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Department Chair, Undergraduate Technology and Cybersecurity Program Job Description

Job Summary

The department chair is charged with the operational and strategic administration of the Cybersecurity degree and certificate programs at the School of Undergraduate Studies, as well as teaching responsibilities within the academic unit.  There are three broad components of the department chair position, categorized as: 1. Program management; 2. Faculty management and assessment, and; 3. Teaching responsibilities.   

The department chair is the primary administrator responsible for the delivery, monitoring, growth, and support of the academic program(s) in his or her unit.  Program management includes but is not limited to establishing a multi-year academic schedule, scheduling of courses and faculty within the department, monitoring and assuring program rigor, relevance, and compliance with internal and external standards, and development and delivery of strategic program growth initiatives. 

The chair is likewise responsible for regular and ongoing program assessment within the unit, and ensuring student learning outcomes are being met, leading to a system of continuous improvement. The department chair will work closely with the faculty in the department to guide improved content delivery, to establish consistent academic rigor and content coverage, and to provide student and classroom support.      

The Technology/Cybersecurity Chair is responsible for identifying and hiring qualified faculty for the department, overseeing and evaluating faculty performance within the department, and faculty training and orientation within the specific department.  Additionally, the department chair is expected to anticipate future faculty resource needs, and to work with the Dean with regard to planning for strategic program growth.  The department chair will work closely with the faculty in their department to guide improved content delivery, to establish consistent academic rigor and content coverage, and to provide student and classroom support.    

Department chairs are expected to teach 12 credits of academic coursework within the academic year.  Their teaching responsibilities are intended to set a standard for faculty teaching within the department, and to provide students within the department regular, direct access to the chair. The chair is also responsible for providing academic and career advising to majors in the department.


Program Development & Management

  • Department curriculum and course development, including in-seat, hybrid and online programming 
  • Program compliance with external agencies, including any national, regional and professional accreditation 
  • Ongoing program assessment focused on continuous improvement. 
  • Scheduling and monitoring all courses within the relevant department.  This includes coordinating with and supporting academic directors at regional centers to assure consistent College-wide program delivery and standards of rigor.  
  • Department promotion and growth initiatives; external partnerships, and marketing and enrollment initiatives leading to growth of the program. 
  • The chair will help support and cultivate industry advisory committees.
  • Contribute to developing innovative non-credit and credit-bearing academic products to bring to varied markets, including but not limited to: k-12, industry partners, tech based affinity groups and non-profits
  • Attendance and participation in bi-weekly Coordinators’ meetings, and other College meetings as required. 
  • Serve on the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, attend and participate in its monthly meetings.
  • Special department-related projects identified by the Dean.

Faculty Management and Assessment

  • Department faculty identification, recruitment, hiring, orientation/training, and evaluation. 
  • Development and maintenance of faculty pool within the academic program or course cluster. 
  • Ongoing department faculty support. 

Teaching & Advising

  • Student casework (advising, advocacy, discipline). 
  • Regularly scheduled student office hours of no less than 8 office-hours per week per program chaired (includes meeting times; does not include teaching times).  
  • Participation in new student orientation.

Education & Experience Required

  • 5-7 years of managerial-level internet/cybersecurity experience working within corporate, non-profit, or military sectors. 
  • Demonstrated leadership and team management skills. 
  • Master’s degree or higher preferred. 
  • Certifications in: CompTIA Network +, CompTIA A+, CISSP, Certified Ethical Hacker, CompTIA Cloud +
  • Experience with experiential learning activities and tools that stimulate student involvement and develop job ready skills.
  • The candidate must have experience with or the potential to mentor our students.
  • Demonstrated experience using any of the following tools and techniques: Identification and Authentication Controls, PKI, Ophcrack, Social Engineering Toolkit, Retina Network Security Center, Nessus Manager, Nessus Agents, Wireshark Network Protocol Analyzer, GFI LANguard, BackTrack / Kali Linux, Nessus, Metasploit, Tenable Security Center, Continuum, AppDetective, WebInspect, Core Impact, Thycotic Secret Server, CrowdStrike, Cisco AMP, Symantec SES, Tanium, McAfee HBSS, Accunetix, Netsparker

Skills & Knowledge Required

  • Competency in Cybersecurity with practical experience in cloud security, computer forensics and electronic discovery with an understanding of information security, network architecture, general database concepts, document management, hardware and software troubleshooting, and electronic mail systems.
  • Team leadership and management; strategic planning and program development; partnership cultivation and management; excellent written and oral communication skills; strong social media skills; database management; college-level instructional design and delivery, and ability to work in a fast-paced and growing environment.

Physical Effort Required

Sitting/remaining in a seated position, periodic lifting or carrying, and keyboarding.


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