Maine College of Art (MECA) invites applications for a Director of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies at MECA with duties commencing on May 1, 2020 but no later than July 1, 2020.
Position Summary + Responsibilities
The Director’s primary responsibility is to provide leadership for the Salt Graduate Certificate, develop curricula and/or new programs or tracks, develop and lead workshops within Salt, and support recruitment of new students. This year-round faculty appointment is at the rank of assistant or associate professor with teaching and administrative duties.
The Director, along with Salt faculty, will continue Salt’s legacy of training ethical, powerful storytellers in the areas of radio, short film, multimedia, photography and writing. Salt aims to increase the range of perspectives from which stories are told. The Salt Diversity Fellowship, offered to students applying to the program each term, exists to support this value, and we strongly encourages candidates from historically underrepresented backgrounds to apply for the directorship.
The College invites applicants with extensive experience in the areas of radio, podcasting, or digital storytelling. The successful candidate will teach documentary storytelling for radio/audio/podcasting while working with faculty to create a powerful and immersive experience for all Salt students. The Salt curriculum includes pre- and post-production, and writing for radio and/or short film/multimedia, as well as editing, field recording, and interviewing. Salt faculty ensure that students understand both the appropriate ethics of documentary work and the professional requirements of their field.
Engaged teaching, a commitment to community, and individualized attention are hallmarks of a MECA education. A commitment to graduate and undergraduate teaching is essential, as is innovation and versatility. MECA’s educational philosophy, which consists of Studio, Agency, Place, Community, and Ethics is the backbone of all our programs.
The Director will teach courses primarily in the Salt Institute. Other responsibilities include faculty-hiring and evaluation, mentoring, curricular development, and institutional service activities.
The Director reports to the Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies.
A demonstrable record of significant documentary work is required. A Master’s is preferred and a baccalaureate is required.
Excellence in teaching, an active professional practice, and a record of professional accomplishment as demonstrated by publication, presentation and/or performance are essential.
The successful candidate will be a dynamic teacher, creative colleague and holistic thinker; they will demonstrate the ability to work in a collaborative environment and create a positive and engaging learning environment between students and faculty alike.
Compensation + Benefits
Compensation ranges from $50,000 to $65,000 based on credentials, experience and rank. A comprehensive benefit package is offered, including health, dental, vacation, sick and retirement benefits.
Candidates who submit their materials by March 31, 2020, are assured full consideration. Applications 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 “Salt Search: [Your Name]” in the subject line. The PDF must include:
- an application letter which describes how the candidate’s experience, accomplishments and qualifications intersect with the listed position description;
- a curriculum vitae;
- a diversity statement;
- a one page teaching philosophy
- portfolio or suitable weblink to representative work and, if available, student work
- 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. 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.
About the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies
In 1973, high school English teacher Pamela Wood founded Salt in Kennebunk, Maine, as a place to teach students how to become photographers, writers and, most of all, ethical storytellers. Salt evolved into a program offering four tracks: Documentary Radio, Documentary Photography, Short Documentary Film, and Documentary Writing/Creative Non-fiction. Salt’s commitment to teaching ambitious students on how to become truthful, thorough, and creative documentarians has never wavered. On April 8, 2016, the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies became part of Maine College of Art. MECA is committed to carrying on the 40+ year tradition of Salt’s unique educational experience.