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Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Company:
Maine College of Art & Design
Job Location:
Portland, Maine
Category:
Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
Position Overview

Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D) seeks a collaboratively minded leader to serve as the Director of Diversity, Equality, Inclusion, joining our group of committed faculty and staff who are passionate about art, education, and community.

MECA&D is committed to our students thriving during their academic career at the college, both within the MECA&D community and in the city of Portland. The Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion will be supported as a leader at MECA&D, modeling guidelines for engagement around diversity, racial equity, and inclusion as outlined by MECA&D’s Diversity Statement and Compact. This role will continue to move forward initiatives and develop strategies to address intersectionality; representation in the arts and art history; and help establish a college-wide culture of mutual trust, respect, and accountability. The Officer will facilitate conversations between faculty and students, as well as between faculty and staff as needed.

Reporting to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) with a dotted line to the President, the Director will work closely with the VPAA, MECA&D Faculty, the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, MECA&D’s Diversity Committee, and the Associate Dean of Student Life to establish ongoing priorities.

The position was originally made possible by a grant from The Crewe Foundation in conjunction with Indigo Arts Alliance (IAA), an arts incubator in Portland, Maine, founded and created for professional and emerging artists of African descent with an open door to all people of color. MECA&D’s students and alumni have opportunities to partner with incoming artists as mentees and interns at Indigo. This position works with MECA&D staff as a liaison between the College and IAA.

The Successful Candidate

To achieve success in the role of Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, it will require:

  • Help build a culture of mutual trust and respect among the faculty staff and students at MECA&D; help foster a diverse, inclusive, accessible and equitable campus environment;

  • Promote and drive adoption of inclusive practices; establish key initiatives that are tailored to advance MECA&D’s diversity and inclusion goals;

  • Align DEI objectives to support MECA&D’s strategic plan;

  • Help to continue to create a college infrastructure that supports BIPOC students’ emotional and social well being, including helping BIPOC students create connections with one another and the broader Portland community;

  • Design and source educational workshops, programming, and tools to further support faculty, staff, trustees, and students in achieving a greater understanding of issues pertaining to DEI, working in partnership with the MECA&D Diversity Committee and the Director of Human Resources;

  • Co-Chair MECA&D’s Diversity Committee;

  • Guide Admissions and Marketing on creating content and material to ensure diversity and inclusion best practices;

  • Serve as the liaison between Indigo Arts Alliance (IAA) and the college;

  • Help drive MECA&D’s external partnerships which help advance inclusion and equity in the local community;

  • Remain current with and share leading best practices on DEI initiatives;

  • Be present for major campus events or programs which may include evenings and weekends as needed;

  • Advise MECA&D’s two College Sponsored Organizations, the Gender Sexuality Alliance and the Students of Color Coalition.

Qualifications, Experience, Abilities

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.

EXPERIENCE 

  • 3+ years experience leading DEI programs preferred;

  • Experience in higher education and specifically with graduate and/or professional programming preferred;

  • Experience with community outreach preferred.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Excellent project management skills and experience with/understanding of change management principles;

  • Strong knowledge of diversity metrics, research and analytics;

  • Ability to handle multiple projects and to prioritize effectively; agility/flexibility/resilience;

  • Excellent communication, influencing and leadership skills to embed DEI principles throughout the organization;

  • Demonstrated ability to translate best practices and research into tangible, pragmatic outcomes underpinned by metrics/key performance indicators.

    The Institution

    Maine College of Art & Design 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 550 students, the majority of whom are in the undergraduate program. About 1,000 students take classes through MECA&D’s Continuing Studies Program annually. MECA&D’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&D is a vibrant site for the exhibition of contemporary art.

    MECA&D 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&D 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 & Design is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The College’s accreditation status with both agencies was renewed in 2016.

    Strategic Direction

    MECA&D’s seven-year strategic (2020-2027) plan builds on our historic positioning in Portland’s arts district, a shared strategic vision, and proven ability to embrace change. 

    Strategic Plan Priorities

    1. Broaden Our Reach: Online and Distance Learning

    Charge: MECA&D will develop a strategy to effectively enter the online and distance learning marketplace in order to expand our audience of learners and generate additional revenue streams.

    2. Develop a Culture of Social Change, Racial Justice, and Equity

    Charge: MECA&D’s commitment to Social Change, Racial Justice, and Inclusion will inform all aspects of the College. We believe placing these values at the forefront of our work cultivates artists who are true agents of change and connects our community to the world in meaningful ways.

    3. Academic Excellence

    Charge: MECA&D will cultivate the highest standards in teaching and learning in art, design, and media, and will be recognized for its students’ cultural contributions. The College will be known as an educational leader in the programs it offers, creating and continually improving a relevant, culturally inclusive, and distinctive curriculum that enables students to reach their potential in an ever-changing world.

    Recognizing a rapidly evolving and increasingly challenging higher education landscape, the College will create additional programs and educational pathways to attract learners beyond its traditional region and age group: this includes professional, mid-career and continuing learners.

    4. Create a Living and Learning Center

    Charge: MECA&D will develop a new Living and Learning Center that reflects the College’s mission to provide students with the resources and support necessary to pursue their education successfully. Building on MECA&D’s historic role as the creative anchor of Portland, the new Center will expand MECA&D’s footprint and identity within Portland and will provide a destination and hub for community activity and engagement.

    5. Financial Sustainability

    Charge: An essential principle of our Strategic Plan is to ensure MECA&D’s long-term financial sustainability. As informed by data and other qualitative metrics, we will identify a financial framework and a series of revenue-focused strategic priorities in support of sustainable results and MECA&D’s overall fiscal plan.

    Compensation & Benefits

    This is a year round, full time, exempt position. Compensation ranges from $55,000 to $65,000, based on experience. A comprehensive benefits package is offered, including health, dental, vacation, sick time, and retirement benefits

    To Apply

    Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will be accepted until a hire is made. Application materials must be sent digitally in a single PDF, not to exceed a 25MB file size. Please email the document to employment@meca.edu. Place “Director of DEI [Last Name, First Name]” in the subject line. 

    The PDF must include:

    1. An application/cover letter which describes how the candidate’s experience, accomplishments and qualifications intersect with the listed position description; 

    2. A resumé/curriculum vitae; 

    3. A diversity statement; 

    4. A list of four references with contact information, one of which should be a prior supervisor and one of which, if possible, should be a student student.

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