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Department Chair, Public Safety Programs

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Social Sciences & Public Affairs


Social Science & Public Affair


Social Science & Public Affairs



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Contract Length: 

11 month

Reports To: 


Position Status:

Full-Time, Benefited

Posted Pay Range: 

$50,160 - $62,700 per year


College of Western Idaho values work-life balance.  Taking care of today's needs is as important as planning for the future.

Our total compensation for benefited employees includes:

  • Benefits at a Glance: Affordable medical, dental, and vision insurance Premium Rates
  • Educational Tuition Waiver Benefit
  • Retirement plans with over 11% employer contribution
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Employer-paid life and disability insurance
  • Ten paid holidays (faculty may vary)
  • Vacation and sick leave accruals (faculty may vary)
  • Discounts from local businesses 

For additional details visit Office of Group Insurance.


About Us:

The College of Western Idaho (CWI) expands learning and life opportunities, encourages individual advancement, contributes to Idaho’s economic growth, strengthens community prosperity, and develops leaders.

We are a comprehensive community college providing higher education programs. We offer a full range of academic and career-technical courses leading to an Associate of Arts or Science degree, Associate of Applied Science degrees, continuing education, and certifications. CWI also offers Basic Skills Education to help prepare for a GED, Dual Credit for high school students, and fast-track career training for working professionals.

At CWI we are proud of our talented and dedicated faculty and staff. Our employees have an opportunity to make a difference in students’ lives every day. We are excited for you to join us and share our passion for higher education.


Position Summary:

This position is responsible for designing and implementing academic programs that provide the necessary skills and knowledge to students seeking careers in the public safety/public affairs fields utilizing partnerships with industry personnel and transfer institutions. The Director will lead a team that delivers and supports these programs to help students achieve success within the program areas.


Essential Functions:

• Identify and anticipate changes in the field of public safety, criminal justice, and public affairs.
• Oversight over implementation, maintenance, and evaluation of the areas of criminal justice, law enforcement, public safety, fire
service technology, criminal justice, wildland fire management, and other public safety programs more.
• Design, implement and monitor the course and program enrollment.
• Support faculty in the preparation of students to enter post-secondary programs or direct employment in the content area.
• Serve as a liaison between the community, industries, and secondary and post-secondary institutions.
• Develop and implement marketing and promotion activities; offer appropriate content and manage updates of program content.
• Manage the financial success of the program by ensuring revenues meet or exceed program-specific direct, indirect, and overhead expenses.
• Research and analyze competitive programming in the region and develop new programs that are responsive to community needs.
• Oversee the development and implementation of relevant curriculum and assessment methods.
• Develop and maintain healthy relationships that are responsive to local, regional, and state-level needs identified by the community.
• Collaborate on the development and execution of appropriate work-based experiences for students.
• Support the establishment of articulation agreements with post-secondary institutions.
• Prepare and submit forms required for program development to the State Board of Education, NWCCU, or other governing
organizations as appropriate.
• Recruit, hire, and supervise the staff that administers the course content.
• Develop and utilize systems that assure consistent policy management, quality control both with staff and in the classroom/online, and
tracking budgets and goals.
• Responsible for budget development, monitoring, and administration of program areas.
• Serve on college or selected community committees.
• Conveys by words and action the values expected by CWI.
• Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in a related public safety field or equivalent experience and/or education preferred.
• 5 years related experience in the public safety field preferred.
• 5-10 years of supervisory experience in the public safety field preferred.
• Teaching or program development experience in a comprehensive community college/university or equivalent preferred.
• Idaho Post-Secondary Occupational Specialist certification preferred or must be obtained within 3 years of employment at CWI.
• A proven track record of success and experience in creating budgets, tracking income, and expenses for multiple programs.
• A proven track record of success and an ability to lead a diverse set of programs and manage a successful team.
• A proven track record of success as demonstrated by superior professional achievement.
• A proven ability to work collaboratively and develop relationships within a complex organization as well as externally with businesses, industries agencies, and the community.
• A proven ability and willingness to learn and adapt quickly amidst new and shifting priorities with a solutions-oriented approach to problem-solving.
• Superior planning, organization, written, oral communication, and technology skills.

Additional Instructions for Applicants:

Submit resume and cover letter.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity, or sexual orientation.


If so, please submit your resumé and cover letter. We look forward to receiving your application.