Maine College of Art (MECA) seeks a dynamic leader to serve as Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Studies and to join a committed group of faculty and staff who are passionate about art, education and community.
The Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies will provide visionary leadership for MECA’s graduate, professional and continuing education programs in direct support of institutional initiatives. This is a new position for a high-energy individual who wants to make a significant impact. The successful candidate will develop and oversee delivery of innovative graduate degrees and certificates, non-credit-bearing professional development programming, and online and hybrid learning experiences for non-traditional adult learners. The Associate Dean will support graduate-level and post-bac-level programs, expand credit and non-credit graduate options that meet emerging educational needs, and generate new revenue streams for the College. The candidate will have a demonstrated passion for education, the arts and entrepreneurship, and the power of these experiences to transform lives.
The Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies will collaborate with and motivate their direct reports as well as faculty, staff, students, alumni and community, and will develop and maintain strong external relationships. The Associate Dean reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs/Dean of the College and is a member of the Dean’s Cabinet.
Currently, MECA offers three graduate-level programs: a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art (MFA), a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and the Salt Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies. MECA’s Continuing Studies (CS) office offers all-ages open-enrollment programs in the form of weekly classes, weekend classes, winter and summer intensives, international retreats, and youth camps to provide access to professional quality study in the arts and professional development opportunities for the general public. CS also delivers MECA’s Pre-College, a three week residential program for high-school students that allows them to learn from dedicated educators who are also practicing artists and designers.
- Growing existing graduate programs; coordinating and supporting the development of new graduate, online, and professional programming
- Researching and identifying opportunities for program expansion
- Implementing and evaluating new programs
- Budget management
- Preparing proposals, facilitating program accreditation
- Recruiting and managing full-time and part-time staff and faculty in the areas of graduate and professional studies
- Mentoring and overseeing faculty in the areas of online, distance and hybrid learning in collaboration with the appropriate colleagues
- Managing multiple projects simultaneously
- Assessment of programs, evaluation of faculty and staff
- Data- and research-based decision-making that supports the strategic goals of the College
- Oversight and development of Pre-College
- Demonstrated ability to leverage passion
- Demonstrated success leading and orchestrating strategic change
- Experience in graduate and/or professional programming preferred
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
- Ability to create realistic business plans for new initiatives
- Background in art, design and/or entrepreneurship
- A minimum of 5 years of experience in administration, program implementation, and/or teaching
- Powerful business acumen
- Demonstrated knowledge in relevant emerging technologies
- Experience with accreditation processes and procedures is an asset, but is not necessary
Compensation and Benefits
Salary range $65,000 to $80,000 contingent on experience. A comprehensive benefits package is offered, including health, dental, vacation, sick and retirement benefits.
Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will be accepted until a hire is made. Application materials must be sent digitally in a single PDF, not to exceed a 25MB file size. Please email the document to firstname.lastname@example.org. Place “Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies [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) any relevant scholarly publications, exhibitions, or other examples of professional achievement (if available; a link to website may be used); and (5) a list of five references with contact information. Finalists must 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. The successful candidate 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.