Under the direction of the Academic Deans, the Academic Specialist is a twelve (12) month contracted full-time position. Academic Specialists will perform administrative responsibilities in Academic Affairs and student service that focus on student success initiatives and the College’s educational goals and priorities. Academic Specialists will also be permitted to teach academic subjects, evaluate staff including faculty and adjunct faculty, carry out administrative projects and programs, and advise students. Using predictive and learning analytics, Academic Specialists support the primary institutional mission of student success. The Academic Specialist also serves as the Program Director and will be responsible for coordination of the Health Information Technology program.
Characteristics, Duties, and Responsibilities
• Carries out administrative tasks and programs as assigned by Supervisor.
• Interviews and evaluates staff, including faculty and adjunct faculty for purposes including, but not limited to, hiring, retention, non-renewals and/or discipline.
• Provides assistance with hiring adjunct faculty, evaluating faculty and staffing.
• Maintains accurate student records.
• Uses data and analytics to improve student retention and completion outcomes.
• Advises students throughout their educational life cycle and provides discipline specific information.
• Supports students through tutoring and mentoring activities.
• Delivers instructional approaches that engage students and support student success.
• Provides classroom instruction up to 12 hours per week.
• Supports student learning outside of class by maintaining office hours.
• Designs, prepares and develops instructional materials.
• Develops and assesses courses under the supervision of the Dean.
• Demonstrates knowledge of modern technology and its use in the classroom.
• Assists with curriculum & assessment projects, division reports including, revisions, changes or updates
• Assists the Dean with budget activities, including the Perkins grant.
• Writes grants and participates in the administration of grant activities.
• Assists the Dean marketing the program.
• Participates in all commencement events.
• Represents the College at conferences and seminars, as needed.
• Participates in the College governance process.
• Exhibits regular, prompt attendance as an essential job responsibility.
• Conducts meetings as necessary for the effective functioning of the program, including any committee meetings.
• Provide administrative support to the Allied Sciences Division Office.
• Other duties as assigned.
Specialized Job Duties:
• Monitors and maintains timely and accurate student records.
• Submits timely and accurate program reports and other documentation.
• Establishes admissions criteria with faculty input and participates in the student recruitment and admissions process.
• Fosters instructor participation in staff development and training programs, as needed.
• Ensures the safety and cleanliness of all classrooms, labs, and other departmental areas.
• Maintains adequate class sizes and student-to- instructor ratios through appropriate staffing and scheduling.
• Works effectively with other departments in the Division of Allied Sciences to maintain an overall environment that is conducive to learning.
• Understands the field of Health Information Technology and helps students understand and navigate baccalaureate education opportunities to help them meet their career goals.
• Demonstrates continuing professional development and remains current in the field of Health Information Technology for curriculum development and delivery.
• Manages the organization, administration, continuous program review, planning, development, and general effectiveness of the Health Information Technology program.
• Assists with the budget development process of the program.
Master’s degree is required and certification as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) or Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) required.
Experience working with a diverse population preferred
Two years of college-level administrative and/or college-level teaching experience preferred. Prion experience in the evaluation of teaching effectiveness and conducting staff observations preferred.
Competencies and Skills Required
• Understanding of and commitment to the mission of a comprehensive community college.
• Commitment to student success.
• Participatory leadership style; demonstrated creativity and flexibility in problem solving.
• Demonstrated commitment to academic excellence.
• Sensitivity to the educational and personal goals of a diverse student population.
• Demonstrated ability to utilize diverse teaching methods to accommodate various learning styles.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Strong interpersonal, administrative, and organizational skills.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
• This position’s duties are normally performed in a typical interior/residence work environment, based on the activity scheduled.
• Some physical effort required; however, the employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
• No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
• Some travel is required.
Union County College does not discriminate and prohibits discrimination, as required by state and/or federal law, in all programs and activities, including employment and access to its career and technical programs.
Union County College is an EEO/AAP Employer/Protected Veteran/Disabled
Disclaimer: This job description outlines the general nature and key features performed by various positions that share the same job classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and qualifications required of all employees assigned to the job. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or re-assign duties to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodations or other business reasons.
Terms of Employment
Flexible schedule to meet College needs. Some evening, weekends, and extended hours will be required. Ability and willingness to travel on short notice to all on and off-campus sites as needed by the College. Employee must establish primary residency in New Jersey within one year of appointment unless an exemption applies in accordance with N.J.S.A. 52:14-7.
About this company
As the oldest community college in New Jersey, UCC has been serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933. The College has maintained its commitment to scholarship by providing a solid liberal arts foundation while, at the same time, developing new programs and courses that meet the challenges of a rapidly developing society.
UCC is focused on ensuring that our programs and facilities are equipped to prepare students for the intellectual and technological demands of the 21st century. All four UCC campuses boast advanced data and voice infrastructures that can support the latest in computer hardware and software. All credit students are offered their own college e-mail accounts through which they can communicate with UCC's outstanding faculty, fellow students, and the vast world of knowledge and information available through the World Wide Web. Distance learning opportunities, such as courses by videotape, are increasing with each semester.
Even more important, UCC has a reputation for providing its diverse student body with a nurturing and supportive environment. Student services from counseling and financial aid to the tutoring provided by the Academic Learning Centers on each campus are in place to ensure student success.
For those wishing to pursue a bachelors degree, the economics of spending the first two years at Union County College coupled with the dual admissions and transfer /articulation agreements that the College has in place, can ease the road to junior year status at a long list of colleges and universities throughout the U.S. While here, students have the chance to participate in a range of activities. These include a five-star chapter of the honor society of Phi Theta Kappa, an award-winning student newspaper, a modern fitness center, and a range of athletic programs. In 1998, the UCC Owls and Lady Owls were the first teams from one college to become the Men's and Women's Garden State Athletic Conference Basketball Champions in the same year.
Whether you are a recent high school graduate, an adult returning to school after a hiatus, an employee seeking additional training or a new career, Union County College can be your . . . access to the 21st century!
Location/Region: Cranford, NJ