Department Chair, Applied and Industrial Technologies (9+3 month)

Department Chair, Applied and Industrial Technologies (9+3 month)


Rockingham Community College
215 Wrenn Memorial Road
Wentworth, NC 27375
Phone: 336-342-4261


Commensurate with experience



Job Category

  • Instructional (Faculty)

Application Period

Opens: Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Closes: Friday, August 5, 2022

Target Start Date

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Expected Work Hours

M-Th 8 am-5 pm, F 8 am-3pm; may vary depending on department needs

Reports to

Dean, Workforce Development

Employment Type


Minimum Qualifications

Associate degree in Industrial Systems Technology, Mechatronics or related Applied Industrial Technology discipline from a regionally accredited institution.

  • Minimum five years work experience industrial/electrical building/ maintenance technology, and/or facility and equipment maintenance experience; and minimum two years of work experiences in higher education.
  • Ability to provide instruction in industrial and electrical systems technology programs of study. Courses include: programmable logic controls, robotics, instrumentation, blueprint reading, hydraulics and pneumatics, computer-aided drafting and design, motors and controls, and electrical wiring.
  • Excellent reference(s) and job description(s) from previous employers.
  • Knowledge of computer-aided design and computer-aided engineering software. 
  • Knowledge and experience in installation and repair of industrial machinery.
  • Repair and troubleshooting skills in the following trades: electrical, electronics, programmable logic controls, instrumentation, heating/air conditioning and refrigeration, mechanical, and knowledge of construction trades.
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills required and ability to collaboratively work as a team member.
  • Ability to engage with business and industry partners to develop work-based learning experiences and apprenticeships.
  • Ability to provide instruction during the day, evening, and weekends.
  • Ability to integrate and maintain content in a learning management system.
  • Knowledge of workforce development continuing education programs.
  • Experience in online instruction and course development.
  • Treats others respectfully and creates a workplace environment of high integrity and professionalism. 
  • Skill in problem solving and working in a team environment.

Preferred Qualifications

see minimum qualifications

Position Description

The Department Chair for Applied and Industrial Technologies within the division of Workforce Development, is responsible for supervision, planning, management and evaluation of the department’s programs and courses within the areas of study related to assigned area of responsibility in collaboration with the Dean. The Department Chair will maintain a teaching load of a minimum of 9 and maximum 15 contact hours to maintain relevancy in teaching and learning. This position will ensure the coordination and management of program operations following policies and procedures within the Division and the College. They will work in collaboration with both internal and external partners to facilitate educational opportunities and curriculum development relevant to workforce needs.

Applied and Industrial Technologies includes the following programs: Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration, Agribusiness Technology, Computer-Integrated Machining, Electrical Systems Technology, Industrial Systems Technology, and Welding and any related workforce programs.  

Department Chairs are expected to perform all aspects of program management and instruction-related duties in a timely manner and in accordance with the mission, policies, and procedures of the College, the North Carolina Community College System, and with appropriate accrediting entities where applicable. Department Chairs are also responsible for providing placement, advising, follow-up support services and performing other duties as assigned.

Program(s) Coordination

  • Research and recommend for approval program advisory committee members to the administration following established policy and procedure.
  • Interact with program advisory committees to determine state-of-the-art practices, procedures, and equipment related to maintaining an up-to-date instructional program that would be valued and needed by the employers in the RCC service area.
  • Provide leadership with the research and development of information necessary to teach the appropriate courses to the students of RCC.
  • Monitor professional information sources to determine trends and innovations in one’s field that lend themselves to integration into the instructional program.
  • Plan and organize the curriculum as approved by the RCC Board of Trustees, the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS), and other accrediting and regulatory entities.
  • Develop, with other program faculty and appropriate administration, program level competencies that outline expected student learning outcomes.
  • Provide leadership in the development of appropriate assessment of student learning outcomes for courses in assigned programs.
  • Order textbooks, instructional materials, and supplies as needed for instruction following established procedures.
  • Develop and recommend class schedules cooperatively with other departments and divisions of the college and submitting to the appropriate Dean.
  • Identify and/or recommend equipment needed to teach the competencies prescribed in the approved curriculum by the RCC Board of Trustees, the NCCCS, and accrediting and regulatory entities.
  • Maintain compliance with established NCCCS performance measures, national benchmarks, etc. for the appropriate curriculum as prescribed by the NCCCS and accrediting and regulatory entities.
  • Coordinate the selection and employment of part-time faculty to teach courses as needed in his or her assigned program 
  • Develop a departmental budget for assigned program to the appropriate Dean
  • Develop bid specifications for instructional equipment, materials, and supplies for the assigned program.
  • Monitor departmental expenditures to ensure expenditures are within the financial resources allocated to the program.
  • Research, organize, develop, and recommend credit and non-credit programs of study as directed.
  • Participate in and provide counsel for institutional planning and development activities.
  • Provide assistance in planning for facility space utilization 
  • Identify and recommend appropriate programs, projects, and initiatives.
  • Provide assistance for the planning and implementation for academic resources and tutorial support services. 
  • Develop and recommend policies for the operation of the division.
  • Review and recommend to the division deans the employment, retention, and transfer of professional and support personnel for the division’s programs for the college.
  • Contribute to the development of the appropriate sections of the Student Catalog/Handbook, Academic Procedures Manual, and other official publications of the community college service area.
  • Organize and direct the work of faculty and staff in assigned programs.
  • Interpret the mission, educational philosophy, and vision statements of the service area to faculty and staff.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of program personnel and recommending disciplinary action to the appropriate Dean.
  • Maintain compliance with established performance measures for division programs with the NCCCS and other accrediting and regulatory entities.


  • Identify and/or develop instructional materials needed to teach the program competencies prescribed in the approved curriculum by RCC, the NCCCS, and other accrediting and regulatory entities.
  • Develop course syllabi that outline clear and appropriate student learning outcomes and expectations that reflect program competencies.
  • Implement and provide effective instruction that demonstrates appropriate knowledge in specialized field/discipline in accordance with best practice literature.
  • Teach an appropriate instructional course load in accordance with policies outlined in the workload policy.
  • Demonstrate the effective use of pedagogical methods to meet various student learning styles. 
  • Administer appropriate assessment and/or testing to measure student learning outcomes in courses.
  • Maintain appropriate classroom standards that include the effective management of students in the classroom and the management of classroom and lab facilities.
  • Provide timely and accurate reports including 10% reports, grade reports, and other required reports related to instruction.
  • Maintain posted office/student hours in accordance with requirements outlined in the faculty workload policy.
  • Recruit students for respective program and other programs at RCC.
  • Serve as an academic advisor to students with advising responsibilities in the assigned program relative to course requirements, expectations, and completion standards.
  • Participate in the college’s registration and orientation sessions as assigned.
  • Maintain student files within the department as required by the accreditation agency and state and/or local policy.
  • Refer students to Student Development personnel for guidance, counseling, and resource assistance following prescribed procedures on an as needed basis.
  • Coordinate retention strategies with the appropriate program faculty, other Department Chairs, Program Directors, appropriate administration, and Student Development personnel to maximize student retention.
  • Provide assistance and information for student follow-up reports and demographics as required by state or local policy and/or reports.
  • Sponsor and support program enrichment activities, particularly student organizations.
  • Attend meetings, conferences, seminars, briefings, and training sessions to expedite the business of the college.
  • Attend institutional functions such as graduation, faculty/staff recognition ceremonies, etc. that promote the collegiate life.
  • Serve on local, state, regional and/or national committees upon request and/or approval from the administration.
  • Serve on college committees as assigned to expedite college business and to be involved in the decision-making process of the college.
  • Exhibit a personal and professional attitude that reflects positively upon the individual and the public perception of the community college.
  • Participate in the activities of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges as required.

Institutional Support

  • Work a minimum of a 38-hour workweek as outlined in the Employee Handbook.
  • Assist with the implementation and enforcement of all official policies and procedures of RCC.
  • Evaluate department faculty in accordance with the faculty evaluation policies and procedures outlined in the Employee Handbook.

Professionalism/Public Relations

  • Stimulate and influence innovation and creativity at all levels within the organization.
  • Support the professional and personal development of all employees in the division.
  • Serve as a role model and advocate for high quality instruction and assessment with faculty and staff.
  • Participate in activities that promote and enhance the college’s image among its various publics.

Perform other duties as assigned by the Division Dean, Vice-President for Academic Affairs and/or the President of Rockingham Community College.

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please complete an online application at

Job Post Contact

Joy Chappell
Director of Human Resources
(336) 342-4261, ext. 2265