Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies

Job Description: Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies

Position Summary

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.

Responsibilities

  • 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

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to leverage passion
  • Entrepreneurial
  • 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.

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 “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.

Media Technician

Job Description: Media Technician

Position Summary

Maine College of Art seeks a full-time Media Technician to help maintain and run the Photography, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Animation & Game Art programs. BFA in Photography or Digital Media preferred; baccalaureate required. Duties begin on or about 1 August 2019. The duration of the appointment will not exceed two years.

Responsibilities

Regular and periodic tasks for the Photography Program include managing, maintaining, repairing and testing the program’s facilities and equipment; managing the Photo budget, including studio fees; ordering all supplies; mixing and maintaining all photographic chemistry and digital lab requirements; upholding and teaching health and safety matters, including the State of Maine’s hazardous waste procedures; managing all equipment use and studio use, including check-out and return; organizing materials and keeping the facilities clean; supervising and scheduling student workers; and supporting the Program Chair as needed, including attending critiques when invited, troubleshooting problems students have in labs, supporting students with their work and assisting faculty as directed by the Chair. Other responsibilities include managing the networked print station; providing training workshops on digital printing for any student, staff or faculty; managing equipment checkout for the Salt Center for Documentary Studies; providing lighting studio support as needed; making and enforcing contractual student agreements; managing the check-out site on Google; managing supplies, repairs, maintenance and equipment needs for Graphic Design, Illustration and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies; and other duties as assigned. The Media Technician coordinates with the Continuing Studies, MFA and MAT programs to ensure their needs are met.

The Media Technician manages Art Doc equipment and materials, helps implement documentation of student work with Photo Booth, hosts seminars and info sessions for classes, trains and manages student workers, and supervises operational logistics.

The Media Technician reports to the Chair of Photography.

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 and emailed to jobs@meca.edu. Place <[FirstName LastName], MEDIA TECH> in the subject line. The PDF must include:

  • a letter of application which articulates in one page only how the candidate’s experience intersects with the position description
  • a resume or curriculum vitae
  • diversity statement
  • ten images of current work or suitable weblink
  • three references

Finalists may be asked to submit college transcripts and 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.

Admissions Counselor

Job Description: Admissions Counselor

Position Summary

Reports to: Director of Admissions

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 Functions

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. Recruitment at Maine College of Art revolves around a cyclical calendar. The heaviest travel season is from September through December, involving nights and weekends. Candidates must be willing to be away from home for extended periods during the travel season. Recruitment activities shift in December and throughout the spring and summer to processing applications and outreach to prospective students, including on-campus events.

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 and Benefits

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.

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.