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Department: BFA Animation
Job Type: Full-Time
Available From: Apr 6, 2021
Reports To: Chair

POSITION OVERVIEW: Responsible for assisting the Chair and Director of Operations with the day-to-day functions and projects of the BFA Animation department. Act as the representative of the Chair as needed or when they are out of the office on business or travel. Duties include maintaining close communication with the Chair, overseeing the organization and implementation of department events and exhibitions, working closely with the Chair and staff on academic and department projects, including event planning, recruitment, promotion, publications, and various other tasks.


Provides administrative support to the Chair's office and works closely with the Chair, Director of Operations, and the entire staff team.

Acts as a liaison and representative for the Chair and department by facilitating communication with departmental staff, other SVA staff, faculty, students, lab assistants, student workers, and outside academic and industry contacts.

Provides general reception for the department, arranges/conducts tours, prepares mass mailings, posts announcements, locates opportunities for and organizes lectures, exhibitions, and conferences.

Enters student/alumni work into festivals, competitions, and conferences to maintain alumni achievement databases.

Develops the alumni achievement web presence for archival purposes.

Provides administrative support to oversee, organize and attend special department events including orientation, information sessions, thesis presentations, graduation, open houses, gallery exhibitions, receptions, screenings, and other department events. Work with catering companies and other service professionals.

Work closely with the Chair and Director of Operations to maintain the consistency of the department as well as college branding for all promotional and advertising-related projects, including website site, social media accounts, and printed advertising.

Collaborate with the Chair and Director of Operations on short and long-term plans for the department, including curriculum development, recruitment of staff, faculty, and guest lecturers.

Works directly with the Chair on the Thesis workflow by collaborating with the Thesis faculty as well as the Board of Advisors. The tasks include Thesis Finishing Grants, Thesis calendar, Thesis reviews, and Thesis events.

Develops relationships with industry and digital art-related organizations and conferences and stays abreast of current development in art, technology, and higher education.

Researches new festivals and competitions and represents the department by attending major film festivals and recruiting trips.

Researches new products and services for possible integration into existing systems.

Works on special projects as needed, such as student gallery shows and exhibitions of work in the department


BA/BFA required. MA/MFA preferred.

3-5 years of academic administrative experience, management experience preferred

Proven ability to handle multiple priorities under deadlines while maintaining a high level of professionalism.

Fastidious about detail and opinionated about it.

Ability to work independently and collaboratively, in a fast-paced environment

Ability to self-start and take initiative.

Good judgment, tact, diplomacy, discretion, and the ability to maintain confidentiality are essential.

Superior organizational, research, and communication skills.

Experience with fundraising and/or sponsorship efforts.

Proficient in web, print design, and social media platforms.

Solid computer skills a must: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Google Apps

Willingness to work flexible/overtime hours.

Amenable to occasional travel.


School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers, and creative professionals for nearly seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum, and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world.


Please click on the link to apply: https://www.applicantpro.com/openings/sva/jobs/1736608-316633 .

Please submit a resume and cover letter.

No walk-ins or phone calls.

The School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity and inclusion is a core principle of the College. SVA enjoys a community that represents a significant number of historically underrepresented communities, ethnic and religious backgrounds, gender identities, diverse abilities, and foreign countries, and all are encouraged to apply.