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Union County College Academic Specialist, Health Information Technology in Cranford, New Jersey

Union County College is a public comprehensive community college providing quality, affordable, accessible educational programs that serve the greater Union County region. It is the oldest of New Jerseys 19 Associate Degree Colleges, serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933. The College enrolls almost 30,000 credit, non-credit and continuing education students and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many programs lead to the Associate in Arts, Science and Applied Science degrees.

Campus: Plainfield

General Description:

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.

Characteristics, Duties and Responsibilities:

· Provides classroom instruction up to 12 hours per week.

· Delivers instructional approaches that engage students and support student success.

· Designs, prepares, and develops instructional materials.

· 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.

· Supports student learning outside of class by maintaining office hours.

· 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.

· Provides strong advocacy for the program/s.

· 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.

Education Requirements:

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

Competencies and Skills Required:

Experience working with a diverse population preferred

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 on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, marital status, religion, age, disability, handicap or other legally protected status in its provision of employment, education, and activities, or other services. 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. Union County College offers a competitive compensation package and salaries that are commensurate with experience and qualifications. The following benefits are also provided: Medical benefits and pension plan offered through the State of NJ; Dental and vision benefits; Vacation days based on accrual system; Ten paid holidays and three floating holidays that are determined by the College; Tuition remission for employee, spouse, and eligible children for credit and non-credit courses; and Tuition reimbursement for approved degree programs at an accredited college or university.