Union County College is a public comprehensive community college providing quality, affordable, accessible educational programs that serve the greater Union County region. It is the oldest of New Jerseys 19 Associate Degree Colleges, serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933.

The College enrolls almost 30,000 credit, non-credit and continuing education students and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many programs lead to the Associate in Arts, Science and Applied Science degrees.

Campus: Cranford

General Description:

Under the direction of the Academic Deans, Academic Specialist is a twelve (12)-month full-time position. Academic Specialists will perform administrative responsibilities and student service responsibilities that focus on student success initiatives and the College’s educational goals and priorities. Academic Specialists will also be permitted to teach academic subjects, evaluate staff including faculty and adjunct faculty, carry out administrative projects and programs, and advise students. Using predictive and learning analytics, Academic Specialists support the primary institutional mission of student success.

Characteristics, Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Carries out administrative tasks and programs as assigned by Administration.
  • Uses data and analytics to interview and evaluate staff, including faculty and adjunct faculty for purposes including, but not limited to, hiring, retention, non-renewals and/or discipline.
  • Writes grants and participates in the administration of grant activities.
  • Supports students through advising, tutoring and mentoring activities.
  • Classroom instruction up to 12 hours per week.
  • Supports student learning outside of class by maintaining office hours.
  • Designs, prepares and develops instructional materials.
  • Delivers instructional approaches that engage students and support student success.
  • Participates in all commencement events.
  • Represents the College at conferences and seminars, as needed.
  • Participates in the College governance process.
  • Regular, prompt attendance is an essential job responsibility.
  • Provides assistance with hiring adjunct faculty, evaluating faculty and staffing.
  • Conducts meetings as necessary for the effective functioning of the program, including any committee meetings.
  • Assists with curriculum & assessment projects, division reports, revisions, changes or updates.

Specialized Job Duties

  • Coordinate faculty training workshops for the use of MyLab Languages and ilrn, and seamless integration of these tools with the Canvas Learning Management System.
  • Develop and facilitate faculty professional development workshops for face to face and online courses.
  • Develop and assess online courses in collaboration with Modern Language faculty.
  • Research and develop a Modern Language certificate, and course level assessment.
  • Responsible for coordination, execution and evaluation of Humanities Expo and cultural theme month programming.
  • Create, deliver and evaluate cultural language workshops for students.
  • Prepare submission of Modern Languages course materials each semester.
  • Provide advisement to a cohort of Humanities majors.
  • Provide administrative support to the Humanities Division Office.

Education Requirements:

A minimum of a Master’s degree required in a Modern Language. Ability to teach two or more languages; preferably any combination of Spanish, French and Italian.


Two years of college-level administrative and/or college-level teaching experience preferred. Prior experience in the evaluation of teaching effectiveness and conducting staff observations preferred.

Competencies and Skills Required:

Two years of college-level administrative and/or college-level teaching experience preferred. Prior experience in the evaluation of teaching effectiveness and conducting staff observations preferred.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • This position’s duties are normally performed in a typical interior/residence work environment, based on the activity scheduled.
  • Some physical effort required; however, the employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Some travel is required.

Terms of Employment:

Flexible schedule to meet College needs. Some evening, weekends, and extended hours will be required. Ability and willingness to travel on short notice to all on and off-campus sites as needed by the College. Employee must establish primary residency in New Jersey within one year of appointment unless an exemption applies in accordance with N.J.S.A. 52:14-7.

Union County College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, marital status, religion, age, disability, handicap or other legally protected status in its provision of employment, education, and activities, or other services.
Union County College is an EEO/AAP Employer/Protected Veteran/Disabled
Disclaimer: This job description outlines the general nature and key features performed by various positions that share the same job classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and qualifications required of all employees assigned to the job. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or re-assign duties to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodations or other business reasons.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package for full-time faculty and staff which includes twenty medical plans to choose from including PPO, HMO and HD plans offered by BC/BS and Aetna, three dental plans including two PPOs and one DMO offered by Delta Dental of NJ, and a pension plan with seven investment carriers. We also offer twenty vacation days, ten paid holidays, and a ten week summer work schedule which allows the college to close on Fridays. Other additional benefits include gym privileges, tuition remission for credit and non-credit courses at Union County College, and tuition reimbursement for an approved degree program at an accredited college or university.