Mathematics Department Chairperson University of California, Los Angeles, Division Directors & Dean of Students United States

Mathematics Department Chairperson






Open date: April 16th, 2018
Last review date: April 16th, 2018

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: May 25th, 2018

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Reports to: Dean of Faculty

Direct Reports: Department faculty and readers/graders assigned to faculty

Horizontal Reports: Division Directors & Dean of Students


Job Summary:

In 2018-2019, the Mathematics department chair will be responsible for the leadership of an excellent program of secondary school instruction. This work will require expertise in Mathematics, and in Mathematics pedagogy, dedication, enthusiasm, flexibility, and creativity. In addition to being a master educator, the Mathematics Department Chair will lead in the creation and delivery of a course of study that takes advantage of the Academy’s partnership with an eminent research university. The department chair will direct the recruitment of a team of educators with complementary skills and areas of expertise, so that the department offers a rich educational program responsive to the needs and interests of the Academy’s students.


As a leader during the early years of the Geffen Academy at UCLA, the department chair will need to be both a master educator and an educational entrepreneur. Geffen Academy at UCLA will embrace questioning of traditional structures in secondary education. It will emphasize student inquiry in the learning process and the teachers will expect student-generated questions that respectfully and intelligently question protocols.


In addition to being the first academic department leaders for Geffen Academy at UCLA, the founding faculty will be called upon to guide the overall management of the school. They may serve as division head, dean of students, academic coordinator, UCLA coordinator, or in other blended teaching and management positions, as the needs of the school require, in the first years of operations.


Core Functions & Duties, 2018-2019

• Collaborate with other pioneer faculty in creation and delivery of an Academy program that meets the need and interests of the Academy’s students
• Collaborate with relevant UCLA faculty in devising programs that enable the Academy’s students to take advantage of the Academy’s relationship with a research university operating at the cutting edge of knowledge creation
• Assist the Head of School and Admissions Director in student recruitment activities
• Prepare and analyze the Academy’s Mathematics curriculum in the context of University of California course approval requirements, the needs of the students, and the anticipated expectations of accrediting agencies
• Evaluate and choose books, digital materials, experiential opportunities such as museum visits and theatrical performances, and other academic resources to expand and enrich the formal instructional program
• Recruit and interview candidates for available positions within the department 
• Regularly report to the Head of School on the professional performance of department staff
• Communicate information about student progress to relevant student services colleagues, including but not limited to Division Directors, Dean of Students, grade level deans, college guidance staff, Registrar, Learning Specialist, and athletic team coaches 
• Coordinate department representation at parent evenings and recruitment events
• Reevaluate course offerings within the department
• Coordinate interdisciplinary instructional programs


• Assign faculty as instructors/mentors/advisers of students’ independent projects
• Supervise department faculty in their work with UCLA faculty colleagues
• Orient new faculty and establish appropriate mentoring relationships for all department members
• Assign course responsibilities within the department
• Meet as needed with the department
• Assess all department members on a regular basis with reports to each department member and the division head; propose continuing professional development activities for department colleagues based on assessments of their areas of strength and challenge
• Be available for personal and professional guidance to all faculty in the department
• Arrange proper coverage of instructional work for both scheduled and unscheduled absences of department members
• Perform and evaluate placement tests for incoming students
• Recommend to Academic Advising, College Guidance, Registrar, and staff the most suitable course(s) in the department for each individual student 
• Reevaluate course placement with input from students, parents, faculty, and student services colleagues
• Be available to students and parents for any and all department related issues


Required Knowledge and Abilities (SKACs):

• Mastery of Mathematics as an academic discipline
• Mastery of Mathematics pedagogy, both as a teacher and as a manager
• Strong background in secondary education with a clear understanding and embrace of the Academy’s mission, vision, and values
• A record of outstanding success as a secondary educator
• A joyful embrace of teaching, which will be an important portion of the chair’s work 
• Experience in a “bring your own device” educational setting and/or commitment to BYOD program
• The ability to think and act strategically combined with a strong commitment to providing an excellent educational experience in the department’s areas of instruction for each student
• Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills to articulate and explain instructional issues to colleagues, students, and families
• Must be self-directed and able to effectively prioritize and handle multiple tasks subject to frequent interruption
• Must be capable of developing and sustaining close, effective working relationships with colleagues in the department and from other parts of UCLA and of the Academy staff on matters of interdisciplinary and institutional concern
• Experience in a variety of managerial and supervisorial roles within a secondary school would be a plus.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (



Los Angeles, CA





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