Antioch University- Los Angeles Campus

Antioch University Los Angeles

United States

August 19, 2021


Antioch University Los Angeles seeks a proven academic leader to lead its innovative Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology (MAP) Department centered in Los Angeles. Antioch University. The Department and related academic programs from Antioch's five campuses have recently been organized into a School of Counseling, Psychology and Therapy (CPT). The MAP Department is the largest academic unit within the new PCT School and also the entire Antioch University system with an enrollment of approximately 700 students. The Department Chair will serve as the academic leader during a period of exceptional growth emerging out of new programming opportunities and partnerships.

The Chair's responsibilities center on the leadership and administration, academic vision and strategic direction of the Los Angeles Psychology Department, its various elements (e.g. specializations, clinical training, etc.) and oversight of associated faculty, staff, student and other stakeholders. The Chair ensures academic quality, manages personnel and resource allocations, mentors and supervises faculty, and engages community and other constituencies to promote and enhance the department's visibility and reputation. In addition, the Department Chair engages in the full range of faculty activities and responsibilities which may include the equivalent of up to three (3) quarter courses (9 credits) during the academic year.

Antioch University is a historic leader in progressive, student-centered higher education since its founding in 1852 in Yellow Springs Ohio, and campuses have been located in Southern California since 1972. The University has a strong and historic commitment to social, racial, economic and environmental justice, values that are integrated into the curriculum and embodied in the work and life experiences of Antioch stakeholders.

Departmental Overview/Summary: Antioch University Los Angeles offers a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology (MAP). Students may choose to specialize in: Addiction and Recovery, Psychological Trauma Studies, Spiritual and Depth Psychology, LGBT Affirmative Psychology, Professional Clinical Counseling, Child Studies, Applied Community Psychology, and General Practice Specialization.

Students may also choose individualized programs, including MPIC. For students who eventually intend to pursue doctoral studies or non-clinical careers, the Los Angeles Department also offers the Master of Arts in Psychology Studies (MAPS).

The MAP curricula is infused with social justice as a foundational frame, while practical experience and self-reflection provide context to support the development of a well-rounded practitioner. The Department requires 90 quarter units for completion of the degree, to be taken over 8 full-time quarters of study, including three quarters of clinical training experience. The curriculum meets all educational requirements for students to qualify for application as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Students may also choose to qualify as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC).

Responsibilities of the Department Chair: Academic Leadership

  • Develop and maintain a clear academic vision and strategic direction; establish priorities and objectives to ensure excellent academic quality of the department.

  • Develop innovative and mission-consistent curricula and effectively execute plans to promote and deliver programs within resource constraints in collaboration with department faculty.

  • Promote interdisciplinary collaborations across divisions within the School of Counseling, Psychology and Therapy and across the university campus system.

  • Recruit, hire, mentor and evaluate department leaders (Specialization Directors, and Clinical Training Director), full-time Core and Teaching Faculty as well as Adjunct faculty members in conversation with the School Dean and department faculty.

  • Lead regular meetings with program faculty. Promote collegial discussion and decision-making within the faculty.

  • Department Management

  • Develop and manage the annual department budget in collaboration with faculty and staff; secure sufficient resources and personnel to accomplish department goals, support student learning and ensure academic quality.

  • Ensure department excellence, student success and faculty achievement through the development and oversight of budgets, policies and procedures.

  • Establish and manage course scheduling, faculty workload assignments and adjunct budget line in consultation with the School Dean.

  • Department Promotion and Outreach

  • Develop and support recruitment and outreach activities for department working in collaboration with AU Admissions, Marketing and Advancement units.

  • Plan and engage in outreach and promotional activities; develop community networks and promote advantageous partnerships to advance program visibility and opportunities for student engagement and resource sharing.

  • Ensure department-specific state, regional and other accreditation requirements are understood and department fulfilment documented.

  • Student Support and Success

  • Design and engage in regular processes (e.g. Cycle of Inquiry, annual program review, etc.) with faculty to ensure ongoing reflective practice focusing on student learning and opportunities for improving and enhancing department curricula and faculty development.

  • Establish and enforce clear guidelines and procedures to admit qualified students to the department; ensure student conduct and academic status policies and procedures are developed and understood by faculty and staff to effectively address challenging student situations.

  • Establish and create data collection tools, analysis systems and procedures that provide a clear understanding of the student experience and develop actions and processes to proactively address areas of concern.

  • Other Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with other department and program leaders within the School of Counseling, Psychology and Therapy.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Dean as appropriate.

  • Qualifications:

  • A terminal degree (PhD, PsyD, etc.) from a regionally accredited institutions of higher learning within a discipline associated with the psychology program.

  • A minimum of five years of experience in an academic leadership role at the Chair level or higher with demonstrated leadership experience and skills in budget planning, faculty evaluation and development, and leading through change; success in enrollment management and scheduling at a department/unit level; and experience in developing curriculum and overseeing programs offered in different delivery modalities.

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience teaching graduate and professional students in traditional, hybrid, and online environments.

  • Demonstrated record of providing intellectual leadership and academic vision with an appreciation for university research, teaching and community service.

  • Demonstrated experience working within a university system and success in collaborating with both internal and external stakeholders to achieve objectives and solve problems within a team environment.

  • Demonstrated commitment to creating and supporting a diverse work environment for all stakeholders, including faculty, staff and students.

  • Demonstrated commitment and success in hiring, supporting and mentoring diverse faculty and staff, developing system and processes to support a broad range of students (including BIPOC and first generation students), and integrating diverse perspectives and experiences into the curriculum strongly preferred.

  • Knowledge of California BBS Regulations for Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors preferred.

  • LMFT, LPCC, LCSW, or Psychologist licensure or license-eligible with experience in mental health settings especially desirable.

  • The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

    Qualified candidates must submit a cover-letter, resume/CV, copy of education transcripts when applying.

    Antioch University reserves the right to change the duties of the job description at any time.

    Antioch University provides equal opportunity for all qualified applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, family status, or disability in matters affecting employment or in providing access to programs.

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