Department Head job description

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Department Heads are in charge of an academic department. They oversee the implementation of strategic polices and work towards the advancement of that unit. They continually assess the performance of the department and its members and contribute to the modification of educational plans. They also manage the department budgets and expenditures. They work towards effective dispersion of funds and prioritization of projects.
Some Department Heads may even continue their teaching duties, working with students and preparing lessons. They receive good remuneration and work normal office hours.
A Department Head usually performs many of the following tasks:
• Setting budgets
• Translating strategic goals
• Proposing departmental changes
• Managing staff
• Conducting research
• Adhering to statutory compliance
• Managing resources
• Attending and hosting meetings


• Being analytical
• Communication and presentation
• People management
• Project management
• Time management
• Supervision
• Encouraging a comfortable work environment
• Change management
• Being motivational and amicable
• Being innovative
• Information technology


Department Head positions are found in many educational institutions and professionals seeking this position should have a teaching qualification. There are several certifications, including a Bachelors, Masters or Post Graduate degrees that you can pursue, like:
•    PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education)
•    Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
•    Teaching Degree
•    Bachelors of Education
•    Higher studies in any course area

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