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.
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
- 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%)
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.