Department Chair Graduate Fine Arts

  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Jan 31, 2020
Full time   Art & Art History

Job Description

Position Information


Job Title Department Chair Graduate Fine Arts
Job Description

Otis College of Art and Design seeks an inspiring, dynamic Chair of its Graduate Program in Fine Arts to collaborate with program faculty and college administration on a vision for the program’s future following the retirement of its Founding Chair, and to manage/oversee the daily workings of the program, including but not limited to its total enrollment, student experience, faculty, administration, budget, exhibitions, and studios.

History of Otis College’s Graduate Fine Arts Program:
In 1954, Otis College of Art and Design conferred its first graduate degrees in fine arts and in 1990 Roy Dowell founded the Graduate Fine Arts program. Central to the program are classes that engage students from diverse backgrounds/practices and across genres (painting, sculpture, new media, drawing, photography, installation, video and sound). From 2007 to 2016, Suzanne Lacy led a graduate program in Public Practice; in 2018, this program became an Area of Emphasis within Graduate Fine Arts and was renamed Art + Social Practice.

The 36 Graduate Fine Arts studios and two primary group seminar/classroom/critique spaces are located in Culver City’s thriving arts district. The main campus of Otis College, near the Los Angeles international airport in Westchester, includes wood, metal, 3D modeling, ceramics, printmaking, photography and letterpress labs that are available to all MFA Fine Arts faculty and students. Candidates are encouraged to read more about the program and college at

Location Los Angeles, CA (Westchester)
Essential Duties Summary

The Ideal Candidate:
• Is a facilitative leader who will engage and consult faculty, students, and administrators in envisioning the future of the Graduate Fine Arts program
• Is highly knowledgeable about contemporary and historic art practices and modalities
• Supports and is familiar with progressive and diverse pedagogies for a contemporary and diverse student body
• Is committed to developing students’ personal vision, style, and innovation in ways that respect diverse voices, perspectives, aesthetic values and experiences
• Values and practices active listening, respectful communication, and collaboration in order to support and inspire colleagues, faculty and students
• Will collaborate with the chairs of Otis’ Graduate Graphic Design and Graduate Writing programs in developing graduate-level interdisciplinary and expanded graduate-level programming
• Demonstrates the ability to connect with organizations, industries and communities outside the College
• Is experienced in the management and oversight of a comparable accredited educational program, and can manage Graduate Fine Arts through a period of change by honoring its past and its current faculty while developing a vision for the future.

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications:
• Prior degree program management/oversight at the Chair/Assistant Chair level with demonstrated skills of leadership, collaboration, and management
• Minimum of 5 years full-time teaching and/or administrative higher education or gallery/museum experience at the administrative level

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:
• Able to leverage Otis’s assets: location, faculty, infrastructure and the program’s history of reaching diverse students and diverse practices
• Well-connected in the contemporary art world, both in Los Angeles and beyond
• Understands a diverse range of cultural codes and is culturally literate
• Fundraising experience; demonstrated ability to engage institutional, donor and foundation support
• Student recruitment support experience—ability to communicate in a manner that aligns with and furthers the efforts and work of Admissions toward sustaining and/or growing Graduate Fine Arts’ total enrollment
• Multi-lingual

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EEO Statement

Otis College of Art and Design is an Equal Opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic which may be specified by law or college policy.