The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) seeks an experienced and forward-thinking administrator/educator for the position of Director of Master of Fine Arts. This is a full time 12-month staff position reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The primary responsibility is directing the MFA Visual Studies program, a 60-credit mentor-based, interdisciplinary studio degree. The director’s leadership role is core to the success of the MCAD MFA program. The director oversees the MFA curriculum and learning outcomes, manages thesis reviews, committees and exhibitions, prepares the semester schedule of courses and hires adjunct faculty when needed, works with the graduate committee and the admissions office on admissions processes, manages and recruits mentors, and monitors the graduate facilities. The directorsupervises one full-time visiting faculty position, and is supported part time by an administrative assistant. The director has the opportunity to teach within the program. The director serves as a member of the Academic Cabinet and the college’s Curriculum Committee.The director will also work with the Vice President of Academic Affairs to assess future campus-based MA programs.
A successful candidate must possess superior interpersonal skills and academic and studio credibility in working with all constituents across the college with a focused commitment to student success. This dynamic and creative opportunity is in a highly charged academic studio environment with a successful model of mentor-based interdisciplinary studies in art and design. Building on a 22-year history of successful graduates and supported by dedicated faculty, the program has an established track record and is housed in a new state of the art studio, gallery and classroom building.
The director will lead a dedicated community of makers, thinkers, theorists, researchers, and creative professionals in support of student success starting with the admissions process and continuing through the program experience and transition into professional life. The student body is diverse with a robust international presence supported by outstanding faculty and a mentorship group that provides informed and relevant instruction in studio and professional practice.
The director must be able to advance and facilitate the student experience responding to social, cultural, and professional needs as well as entrepreneurial opportunities, encompassing art and design practices. Students in the program pursue creative work in a lively, interdisciplinary environment that includes graphic design, printmaking, paper & book arts, painting, photography, illustration, sculpture, drawing, animation, interactive media, filmmaking, product design, comic arts, furniture design, and installation art.
The position begins summer 2018. MCAD offers a dynamic work environment that includes outstanding holiday and vacation time accruals, a flexible and comprehensive benefit plan including medical, dental and 403(b) pension plans. After six months of service,staff receive free MCAD tuition for themselves, spouse and dependent children, and dependents may be eligible for free tuition at more than 600 colleges nation-wide.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Director is the leader and advocate for the program’s students, faculty and alumni in pursuit of creative and academic excellence, through programmatic development, administration, mentoring and recruitment.
Planning and Curricular Development
Develops departmental strategic plan.
Oversees curricular change through accreditation.
Monitors all department syllabi and student-learning outcomes.
Prepares the graduate course schedule and coordinates faculty assignments with the Department Chairs and the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Evaluates instructional programs for continuous improvement, recommending appropriate actions and implementing approved changes.
Maintains an academic vision for the program and represents the program to internal and external stakeholders
Builds and maintains an appropriate pool of qualified mentors
Founded in 1886, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit teaching institution located in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. MCAD is an independent, accredited institution with 14 BFA degree programs in Design, Fine Arts, and Media Arts. It also has a BS degree in Entrepreneurial Studies, an MFA program, and online degrees. Dedicated to the creative and professional success of it...s students, MCAD is an important participant in the Twin Cities’ thriving cultural community. Minnesota enjoys a long history of cultural community, furthered by the generous support of numerous private foundations. Notable cultural institutions include Walker Art Center, Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Weisman Art Museum. The Twin Cities host abundant live theater, music venues, galleries, art film festivals, and are home to many celebrated international advertising and design companies. Major sports teams in football, men and women’s basketball, baseball and hockey complement the arts. Bicycling Magazine recently named Minneapolis the most bike friendly city in America. The Twin Cities frequently rates as one of the best places to live in the United States. In June 2014, CBRE rated Minneapolis as the greenest city in the nation. Ranked as the 14th largest metropolitan area in the nation, the area hosts 19 Fortune 500 Companies and seven of the largest private companies in the country.