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Academic Chair, Business Programs
Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida
Date Posted 09/16/2021
Executive-Other Executive
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
Job Status:
Academic Chair, Business Programs
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Home Department:
Business Programs
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Santa Fe College (SF) has been recognized as one of the top-rated community colleges in the United States.  Santa Fe College is a comprehensive public college that offers a range of Bachelor’s degrees, Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree options, as well as Certificate and Non-Degree programs.  Santa Fe College is a student-centered institution with a commitment to open access, academic excellence, and cultural and ethnic diversity. A high quality of life, temperate climate, proximity to the University of Florida, diverse cultural events, and plentiful recreational opportunities make SF and Gainesville an ideal community to work and live.  

Compensation: Starting Salary is based on 12 month faculty rank and applicable steps for related work experience plus 20%, as per the Santa Fe College Salary Schedule (see pages 14 and 27). Compensation package is comprised of many college paid benefits including health and life insurance, retirement, leave time, and tuition waivers for Santa Fe College and the University of Florida.


The Business Programs department is a multidisciplinary unit offering a wide variety of certificates, two-year A.S. degrees, and baccalaureate programs, as well as courses designed to support students transferring to upper-division study. The academic chair/director will report to the AVP for Academic Affairs for CTE programs and is responsible for providing leadership for all academic and operational activities in the department. Duties include planning, managing, and assessing instructional programs, leading the processes for the hiring and evaluating full-time and part-time faculty, maintaining strong relationships with advisory boards and specialized accrediting bodies as needed, and overseeing all activities that contribute to student access, retention, learning and success. 

Responsibilities and Duties:

Specific areas of accountability include:

  • All areas of academic and instructional leadership in the department, especially helping to improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment of student learning in order to achieve established learning outcomes.

  • Development of annual plans for course offerings, faculty scheduling, program recruitment and active enrollment management.

  • Plan, implement and report on the assessment of departmental learning outcomes.

  • Recruit, develop, retain and evaluate full-time and part-time faculty and staff.

  • Address all student issues in a professional and timely manner and in accordance with institutional policies and procedures.

  • Ability promote student engagement inside and outside of the classroom is preferred.

  • Plan, manage and assess department budgets and resource allocations.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Reports to: Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs


Required: To meet accreditation requirements, the chair must hold the credentials necessary to teach in at least one of the disciplines within the department. (See the Credentialing Manual for a complete description of the credentialing process and minimum requirements for positions:  Faculty Credentialing Manual). A master’s degree is required. Higher education teaching experience is also required.

Additional Requirements:  A criminal background check will be conducted.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:   

  • Ability to work successfully in a multi-cultural environment.

  • Adaptability to Change – able to be flexible and supportive, able to positively and proactively assimilate change in rapid growth environment.

  • Communication – able to effectively communicate in a professional, diplomatic, empathetic, and tactful manner using preferred method and level as applicable to the job.

  • Critical Thinking & Judgement - able to make well-reasoned, sensible, and timely decisions based on careful, objective review and informed analysis of available information, considerations, and other factors.

  • Ethics – able to demonstrate integrity, professionalism, civility, and a high degree of ethics in all job-related actions.

  • Leadership – has demonstrated success as an entrepreneurial, high energy, driven, hands-on leader.  Possess expertise in selecting, training, developing, coaching, mentoring, and retaining a highly motivated workforce.

  • Organization & Time Management – able to plan, schedule, and organize tasks related to the job to achieve goals within or ahead of established time frames.

  • Problem Solving – proven skills in identifying issues, determining their cause, developing creative solutions, and following through with implementing resolutions.

  • Relationship Management – able to personally provide high level of interactive service to others, building relationships and addressing identified needs.

  • Results Orientation – proven ability to set and exceed established targets. 

  • Systems & Software - proficient level of knowledge of Microsoft Office and/or relevant position software programs.

  • Team Orientation & Interpersonal – highly motivated team player with ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with all levels within and external to the organization.

Application Process: All applicants must submit an online SF Employment Application, submit a letter of intent, an up-to-date resume, and unofficial college transcripts through the job portal to be considered for this position. Unofficial transcripts are only accepted for review purposes. College transcripts should be submitted to confirm academic qualifications. Official transcripts for purposes of employment are defined as those sent directly from the awarding institution to an agent of Santa Fe.

Required Documents:
Letter of Intent, Resume/Curriculum Vitae, Unofficial Transcripts
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