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Program Director, Life Sciences
Durham Technical Community College in Durham, North Carolina
Date Posted 04/25/2022
Admin-Residence Life and Housing
Salary $60,000 - $70,000 -  
Employment Type Full Time Faculty
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Title

Program Director, Life Sciences


Science And Math



Direct Reports

Curriculum Developer, Full-time Faculty, Laboratory Coordinator

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Life Science, Biotechnology, or a related field

Work Experience

Three years of industry experience and/or three years of community college experience, and three years of leadership experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Five years’ successful teaching experience in higher education and supervisory and administrative experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Evidence of strong interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and effective oral and written communication/public relations skills.
  2. Excellent problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
  3. Ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  4. Ability to think creatively and put ideas into action.
  5. Ability to be nimble and responsive to industry needs.
  6. Ability to make presentations to large audiences.
  7. Excellent computer skills as evidenced by experience with at least one data analysis/business intelligence software product (such as SAS, SPSS, Informer, Estudias) and competence with Microsoft Office products, including Excel and Word.
  8. Ability to stay up-to-date on the latest technology needs and trends.
  9. Personal integrity, honesty, and the ability to maintain confidentiality.
  10. Understanding of the mission, goals, and objectives of a community college.

Essential Functions

The Life Sciences Program Director is primarily responsible for providing leadership to the Life Sciences Program and for assisting the Dean of Science and Mathematics with all activities and concerns relating to the department’s role in fulfilling the mission, goals, and strategic plan of the college.

Job Duties

  1. Supervise all full and part-time instructors including contracts, instruction, and evaluations.
  2. Demonstrated understanding of the educational needs of the Durham Technical Community College service area.
  3. Ensuring compliance with the standards of the NC Community College System.
  4. Manage oversight of facilities and equipment utilized in the delivery of the courses.
  5. Recruit students to the Life Science sector by participating in college fairs, information sessions, community events, etc.
  6. Develop multiple points of entry for the Life Science pathway.
  7. Collaborate with the Executive Director of Workforce Engagement and other community college personnel (internal and external) to ensure the life science curriculum meets the needs of industry partners.
  8. Collaborate with the High School Partnership Director to ensure the program is meeting the needs of our Career and College Promise students.
  9. Collaborate with industry partners to ensure that we are providing the skills, knowledge, and abilities for their employment needs.
  10. Collaborate with the grant manager at the college and other agencies to submit applications that support the needs of the programs.
  11. Collaborate with the Biotechnology Curriculum Developer to develop a curriculum aligned with industry needs.
  12. Provide proper fiscal management.
  13. Oversee student recruitment, retention, marketing, and advising activities.
  14. Teach at least one course per term in the life science sector.
  15. Work closely with the local biomanufacturing and pharmaceutical industries to ensure quality programming.
  16. Partner with the NC BioNetwork to provide additional resources for instruction.
  17. Manage annual and long-range plans for Biotechnology programs.
  18. Serve on task forces and committees as requested.
  19. Collect data and write reports that include job placement on graduates of the program, certification results, etc.
  20. Assume other appropriate responsibilities and perform additional tasks as assigned by the Dean or Chief Academic Officer in meeting the needs of the institution.

Physical Demands

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. The physical and mental demands described as follows are representative of those that must be met by an employee in performing the essential functions of this job:
  • Ability to sit and stand for long periods of time;
  • Ability to lift, at times, 10 lbs.;
  • Sufficient visual acuity and manual dexterity to use a computer for long periods of time;
  • Ability to express or exchange ideas through oral communication and to hear vocal responses within classroom range;
Infrequent travel between buildings on campus, to other campuses, or locally or out-of-town to attend conferences

Required Working Hours

A minimum of a 40-hour work week as determined with the supervisor to allow the employee to fulfill the assigned duties and responsibilities, including occasional evening and weekend hours.

Job Type

Full Time Faculty

Hiring Range

$60,000 - $70,000

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