Visual & Production Designer

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Department: Advancement
Reports to: Director of Marketing & Communications

The Maine College of Art (MECA) Visual and Production Designer is responsible for facilitating, managing, and expanding MECA’s visual identity for print, web, and social media. The Visual and Production Designer will produce a wide range of print and digital projects while implementing content and functionality included in our overall marketing and communications standards. In addition to brand strategy development, project management, graphic and production design, the Visual and Production Designer will support MECA’s marketing and communication efforts as needed on a wide array of projects. This is a full-time, salaried position with health, dental, vacation, sick and retirement benefits.

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.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist with the overall management and execution of MECA’s brand and visual identity;
  • Manage the design and production of all electronic materials each academic year;
  • Interface effectively with vendors to request quotes, prepare files, negotiate costs, and manage production schedules;
  • Collaborate on and project manage design work assignments requested by departments/directors/executives within the college;
  • Develop and execute graphics for signage, brochures, booklets, presentations, posters, magazine, exhibitions or event designs;
  • Maintain and organize image/art database which includes purchased stock images, hired photography and/or video assets, graphics and fonts;
  • Manage requests from departments for assets from the art database when requested;
  • Produce and art direct photo and video shoots with freelance photographers/videographers;
  • Work with artists and/or students to secure permissions and proper attributions for select featured works;
  • Hire, train, and manage hours of student workers or freelance designers as needed;
  • Oversee portfolio submission process and steward portfolio.meca.edu.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a demonstrated excellence in print and web design;
  • Some knowledge of WordPress site development, application installation/configuration, and content management;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Must be detail oriented and proficient in pre-press production on print files, able to clearly communicate with print vendors on printing requirements and able to use print vendors’ portals or apps to upload packaged files;
  • Ability to think creatively while working in a high-pressure environment under tight deadlines with multiple workflows;
  • Experience with online image optimization and best practices with UX.

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], Graphic Designer Search” 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.

Digital Marketing Specialist

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Department: Advancement
Reports to: Director of Marketing & Communications

Under the supervision of the Director of Marketing & Communications, the Digital Marketing Specialist is responsible for facilitating, managing, and expanding MECA’s digital presence. This position will be tasked with managing a wide range of projects while supporting the operations of Advancement, Marketing, and Communications. In addition to being savvy in the areas of online strategy development, email campaign creation, project management, social media, and grassroots outreach, this candidate will support MECA’s marketing and communication efforts as needed on a wide array of projects. This is a full-time, salaried position with health, dental, vacation, sick and retirement benefits.

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.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Develop and execute inbound and outbound marketing campaigns that support business goals across the organization;
  • Build, manage, optimize, and maintain campaigns on multiple platforms, search, social, and display networks;
  • Proactively monitor and analyze campaigns through testing with ad copy, landing pages, bidding strategies, negative keywords, and other appropriate methods;
  • Conduct keyword research for use in SEO strategy;
  • Assist in creating original content, including email copy, blog posts, press releases, social media, and other collateral and based on editorial calendar;
  • Partner with visual and production designer to produce collateral and graphics for marketing campaigns;
  • Collaborate and participate in video productions to create high-quality videos for the website and social media;
  • Assist with updates to company website;
  • Manage MECA’s online presence on a day to day basis;
  • Stay abreast of industry trends, digital landscape, and new media tactics.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with 3+ years of digital marketing experience;
  • Strong analytical capabilities, able to analyze data and reports to make educated decisions and recommendations;
  • Advanced knowledge of Google AdWords, Facebook Ads, Twitter Ads, Bing Ads, and other digital marketing and social media platforms;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to think creatively while working in a highly pressurized, deadline-driven environment;
  • A passion and enthusiasm for digital marketing;
  • Above average proficiency in Google Analytics or desire to become proficient.

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], Digital Marketing Specialist Search” 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.

Pre-College Program Coordinator

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Department: Student Life
Reports to: Director of Student Life
Job Type: Full time, Live-in position for 8 Weeks
Dates of appointment: June 9—August 2, 2019, must be available for conference calls
every other week starting in May
Compensation: $6000, plus food stipend & all meals during Pre-College program
Application Process: Please send resume, letter of interest, and diversity statement to studentlife@meca.edu

The Program Coordinator is a live-on position that will supervise all aspects of the co-curricular experience for approximately 80 high school students enrolled in the three (3) week summer Pre-College Program. This includes managing the residential experience, all non-academic programming, supervising the Resident Assistants, enforcement of College policy, 24/7 on-call and emergency response responsibilities for the duration of the program, supporting academic components, and working with MECA faculty and staff, as needed. The Program Coordinator also oversees the Pre-College Program Assistant.

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.

Job Responsibilities:

Program Coordination (25%):

  • Actively participate in Pre-College Program Coordinator training prior to arrival of the Program
  • Assistant and the Resident Assistant (RA) staff
  • Be on call for the three (3) weeks of the program including night and weekend hours
  • Maintain an active presence with the Pre-College students in the residential community
  • Counsel and advise students and refer to campus or community resources as necessary
  • Assess the activities and experience of the Pre-College students and develop a summary of the program before the end of the position appointment.

Administrative (30%):

  • Maintain the Pre-College activities budget
  • Plan and facilitate move-in day, Pre-College Orientation, and move-out
  • Attend weekly faculty meetings to address student concerns
  • Work with Student Life Professional Staff to coordinate administrative functions of the program including keys, Room Inspection Forms, and facilities needs
  • Document and report all non-emergency conduct issues, student concerns, and facilities issues to appropriate departments in a timely manner
  • Serve as a student conduct hearing officer for minor policy infractions

Programming (20%)

  • With the support of the Resident Assistants, plan and implement programming for the Pre-College students with a balance of educational and social opportunities, including nights and weekends
  • Plan and maintain the activities calendar of the Pre-College schedule
  • Coordinate details of co-curricular programming such as transportation, signage, and supplies

Supervision (25%)

  • Directly supervise, train, and evaluate one (1) Program Assistant and eight (8) Pre-College Resident Assistants
  • Plan and facilitate Program Assistant training and Pre-College RA training
  • Ensure effective RA job performance by providing regular one on one meetings, follow up on issues or concerns, and providing feedback to Resident Assistants regarding performance
  • Lead RA staff meetings, as necessary, to clearly and effectively disseminate information
  • Be the primary liaison between RA staff and Continuing Studies, Student Life, and other MECA departments

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong skills and experience in programming and event planning
  • Be able to communicate effectively with a variety of people including high school students, student staff, parents, colleagues, and faculty
  • Ability to be flexible, adaptive, positive, and commitment to creating an inclusive community
  • Working knowledge of Google Docs
  • Valid driver’s license for the duration of the position appointment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Enrollment in or completion of a graduate level program at an accredited college or university
  • Understanding and/or appreciation of art and design
  • Experience with counseling, mentoring, or advising
  • Previous residence life experience

Application Process: Please send resume, letter of interest, and diversity statement to studentlife@meca.edu.

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.

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.