Job Opportunities

Marketing Director
Alumni Relations Coordinator
Director of Community Engagement
Director of Events
Achievement Support Coordinator
IDEALS Grant Coordinator
Adjunct Drawing Instructors
Adjunct Instructors for Art Education

Position Opening for:

Marketing Director

Memphis College of Art is seeking an experienced marketing director to promote the college to potential students and to the community at large. Under the direction of the Vice President for Communications and Marketing, the Marketing Director will be responsible for developing and executing a 500-mile radius marketing plan. The marketing director will work closely with the Director of Enrollment to create annual marketing tactics to generate inquiries that align with enrollment goals, including media research, competitor analysis, market trend analysis, advertising placement, media buys including online advertising, and email promotion. The Marketing Director will also be responsible for working with the director of community education to promote the programs and increase both inquiries and enrollment in youth and adult programs.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Management of advertising budget.
  • Writing content for ads and publications.
  • Monitoring progress toward goals, to include reporting on the metrics and ROI of marketing efforts for undergraduate, graduate and community education programs.
  • Acting as the communications department liaison with the office of admissions and community education.
  • In addition to the above responsibilities, this position is expected to initiate and support all appropriate tactics established to support the MCA strategic plan objectives and strategies.

Essential skills/requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years experience working in a marketing environment with preference given to those with college recruitment/enrollment marketing experience.
  • Previous experience in developing and successfully implementing marketing strategies, adhering to project budgets and timelines.
  • Previous experience in media placement, including digital and social media.
  • Previous experience in writing copy for college recruitment materials.
  • Proven ability to manage projects and associated budget.
  • Excellent writing, planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and juggle multiple priorities and deadlines.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Ability to work as a team player across multiple departments.

To apply for this position:

  • Submit your cover letter, resume and salary history to Carrie Corbett, Vice President for Communications & Marketing, ccorbett@mca.edu.
  • Include “Marketing Director Position” and your name in the subject line of the email.
Memphis College of Art is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
MCA’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, containing information regarding campus safety, is available for view on our website at http://www.mca/edu/about/contact. A paper copy of the report will be provided on request by contacting Jonathan Welden, jwelden@mca.edu.

Position Opening for:

Alumni Relations Coordinator

Memphis College of Art is seeking and Alumni Relations Coordinator to serve as the lead staff person on all efforts to develop and strengthen lifelong relationships between alumni and MCA. The Alumni Relations Coordinator will liaise with MCA Vice Presidents, Faculty and Directors to conceptualize, develop, and implement innovative alumni programs and activities with the goal of strengthening alumni affinity towards MCA. This position reports directly to the Vice President for Advancement.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Performing with a high level of autonomy and initiative.
  • Creating a strategy for development of alumni targeted and alumni centric communications, to include: website, FaceBook and other social media streams, emails and mailings, and newsletter items.
  • Developing strategies to increase donor interaction with the MCA website including an interactive alumni directory and increased job postings.
  • Developing strong relationships with MCA alumni, engaging alumni volunteers to support alumni initiatives and programs, and staying abreast of alumni professional accomplishments and milestones for inclusion in MCA communications.
  • Designing and implementing successful collaborative student and graduate alumni programming, such as Homecoming and Commencement events, professional student internships/externships.
  • Coordinating alumni speakers as a resource to faculty/as guest speakers in the classroom, especially as it relates to P2 programming.
  • Developing and facilitating young alumni engagement and cultivating current students for future involvement with MCA. This includes working closely with the VP of Student Affairs, student volunteers and clubs to better engage students and recent graduates in the intellectual life of MCA and increase faculty involvement with alumni.
  • Becoming proficient in alumni data collection, database entry and management, to include maintaining the accuracy and currency of the alumni database.
  • Planning and staging alumni events, to include the Alumni Biennial Exhibition, and professional networking events. Working to ensure a high level of alumni participation and attendance at other MCA events.
  • In addition to the above responsibilities, this position is expected to initiate and support all appropriate tactics established to support the MCA strategic Plan objectives and strategies.

Essential skills/requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree, with preference given to Memphis College of Art graduates.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to work collaboratively and courteously with colleagues throughout MCA, with MCA alumni, other constituents, and the public.
  • Experience working in and through social media platforms.
  • The demonstrated ability to strategize, implement and build constituency programs and activities, along with a talent for motivating volunteers.
  • Demonstrably strong writing, planning and organizational skills.
  • Flexibility and initiative, as well as the ability to work independently, combined with the skills for thriving in a team environment to achieve MCA goals.
  • High professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines.
  • Database entry and report experience.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.

If you would like to be a candidate for this position, please follow these instructions:

  • Submit your resume and cover letter to lhine@mca.edu.
  • Include “Alumni Relations Coordinator” and your name in the subject line of the email
Memphis College of Art is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
MCA’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, containing information regarding campus safety, is available for view on our website at http://www.mca/edu/about/contact. A paper copy of the report will be provided on request by contacting Jonathan Welden, jwelden@mca.edu.

Position Opening for:

Director of Community Engagement

Memphis College of Art is seeking a Director of Community Engagement to assist in building and maintaining the relationships and providing support to the programs necessary to achieve MCA’s goals and objectives, as articulated in MCA’s multi-year strategic plan. Constituent audience relationships include: internal stakeholders and students, external individuals, corporations, community organizations/other non-profits, foundations, and government agencies. The position reports directly to the Vice President for Advancement.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting in arranging “friend-raising” tours of MCA, with particular emphasis on cultivating next generation of donors (individual, corporate and foundation).
  • Providing support to the VP for Advancement relative to all fundraising and friend-raising initiatives, to include the entry of data/recording of donations, and other relationship details in MCA’s database and the generation of follow up thank you letters.
  • Assisting in establishing and managing relationships with industry/the corporate community to enhance the Professional Practices (P2) program, to increase corporate sponsorships and donations, and employment opportunities for MCA students.
  • Providing support for the expansion of the P2 program, for example: providing training to students that increases their “employability” post graduation; developing relationships in the corporate / business community for the benefit of the P2 curricula and MCA students.
  • Participating in the Community Volunteer Initiative (CVI) Committee. Assisting in creating and maintaining high profile, reputation enhancing community partnerships.
  • Providing assistance with MCA’s student community involvement/”Give Back” program.
  • Providing assistance in surveying the greater Memphis community about art education /class interests, and expanding and publicizing class offerings to meet those interests and to increase gross revenues of the Community Education program.
  • Providing support for MCA events.
  • Securing public presentation and speaking opportunities for MCA’s President, VP for Advancement, and other MCA staff and faculty to increase community awareness and involvement.
  • Representing MCA/serving as MCA ambassador at external partner events.
  • Providing support to MCA’s 477 Store operations to enhance MCA’s reputation for high quality artwork and to increase store revenues.
  • Providing support to Grant Writers/the grant application process.
  • In addition to the above responsibilities, this position is expected to initiate and support all appropriate tactics established to support the MCA strategic Plan objectives and strategies.

Essential skills/requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • One to three years demonstrated experience in a college or university setting, non-profit service organization, or the private sector related to community relations/partnerships.
  • One to three years of demonstrated knowledge of and relationships in the local and/or regional business/corporate, non-profit/community service organization, workforce development, education, and/or grant-making foundation communities.
  • Workforce preparedness training/teaching/program development experience will provide an advantage.<
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work collaboratively and courteously with MCA students and colleagues, other constituents and the public.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to manage/stage multiple projects independently, with close attention to details and prioritization of deadlines.
  • Demonstrably strong writing, planning and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated experience showcasing excellent judgment and initiative, strategic thinking, an entrepreneurial approach, a proven and healthy work ethic, a collaborative work style, and the confidence and strength to inspire colleagues, staff and volunteers to get tasks accomplished.
  • Ability to initiate, develop and maintain mission-productive relationships with internal and external constituents.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to communicate with individuals from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. 

If you would like to be a candidate for this position, please follow these instructions:

  • Submit your resume and cover letter to lhine@mca.edu.
  • Include “Director of Community Engagement” and your name in the subject line of the email.
Memphis College of Art is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
MCA’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, containing information regarding campus safety, is available for view on our website at http://www.mca/edu/about/contact. A paper copy of the report will be provided on request by contacting Jonathan Welden, jwelden@mca.edu.

Position Opening for:

Director of Events

Memphis College of Art is seeking a Director of Events to manage all facets of planning and staging the myriad of MCA events, to enhance the enrollment and retention of students, to advance and elevate the institution with all constituent audiences, and to facilitate MCA’s fundraising. The position reports directly to the Vice President for Advancement.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting in securing corporate and foundation sponsorship of events.
  • Providing support to the VP for Advancement relative to all fundraising and friend-raising events, to include the entry of data/recording of donations, and other relationship details in MCA’s database and the generation of follow up thank you letters.
  • In concert with other MCA staff, booking event space on MCA calendar of events, arranging food and beverage, ordering supplies and audiovisual equipment, creating and revising room layouts, ordering event signs, and ensuring appropriate décor.
  • Aggressively gathering information and securing buy-in from MCA staff and faculty to achieve quality event productions.
  • Proposing new ideas to improve the event planning and implementation process.
  • Serving as liaison with vendors on event-related matters.
  • Promoting and marketing MCA events.
  • Assisting with managing on-site production and clean up for events as necessary.
  • Preparing invitation lists, nametags, materials, notebooks, packages, gift bags, registration lists, seating cards, etc.
  • Preparing budgets and providing periodic progress reports to staff directors for each event project.
  • Keeping track of event finances including check requests, invoicing, and reporting.In addition to the above duties, this position is expected to initiate and support all appropriate tactics established to support the MCA strategic Plan objectives and strategies.

Essential skills/requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Proven event management experience/impressive portfolio of previously managed events.
  • Event budget management and reporting, with proven track record of maximizing event attendance and/or net revenues.
  • Vendor negotiation and contracting.
  • Fluency in traditional and social media platforms to publicize/market events
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to manage/stage multiple projects independently, with close attention to details and prioritization of deadlines.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work collaboratively and courteously with MCA colleagues, other constituents and the public; talent for motivating volunteers.
  • Demonstrably strong writing, planning and organizational skills.
  • High professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.

If you would like to be a candidate for this position, please follow these instructions:

  • Submit your resume and cover letter to lhine@mca.edu
  • Include “Director of Events” and your name in the subject line of the email.
Memphis College of Art is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
MCA’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, containing information regarding campus safety, is available for view on our website at http://www.mca/edu/about/contact. A paper copy of the report will be provided on request by contacting Jonathan Welden, jwelden@mca.edu.

Position Opening for:

Achievement Support Coordinator

Memphis College of Art seeks an academic support professional to lead its Achievement Center programming. Responsibilities include developing and implementing academic support programming; assisting students in groups or individually to provide skill building sessions in time management, organization, learning strategies, and study habits; managing disability and testing accommodations; tracking absences and at-risk students; assisting with the Freshman Experience Seminar; and other duties supporting the college’s retention effort.

Responsibilities include:

  • Counsel at-risk students (probation, referral, or suspension returns) on time management, study skills, self-advocacy, planning, goal setting, writing, and any other appropriate intervention needs
  • Offer programming to larger constituent groups on specific skill building or specific class help
  • Make referrals to Student Affairs on students requiring other types of intervention or counseling
  • Track and report on individual constituent progress
  • Maintain communication to encourage attendance and for tracking of at-risk referrals
  • Oversee peer tutoring initiative
  • Assist in the daily functioning of the Achievement Center in Rust Hall
  • Set goals, collect data, implement change and conduct other components of administrative support unit assessment
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of Student Affairs programming such as Parent’s Weekend, Study Group Sessions, Achievement Center Open House, Welcome Fairs, etc.
  • Assist with the implementation of Orientation programming
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of a Freshman Experience credit course
  • Collaborate with Academic Affairs and Faculty on best practices for support needs of MCA students
  • Assist with disability accommodations including testing accommodation
  • Assist with additional duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Vice President for Student Affairs and overall retention and enrollment efforts

Qualified candidates should have: three to five years of higher education student support or related experience, bachelor’s degree or higher, and excellent communication skills. Hours are 10am – 6:30pm Monday through Thursday, and 9am – 5:30pm Friday. Good benefits.

To apply for this position:

  • Send a letter of application, resume, references and salary history to: VP for Student Affairs, Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38104. No phone calls please.
Memphis College of Art is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
MCA’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, containing information regarding campus safety, is available for view on our website at http://www.mca/edu/about/contact. A paper copy of the report will be provided on request by contacting Jonathan Welden, jwelden@mca.edu.

Position Opening For:

IDEALS Grant Coordinator

The Memphis College of Art Community Education Department is seeking an IDEALS Grant Coordinator. This is a part-time (20 hours per week) hourly position in support of the IDEALS Grant and its participants. Duties to be performed during hours as agreed upon with the Director of Community Education, and may include evenings and weekends. This position is temporary and grant funded.

Through the IDEALS (Identifying and Developing Emerging Artists for Lifelong Success) Program, Memphis College of Art provides opportunities and options for youth in financial need to develop artistic abilities, receive training and mentorship for entry into college, continuing that support throughout higher education, and ultimately preparation for careers in the visual arts. The Grant Manager is responsible for the continued development, implementation and evaluation of the IDEALS Program.

Responsibilities include, but will not be limited to the following:

  • Assist in the administration of the IDEALS Grant;
  • Support the IDEALS Grant goals, College mission and Community Education department mission;
  • Serve as a liaison between the College and families of prospective students applying for the grant;
  • Serve as a liaison between the College and schools, non-profits, and other partners;
  • Actively recruit participants through personal contact, teacher referrals, school visits, community events and other means;
  • Systematically manage incoming and existing application packets;
  • Systematically collect and manage all participant data, including post-participation follow up;
  • Coordinate and implement programs and services for participants;
  • Manage program and services staff;
  • Coordinate evaluation processes with third-party evaluator;
  • Exhibit pleasant and helpful demeanor when interacting with the public on behalf of CE department;
  • Represent the College and the IDEALS Grant at community events;
  • Stay informed of trends, issues and best practices in art education;
  • Exhibit willingness to perform whatever duties are necessary to develop and maintain the IDEALS Grant, even if not specifically stated in the job description;
  • All other duties in support of the IDEALS Grant as assigned by Director of Community Education

Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree required
  • Background in art education or related field
  • A minimum of two years experience in youth program development, implementation and evaluation
  • Experience documenting success of program participants
  • Experience working with diverse and/or underserved students
  • Teaching experience preferred
  • Teaching license a plus
  • Managerial and/or supervisory experience preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Excel
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Must be able to work equally well with adults and children of all ages
  • Must pass a nationwide background check

The starting date for this position is Aug. 1, 2015
The ending date for this position is TBD

To apply for this position:

Send cover letter, resume, and three or more professional references to:
Memphis College of Art
Director of Community Education
1930 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
commed@mca.edu

Memphis College of Art is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
MCA’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, containing information regarding campus safety, is available for view on our website at http://www.mca/edu/about/contact. A paper copy of the report will be provided on request by contacting Jonathan Welden, jwelden@mca.edu.

Position Opening For:

Adjunct Drawing Instructors

Memphis College of Art seeks adjunct faculty to teach introductory-level and life drawing classes.  Drawing 1 and 2 are part of a rigorous Foundations program and based wholly on traditional drawing from observation.  Knowledge of linear perspective is necessary.  Drawing 1 is focused on line while Drawing 2 deals with value studies in a variety of materials and techniques.

Life Drawing is an upper-level course and involves line and value studies from the nude in a variety of materials and techniques.  The focus of this class is on the structure of the human figure through planar development and the convincing representation of the figure in space.

MFA preferred, BFA required.  Experience teaching is preferred.

Submit (electronically if possible) a CV, 10-20 images of student work (if available), 10-20 images of personal work (emphasizing drawing ability, if possible) to:

Remy Miller
Dean/VPAA
Memphis College of Art
1930 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN  38104
rmiller@mca.edu


Position Opening for:

Adjunct Instructors for Art Education Programs

Requirements: Terminal degree (EdD, or PhD) in either education or art education with a strong background in K-12 art instruction to meet SACSCOC, NCATE and Tennessee State Board of Examiner’s requirements. Candidates must be effective in communication; have strong organizational and writing skills, be willing to work in the evening and possibly in the summer months; and be open to evaluation and critique.

Please send your resume or CV with a subject of Adjunct ArtEd Instructor Search to rmiller@mca.edu in PDF format. Positions may be open as early as the spring semester. Pay is based on MCA pay standard for adjuncts.


The College:

Memphis College of Art, an independent professional art college, is accredited by both the National Association of Schools of Art & Design and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The school is located within a picturesque 342 acre wooded park in Midtown Memphis and is adjacent to the Brooks Museum of Art and the Memphis Zoo.

MCA offers BFA degree programs in Digital Media, Drawing, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.  Graduate studies include an MFA program in traditional studio practice or an individually tailored interdisciplinary emphasis and education program leading to either an MAT or MAArtEd.

New faculty will join a distinguished body of artists, designers, scholars, and educators who are committed to mentoring the next generation of artists who will be shaping the course of artmaking in the 21st century.

Memphis College of Art is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
AA/EOE

MCA’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, containing information regarding campus safety, is available for view on our website at http://www.mca/edu/about/contact. A paper copy of the report will be provided on request by contacting Jonathan Welden, jwelden@mca.edu.