Chair, Hospitality/Culinary

Columbia, Maryland
Feb 16, 2018
Mar 23, 2018
Full Time

Howard Community College - Chair, Hospitality/Culinary
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Job Description:


The Chair, Hospitality/Culinary is a full-time, budgeted faculty who works collaboratively with the Dean, the Associate Dean, other Department Chairs, and Course Coordinators, for a 3-year appointment on a 12-month contract, and reports directly to the Dean of the Business and Computer Systems Division. The chair provides the vision and leadership required to realize the mission of the Culinary and Hospitality program including strategic planning for the department.  Primary administrative responsibilities include maintaining American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) and Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA) accreditation; program development; independent project management and collaboration with the team. This position acts as an advocate for the mission of the program to both college and external constituencies.
The department chair is expected to teach a minimum of 12 units per academic year, with 1 credit hour equaling one unit. In addition to teaching, faculty are expected to maintain at least 5 office hours per week while class is in session and accept other responsibilities as described below:


Major responsibilities may include:

  • Supervision of full-time faculty including those who teach in the culinary and hospitality disciplines. (including instruction, professional development, promotion, and advancement)
  • Development and management of departmental budgets, purchasing and assistance with administration of annual grants.
  • Oversight of schedule building,  enrollment management and curricular development (program and course)
  • Implementation and tracking of core work metrics, learning outcomes assessment, accreditation standards, and student evaluations
  • Facilitation of student academic complaint procedures and code of conduct violations
  • Routine faculty responsibilities as outlined in the Faculty Job description
  • Responsibilities related to ACFEF and ACPHA Accreditation including that all faculty are following required ACFEF and ACPHA classroom requirements, such as proper uniform code and use of the program student handbook

Additional responsibilities may include:

  • Staff and adjunct faculty management and supervision
  • Oversight of community-based partnerships and initiatives including leadership and guidance of the Center's Advisory Committee Members and implementation of apprenticeship and internship opportunities for students
  • Initiation, coordination and implementation of program marketing in conjunction with the college's public relations and marketing department, Dean, and program faculty
  • Performs all duties while considering the impact of any actions on the college's sustainability initiatives in the areas of environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic prosperity


  • The department chair will hold at least a master's degree or its equivalent with an academic background in culinary and hospitality preferred including experience in academic programs with restaurant operations 
  • Minimum of three years of post-secondary level teaching experience. Strong preference given to candidates with teaching and/or department chair experience in an ACFEF and/or ACHPA accredited program especially within a community college
  • Candidates will have work experience in culinary and/or hospitality field with five years in a supervisory role
  • Preferred candidates will have ten years of industry experience as full-time culinary professional OR hospitality professional including five years of industry experience as it relates to food and beverage operations with a minimum of three of those years in front of the house management, including purchasing
  • Preference given to candidates with ACFEF certifications and/or ACPHA certifications
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to identify and set priorities, multi-task, and meet deadlines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are mandatory
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills required, including the ability to interact with a diverse range of students (including those with special needs), faculty and staff required
  • Preference given to candidates with Business Marketing experience in the culinary or hospitality field
  • Ability to work independently, flexibly, and as part of a team required
  • Knowledge of a variety of teaching delivery methods necessary
  • Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Regular attendance is a requirement of this position

Additional Information:

Hours Per Week: 37.5
Work Schedule: varies with needs of division
Compensation: Salary range starting at $62,000 and is commensurate with experience, plus excellent medical insurances, paid leaves and tuition reimbursement. 
FLSA Status: Exempt
Open Until Filled
For Best Consideration, Submit By: March 16, 2018

Howard Community College (HCC) is an Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action employer & values diversity within its faculty, staff & student population. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

HCC understands that persons with specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance with the job application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 443-518-1100. The TDD line phone # is: 443-518-4822.

Application Instructions:

Please submit:

  1. Application
  2. Cover letter
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. Statement of your teaching philosophy

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