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Director of Operations, MFA Computer Arts
POSITION OVERVIEW: Responsible for all aspects of daily management and operation of the MFA Computer Arts Department. Duties include: managing the staff, faculty and interacting with students, implementation of the budget, overseeing the continuous operation of the computer arts facility, working closely with the chair and staff on academic and department projects, including curriculum, promotion, publications, recruitment and various other tasks.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
● Overseeing academic operations and management, including curriculum development, recruitment of 10+ staff, 45+ faculty, guest lecturers, visiting artists, 100+ graduate students.
● Responsible for strategic management for preparing, implementing, and maintaining the annual department budget as well as all scholarship, equipment procurement, vendor contracts and negotiations.
● Conduct weekly and monthly meetings with the staff and provide the Chair with updates on departmental activities and operations.
● Manage and maintain the 24/7 operation of a high-end digital art lab consisting of networked Macintosh, Windows, and Mac workstations, editing rooms, network servers and various audio/visual equipment. Work with the systems and facilities staff to coordinate and follow up on repair and maintenance issues.
● Represent the department by participating in major annual industry events and festivals to increase the department’s international profile as well as to recruit prospective students, faculty, guest lecturers and visiting artists.
● Managing and supervising the admission process and helping shape the incoming class by conducting tours, application evaluations and interviews to prospective students.
● Provide ongoing guidance and mentorship to assist current students and alumni with their career paths by working closely with the Career Development office.
● Develop strong relationships with global industry professionals and recruiters in order to maximize employment, internship and potential faculty opportunities.
● Maintain the network of 1,000+ alumni by hosting events and activities along with Alumni Affairs, as well as work closely with the staff to raise visibility of the department by tracking alumni’s achievements.
● Meet with students, student representatives, faculty, and staff on regular basis to troubleshoot any class needs, software/hardware issues, and thesis and creative production.
● Assist faculty on course evaluations, schedules, course development, enrollment and promotion on their achievement.
● Oversee, organize and attend special department events including orientation, information sessions, open studios, thesis presentations, commencement, and gallery exhibitions.
● Responsible for the development and maintenance of all aspects of the departmental websites and related web projects, including: design, content development, production, programming, and working with the systems staff for server support.
● Work with the Project Coordinator on various department projects including any print and online advertising as well as department branded promotional materials.
● Oversee and work with the staff on management of lab assistants and student workers.
● Prepare annual staff performance reviews. Administer department and college policies, rules and procedures as they relate to students, faculty and staff.
● Consistently update the department community web site, post announcements and course cancellations, update mailing lists and maintain databases and thesis archives.
● Research new products and services for possible integration into existing systems. Stay abreast of current developments in art, technology, and higher education, as they relate to the department.
● MA/MFA and knowledge of digital art preferred.
● Previous managerial and 3-5 years administrative experience.
● Computer literacy with Macs and PCs.
● Proficient in MS Office, experience with Filemaker Pro a plus.
● Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
● Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented.
● Excellent writing and proofreading skills.
● Ability to effectively interact with all levels of staff and students.
School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for more than seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprising 7,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 38,000 alumni in 75 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For more information about the College’s 31 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and Continuing Education division, visit sva.edu.
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The School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.