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General purpose: Primary responsibility for the maintenance and ongoing improvement of the academic experience of first-year students at MICA. Summary of Essential Functions: This individual works in collaboration with a variety of departments on campus to coordinate the collegeâs efforts in providing its first-year students with the highest quality academic services. Serve as the college-wide point of contact for issues regarding first-year students as they relate to retention and success; and coordinate the enrollment process for students in their first year.Essential Duties and Responsibilities: â Serve as the primary academic advisor for first year students, providing counsel on topics such as degree requirements, curriculum changes, academic planning, academic opportunities related to career goals, course selection and registration, college policies, procedures, and regulations, and personal developmentâ Coordinate inter-departmental efforts aimed at providing academic services to meet the needs of first-year students and provide expertise in the development of the Forum course.â Actively contribute to the retention efforts of the college through joint leadership with key administrators in Undergraduate Admission, Student Affairs, Financial Aid, Enrollment Services and Academic Affairs.â Develop training and guidance for faculty related to the needs of first-year studentsâ Manage the freshman registration and major declaration process, including the onboarding of newly admitted students during the summer. â Oversee the development of programming dedicated to student enrichment and growth, connecting to campus resources, and professional practiceâ Collect, assess, and interpret data regarding first-year year students experiences as they apply to improving freshman curriculum and overall student satisfaction. Provide feedback to Undergraduate Admission and Academic Affairs in order to improve future recruitment and program development.â Act as primary arbiter of first-year year student issues and problems in coordination with other departments and faculty on campusâ Educate first-year students about the MICA curriculum and transition to upperclass academic advisingâ Chair the collegeâs Freshman Retention Committeeâ Uphold and communicate the Collegeâs academic policies and programsâ Use appropriate database systems to manage retention data as well as track and update student academic informationâ Perform other related duties as assignedEssential skills and experience:â Masters degree in education, fine arts, or higher education administrationâ Experience in academic advising or student counseling at the college levelâ Demonstrated ability to work independently on multiple tasks with attention to detail and follow-throughâ Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff in verbal, written, and electronic formâ Responsiveness to the needs of student artists; supportive and encouraging of student developmentâ Experience using student records database systems/softwareValued but not required skills and experience:â Interest in the arts, experience in an art school or art program preferredReporting to this position: no direct reports.Physical demands and work environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.â Physical Demands: While performing the duties of job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift up to (amt) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. (may be adjusted depending on position)â Work environment: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually (minimal, moderate, or high).â Required training: Handbook orientation, Anti-Harassment, Hazard Communication, Emergency Plans & Fire Prevention, Personal Protection Equipment. (additional training may be added, SEE: EHS Manager training schedule)
Maryland Institute College of Art is committed to its policy of providing equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status (disabled, Vietnam-era, or otherwise). Furthermore, the College does not tolerate any form of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment or sexual violence. This policy applies to all programs, facilities, and activities provided by Maryland Institute College of Art, including but not limited to admission, educational programs, and employment.
Applicants must apply online for each job in which they are interested. You will not be considered for any job for which you have not specifically applied. We do not accept applications via email, U.S. mail, or fax. Successful candidates for any staff or faculty positions will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
MICA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Human Resources at 410-225-2363.
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About Maryland Institute College of Art
Founded in 1826, MICA is among the top visual arts colleges in the nation. The college enrolls 1,863 undergraduate and 306 graduate students from 48 states and 54 foreign countries, offering programs of study leading to the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.), master of arts (M.A.), master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degrees, and master of professional studies degrees (M.P.S), as well as post-baccalaureate certificate programs and a full slate of credit and noncredit courses for adults, college-bound students, and children. MICA is recognized as an important cultural resource for the Baltimore/Washington region, sponsoring many public and community-outreach programs-including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually-as well as artists' residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances.