Program Chair – Media Department

Atlanta, GA

Summary: The role of the Program Chair is to work with the Dean of Academic Affairs, faculty (full-time and adjunct), and the staff at both campuses to provide students with a quality educational experience and a high level of student support services. 

Under the direction of the Dean, the Program Chair also drives various department and college-wide initiatives, working collaboratively with leadership to implement those plans and track their outcomes.

The Chair is the first responsible point of contact for documenting and resolving student issues that arise within the Media Programs, and as well, the first responsible point of contact for documenting and resolving faculty matters of business within the department. 

The Chair has teaching responsibilities and is expected to teach two classes each quarter, unless otherwise directed by the Dean of Academic Affairs.

In everything that’s done, the Chair must assure that the core elements of the operating philosophy for The Arts Institutes International, LLC are met.  These elements are considered essential in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the Chair’s position:

·       quality services to students;

·       the development, growth, involvement, and recognition of employees;

·       sound economic principles that ensure the efficiency of programming;

·       and an environment conducive to innovation, positive thinking, and growth.

Key Job Elements: 

1. On scheduling, the Chair:

  • Develops the schedule of courses offered at each campus and the assignment of qualified faculty.
  • Works to ensure the registration of students, and tracking of student attendance.
  • Coordinates the logistics of room availability, room assignments, equipment and supply requirements for each course.

2. On faculty, the Chair:

  • Supports the review of applications and the interviewing of prospective faculty, making recommendations to the Dean of Academic Affairs on qualified candidates.
  • Supports the review of applications and interviews of candidates required to maintain a sufficient pool of capable and qualified instructors for normal course delivery and substitutions.
  • Reviews faculty qualifications in line with courses to be scheduled, and coordinates full-time and adjunct faculty teaching assignments.  Note that the chair is expected to teach two courses per quarter.
  • Tracks full-time and adjunct teaching hours to ensure equitable distribution of teaching loads and maintenance of administrative policies.
  • Orients new instructors in the department, and acts as primary liaison to resolve any instructor issues.
  • Serves as mentor to full-time faculty, developing evaluations and development plans to improve performance and support outcomes.
  • Manages instructor substitutions and course cancellations on short-notice.

3. With students, the Chair:

  • Develops regular strategies for student engagement and reports on their success.
  • Conducts student surveys on course delivery to assess student opinion of instructional quality of both courses and programs so as to identify opportunities to strengthen both.
  • Coordinates communications with students regarding upcoming schedules, including available courses, wait list options, new offerings, etc. to maximum course participation.
  • Ensure all program marketing materials are current, campus website is maintained and updated with new information, contributes to program calendars, course descriptions, along with general news and information for the department.
  • Oversees contributions of departments social media content in marketing.

4. With the assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), the Chair:

  • Coordinates work of the faculty to assess student competencies and student learning outcomes within the department.
  • Reports annually on the progress on student learning to the Dean of Academic Affairs, using the formatted reporting tools provided.
  • Works to continually understand market trends so as to revise existing programs, develop new programs, and pilot new opportunities on campus.

5. With admissions, the Chair:

  • Is responsible to attend and coordinate faculty participation in college events, including open houses, new student orientation, and other events that engage with prospective new students.
  • Is responsible to review course and catalog, and other promotional information presented to prospective students, so as to ensure its accuracy.
  • Assists with various communication campaigns that represent the department to prospective students.

6. Otherwise the Chair:

  • Acts as the primary liaison between the department and other internal and external entities, working on a variety of initiatives that provide the department tangible and intangible support, including programs that engage alumni and the professional organizations related to the Media programs.
  • Assists with local advertising campaigns, and helps review marketing and other program materials to support the desired growth in student enrollment.
  • Supports special requests received regarding the development and delivery of customized programs and innovation initiatives that involve the department.
  • Other duties as assigned by the President or the Dean of Academic Affairs.

Reports to: Dean of Academic Affairs, The Art Institute of Atlanta

Supervises: Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty, store room clerk, student workers (as assigned)

Interacts with: President, Dean, Media, faculty, students, alumni, Institutional Effectiveness

Job Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):


  • Masters of in a Media related program, with a minimum of 8+ years of university teaching experience in both ground and online environments
  • Professionally active within a discipline related to a program within the Media department
  • Held positions of increasingly responsible experience in the Media industry with a platform of industry contacts that will support the Atlanta system
  • Fiscal and personnel management experience


  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Strong computer literacy skills with the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with faculty, students, and other constituents to the department and school.

  • Superior organization, prioritization, and self-motivation skills.


  • Ability to listen (to staff, students, etc.) and to understand and respond positively to their requests.
  • Ability to conceive and market adult and youth education programs consistent with the Ai Brand.
  • Ability to adapt to changing assignments and multiple priorities.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and successfully meet deadlines.

Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term "qualified individual with a disability" means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about the office or school, handle various types of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwise specified in the job description.

Notice:  The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. 

The Arts Institutes International, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity as a critical step in ensuring employee, student and graduate success.  We are committed to building and developing a diverse environment where a variety of ideas, cultures and perspectives can thrive.

JOB CODE: 1000119