 3-4 years of administrative experience as an academic department chair, associate/assistant chair, or program director, and a record of scholarship or professional experience commensurate with the rank of Associate or Full Professor.
  • The ideal candidate will be an experienced practitioner-scholar with strong visionary and leadership skills who will thrive in a diverse, rich, and innovative environment. Time is allotted for professional practice, which is encouraged for all faculty and academic administrators.

Position Qualifications:

  • Successful candidates must hold an earned doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis or similar training program.
  • Certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB). 
  • Strong record of administrative experience in higher education preferred.
  • Teaching and academic administration at graduate level as well as professional experience.
  • Experience with online as well as on ground teaching formats preferred.
  • Must have a strong interest in the development of leaders, as this job requires the development of future leaders in the field through curriculum.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage operational processes including the department’s budget.
  • Solid people development skills with a focus on providing opportunities for faculty and staff to excel. 
  • This is an environment that expects high productivity and quick response time, as well as the ability to minimize operational tasks and maximize creativity and innovation.  The Department Chair must be able to balance institutional priorities with program needs and initiatives.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to be flexible and working in an environment of expansion and change


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology offers a generous compensation and benefits package, as well as the opportunity to work for a leader in the field of education. Some of our key benefits include: generous paid time-off, medical and dental coverage, company-paid life and disability insurance, retirement plan with employer contribution, multiple flexible spending accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement, professional development, and regular employee appreciation events.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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