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Job #1404026

Department Chair, Child Development

Job #1404026
This position is past the Close Date, no more applications will be accepted.

Position Information

Location Eastview Campus
Hours Hours as assigned: Must maintain an established schedule. Some positions may also include evenings and weekends.
Position Focus Child development department oversight
Salary Salary is assigned according to the Full-Time Faculty Salary Scale
FLSA Status Exempt
Criminal Background Check Pre-employment criminal background checks are required for all Staff and Faculty positions. Pre-employment urinalyses drug screens are also required for all top candidates considered for positions in ACC's College Police department.

Unless, otherwise provided by law, a criminal record does not automatically disqualify an applicant or employee, nor does it automatically deny a person's access to any of the College's online systems. Determinations of suitability will be made consistent with College policy, practices and all applicable laws and regulations.

Job Purpose

Provides academic leadership, management, and overall coordination for specific academic and/or workforce areas, serves as the budget authority for the Department, represents the Department on College councils, committees, and in college processes, as appropriate, uses a collegial process to facilitate departmental decision making, and provides a College-Wide instructional leadership environment conducive to student success. To instruct students in Child Development courses in accordance with College policies and procedures.

Reports To

Dean, Applied Technology, Multimedia, Public Service

Description of Duties and Tasks

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Provides leadership in developing, evaluating, and maintaining a curriculum that responds to community needs, prepares students for success and meets the stated requirements of THECB, SACS, and, where appropriate, other accrediting bodies. Workforce Department Chairs will lead in the effort to respond to local workforce needs. Facilitates Advisory Committee Meetings.
  2. In the area of teaching, teaches a variety of courses in child development and early childhood education as well as supervises students in field work associated with courses. Maintains office hours to assist students. Serves on college-wide and departmental committees. Participates in graduation, general assembly, and other official College functions. Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Dean, and/or Executive Vice President.
  3. In the area of Curriculum/Instruction, ensures unit plan development (OIE), Unit-Level Effectiveness Assessment Documentation, GIPWE/ACGM/SACS/Co-Board guidelines compliance, oversees departmental internship/practicum program, and coordinates textbook selection. May, in conjunction with another level of authority plan, develop and evaluate curriculum, ensure instructional program planning (Master Plan), ensure continuous quality improvement in all courses and programs, ensure Course Master Syllabi compliance, and evaluate faculty credentials.
  4. In the area of Facilities, assigns classrooms and addresses safety issues (in conjunction with Campus Managers).
  5. In the area of Management, develops and approves final course schedule (in consultation with department personnel). Makes faculty assignments, approves Distance Learning assignments, maintains eligibility list, hires, supervises, and evaluates lab assistants. Provides leadership for and approves professional development activities for departmental faculty and staff. Selects and supervises Assistant Department Chairs on an annual basis (as applicable). Develops budget, orders instructional supplies, facilitates department meetings, makes and reviews updates to college catalog. May, in conjunction with another level of authority, monitor faculty LEH workloads, recommend canceled classes, monitor office hours, supervise and evaluate site-based support staff, Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty, monitor performance improvement, request new faculty positions, recommend members of interview committee for full-time faculty positions, recommend new Full-Time faculty to Dean and Vice President for final approval, prepare and/or oversee the preparation of required reports (including budget recommendations, student follow-up, release time/stipend reports, faculty LEH, and accreditation reports), oversee approved instructional and operating budgets for assigned areas and functions, and order equipment.
  6. In the area of Student/Faculty Issues, approves administration of Course Challenge exams, approves grade change requests, and processes incomplete grade changes. May, in conjunction with another level of authority, approve course substitutions/waivers, address student complaints against instructors, review and resolve on-site student and faculty issues, serve as contact for Registration/Add-Drop issues, approve class limit override and informal class transfers, and address employee complains against supervisor.
  7. Manages Department grants and contracts, including Teacher and Director TRAC and all other department specific grants. Ensures all grants and contracts are implemented in accordance with contracts. Writes grants and grant renewals to support program goals.
  8. Maintains accreditation with the Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Provides leadership for continuous improvement through annual review of data from key assessments, development and implementation of action plans in collaboration with faculty. Submits annual reports as required.
  9. Provides oversight for ACC Children's Laboratory School to ensure the Child Development Department's educational mission is maintained.
  10. Engage in early childhood community planning including advocacy for quality early childhood programs and opportunities for adult learning.


Must possess required knowledge and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.


  • Supervisory practices, principles, and methods.
  • Subject matter and related and/or relevant topics and issues in the Child Development teaching discipline.
  • Sensitive issues relating to a diverse student body.
  • Principles and practices associated with Servant-Leadership.
  • Effective teaching techniques adaptable to a variety of learning styles in a higher education environment with a strong commitment to innovative teaching practices.
  • Presenting information and summary reports internally and to the public.
  • Understanding of the community college philosophy and mission.
  • College programs, services, and strategic directions.
  • Effective leadership and ethics techniques, including Servant-Leadership principles.
  • Multicultural education programs and systems.


Must possess required skills and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.


  • Maintaining an established schedule, including evenings and weekends, including possible multiple campus locations that may vary by semester.
  • Effectively using organizational and planning skills with attention to detail and follow through.
  • Effectively using interpersonal and communication skills, including tact and diplomacy.
  • Effectively assisting student learning.
  • Interacting with students of diverse backgrounds.
  • Being punctual for classes and office hours.
  • Maintaining confidentiality of student information.
  • Supervising and coordinating activities of subordinate personnel.
  • Planning, prioritizing, and problem-solving.
  • Planning and managing budgets and manpower needs.

Computer Skills


  • Demonstrated proficiency using computer applications, class room or other current learning technologies for effective teaching at the community college level.

Physical Requirements

  • Occasional lifting of objects up to 10 pounds
  • Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, kneeling, pushing and pulling
  • Work is routinely performed in an office, classroom, or child lab setting.

Work Experience


  • In accordance with SACS accreditation requirements, three years work experience in an early childhood setting, including direct experience with young children.


  • Experience in successful grant writing and grant management.



  • In accordance with SACS accreditation requirements, Bachelor's degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or directly related field.  SACS requirements may differ depending on the courses taught within the discipline.  For specific requirements by course, please see the current year Faculty Qualifications Table located at 


  • Master's degree with at least 18 graduate semester hours in Child Development, Early Childhood Education or directly related field or PhD.



  • Meet criminal history requirements for Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Child Care Licensing.


  • Bilingual, fluent with writing and speaking Spanish.
  • Experience in a community college.


  • Provide resources for safe operation of units. Provide financial and human resources to help eliminate identified safety hazards. Create and support a workplace safety culture by leadership and example.

Transcript Requirements

Applications are complete upon receipt of an official transcript. ACC only accepts transcripts that are mailed directly from educational institutions. Educational Institutions must mail transcripts to the Highland Business Center, Attn. E.M. Breedlove, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX 78752.
Transcript Policy

Foreign Transcripts
Applicants who have degrees earned from educational institutions located outside of the United States are required to have their transcripts evaluated by a recognized credential evaluation service prior to applying for Faculty and/or Adjunct Faculty positions. If the transcripts are in a foreign language, applicants also need to have their transcripts translated prior to applying for ACC job opportunities.
Foreign Transcript Policy

ACC Benefits Overview
Full-time Faculty and Staffing Table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the College are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short and long term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.

ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by Federal law.

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