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Maine College of Art, located in Portland, Maine, delivers a demanding and enlivening education in visual art and design within an intimate learning community.  We teach each student how to transform aspirations and values into a creative practice that serves as the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals.  Founded in 1882 and fully accredited, MECA educates artists at all stages of their creative careers, offering both the Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees as well as a wide range of professional institutes and continuing studies classes for individuals of all ages. The College gallery, the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, has been hailed as one of the finest art spaces in the Northeast for the exhibition of leading edge contemporary art.

MECA is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. Maine College of Art an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual preference, handicap, race, age, color, national or ethnic origin in hiring and employment practices. 

 

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CHAIR OF ACADEMIC STUDIES, MAINE COLLEGE OF ART

Maine College of Art (MECA) invites applications for a full-time Chair of Academic Studies with duties commencing no later than August 1, 2015.


The Chair of Academic Studies has comprehensive responsibility for the program. The chair oversees the previously separate departments of Art History and Liberal Arts and collaborates with all academic programs of the college (BFA, MAT and MFA). The chair provides academic vision and leadership for the program, and collaborates with thirteen undergraduate and two graduate programs. S/he will be a dynamic teacher, effective administrator, creative colleague and holistic thinker. The position requires broad knowledge of visual and cultural studies and demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary student-centric education.

The successful candidate will lead the redesign of the program in concert with faculty, staff, students and administrators, so that academic studies enrich, inform and inspire students’ intellectual development. Individualized attention and engaged pedagogy are hallmarks of a MECA education. Therefore, a genuine interest in curricular experimentation with a focus on continually improving learning is required.


POSITION SUMMARY AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Chair of Academic Studies reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs/Dean of the College, and oversees all aspects of program implementation and administration. MECA faculty teach a 3/3 course load in undergraduate and/or graduate courses as experience allows.

However, since this is a faculty appointment with significant administrative duties, the Chair receives course releases and an administrative stipend. The Chair is responsible for ongoing curricular development, programmatic evaluation and assessment, new program initiatives and oversight of the Art History and Writing Minors. S/he has budgetary oversight and hires and assesses adjunct faculty as needed.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

+ Ph.D strongly preferred. However, outstanding candidates with an exemplary record of scholarly and/or creative achievement and a graduate degree are welcome to apply.

+ Three to five years of higher education teaching and/or administration.

+ Demonstrated excellence in teaching.

+ A record of professional accomplishment in research, scholarly and/or creative projects as demonstrated by publication, presentation or performance.

+ Evidence of effective service, particularly regarding curriculum development.

+ Proven ability to facilitate and advocate for departmental and institutional goals.

+ Excellent communication and managerial skills.

BENEFITS

Compensation is based on experience and rank of the applicant. The chair has a reduced teaching load to support his/her administrative responsibilities and receives an additional administrative stipend for chairing the department. A comprehensive benefit package is offered, including health, dental, vacation, sick and retirement benefits.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately, with a priority deadline of December 1, 2014. Applications will be considered on a continuous basis until an appointment is made. Application materials must be sent digitally in a single PDF, not to exceed a 25MB file size.

Email the document to employment@meca.edu. Place <FirstName LastName -- Chair of Academic Studies Search> in the subject line. The PDF must include: (1) A letter of application which (a) articulates how the candidate’s experience intersects with the position description and (b) addresses the role of the humanities and sciences in an art and design college; (2) a teaching philosophy; (3) a current CV; (4) and five references, one of which must be from a student. A writing sample, course evaluations (if available) and a representative body of creative/scholarly work may be requested after review of application materials.

Maine College of Art does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in hiring and employment policies and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply.

INSTITUTION

Maine College of Art is an independent college of art and design located in the center of the thriving arts district of Portland, Maine. Established in 1882, the College currently enrolls approximately 460 students, the majority of whom are in the undergraduate program. About 1200 students take classes through MECA’s Continuing Studies program annually. MECA’s Joanne Waxman Library is an important public resource of art- and design-oriented books and periodicals for the region. The Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA is a vibrant site for the exhibition of contemporary art.

MECA is characterized by its intimate learning community, its interdisciplinary nature, and the breadth of its programs. It confers the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts in eleven majors, Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art and Master of Arts in Teaching. Our goal at MECA is to teach each student how to transform aspirations and values into a creative practice that serves as the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals.

Maine College of Art (MECA) invites applications for a full-time year-round Chair of Academic Studies with duties commencing no later than August 1, 2015.

The Chair of Academic Studies has comprehensive responsibility for the program. The chair provides academic vision and leadership for the program, and collaborates with thirteen  undergraduate and two graduate programs. S/he will be a dynamic teacher, effective administrator, creative colleague and holistic thinker. The position requires broad knowledge of visual and cultural studies and demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary student-centric education.

The successful candidate will lead the redesign of the program in concert with faculty, staff, students and administrators, so that academic studies enrich, inform and inspire students’ intellectual development. The chair oversees the previously separate departments of Art History and Liberal Arts and collaborates with all academic programs of the college (BFA, MAT and MFA).

Individualized attention and engaged pedagogy are hallmarks of a MECA education. Therefore, a genuine interest in curricular experimentation with a focus on continually improving learning is required.

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ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR of the MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN STUDIO ART

Maine College of Art (MECA) invites applications for a full-­time Assistant/Associate Professor of the MFA in Studio Art with duties commencing on or about June 1, 2015, but no later than August 15, 2015. This is a faculty appointment with teaching duties at the graduate and undergraduate level. The successful candidate will teach at least ⅔ time in the MFA. S/he will also teach undergraduate courses in Sculpture, New Media/Interactive Art and/or Foundation.

POSITION SUMMARY AND RESPONSIBILITIES

This position requires broad knowledge of visual and cultural studies and demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary student-centric education. Responsibilities include working closely with graduate students in varied artistic practices, guiding scholarly research and supervising studio work. Individualized attention and engaged pedagogy are hallmarks of a MECA education; therefore, commitment to graduate and undergraduate teaching is essential, as is innovation and versatility. The successful candidate will be a studio- or project-based practitioner with a strong understanding of curatorial practice, critical writing and cross-disciplinary thought.

The ideal candidate’s research and pedagogy will be informed by both a broad knowledge of sculptural traditions and contemporary practice in sculpture (which could include installation, environmental art, new media, performance and/or social practice). Experience in new media is desired, as is a comprehensive understanding of the role of digital technologies in contemporary art practice. Faculty are expected to be ambassadors for the MFA program and to assist in recruitment activities.

MECA faculty teach six courses a year in graduate and undergraduate courses, as experience allows. This position entails teaching during the two-month summer intensive, as well as the fall and spring semesters.

As is typical with full faculty appointments, other responsibilities include mentoring, reviews, curricular development, active scholarship through creative practice and a variety of institutional service activities.

THE MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN STUDIO ART

One of the first low-residency MFA programs in the country, the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art is a two-year program that offers an immersive, interdisciplinary education for artists who are passionate about taking risks, thinking critically, and advancing their practice. MECA’s MFA program provides each student with a transformative learning experience that emphasizes research, experimentation, reflection, collaboration and problem-solving within a rigorous studio environment. 

One distinguishing feature of the MFA is its eight-week summer intensive, during which students work with MECA faculty and a slate of internationally recognized visiting artists, critics and curators who are each in residency for one week. In the fall and winter terms students work from either their home studios or a MECA studio, developing their practice under the mentorship of a non-resident studio advisor while taking courses with MECA faculty.

QUALIFICATIONS

A terminal degree is required, and an MFA in Sculpture or New Media/Interactive Art is preferred. Demonstrated excellence in teaching, as well as a minimum of three years of higher education teaching, an active studio or scholarly practice, a record of professional accomplishment as demonstrated by publication, presentation or performance, evidence of effective service and a commitment to higher education are essential. The successful candidate will be a dynamic teacher, creative colleague and holistic thinker; s/he will demonstrate the ability to work in a collaborative environment. Candidates should have an extensive understanding of sculptural materials and process, and have knowledge of critical theory and contemporary issues in artistic practice. Proficiency in digital technology and the ability to work across disciplines is preferred. A practice grounded in interactive media, whether for mobile devices, interactive exhibits and/or immersive experiences is particularly desirable. Other preferred qualifications include online teaching experience, low-residency teaching experience, and a demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

BENEFITS

Compensation is based on credentials, experience and rank of the applicant. A comprehensive benefit package is offered, including health, dental, vacation, sick and retirement benefits.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately, with a priority deadline of February 28, 2015. Applications will be considered on a continuous basis until an appointment is made. Application materials must be sent digitally in a single PDF, not to exceed a 25MB file size. Email the document to employment@meca.edu. Place <FirstName LastName ­: MFA Search> in the subject line. The PDF must include: (1) a letter of application which articulates how the candidate’s experience intersects with the position description; (2) a teaching philosophy; (3) an artist’s statement; (4) a current CV; (4) twenty images of personal work and twenty images of student work or suitable weblink(s) and; (6) a list of five references with contact information, one of which must be from a student.

Maine College of Art does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in hiring and employment policies and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply.

INSTITUTION

Maine College of Art is an independent college of art and design located in the center of the thriving arts district of Portland, Maine. Established in 1882, the College currently enrolls approximately 460 students, the majority of whom are in the undergraduate program. About 1200 students take classes through MECA’s Continuing Studies program annually. MECA’s Joanne Waxman Library is an important public resource of art­ and design ­oriented books and periodicals for the region. The Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA is a vibrant site for the exhibition of contemporary art. 

MECA is characterized by its intimate learning community, its interdisciplinary nature, and the breadth of its programs. It confers the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts in eleven majors, Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art and Master of Arts in Teaching. Our goal at MECA is to teach each student how to transform aspirations and values into a creative practice that serves as the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals.

 
 
Property Maintenance Technician
Maine College of Art has a full-time opening in the Facilities Department for a Property Maintenance Technician.The primary responsibilities include maintenance repair work and some custodial functions. This is a full-time position and requires the individual to work four weekdays and Sundays,from 2pm to 10 pm. The candidate must be available to respond to night and weekend emergency calls on rotation. The ideal candidate will have experience in minor electrical and plumbing repairs in a residential setting. A full benefit package is available with this position including medical, dental, retirement and vacation/sick time.

The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the successful candidate is placed. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, resume, and the names of three professional references to: employment@meca.edu

Finalists will be subject to background checks. The pay range for this position is $25,000 - $27,000.

Maine College of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
 

Technology Support Analyst at Maine College of Art

Full Time 40/hour per week salaried position


Technology Support Analyst

Summary and Scope of Position

The Technology Support Analyst is responsible for answering end-user questions and for troubleshooting and resolving problems related to hardware, software, network and audio/visual equipment in a multi-platform environment. This hands-on position provides direct support for all end-users within the Maine College of Art community.  Support is provided in person, over the telephone, and through email.  This position works with other members of the Technology Department to provide superior customer service and maintain a collegial and customer-centered support environment.  The position effectively collaborates with staff,  faculty, students, alumni and community members across the College to ensure services in support of the mission of the College and works to improve workflows across the college. The pay range for this position is $38,000 - $42,000 depending on experience level.


Essential Job Functions

  • Diagnoses and repairs desktop/laptop hardware and peripherals, including equipment not under warranty. Consult with vendor representatives when necessary.

  • Researches and resolves end-user service requests in a timely manner to minimize end-user downtime.

  • Enters problem descriptions and resolutions into internal documentation library.

  • Handles the detailed deployment, inventory, and tracking of technology equipment across campus including new hardware, and office moves.

  • Provides training to faculty, staff, and students on the use of supported academic and administrative hardware and software.

  • Works with members of the college to understand existing workflow procedures and identifies potential strategies to improve business processes with technological innovation and training.

  • Provides specialized project assistance to the faculty, staff and students.

  • Diagnoses and provides quick solutions to issues related to classroom display and presentation systems.

  • Occasional evening and weekend commitments are required.


Qualifications

Required Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of an Associate’s degree in a related field and/or 2-5 years of relevant experience in technology support are required.  Bachelor’s degree in a related field is desired.

  • Excellent customer service skills and ability to effectively communicate with a diverse population of customers including students, faculty and staff.

  • Strong organization and detail oriented skills, problem solving and analytical abilities.

  • Experience working in Windows and Apple environments including hardware, software and networking.

  • Experience diagnosing and repairing Windows and Apple computers.

  • Experience diagnosing and solving issues related to Audio/Visual presentations.


Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Apple Tech Certification

  • Experience with end-user training.

  • Experience with Help Desk Call Center operations.

  • Familiarity with basic network and file server issues.

  • Familiarity with mobile devices such as tablets and phones.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to perform typical keyboard and mouse operations.

  • Must be able to use a telephone headset or similar device.

  • Must be able to communicate effectively with customers and colleagues.

  • Must be able to lift and manipulate standard desktop computing equipment and components weighing up to 35-40 pounds.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will be accepted until an appointment is made. Application materials must be sent digitally in a single PDF and emailed to jobs@meca.edu. Place <[FirstName LastName], Technology Support Analyst> in the subject line. The PDF must include: 1) a letter of application (must be no more than one page) 2) a resume and 3) three references.. Finalists may be asked to submit college transcripts and agree to a background check. The Maine College of Art does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual preference, handicap, race, age, color, national or ethnic origin in hiring and employment practices and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply.

 


INSTITUTION
Maine College of Art is an independent college of art and design located in the center of the thriving arts district of Portland, Maine. Established in 1882, the College currently enrolls approximately 440 students. In addition, about 1200 students take classes through MECA’s Continuing Studies program annually. MECA’s Joanne Waxman Library is an important public resource of art and design oriented books and periodicals for the region. The Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA is a vibrant site for the exhibition of contemporary art.

MECA is characterized by its intimate learning community, its interdisciplinary nature, and the breadth of its programs. It confers the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, and Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art. MECA employs approximately 100 faculty and staff. The College’s BFA program offers eleven majors and three minors. MECA’s MFA is an innovative two-­year low residency program with approximately thirty students. The mission of the college is to educate artists for life: we believe in the transformational power of an arts education to serve as the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. MECA combines a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, immersive studio practice, and wealth of professional development opportunities to provide an educational experience that embodies artistic excellence, civic engagement, and creative entrepreneurship. Maine College of Art is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.