Staff Positions

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF STUDENT LIFE

The Assistant Director of Student Life oversees assigned residence halls and supervises Resident Assistants as a live-in professional staff member. This 12 month position plans and implements residential and campus-wide programming with a focus on community building, health and wellness, diversity, public engagement, and sustainability. They work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to promote the holistic development of students in an atmosphere where students are expected to learn from a full range of experiences both in and out of the studio/classroom. The Assistant Director will have shared on-call responsibilities and will help respond to student emergencies. The successful candidate will serve as a leadership figure and role model to students.

Responsibilities:
Residence Life (40%)

  • Live in a fully furnished, assigned apartment in a campus residence hall to oversee the operations, staffing, and programming for assigned residence halls by maintaining a significant presence in assigned residence halls;
  • Supervise assigned Resident Assistants (RAs) and assist RAs in the development and implementation of social, educational, recreational, diversity, health and wellness, and service programs;
  • Assist in the recruitment, selection, and training of RAs and student workers;
  • Serve on a 24/7 on-call rotation for the entire college (about 500 students);
  • Review and process housing applications, contracts, room inspection forms, room change forms, keys, and other administrative tasks for residential students;
  • Coordinate returning housing selection and room change processes. Maintains accurate housing rosters and reports, and communicates housing changes to the Business Office;
  • Assist in the review, interpretation, and enforcement of policies and procedures;
  • Serve as a student conduct hearing officer and hears first-level judicial cases;
  • Works directly with Facilities to ensure timely reporting of building issues and long term care and maintenance of the residence halls;
  • Check residence halls regularly for safety concerns and building improvements including coordinating and implementing Health & Safety inspections twice a semester;
  • Coordinate building turnover with the Facilities Department to prepare for summer and academic year housing;
  • Plan and implement returner housing selection;
  • Place incoming students in housing;
  • Support the Pre-College program;
  • Support Orientation programs.

Student Activities & Retention (30%)

  • Represent Student Life on College committees, at staff meetings, and at College-wide events such as Open Houses, Admitted Student Days, Family Weekend, and Commencement;
  • Work closely with other Student Life departments including Disability Services and Counseling to support all student needs;
  • Plan and implement campus-wide programs;
  • Supports the START team and student retention initiatives including direct interventions;
  • Oversee Student Government;
  • Oversee student clubs and groups;
  • Work with Café to plan and support food-related events.

Collateral Assignments (20%, Assigned Each Year By The Associate Dean of Student Life)

  • Summer Housing:
    • Recruit, select, and train summer Resident Assistants;
    • Oversee summer housing;
  • Pre-College Program:
    • Recruit, select, and train Pre-College Resident Assistants;
    • Recruit, select, train, and supervise Pre-College Program Coordinators;
  • Work with Business Office to plan rates and occupancy for housing;
  • Orientation:
    • Develop Orientation for all 4 academic programs;
    • Recruit, hire, and train an Orientation Leadership team;
    • Coordinate Mail ME, the student’s first art project;
  • Supervise Programming Assistants;
  • Plan Academic Year RA Training for Fall & Spring;
  • Managing the MECA van and authorizing drivers.

Administrative Responsibilities (10%)

  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Valid driver's license;
  • 3+ years of related work experience; applicable undergraduate roles apply.

Preferred Qualifications & Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Higher Education: Student Affairs, College Student Personnel, or similar program highly desired;
  • Experience managing student staff, especially Resident Assistants;
  • Crisis intervention and student support experience;
  • Solid foundation in student development theory;
  • Demonstrated commitment to personal and departmental integrity, creativity, collaboration, initiative, and professionalism;
  • Experience building an inclusive and welcoming campus environment.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong advising, programming, problem-solving, and supervisory skills;
  • A clear understanding of the importance of co-curricular programming to student learning;
  • Enthusiasm and the desire to initiate improvements independently;
  • Ability to adapt personal and professional schedule to the College's year-round calendar;
  • Ability to make sound judgements and the ability to resolve problems with sensitivity Strong interpersonal communication skills and ability to adapt those skills to different campus constituencies;
  • Effective written and presentation skills;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to balance competing demands under pressure.

Other duties:
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

MECA provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. 

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Application process: 

Please email your letter of interest, current resume, and diversity statement to studentlife@meca.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

DIGITAL MARKETING SPECIALIST

Under the direction of the Director of Marketing, the Digital Marketing Specialist is responsible for facilitating, managing, and expanding MECA’s digital presence. This part-time, temporary role, will aid with managing a limited number of projects in various areas including online strategy development, email campaign creation, social media, paid search marketing, and digital campaign management. 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. All employees are expected to actively support these values.

Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the Director of Marketing & Communications, develop and execute inbound and outbound marketing campaigns on schedule that support business goals across the organization;
  • Build, manage, optimize, and maintain campaigns on multiple platforms including social, search and display networks;
  • Create original content, including email copy, blog posts, social media, and other collateral and based on an editorial schedule;
  • Utilize existing knowledge and experience proactively to build and optimize campaigns with ad copy, images, landing pages,and other appropriate methods;
  • Assist with updates to company website as needed;
  • Support MECA’s marketing and communication efforts as needed through a variety of projects such as but not limited to campaign evaluation templates, vendor research, etc.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience required.

Experience:

  • 2+ years of relevant experience preferred.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong analytical capabilities, able to analyze data and reports to make educated decisions and recommendations;
  • Advanced knowledge of Google AdWords, Facebook Ads, LinkedIn, and other digital marketing and social media platforms;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to think creatively while working in a highly pressurized, deadline-driven environment;
  • A passion and enthusiasm for digital marketing;
  • Highly organized with the ability to prioritize;
  • Above average proficiency in Google Analytics or desire to become proficient.

Other duties:
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Diversity Statement:
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.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

MECA provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. 

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Compensation and Benefits:

      Compensation: $16 to $18 per hour, based on experience.

      Benefits: not benefits eligible

Application Procedure: 

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 employment@meca.edu. Place “Digital Marketing Specialist [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 resumé/curriculum vitae;
(3) a diversity statement;
(4) a list of three to five references with contact information, one of which must be a prior manager.

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

The Director of Marketing and Communications develops and executes integrated marketing and communication plans and initiatives to position the College strategically with its diverse constituents, to support enrollment goals, and to advance the institution. Under the direction of the Director of Institutional Advancement, the Director of Marketing and Communications works closely with Admissions and academic program/administrative directors, as well as external partners, to develop and execute marketing and communication plans and strategies that reflect the mission of the College. 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. All employees are expected to actively support these values.

Responsibilities:
Marketing and Promotion

  • Develop and execute advertising and marketing plans for prospective undergraduate, graduate, certificate and continuing education students in collaboration with department staff and senior leadership;
  • Develop and execute marketing and promotional plans to support Advancement fundraising campaigns and special events;
  • Track and report results of marketing and advertising campaigns and initiatives;
  • Execute the Maine College of Art brand through all internal and external communications, and advise campus departments on use of the Maine College of Art brand;
    Oversee the design of or design a variety of publications and electronic communications produced in house and direct the development, design, and production of all communications produced using external partners;
  • Manage social media presence, monitor campaign performance, audience penetration, platform tools and algorithm changes;
    Manage the College website through daily editing and coordinate redesign projects; Train appropriate staff across the College to manage dedicated web pages.
    Identify and lead a variety of technology projects and work with internal Information Technology and external partners on website development projects and initiatives;
  • Build custom journey pathways for various constituents, in order to optimize engagement;
    Develop thoughtful goals, metrics and KPI’s that inform performance, assess benchmarks and progress, and guide budget allocation;

Communications

  • Create and manage communication plans for Presidential and institutional communications;
  • Centralize communications, track audiences and contact lists for the College
  • Enhance communications to alumni, VIP, donor, and community members through work on a variety of Development and Alumni Relations projects, including newsletters, electronic communications, fundraising solicitations, event invitations, and more;
  • Work with a variety of campus constituents to develop effective communication materials and strategies;
  • Write, edit, proofread, and approve content for a variety of recruitment and campus publications;
  • Under the supervision of the Director and in consultation with Senior Leadership, coordinate the College’s response and messaging for crisis communications;
  • Provide analytics on engagement to guide communication strategies

Media Relations

  • Manage press list and inquiries
  • Prepare press releases in concert with the Director and release them
  • Develop strategies for media engagement to support College activities

Departmental Management

  • Manage effective relationships with key vendors and partners to optimize marketing initiatives;
  • Monitor and administer marketing and communications budget in order to maximize ROI for the college;
  • Hire, train and manage Marketing staff;
  • Establish and maintain workflow and process for the department;
  • Build and deliver quarterly presentations to the Board, informing the group of strategies, successes and plans;
  • Maximize efficiency of marketing and communications operations, files, databases, archives, records, etc.
  • Foster collaborative relationships with faculty, staff, and administration;
  • Manage work study, interns, and student ambassadors

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required;
  • Master's degree or equivalent preferred;

Experience:

  • 5-7 years of experience in marketing, communications, public relations, or advertising (preferably in higher education or art world) required;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint/Google Slides; and graphic design software including Adobe InDesign and PhotoShop required;
    Supervisory experience required;
  • Proven project management experience required;
  • Strong knowledge of website design and development preferred;
  • Proven experience in social media strategies including Facebook, Twitter preferred;
  • Experience with MailChimp preferred as well.
  • Experience directing the work of graphic artists, freelancers, and agencies preferred.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to multitask a heavy volume of short- and long-term projects in a deadline driven environment required;
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills required;
  • Highly organized and detail oriented with excellent follow through required;
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a diverse team environment.

Other duties:
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Diversity Statement:
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.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

MECA provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. 

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Compensation and Benefits:

      Compensation: $70K to $75K annually, based on experience.

      Benefits: benefits eligible

Application Procedure: 

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 employment@meca.edu. Place “Director of Marketing and Communications [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 resumé/curriculum vitae;
(3) a diversity statement;
(4) a list of three to five references with contact information, one of which must be a prior manager.

PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAM COORDINATOR

The Pre-College Program Coordinator is a live-on position that will supervise all aspects of the co-curricular experience for approximately 55 high school students enrolled in the three (3) week summer Pre-College Program. This includes managing the residential experience, all non-academic programming, supervising the Resident Assistants, enforcement of College policy, 24/7 on-call and emergency response responsibilities for the duration of the program, supporting academic components, and working with MECA faculty and staff as needed. The Program Coordinator also works directly with and co-supervises the Pre-College Program Assistant.

Job Responsibilities*
Program Coordination (25%):

  • Actively participate in Pre-College Program Coordinator training prior to arrival of the Resident Assistant (RA) staff;
  • Be on call for the three (3) weeks of the program including night and weekend hours;
  • Maintain an active presence with the Pre-College students in the residential community;
  • Counsel and advise students and refer to campus or community resources as necessary;
  • Assess the activities and experience of the Pre-College students and develop a summary of the program before the end of the position appointment
  • Work in close collaboration with the Pre-College Program Assistant as needed.

Administrative (25%):

  • Maintain the Pre-College activities budget;
  • Plan and facilitate move-in day, Pre-College Orientation, and move-out;
  • Attend weekly faculty meetings to address student concerns;
  • Work with Student Life Professional Staff to coordinate administrative functions of the program including keys, Room Inspection Forms, and facilities needs;
  • Document and report all non-emergency conduct issues, student concerns, and facilities issues to appropriate departments in a timely manner;
  • Serve as the primary student conduct hearing officer for all Pre-College students.

Programming (20%):

  • With the support of the Resident Assistants and Program Assistant, plan and implement programming for the Pre-College students with a balance of educational and social opportunities, including nights and weekends;
  • Plan and maintain the activities calendar of the Pre-College schedule;
  • Coordinate details of co-curricular programming such as transportation, signage, and supplies.

Supervision (25%):

  • Directly supervise, train, and evaluate four (4) Pre-College Resident Assistants;
  • Plan and facilitate Pre-College RA training;
  • Ensure effective RA job performance by providing regular one on one meetings, follow up on issues or concerns, and providing feedback to Resident Assistants regarding performance;
  • Lead RA staff meetings, as necessary, to clearly and effectively disseminate information;
  • Be the primary liaison between RA staff and Continuing Studies, Student Life, and other MECA departments.

Student Life Initiatives (5%):

  • Assist Student Life Staff in preparing additional initiatives for the academic year.

Other duties:

  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

*Due to the nature of the current COVID-19 Pandemic, the specific nature of these job responsibilities may change, though the overall job purpose and goals will remain the same.

Qualifications:

  • Valid driver's license for the duration of the position appointment required;
  • Enrollment in or completion of a graduate-level program at an accredited college or university preferred.

Experience:

  • Strong skills and experience in programming and event planning required;
  • Working knowledge of Google Docs required;
  • Experience with counseling, mentoring, or advising preferred;
  • Previous residence life experience preferred.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Be able to complete a full check of a five-story building without the use of elevators required;
  • Ability to be flexible, adaptive, positive, and commitment to creating an inclusive community required;
  • Be able to communicate effectively with a variety of people including high school students, student staff, parents, colleagues, and faculty required;
  • Understanding and/or appreciation of art and design preferred.

Position Description: Pre-College Program Coordinator
Department: Student Life
Reports to: Associate Director of Student Life
Job Type: Full time, Live-in position for approximately 9 Weeks
Dates of appointment: May 31 - July 30, 2021, must be available for conference calls
every other week starting in May
Compensation: $6,000, plus all meals during the Pre-College program and housing
for the length of the assignment
Application Process: Please send resume, letter of interest, and diversity statement to
studentlife@meca.edu

PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAM ASSISTANT

The Pre-College Program Assistant is a live-on position that will assist the Program Coordinator with supervising the various aspects of the co-curricular experience for approximately 55 high school students enrolled in the three (3) week summer Pre-College Program. This includes managing the residential experience, all non-academic programming, working with the Resident Assistants, enforcement of College policy, serving as back up for the 24/7 on-call and emergency response responsibilities for the duration of the program, supporting academic components, and working with MECA faculty and staff, as needed.

Job Responsibilities*
Program Coordination (40%):

  • Work in close collaboration with the Pre-College Program Coordinator on job duties;
  • Actively participate in the training of Resident Assistant (RA) staff;
  • Serve as a resource and support for four (4) RAs;
  • Be on call for the three (3) weeks of the program including night and weekend hours;
  • Maintain an active presence with the Pre-College students in the residential community;
  • Counsel and advise students and refer to campus or community resources as necessary.

Administrative (30%):

  • Assist with the facilitation of move-in day, Pre-College Orientation, and move-out;
  • Work with the Program Coordinator and Student Life Professional Staff to coordinate administrative functions of the program including keys, Room Inspection Forms, and facilities needs;
  • Document and report all non-emergency conduct issues, student concerns, and facilities issues to the Program Coordinator in a timely manner;
  • Attend and help facilitate RA staff meetings as necessary;
  • Keep track of any budget expenditures as necessary.

Programming (30%):

  • With the support of the Resident Assistants, help plan and implement programming for the Pre-College students with a balance of educational and social opportunities, including nights and weekends;
  • Assist with the planning and maintenance of the activities calendar for the Pre-College Program;

Help coordinate any remaining details of co-curricular programming such as transportation, signage, and supplies.

Other duties:

  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

*Due to the nature of the current COVID-19 Pandemic, the specific nature of these job responsibilities may change, though the overall job purpose and goals will remain the same.

Qualifications:

  • Valid driver's license for the duration of the position appointment required;
  • Alumni Status with Maine College of Art by the program start date preferred.

Experience:

  • Working knowledge of Google Docs required;
  • Strong skills and experience in programming and event planning preferred;
  • Previous residence life experience preferred;
  • Previous experience with the Pre-College Program preferred.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Be able to complete a full check of a five-story building without the use of elevators required;
  • Be able to communicate effectively with a variety of people including high school students, peers, parents, and faculty required;
  • Ability to be flexible, adaptive, positive, and commitment to creating an inclusive community required.

Position Description: Pre-College Program Assistant
Department: Student Life
Reports to: Associate Director of Student Life
Job Type: Full time, Live-in position for approximately 5 Weeks
Dates of appointment: June 21 - July 27, 2021, must be available for conference calls
every other week starting in May
Compensation: $3,000, plus all meals during the Pre-College program and housing
for the length of the assignment
Application Process: Please send resume, letter of interest, and diversity statement to
studentlife@meca.edu

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.

Diversity Statement

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 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.