Learning Commons Coordinator

Learning Commons Coordinator

Maine College of Art (MECA) seeks a Learning Commons Coordinator. This is a full-time position with duties commencing on or about September 1, 2018.

Position Summary

The Learning Commons Coordinator at Maine College of Art is a newly designed position tasked with developing and implementing the vision for a learning commons that will bring together the library and tutorial services. In an effort to bridge the College’s academic services and supports, the Learning Commons Coordinator will oversee MECA’s Learning Studio, manage tutoring and research support, oversee the day-to-day maintenance of the library collection, and will teach two courses each year. As an integral component of the research and support services provided by the College, the position will interface closely with faculty, students, staff, and the larger MECA community to help meet the academic goals and mission of the library as well as the institution at large.

The Learning Commons Coordinator’s duties include the hiring, supervising, and training of tutors and student workers, student tutoring, research support as needed, collection maintenance, and administrative tasks. The Learning Commons Coordinator collaborates with the Dean’s Office and reports to the START team on occasion to assist with early intervention of students experiencing academic challenges. As a faculty position, the Learning Commons Coordinator will also teach two courses each year based on educational background and subject specialities.

The position reports to the Library Director.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provides research support to students, faculty, and staff as needed
  • Facilitates workshops for students covering library resources, research, and study skills
  • Participates actively in the planning and decision-making of both tutorial services and the library
  • Works to actively carry out the values of the College’s Diversity Statement and Compact both within the library and at the College at large
  • Supervises, hires, trains, and evaluates tutors and library student workers
  • Tutors students on occasion
  • Oversees the maintenance of the library’s physical collections
  • Maintains circulation and other statistics to document library and tutoring activities
  • Manages office and library supplies, including inventories and ordering
  • Will teach two courses per year
  • Works with the Library Director on special projects as required
  • Serves on MECA committees as appropriate

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Library Science, Information Science, Education, Rhetoric / Composition, English, Art History, Art Theory, or a related field from an accredited institution
  • At least two years of related work experience
  • Knowledge of library circulation, acquisitions, and cataloging procedures
  • Familiarity with the learning commons model and/or tutoring services in higher education
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • Comprehensive understanding of how libraries and higher education can serve the needs of users from diverse backgrounds
  • Strong background in art and design curriculum
  • Strong customer service orientation and demonstrated management skills, such as interpersonal skills, aptitude for one-on-one and classroom teaching, and experience working with diverse learning styles
  • Evidence of ability to maintain effective and collegial working relations with staff, students, faculty, and administration
  • Highly adaptable and responds well to change
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices and trends in emerging technologies
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, and the ability to facilitate communication with the library and with key constituencies

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated creativity and innovation in library services in higher education
  • Demonstrated commitment to student success/achievement
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • BA/BFA in art or art-related field

Compensation ad Benefits

Salary range $44,000 — $48,000 depending on experience; health, dental, vacation, sick and retirement benefits.

Application Procedure

Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will be accepted until a hire is made, with a targeted start date of September 1, 2018. Application materials must be sent digitally in a single PDF, not to exceed a 25MB file size. Please email the document to employment@meca.edu. Place “Learning Commons Coordinator [LastName FirstName]” in the subject line. The PDF must include (1) an application letter which describes how the candidate’s experience, accomplishments and qualifications intersect with the listed position description; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a diversity statement; (4) a teaching philosophy; (5) relevant scholarly publications (if available); (6) a list of five references with contact information, one of which should be a student. Finalists must submit all college transcripts and agree to a background check.

Maine College of Art recognizes that diversity is integral to the academic experience and strives to foster an inclusive culture defined by respect, equity and social responsibility. Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience in working with diverse populations, and supporting an inclusive and equitable community. Maine College of Art does not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, HIV status, race, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, or military/veteran’s status in its educational programs, admissions policies, employment policies, financial aid, or other College administered programs. Candidates from historically underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged 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 500 students, the majority of whom are in the undergraduate program. About 1,200 students take classes through MECA’s Continuing Studies Program annually. MECA’s Joanne Waxman Library is an important 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, Master of Arts in Teaching, and the Salt Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies. 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 is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The College’s accreditation status with both agencies was renewed in 2016.

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 500 students, the majority of whom are in the undergraduate program. About 1,200 students take classes through MECA’s Continuing Studies Program annually. MECA’s Institute of Contemporary Art serves a critical regional role in its commitment to presenting contemporary, provocative work by living artists from Maine and around the globe. The Joanne Waxman Library is one of the largest independent libraries in Northern New England.

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, Master of Arts in Teaching, and the Salt Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies. 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 is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The College’s accreditation status with both agencies was renewed in 2016.

Institutional Values

Maine College of Art recognizes that diversity is integral to the academic experience and strives to foster an inclusive culture defined by respect, equity and social responsibility. These principles serve as another catalyst for MECA students, faculty and staff to become the critically engaged citizens upon whom our world depends. MECA seeks to cultivate a learning environment that prepares students to thrive in a diverse and global community by systematically and intentionally designing curricular and co-curricular initiatives that engage and reflect a wide range of perspectives and themes.

MECA welcomes students, faculty and staff of every age, race, class, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, faith, religion, veteran status, mental, and physical ability. We also encourage all members of the MECA community to participate in opportunities which address larger cultural inequalities and inequities and to think critically about their impact on our college community and larger world.