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Assistant Professor/Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston, MA

The Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT), a small, private, non-profit college located in the South End of Boston, seeks qualified candidates for the faculty position of Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering Technology. The college is proud of its long tradition of educating students who aspire to advance themselves in a technical career. We provide our students with the technical and professional skills that will create a foundation for success, civic responsibility and life-long learning, adhering to the principles put forth by our benefactor, Benjamin Franklin.

Title:               Assistant Professor/Department Chair           
Department:  Mechanical Engineering Technology
Reports To:    Dean of Academic Affairs
Status:            Full Time Faculty
Start Date:     2015 – 2016 academic year

The college is seeking an experienced educator with a passion for teaching, learning and student success and good administrative and organizational skills. Through faculty development, supervision and support; program enhancement; and teaching, the Department Chair advances the mission, outcomes, and strategic plan of the department and the College. The department offers an associate degree, and is being expanded to better serve the needs of the region’s manufacturers.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage department faculty including their development and overall effectiveness;
  • Oversee effective and relevant curriculum and efficient use of resources;
  • Initiate and develop industry partnerships;
  • Ensure department is up to date with current industry standards and practices; and
  • Facilitate department’s integration and involvement with the overall the College community and environment, including staff, faculty and students, as well as related activities.


  • Hire and supervise departmental faculty, responsibly administer departmental budget, and manage departmental resources;
  • Monitor and evaluate all program requirements, including objectives and outcomes, and ensure effective record keeping (grades, attendance, and any other required documents, e.g. exams, student work documentation);
  • Oversee assessment of student learning and facilitate planning and future assessment activities;
  • Facilitate the creation and revision of new courses, the renewal of curriculum, and the currency and relevance of the programs;
  • Collaborate with other college departments in recruitment, retention, and placement of students and in advancing college-wide initiatives;
  • Maintain contact with industry, including conducting effective Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) meetings and/or partnering with industry in ways to promote student learning and career placement, ensuring that department stays current in the field; and
  • Teach no more than 12 hours per semester.

Partnerships with Industry
There are many ways that industry can contribute to the success of the technical programs at the College. Department chairs should foster relationships with industry to promote student learning. A list of suggestions for industry involvement is included in the Employee Handbook. 

Required Credentials and Experience

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university;
  • 3-5 years professional experience (a combination of teaching with advising, counseling and other related areas) in higher education;
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience in areas relevant to departmental curricula; and
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and communication skills.

Preferred Candidate Will Have

  • Ability, experience, and prior success in establishing and growing industry partnerships;
  • A demeanor of patience, with an ability to remain calm and open-minded;
  • A doctoral degree;
  • Experience working with students from diverse academic, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds;
  • Proficiency in assessment and continuous improvement; and
  • Work experience in manufacturing or mechanical engineering.

Salary and Benefits
A premium for service as Department Chair will be added to the base salary of $65,000 – 70,000 based on the candidate’s overall education and experience. In addition, BFIT offers an excellent benefits package.

To Apply
Interested candidates should submit a letter of intent and resume to Brian Bicknell, the Dean of Academic Affairs at [email protected].

BFIT is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant or employee on any grounds protected under federal, state, or local law, including race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, disability (including those related to pregnancy or childbirth), sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other characteristic or activity protected under federal, state or local law. 

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