Chair, Graphic Design and Illustration

  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • United States
  • Apr 09, 2024
Design (all areas)

Job Description

Chair, Graphic Design and Illustration

We are searching for an experienced Chair, Graphic Design and Illustration at our Generic Location campus. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

The Department Chair oversees both Illustration and Graphic Design, at the BFA and MFA levels, including oversight of faculty/staff administrators who direct those programs. The Chair leads department educational goals and initiatives that directly support the College's mission and strategic plans. The Chair is responsible for developing and implementing curriculum, overseeing faculty, fostering student engagement and success, leading academic strategic initiatives, and managing daily operations of the department.
The Chair reports to the Provost and works closely with Academic Affairs. The position also requires collaboration with other academic departments, Academic Services, and staff offices such as Campus Life, Finance, IT and Operations, Human Resources, Institutional Advancement, and Marketing and Communications. This is a 12-month full-time staff position with minimal teaching duties.

Job Duties

Leadership and Administration
? Develops, plans, and implements a departmental vision and objectives that directly support the College's mission and strategic plans.
? Collaborates with colleagues and offices of all divisions to develop, communicate, implement, and/or practice department and college wide initiatives, policies, procedures, and guidelines.
? Works closely with other offices and divisions and contributes to short- and long-term tasks and projects that include but not limited to marketing and communication, event, exhibition, and show planning, recruitment, training, and development, and etc.
? Acts as a positive and proactive representative for the department and College for student recruitment, marketing, fundraising, and internal and external relations efforts.
? Provides College wide contribution through participation in Shared Governance, including serving on committees, councils, and task forces.
? Leads the department's curriculum development, implementation, and assessment based on the College's mission, defined program objectives and learning outcomes, feedback from faculty and students, and institutional data and information.
? Identifies and applies curricular trends and needs philosophically, pedagogically, socio-culturally, academically, in relation to evolving industry standards, and with consideration for enrollment.
? Collaborates with Admissions and Enrollment Management, establishes and reaches enrollment goals by participating in effective student recruitment and retention strategies. Organizes curriculum to accommodate both new and transfer students for their path to successfully graduate.
? Plans course schedule and faculty assignment each year considering program objectives, enrollment, resources, and faculty's classification, rank, specialization, and teaching effectiveness.
? Collaborate with other academic program chairs and directors for coordinating curriculum, course schedule, faculty appointment, and other college-wide policy and procedures.
? Conducts annual program assessment and regular program review to meet College-wide assessment and accreditation needs. Evaluate strengths and initiates necessary changes and improvements within the department's academic programs to enhance program standing and student success.
? Regularly and effectively show student work in physical and digital modes of display.
? Teaches a minimum 3 credit unit course or equivalent per year. Carries out teaching duties, including providing instructional materials and classroom records and advising students.
? Makes concerted efforts to recruit, hire, mentor, and retain strong and diverse faculty. Assesses and forms faculty composition considering diversity, visibility, specialization, and program objectives. Regularly evaluates faculty for constructive feedback and improvement.
? In partnership with the Dean of Academic Affairs, AVP of DEI and TLC, provides strong leadership for departmental faculty to develop the best practices in course development, equitable class management, inclusive teaching pedagogy, and student advisement. Fosters curriculum that encourages students' growth and experience as well as successful outcomes.
? Lead faculty to collaborate with Academic Services such as Library, TLC, and TSS to develop research materials, technical skills, and pedagogy and with offices in the Campus Life division to support students' well-being and success
? Provides guidance to resolve concerns and conflicts between faculty and students or faculty and faculty on academic matters in the department to create a collaborative and respectful learning environment.
? Regularly hold departmental faculty meetings. These are crucial for departmental cohesion and updating faculty with new departmental and college-wide initiatives, policies, and procedures, and to collect faculty input for sharing with Academic Affairs.
? Foster an equitable and inclusive learning environment that is accessible by communities of diverse students. Provides strong and attentive support to diverse and multicultural students for their growth and success. Effectively collaborates with the Student Affairs to direct students to adequate resources offered by the college.
? In partnership with Admissions, Registrar's Office, Academic Advising, Career Services etc, contribute to student recruitment, credit transfer evaluation, academic planning and mentorship, and career preparedness.
? Advises students to explore their interests and meet degree requirements to graduate in time.
? Provides curricular and extra-curricular opportunities to expand students' knowledge and experiences.
Operations and Finance
? Oversees the development, management, and reconciliation of the program budgets. Allocates budgetary and resources accordingly based on short- and long-term plans.
? Performs, delegates, and responds to communications and duties in a timely manner to ensure smooth daily, short, and long- term operations and contributes to achieve effective workflow and outcome.
? Identifies and recommends necessary tools, equipment, and software needs for the departmental curriculum and work environment.
Creative and Professional Practice and Network
? Sustain strong record of creative and professional practice, external professional relationship, professional development, and/or innovative initiatives.
? Maintain strong relationships with external creative community, industry and/or organizations for creating curricular, programmatic, and other opportunities.
? Foster collaborative practice between faculty, departments, and divisions for creative program and curriculum development.
Additional Duties
? Performs other related duties as assigned. Must be responsive to work-related phone calls and emails during non-business hours on occasion.
Additional Information
? May be ranked at the time of their hire and apply for ranking and promotion as stated in the Faculty Handbook.
? Eligible to apply for select faculty benefits and grant opportunities as listed in the Faculty Handbook.
? May take time off during the days in the Fall and Spring semesters when no classes are held.
? Understands that their workload may be reduced during the summer months and directs their time to fulfill responsibilities and duties as approved by the Provost. May take up to 19 days of vacation based on the length of time they served in the college. This position does not accrue vacation hours.

Required Qualifications:

? Terminal Degree or equivalent professional experiences in graphic design or illustration.
? Minimum 7 years of sustained teaching experience in higher art and education or increasingly responsible professional experiences in the discipline.
? Minimum of 7 years significant and sustained creative and professional achievement.
? Sustained record of successful academic or professional leadership and supervision of personnel.
? Strong organizational, collaboration, problem-solving and verbal and written communication skills.
? Excellent ability to work efficiently, cooperatively, and collaboratively in a team environment.
? Demonstrated experience in promoting and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
? Technological proficiency and adaptability for teaching and administrative responsibilities in the discipline.

Preferred Qualifications

? Experience in and aptitude for academic administration.
? Empathetic and facilitative leader.
? Significant Experience in curriculum development, assessment, and program development.
? Ability to foster and expand relationships within the relevant professional fields that serve student career placement and other important goals for the College

Required Documents: 

1. Cover Letter

2. CV

3. Portfolio

FLSA Status: Exempt

Compensation Type: Annual Salary

Salary Range: 130,000.00 - 150,000.00

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