Director of Marketing & Communications

Director of Marketing & Communications

Position Summary

Maine College of Art is currently seeking an experienced professional to join its staff as Director of Marketing & Communications to oversee all external and internal marketing and communication functions that support enrollment and advance the institution. Under the direction of the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, the Director manages and executes advertising, public and media relations, publications, the website, and electronic communications. The Director works closely with Admissions, academic program directors as well as external partners, to develop and execute marketing and communications plans and strategies. The position is hands-on and requires demonstrated project management and graphic design experience.

The successful Director will be energetic and well organized and will be appreciative of the values and cultures within institutions of higher education. 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.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute integrated marketing and communication initiatives to position the College strategically with its diverse constituents and ensure that the College mission is reflected in all marketing and communications.
  • 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.
  • Write, edit, proofread, and approve content for a variety of recruitment and campus
    publications.
  • Execute the Maine College of Art brand through all internal and external communications.
  • Advise campus departments on use of the Maine College of Art brand.
  • Develop and execute advertising and marketing strategies for prospective undergraduate, graduate, certificate and continuing education students in collaboration with department staff and senior leadership.
  • Track and report results of advertising campaigns and initiatives.
  • Enhance communications to alumni and friends 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; foster collaborative relationships with faculty, staff, and administration.
  • Under the supervision of the Vice President and in consultation with Senior Leadership, coordinate the College’s response and messaging for crisis communications.
  • Develop public relations and media strategy to expand coverage in local and regional
    markets; develop strong media relationships and oversee media outreach.
  • Maintain the College website through daily editing and coordinate redesign projects.
  • Identify and lead a variety of technology projects and work with Information Technology and external partners on website development projects and initiatives.
  • Report monthly website analytics, including search engine optimization and search engine marketing initiatives, and assess performance.
  • Oversee College-wide social media strategy with focus on Admissions and Alumni Relations using, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
  • Manage effective relationships with key vendors and partners to optimize marketing
    initiatives.
  • Monitor and administer marketing and communications budget.
  • Maximize efficiency of marketing and communications operations, files, databases, archives, records, etc.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) and 3-5 years of experience in marketing,
    communications, public relations, or advertising (preferably in higher education).
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Sufficient familiarity with graphic design and advertising to direct creative staff; strong knowledge of website design and development.
  • Proven experience in social media strategies including Facebook, Twitter.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; and graphic design software
    including Adobe InDesign and PhotoShop.
  • Proven project management experience and ability to multi-task a heavy volume of short-and long-term projects in a deadline driven environment.
  • Highly organized and detail oriented with excellent follow through.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Experience directing the work of graphic artists, freelancers, and agencies.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.

Compensation

Annual Salary: $70,000–$75,000; Competitive benefits package including health, dental, vacation, sick, and retirement benefits.

Application Procedure

Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will be accepted until an appointment is made. Candidates should submit:

  1. letter of interest
  2. current resume
  3. the names and contact information for three references

Electronic applications only, please. Documents should be in .doc (word) or .pdf format. Place “[Your Name], Director of Marketing & Communications” in the subject line. Attach documents to an email and send to employment@meca.edu. Applications are kept confidential until on-campus interviews. No phone calls please.

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.

Assistant Director of Student Life

Assistant Director of Student Life

Maine College of Art seeks a 12-month, full-time live-in Assistant Director of Student Life with duties commencing August 2018.

Position Summary

The Assistant Director of Student Life oversees assigned residence halls and supervises Resident Assistants. The Assistant Director will assist in the planning and implementation of 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 MECA’s art and design 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.

The Assistant Director reports to the Director of Student Life.

Job Responsibilities

Residence Life (40%)

  • 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 Director)

  • 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 supervises 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
  • Manage the MECA Van and Authorizing Drivers

Administrative Responsibilities (10%)

  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and three or more years of related work experience required, which can include undergraduate roles. Master’s degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, or a related field preferred. The Assistant Director of Student Life must possess strong advising, programming, problem-solving, and supervisory skills along with a clear understanding of student development and the importance of co-curricular programming to student learning. Enthusiasm and initiative required, as well as sound judgement, the ability to resolve problems with sensitivity and diplomacy, and effective verbal and written communication, organizational and interpersonal skills. Experience managing student staff, especially RAs, is desirable. A valid driver’s license is required.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary range $28,000 to $32,000 depending on experience; health, dental, vacation, sick and retirement benefits. Housing provided, as well as all meals when BFA classes are in session.

Application Procedure

Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will be accepted until a hire is made. Candidates must be available to begin work no later than August 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 “ASSISTANT DIR SL [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 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.

Alumni Relations & Events Coordinator

Alumni Relations & Events Coordinator

Maine College of Art is currently seeking an experienced higher education professional to join its staff as the Alumni Relations & Events Coordinator. 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 race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability in hiring and employment policies and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Create programming to establish and strengthen alumni relationships with the college.
  • Track and maintain current contact and career information of all alumni.
  • Develop opportunities for alumni for professional networking and career advancement.
  • Advocate for alumni presence and participation in College activities and policies.
  • Coordinate community and alumni events.

Specific Responsibilities

    • Create programming to establish and strengthen alumni relationships with the college.
    • Serve as first point of contact for all alumni communications
    • Responsible for organizing key alumni Events including: Alumni Biennial at the ICA, annual Alumni Print Session, Holiday Sale, Alumni Gatherings at MECA and off-site
    • Lead in the development of and coordination of the College’s Alumni Council
    • Responsible for maintenance and updating of alumni records in Raiser’s Edge database
    • Collect and develop content, write and edit alumni news for biannual College newsletter
    • Manage and update alumni section of the MECA website, including Exhibition Listings and Alumni Directory
    • Coordinate and oversee alumni initiated groups and projects such as the Metals Collective
    • Support Alumni Development as necessary
    • Administer commencement survey to all graduates
    • Monitor MECA’s alumni Facebook group and communicate key information as necessary.
    • Support other offices of the College by identifying and recruiting alumni for their programs, such as Admissions Open Houses, Parents Weekend, BFA catalog interviews and statistics
    • Create, develop, manage and communicate alumni benefits programs
    • Administer residency and grant opportunities for alumni

Compensation

Salary range $37,000–$42,000; Health, Dental, Vacation/Sick Leave, Retirement Benefits

Application Procedure

Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will be accepted until an appointment is made. Candidates should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and contact information for three references. Electronic applications encouraged. Documents should be in .doc (Word) or .pdf format. Place “[Your Name], Alumni Relations & Events Coordinator” in the subject line. Attach documents to an email and send to employment@meca.edu. Applications may be mailed to Human Resources, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101. Applications are kept confidential until on-campus interviews. No phone calls please.

Tutor & History Discussion Group Leader

Tutor & History Discussion Group Leader

Maine College of Art invites applications for a part-time staff position as a Tutor/History Discussion Group Leader.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be a confident reader and writer, an excellent listener, and a thoughtful collaborator. Strong interpersonal skills are required, as well as the ability to lead World History discussion groups twice a week. Basic technological skills are essential, including competence with Google Docs. Must be able to demonstrate strong organizational skills, professional conduct, responsiveness, and a willingness to work as a team member with other students, staff and faculty. Tutors report to the Associate to the Vice President of Academic Affairs/Coordinator of Tutorial Services.

The Tutor/History Discussion Group Leader will also maintain records documenting student attendance and progress, design and implement exercises and activities to facilitate individual student improvement, and promote student independence, active learning and motivation. Drafting and creating materials to promote learning may also be required.

Tutors do not provide answers; a tutor is a consultant, collaborator, coach, and/or facilitator. An interest in non-directive, open dialogue is essential, as is an ability to help a writer articulate questions and re-vision their own material.

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.

Requirements

Bachelor’s degree required; degree in History or a comparable field preferred, but applications from English, Art History, and art/design/craft graduates are also strongly encouraged. Finalists must agree to a background check.

Application Process

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until a hire is made. Applications materials must be sent digitally in a single PDF, not to exceed a 25MB file size. Please email to employment@meca.edu. Place < TUTOR [FirstName LastName] > in the subject line. The pdf must include 1) a one-page letter of application; 2) a resume; 3) two writing samples, one of which must be academic; 4) a diversity statement; and 5) a list of three professional references with contact information. Finalists may be asked to provide college transcripts.

Half-time Receptionist

Half-time Receptionist

Maine College of Art (MECA) is seeking to hire a half-time receptionist. This is a job-share position for two full days and one ½ day per week. Responsibilities include greeting visitors to the College and providing them with accurate information; answering phones; monitor entrance to the College and provide front line security for appropriate access; assisting students, faculty, staff and the public in various ways; and administrative duties as assigned.

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.

Responsibilities

  • Greet visitors and direct to MECA’s galleries and offices as appropriate.
  • Support College enrollment by providing excellence in service to current and prospective students and their families.
  • Provide security to the building by monitoring access to the building by students, employees and the public, ensuring visitors policies are followed, and coordinating with other employees, and very occasionally the police, when security issues arise.
  • Answer phone calls and transfer to the appropriate department.
  • Knowledge of College programs and protocols.
  • Hire, schedule and manage figure models for the College.
  • Other administrative duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent judgement.
  • Experience working with technology.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Previous experience in higher education.
  • Understanding and/or appreciation of art and design.

Compensation

Hourly rate between $16–$18

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to employment@meca.edu, or mail to Human Resources, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland 04101.

Admissions Counselor

Admissions Counselor

Maine College of Art seeks an enthusiastic and team-oriented individual to join the Admissions Department in a full-time position. Responsibilities include extensive travel, high school visits and presentations, prospective student interviews, portfolio reviews, data entry, light office work and participation in both on/off campus events. The ideal candidate will have a visual arts background, the ability to effectively communicate to a variety of audiences, and a valid driver’s license.

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.

Basic Function

The Admissions Counselor’s primary responsibility is the recruitment of new students to Maine College of Art and assisting the institution in achieving yearly enrollment goals.

Responsibilities

  • Review applications, credentials and portfolios for admission to the College
  • Counsel students and parents through the decision-making process including housing, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities
  • Responsible for managing a specific recruitment territory
  • Schedule classroom presentations, guidance counselor visits and attend recruitment events
  • Consistently meet or exceed measurable enrollment goals and objectives
  • Participate in the planning of on and off campus recruitment events, i.e. Open Houses and Admitted Student Days
  • Conduct classroom visits and presentations at high schools and community colleges
  • Participate in all on campus recruitment events
  • Provide campus tours when necessary
  • Conduct on campus interviews and portfolio reviews
  • Perform extensive seasonal travel, including nights and weekends
  • Represent the college at portfolio days, college fairs, college nights, and other recruitment
    activities as assigned
  • Responsible for other administrative duties as assigned by Admissions Management team

Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree preferably with a visual arts focus. Strong preference will be given to alumni of one of MECA’s degree programs
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively in both a counseling and public relations capacity with prospective students and the community
  • Ability to think critically and solve complex problems
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Organizational ability, high energy, and creative initiative
  • Knowledge of the offerings of the College and an understanding of the mission of the College
  • Entry-level knowledge of the principles of counseling and marketing preferred
  • Knowledge of Apple products and software, and experience working with database systems and Google Drive
  • Strong interpersonal skills including strong verbal and written communication skills required
  • Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience in working with diverse populations, and supporting an inclusive and equitable community
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule which includes extended travel a must
  • Excellent sense of humor
  • Valid driver’s license required

Compensation

Annual Salary – commensurate with experience; Health, Dental, vacation, sick, and retirement benefits

Application Procedure

Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will be accepted until an appointment is made. Candidates should submit:

  1. letter of interest
  2.  a current resume
  3. the names and contact information for three references

Electronic applications only, please. Documents should be in .doc (word) or .pdf format. Place “[Your Name], Admissions Counselor” in the subject line. Attach documents to an email and send to employment@meca.edu.  Applications may be mailed to Human Resources, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101. Applications are kept confidential until on-campus interviews. No phone calls please.

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.

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