Admissions Counselor

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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.

Job Requirements

A confident public speaker, willing to work a flexible work schedule including travel, have a solid command of Apple products and software, and experience working with database systems and Google docs.

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.

Education Requirements

Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with a visual arts focus. Strong preference will be given to alumni of one of MECA’s degree programs (BFA, MAT or MFA).


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  Applications are kept confidential until on-campus interviews. No phone calls please.

Student Life Graduate Position

Student Life Graduate Position

Maine College of Art (MECA), an accredited art and design college of approximately 450 undergraduate and graduate students, seeks applications for the position of Student Life Graduate Assistant (GA). The Student Life GA is a 15-20 hours/per week, 9-month, live-in position. The GA will assist in the facilitation of a safe, healthy, respectful living and learning community through planning and implementing residential and campus-wide programming with a focus on health and wellness. In addition, the GA will have shared on-call responsibilities and will help respond to student emergencies.

The successful candidate will have experience in one or more of the following areas: residence life, health & wellness, and/or event planning. They will work with Resident Assistants (RAs), Counseling & Wellness staff, and Student life staff to provide programs that promote wellness and harm reduction. In addition, the candidate must understand the diverse demands of students and MECA’s commitment to visual artists and must share a philosophical commitment to creating a positive learning environment for each and every student.

Student Life plays an important role in the overall educational mission of the College: to educate artists for life. Student Life provides education, advocacy, and support that promotes individual student growth and development and creates a strong sense of community within the residence halls and on campus. Student Life seeks to create a safe, healthy, and respectful living and learning community in which art and design students actively participate and achieve their academic, artistic, and personal goals.

This position reports to the Director of Student Life and works closely with the Coordinator of Counseling & Wellness.

Job Responsibilities

  •  Assist in the planning and promotion of programs and events that address health and wellness, including but not limited to sexual assault and harassment prevention, healthy relationships, alcohol and substance abuse prevention, stress/anxiety management, civic engagement, service, and diversity.
  • Manage event/project budgets.
  • Research feasibility of an exercise room with fitness equipment.
  • Serve as a support to transfer, commuter, and international students.
  • Share on-call responsibilities and help respond to student crises/emergencies. For example: medical and mental health emergencies, drug or alcohol policy violations, fire alarm crowd control, coordinating response to emergency facilities repairs, lockouts.
  • Assist in the enforcement of policies and procedures.
  • Report maintenance and safety concerns to the Facilities Department in a timely fashion.
  • Assist with resident assistant and orientation leader training August 16-23, 2017.
  • Hold regular office hours and attend staff meetings, individual meetings with supervisor and in-services.
  • Assist Student Life staff with administrative responsibilities related to residence hall openings/closings, keys, health and safety inspections, and RA selection.


  • Be matriculated in a graduate degree program at Maine College of Art or other local accredited school;
  • Must have the desire to actively engage with students;
  • Have strong organizational and communication skills;
  • Be committed to the concepts of team, student development, and diversity;
  • Provide evidence of past leadership and/or volunteer experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Hold a BA, BS, or BFA from an accredited college or university;
  • Have past experience in residence life or student life;
  • Hold a valid driver’s license;
  • Have an understanding of the needs of traditionally aged college students;
  • Have experience working with people in crisis situations;
  • Have knowledge of programming or event planning.


  • Partially furnished on-campus apartment, including utilities, parking, and Internet;
  • 12-Meal plan (while BFA program is in session);
  • Stipend of $500 per BFA semester.


This position is a one-year appointment. Reappointment for the following year and summer job opportunities may be possible. The term of employment for this position is August 14, 2017 – May 15, 2018.

To Apply

For priority consideration, please apply by April 17, 2017.

Applicants should submit:

  1. a letter of application which specifically addresses the position requirements (Maximum: 1 page)
  2. a current resume
  3. the names and contact information of three references
  4. an official transcript for the highest degree earned and evidence of graduate school enrollment (if a finalist for the position)

Electronic applications only, please. Documents should arrive in a single PDF. Place “[Your Name], Student Life Graduate Assistant Search” in the subject line. Attach document to an email and send to

Marketing & Communications Intern

Marketing & Communications Intern

MECA’s Marketing & Communication Department is looking for a summer intern to help us on the weekly-basis.

The student will be supervised and guided by the Designer & Assistant Designer, which brings valuable experience in working under a brand identity, working with deadlines and specifications, and learning practices in ordering printed materials. The student designer will assist in designing marketing pieces for all areas of the college, including Admissions, Continuing Studies, and the Institute of Contemporary Art.

In the area of print design, work may consist of designing exhibition vinyl and catalogs, posters and advertisements, postcards, handouts, infographics, or merchandise design. Digital design may include designing social media graphics, re-formatting print graphics for web, making updates to the website, and assisting on our social media platforms.

++ Must know Adobe Creative Suite
++ HTML / Web Design / Social Media knowledge not required

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.


If you are interested, please email with the subject line: “Summer Design Intern”, and in the body of the email, include your name, year of graduation, and a link to your portfolio site or an attached PDF with 5-10 selected works.


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 440 students. In addition, about 1200 students take classes through MECA’s Continuing Studies program annually. MECA’s Joanne Waxman Library is an important public 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, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, and Salt Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies. MECA employs approximately 100 faculty and staff. The College’s BFA program offers eleven majors and three minors. MECA’s MFA is an innovative two-­year low residency program with approximately thirty students. The mission of the college is to educate artists for life: we believe in the transformational power of an arts education to serve as the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals.

MECA combines a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, immersive studio practice, and wealth of professional development opportunities to provide an educational experience that embodies artistic excellence, civic engagement, and creative entrepreneurship. Maine College of Art is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.

Maine College of Art does not to 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.