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Department Chair, Health Care Assistant

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Posting Number

Posting Number F0904
Position Information

Position Title Department Chair, Health Care Assistant
Division Health & Human Services
Department Health Care Assistant
Supervisor Title Dean, Faculty of Health & Human Services
Location Comox Valley/Campbell River/ Port Alberni (CV/CR/PA)
Posting Type Internal Only Posting
Position Status Regular
If Others, please specify
New Position or Replacement? New
Position End Date (if temporary) 10/26/2026
Desired Start Date 10/30/2023
Weekly work schedule (please indicate the start and end times for each day of work)
Days and hours vary
% 20%
Pay Grade The annual salary range is $68,385 - $109,584 (at 100% appointment) and is based on qualifications, experience, and the placement criteria of Article 14 of the NICFA Collective agreement.
Position Summary
In collaboration with the Dean, Faculty of Health and Human Services and the Health Care Assistant (HCA) Department faculty and staff, the HCA Chair serves a key role in providing day-to-day educational leadership and operational oversight of the HCA Department, as listed in the Major Duties and Responsibilities section below. While the role is administrative in nature, the position of HCA Department Chair is a faculty role in which the incumbent provides collegial leadership to a work group, with managerial decision-making remaining with the Dean.

The HCA Chair fosters a collegial environment that promotes high-quality standards of teaching, scholarship, service, student support and success. The HCA Chair ensures the effective and efficient operation of the HCA Department and provides leadership in educational planning, review and outreach activities to support the development and achievement of College and HCA Department goals and objectives.
Position Competencies
While the position of Chair is filled through an election process within a Department/School in accordance with the provisions of the Collective Agreement, candidates should consider that the following competencies are necessary for the successful performance of the duties and responsibilities:

- Collaborative skills and the ability to build a team environment and support change management
- Ability to foster a collegial, positive, student-centred working environment that supports learning for students, faculty and staff
- Demonstrated organizational and interpersonal skills
- Demonstrated leadership skills and abilities including the ability to provide educational leadership to a diverse department/school as well as collaborate across departments/schools
- Experience and interest in program design, development, delivery and evaluation within a post-secondary environment
- Knowledge of and/or interest in financial management practices, including budgeting and expenditure control
- Knowledge of and/or interest in human resource management practices
Duties & Responsibilities
1. Department Chairs in instructional areas perform regular teaching functions, and would normally have release time for administrative duties within the range of 20% to 60%. The amount of release time necessary will be determined by the Dean in consultation with the Department.
2. Department Chairs shall act independently in routine administrative matters pertaining to their program area.
3. Department Chairs assist in the identification and development of external contracts.
4. Department Chairs may, from time to time, supervise CUPE members.
5. Department Chairs may be required to facilitate across disciplines.
6. Department chairs are involved in establishing policies for the program areas.
7. Department Chairs provide work leadership to fulfill the day to day functions of the programs.
8. Department Chairs shall be elected by their peers.
9. The role of Department Chairs in the evaluation process will be negotiated by the parties under the Collective Agreement.
10. Department Chairs are responsible for ensuring departmental participation in the selection process.
11. Department Chairs do not have a role in the formal grievance procedure.
12. Department Chairs will recommend to the Dean on matters relating to vacations and short term leaves of absence within their department.
13. Department Chairs have the authority and responsibility for monitoring approved expense plans for their department.
14. Department Chairs shall advise students and the public with regards to the nature and scope of their program area.
15. Department Chairs shall participate in the recruitment of students.
16. Department Chairs shall provide input into program or service evaluation.
Required Education & Experience
Required Knowledge Skills & Abilities
Special Instructions to Applicant
Posting Detail Information

Posting Open Date 09/07/2023
Posting Close Date 10/05/2023
Open Until Filled
Job Description
Faculty Regular
Additional Information
This is an elected position.  All regular faculty in the department are eligible to run for the position of Department Chair (Art 3.5.1(b)).  In those instances where no regular faculty member is available to fill the position, the Department, in consultation with the Dean, may elect a sessional employee as Chair (Art 3.5.1©) 
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