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Physical Therapy - Faculty Chair

Job ID Req #191 Location : St. Augustine, FL, United States
Date posted 08/23/2019


The Chair will provide academic leadership and administrative oversight of all Physical Therapy programs, resident and flex, as well as all entry-level program directors on all USAHS campuses. Through use of programmatic data internally and externally, the chair applies a strategic approach to promoting academic excellence and growth of the programs, for the benefit of its students, and employees. The individual in this position coordinates the communication and the consistency across campuses and delivery methods for these programs. The individual will assist program directors by coordinating program outcome assessment, accreditation reporting, faculty performance evaluation and development, and curricular improvement, etc. 


Strategic Planning and Change Management

  • In concert with the Executive Dean of the College of Rehabilitative Sciences, develops strategic plan for all programs to focus on growth and quality improvement goals and initiatives that align with the division’s and the University’s goals

·Participates in development and implementation of University’s strategic plan

·Serves as spokesperson in determining how programs are innovative and forward thinking to position USAHS as a leader in education

·Works closely with marketing, university representatives, and admissions personnel to assure enrollment projects are being met; provides feedback on student recruiting methodology.

Leadership Development

  • Leads Joint faculty meetings and retreats; Assists program directors as needed with faculty development needs; student academic/professional misconduct issues
  • Leads recruitment and training efforts for new directors; performs evaluations of the program directors; is responsible for leadership development.
  • Provides oversight to faculty performance evaluation process, assuring consistency, working with program directors to reinforce faculty development plans; assures there is alignment of faculty development goals to program strategic goals; assist directors with faculty recruitment as needed; recommends faculty hiring to chief academic officer
  • Monitors equity in faculty and program director workload
  • Supervises orientation and development of new program directors and assistant directors

Fiscal and Resource Management

  • Examines resource use, working with program directors for allocation and sharing of resources
  • Works between program directors and the Dean of the College of Rehabilitative Sciences for the coordination of policy revision/development and resource management
  • Works with Dean of the College of Rehabilitative Sciences to assure the clinical education office is meeting program needs

·Develops annual budget and expenses for area(s) of responsibility and guides subordinate managerial personnel in the development of their budgets as necessary; administers or delegates the administration of budgets, approving expenditures and reviewing reports

Quality Improvement and Accreditation

·Stays up-to-date with accreditation standards changes; assures accreditation reports from each campus are completed, in certain areas are consistent, and the programs are being compliant with current standards

·Coordinates programmatic accreditation for new programs/locations

·Leads local participation in the programmatic accreditation process; assures full compliance with federal, state and accrediting body standards and regulations

·Oversee programmatic outcome analysis, developing improvement plans, and implementing curricular and teaching effectiveness to support student success; leads program review

·Assures that all student academic and behavioral performances are evaluated and treated with consistency and follow University and Program policies and procedures

·Assures the curriculum is contemporary, well-delivered, and in compliance with accreditation standards across all campuses; Promotes course coordination in courses and works closely with director(s) in other disciplines to promote coordination of HSC courses; reviews Course Coordinator reports and assists with curriculum revisions when needed

·Supports faculty scholarship; encourages intercampus and interprofessional research endeavors

·Works with Admissions to review admissions standards and procedures for programs

·Works with Accreditation and Compliance units to assure adherence to all standards and regulatory requirements


·Promotes University’s core values

·Supports and demonstrates a student-centered philosophy

·Attends and participate in Academic Leadership, Program Director Council, and Student-Director Meetings where appropriate;

·Maintains superior customer service to internal and external customers

·Fosters a success-oriented, accountable environment within the University

·Upholds University’s professional, ethics and integrity standards

·Maintains communication channels for all employees

·Maintains an active scholarly agenda and provides service to the University and profession; teaches as time allows


May perform other duties and responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.


REPORTS TO:   Executive Dean of Rehabilitation Sciences

POSITIONS SUPERVISED: Academic Program Directors, Academic Program Assistants


To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Incumbents will be evaluated, in part, based on performance of each essential function.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


·Terminal degree required, Associate Professor rank for certain programs, one degree must be in discipline-specific field

·Five or more years’ progressive levels of leadership, responsibility and expertise in teaching, preferably in higher education and experience with online education delivery

·Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching, scholarship and administration, in an institution of higher education

·Knowledge of financial aid and fiscal management

·Exceptional leadership, communication and management skills; demonstrates forward, creative thinking

·Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, and to interact effectively with colleagues, administrators and faculty members and students, as well as external constituencies;

  • Possess knowledge of discipline specific accreditation

·Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


·Eligible for State practice license

·Valid driver’s license for State of residence and at least minimum liability insurance required by State.


Travel may be required up to 25%.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Collaborates - Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Being Resilient - Rebounding from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations.
  • Instills Trust - Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
  • Drives Results - Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Innovation - Creating new and better ways for the organization to be successful.
  • Customer Focus - Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.
  • Drives Engagement (People Managers Only) - Creating a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objectives.
  • People Leadership (People Managers Only) - Leads by example when it comes to finding and developing talent, with a focus on talent acquisition strategies, setting performance targets that raises standards and development of high potential talent.

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