Department Chair – Native Studies Leadership
(Full-time, 12 months)
OPENING DATE: January 14, 2022
REVIEW DATE: Extended to May 27, 2022
CLOSING DATE: Open until filled
START DATE: ASAP or 2 weeks after acceptance
LOCATION: NWIC Lummi Campus
SALARY: $60,000 Max DOE
The salary placement upon hire will be based on the selected candidate’s education and relevant work experience as outlined in the job announcement and the established salary schedule for the classification of position to be filled.
SCOPE OF WORK
Under the direction of the Dean of Academics, the Native Studies Leadership Department Chair is the academic, research and services leader of the department and is responsible for its overall development and academic integrity. The position provides leadership and coordination for all activities in the Native Studies Leadership Department, including setting program direction, establishing priorities with faculty members, and promoting a continuous improvement model. The position promotes and secures competitive funding to help sustain the Native Studies Leadership Program at Northwest Indian College.
The Department Chair works with other department chairs to administer the academic program for the College and improve academic services and programs offered by the NWIC. The Department Chair is expected to be familiar with key principles and understandings of Native Studies Leadership which should serve as a foundation of dialogue and discussion regarding curriculum development. The Department Chair provides leadership and coordination of the research projects undertaken by department faculty. Additionally, the Department Chair is responsible for ensuring high quality classroom instruction by supervising and supporting faculty members in the department, supporting the professional development of departmental instructors, and by developing curriculum and pedagogical practices that are consistent with the mission and goals of the College and its programs.
The Department Chair will be responsible for providing distance learning program delivery to all sites offering the Bachelor of Native Studies Leadership Program and for oversight of the development of distance modality courses. The Department Chair will also sit on the NWIC leadership team and engage in other committee work when appropriate.
The Native Studies Leadership Department will provide students a rigorous academic program bringing together contemporary education and Indigenous ways of knowing. Graduates of the Native Studies Leadership BA degree will be competent and skilled professionals and be fully prepared to serve in their respective communities or go on to successfully complete graduate studies.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Curriculum and Instruction. This position works with faculty to implement the Bachelor of Native Studies Leadership degree program outcomes, including implementation of the foundational courses, in alignment with our institutional outcomes and ensuring a native framework for the This position works with department members to ensure curricular consistency and that native knowledge is the framework for the curriculum. The position leads the department to develop and revise department curricula and instructional practices; develops and reviews department curriculum; and leads the curricula review process and prepares reports. The position assists with building capacity of student/faculty research; and manages accreditation for the department. The chair is responsible for teaching at least one course annually. Additional courses taught can be compensated if outside of work hours 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
Institutional Participation. This position participates in regular meetings of all department chairs to discuss and evaluate curricular issues and to ensure effective and collaborative decisions across This position works to strengthen and support research within the Native Studies Leadership department. This position consults with other faculty advisors in the department on student academic issues, including placement, registration, advising, drop/add processes, and Administrative Withdrawal procedures. This position creates and confirms class assignments and student registration (in collaboration with other Department Chairs) using student registration information. This position serves on committees that address larger academic and institutional operational and planning initiatives. This position participates in departmental and college-wide hiring processes when appropriate and at the request of the Vice President of Academics and the Center for Student Success.
Supervision and Personnel. This position provides leadership and maintains a climate of open communication, collegiality, and teamwork within the department. The position supervises departmental faculty in accordance with current College policies and practices; responds to performance issues and participates in personnel matters as appropriate, in consultation with the Academic The position provides consults with departmental faculty colleagues on a frequent basis and keeps them informed of activities that impact department program and services. This position supervises faculty for purposes of performance evaluation and plans and implements professional development and training within the department based on departmental and institutional needs. The position identifies and recommends candidates for the recruitment for all new part-time faculty and staff in the department; and provides orientation to new faculty and staff.
This position supervises faculty assigned to the Native Studies Leadership Program.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED to perform this position successfully:
Interested individuals should submit the following application materials directly to the NWIC Human Resources Office only.
The job announcement and application forms are
available online at www.nwic.edu/about-nwic/employment
or may be requested from and submitted directly to:
Northwest Indian College
2522 Kwina Road
Bellingham, WA 98226-9278