Staff Positions

ADMISSIONS ALUMNI AMBASSADOR

The Admissions Alumni Ambassador’s primary responsibility is the recruitment of new students to Maine College of Art (MECA) and assisting the institution in achieving yearly enrollment goals. This is a part-time, temporary position that involves meeting with prospective students and their families, conducting information sessions, portfolio reviews, giving artist talks, and attending virtual events. For Fall 2020, the Alumni Ambassador is a remote position that will primarily be working on weekends, with occasional evenings and weekday events.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct virtual information sessions and portfolio reviews;
  • Counsel/advise students and parents through the admissions and decision-making process including housing, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities;
  • Promote MECA’s institutional mission by recognizing that diversity is integral to the academic experience and striving to foster an inclusive culture defined by respect, equity and social responsibility; 
  • Participate in on and off-campus recruitment events, i.e. virtual Open Houses and (virtual) Admitted Student Days;
  • Pre-approve portfolios for students whose artistic promise and creative performance are within acceptable guidelines;

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts required:
  • MECA Alumni Required.

Experience:

  • Knowledge of MECA’s BFA program;
  • Previous experience in a customer service related position is preferred.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to offer constructive criticism and address creativity merits of visual art and design works that are  2-D, 3-D, or time-based;
  • Understanding of contemporary arts as well as historical artistic perspectives;
  • Communication skills in order to be responsive in a clear and easy to understand fashion;
  • Strong ability to engage visual art and design students in a critical dialogue and ask questions that inspire imagination;
  • Empathy as it is important to understand and identify with the feelings of others;
  • Patience to answer repeated questions and to provide a personable and positive experience;
  • Time Management;
  • Dependability.

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 “Alumni Ambassador [LastName FirstName]” in the subject line.

The PDF must include:

  1. A cover 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.

CUSTODIAN

Maine College of Art is seeking a Custodian to ensure an attractive, sanitary, and safe environment for students, staff, and visitors at assigned sites. The position reports to the Director of facilities. The position performs a variety of special and routine cleaning operations as well as assisting with the preparation of facilities for classroom activities and campus events. Position requires flexibility to work evenings, weekends, and/or unplanned events such as emergencies or campus closures due to inclement weather.

Responsibilities:

  • Routine cleaning of offices, classrooms, restrooms, and common areas at assigned sites;
  • Restocking and maintenance of facility supply closets and storage areas;
  • Seasonal maintenance may require wall repair, painting, moving furniture, etc.;
  • Assist in providing logistical support for events;
  • Report emergencies such as water leaks or safety concerns;
  • Assist with managing the loading dock by aiding deliveries and/or receiving shipments;
  • Assist with moving furniture, supplies, and/or equipment;
  • Perform minor repairs (vacuums, toilet handles, replace light bulbs, etc);
  • Assist the Coordinator of housekeeping services and event support as needed.

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

Experience:

  • Previous experience in a custodial role preferred.

Skills and Abilities:

  • The ability to Lift and carry up to 50lbs;
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills;
  • Must be able to work in a team-oriented workplace, demonstrating pleasant interpersonal skills,
  • Must be detail-oriented.
  • Must be able to work any day (Saturday thru Friday) and provide flexibility in shifts, days or nights.

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.

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 “Custodian [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.

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.

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.