Maine College of Art (MECA) seeks a Director of Student Life. This is a full-time position with
duties commencing on or about October 1, 2017.
Position Summary & Responsibilities
Maine College of Art (MECA) seeks an experienced higher education professional to join its staff as Director of Student Life. The Director of Student Life develops, implements and directs student service activities, programs, policies and procedures. They play a leadership role in meeting the retention and student development goals of the College by managing and supervising the areas of residential education and housing, wellness and counseling, and student involvement. The Director of Student Life enforces the Student Code of Conduct, facilitates student crisis intervention, maintains compliance with campus crime notifications, and oversees a part-time Disabilities Coordinator who handles ADA accommodations. The Director of Student Life also helps facilitate access to external services that enhance students’ well being.
The ideal candidate will have previous managerial experience and significant experience in one or more of the following areas: residence life, student activities, academic advising, counseling, student conduct, disability services, and/or student advocacy. They must have the highest professional and ethical standards, be responsive to student needs, and understand MECA’s mission as a student-centered institution with a focus on art and design. The candidate must demonstrate clear and effective leadership and a passion for enhancing student resources and services, and must be able to properly balance student advocacy with student conduct and the broader mission of the College.
The Director of Student Life supervises two Assistant Directors of Student Life, the Counseling & Wellness Coordinator, and the ADA Coordinator, and works closely with the Dean’s office to maintain an integrated student life area. The successful candidate must have the ability to work collaboratively with a team of student service professionals, faculty, staff, and other administrative directors and external partners. The Director of Student Life reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs/Dean of the College.
A Bachelor’s degree is required and a Master’s degree is strongly preferred.
Compensation & Benefits
Salary range $50,000 to $60,000 depending on experience; health, dental, vacation, sick and retirement benefits
Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will be accepted until a hire is made, with a targeted start date of August 15, 2017. 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 <[FirstName LastName], Director of Student Life Search> in the subject line. The PDF must include (a) a letter of application describing how the candidate’s experience intersects with the position description; (b) a resume or curriculum vitae; and (c) five references, one of which must 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 race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in hiring and employment policies and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds 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.