Laguna College of Art + Design, is seeking a full-time experienced Illustration Department Chairperson. The College is located in an internationally recognized arts colony in Laguna Beach, California and offers a diversity of majors in Animation, Graphic Design and Digital Media, Fine Art, Game Art, Illustration, Creative Writing and Entertainment Design.
The Illustration Department Chair teaches courses in illustration ranging from beginning to advanced classes including digital media and foundations; contributes to development and oversight of the illustration and entertainment design curricula; serves as chair to maintain a quality four-year degree program
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Summary of Teaching Duties:
Teaches (6 units) each semester, with emphasis in illustration and entertainment design (lower- and upper-division courses)
Helps create illustration and entertainment design curricula and maintain a four-year degree program
Instructs, manages, and supervises students in classrooms through demonstrations, discussions, visual aids, field trips, individualized instruction, and lectures
Plans, prepares, and follows an approved course of study with measurable objectives for each course taught
Establishes and maintains office hours and advises students as needed
Attends faculty senate meetings; serves on committees as assigned
Summary of Chair Duties Include:
Organize departmental meetings, reviews and committees to ensure educational effectiveness; develop and assesses program mission and learning outcomes; implement annual and long-term assessment reviews and action plans.
Perform transfer portfolio reviews for incoming transfer students throughout the academic year and during the summer.
Effectively manage full and part-time faculty, conduct annual faculty performance reviews and evaluations, encourages faculty in their teaching duties and mentoring faculty.
Advise and mentor students, address student grievances, grade appeals, department related scholarships, and competitions and/or other academic concerns.
Assist Admissions in recruitment of undergraduate students by attending NASAD and LCAD Portfolio Days, priority registration, LCAD Open House and New Student Day events.
Conduct Student Advancement Reviews twice per year.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Position Requirements, Experience and Education
Qualifications to perform this job successfully: An individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The successful candidate must possess a user-centered attitude and a desire to work in a team-oriented environment that serves a diverse population.
Masters of Fine Art degree preferred
Department Chair experience and/or supervisory experience preferred
Five+ years of college level teaching experience, (college level drawing, figure drawing, and painting, illustration, entertainment design and foundations)
Broad art experience in a range of drawing and painting and digital media with demonstrated ability to teach advanced illustration
Demonstrated use of drawing and painting as a primary core media in applied artistic practice
Successful experience teaching college level illustrative applied arts and foundations classes
Evidence of ability to bring expertise of professional practice to the position; ability to make connections within a range of media in teaching
Self-motivated, focused, positive attitude and proactive
Ability to multi-task and work in fast-paced, demanding environment
Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to develop strong relationships with all levels of employees, management, students, industry open house participants and community members
Ability to manage effectively faculty member direct reports
Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
Strong organizational skills
Proficiency in Adobe CS, Microsoft Excel, Relevant 3-D and digital software
Physical Essential Functions
Siting, standing, keyboarding, may lift up to 20 lbs. without assistance, grasping, pulling, pushing, reaching, and moving from one place to another. This position takes place indoors in a classroom environment and in an office setting and may include sitting at a desk, standing for long periods of time and occasionally working in front of a computer. Occasional bending, stooping, and squatting.
Full time position; salary commensurate with experience. Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, artist/teaching statement, CD of 20 jpeg examples of personal work and 20 examples of student work in PDF or jpeg format, and representative syllabi examples and salary requirements.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
All applicants and employees have equal employment opportunities with Laguna College of Art + Design ("LCAD") regardless of race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, sex (including breastfeeding), gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniform service member status, marital status, pregnancy, age, medical condition, disability, genetic characteristics or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Employment shall be based solely on LCAD’s needs and the individual’s qualifications.
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