OCAC is a place to learn how to think, not what to think, how to craft art, not what art to craft. It's a place to develop a breadth of experience with different materials that is very rare in our age of specialization, yet extraordinarily useful in today's ever-changing art world. It's that rare place where everyone's views are valued, where careful and caring discussion and respect for difference are the guiding rules, not the exception. OCAC is an intentionally small, exceptionally student-centered art college gathering people from all over the country.
Oregon College of Art and Craft is dedicated to Craft as the creative material practice at the core of art and design. OCAC's mentor-based learning community fosters self-reliant, entrepreneurial, critical and innovative makers.
OCAC is distinguished by the institutional philosophy of learning through making, the transferability of the creative process to other areas of endeavor, and the commitment to maintaining an intimately sized, mentor-driven learning environment that nurtures enhanced student growth through individualized attention.
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Current OCAC open positions:
Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) seeks a highly qualified individual to serve as Dean, the chief academic officer of the College. The Dean provides academic leadership and maintains constructive connections among administration, faculty, staff and students. Working collaboratively with faculty to assure a high quality educational experience, the Dean leads the campus community in envisioning and enhancing the institutional academic mission while ensuring excellence, stability, and balance between institutional size and scope of a mentor-based learning environment. Having an astute awareness of trends and changes in higher education and the art and craft fields, the Dean works closely with the College President on positioning the College at the forefront of programmatic development and planning, policy formulation, and evaluation.
The successful candidate brings a demonstrated understanding of craft in the twenty first century and the diverse opportunities that are created when making skills are privileged in a theoretical context. Significant professional accomplishments in, and connections to, the regional, national and international art and craft fields are essential.
To apply, submit a current resume, letter of interest with salary requirements, and list of three references to email@example.com attn: Academic Dean Search. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.
- Provides strategic and substantive leadership and vision for curriculum development and evaluation based on institutional goals and objectives
- Oversees institutional and academic assessment planning and activities
- Monitors and evaluates quality and effectiveness of academic programs
- Works closely with the College's faculty department heads to develop and evaluate academic policy and the curriculum
- Evaluates effectiveness of instruction through course evaluations by students, course syllabi, data from assessment processes, conferences with students and faculty, classroom visits and department head evaluation reports
- Reviews regularly, and formulates and institutes academic policies and procedures as necessary
- Communicates and enforces academic rules and policies
- Supervises the Director of Library Services/Visual Resources Librarian in supporting instructional improvement through library and audio-visual resources
- Evaluates the relationship of size and distribution of the student body to the scope of the academic offerings
- Initiates and maintains relationships with other colleges and universities for curriculum trends and consortial arrangements
- Oversees and manages regional (NWCCU) and national discipline specific (NASAD) accreditation review and maintains institutional contact with external agencies, such as the Oregon Department of Education
- Works with the Registrar and faculty to oversee and evaluate academic planning, including the academic calendar and Master Schedule
- Shares oversight of the joint MFA in Applied Craft and Design in coordination with the Chief Academic Officer at PNCA
- Appoints and serves ex-officio on Curriculum Committee and related ad-hoc faculty committees
- Supervises the faculty, academic department heads, the Director of Library Services/Visual Resources Librarian, and the Dean's Assistant
- Provides leadership and expertise in the hiring process for academic personnel
- Provides leadership and expertise in all aspects of faculty evaluation and review, including the coordination and oversight of rank and promotion reviews and contract renewals
- Serves as ombudsman for faculty
- Handles faculty and student grievances and disciplinary procedures
- Appoints faculty to standing committees, and establishes ad hoc committees as needed
- Encourages professional growth of the faculty through the faculty development grant program, sabbatical leaves, and professional development funds
- Appoints and serves ex-officio on Faculty Affairs Committee and related as-hoc committees
- Monitors faculty workloads in consultation with department heads and confirms faculty appointments
- Administers, evaluates, and updates Faculty Handbook policies with Faculty Affairs Committee
- Evaluates department heads on a regular schedule
- Oversees the departmental faculty evaluation process, including oversight of the evaluation of faculty by students
- Directs, and has oversight for, the development and implementation of academic departmental budgets in the College-wide budget process and works closely with the CFO and the College's faculty department heads to develop academic budgets
- Prepares weekly reports for the President and the senior administrative team
- Prepares agendas for faculty meetings in concert with the chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee
- Prepares the faculty and department head meeting schedule
- Coordinates and authors the annual Academic and Administrative Assessment reports
- Prepares miscellaneous reports and responses for external review, including accrediting bodies and government agencies (NWCCU, NASAD, ODE, Alliance)
- Represents the College to external constituencies at on and off campus events and programs
- Represents the College at higher education consortia and accreditation body conferences
- Provides leadership throughout the accreditation processes of the College
- Participates in institutional self study and assessment, authors self study documents for both regional and national accrediting bodies
- Works with the Chief Enrollment Officer to ensure the College is compliant with state and federal degree regulations
- Establishes and maintains fair, open, and clear communication among faculty, staff, and students
- Maintains positive College relationships with both internal and external constituencies
- Serves as the formal liaison between administration and faculty
- Leads initiatives and carries out other duties as assigned by the President
Experience and Qualifications
The successful candidate:
- has significant experience in academic administration, including innovative and institutionally appropriate programmatic development, management of multiple divisions and personnel, effective strategic institutional planning, creation and management of complex budgets;
- enjoys working in an intense and supportive environment and recognizes the essential value of the college community and immerses him- or herself in the College's culture, mission, and values;
- possesses a positive, proactive and collaborative approach to serving the College's constituencies in pursuit of fulfilling the College's mission;
- possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills;
- has a deep understanding of the role of making in the context of art, craft and contemporary society, and relevant experience to excel in academic administration in an art college setting;
- has obtained an advanced degree in an area that is compatible with, and enhances, the philosophy and areas of study at OCAC; and
- has demonstrated professional accomplishment and recognition in a sustained studio practice or studio related practice.
Chief Financial Officer
Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) seeks a highly qualified individual to serve as Chief Financial Officer. The chief financial officer (CFO) is responsible for the college's strategic financial planning and management and control of all business, financial accounting, and budgeting operations for the College. The CFO plans, develops, manages and controls utilization of College's financial resources, operating and capital budget, accounting systems, cash management, legal matters and insurance. He/she is responsible for facilities management, and management of the IT and human resources offices. The CFO has five direct staff reports and works closely with the president and the Board of Trustees. The CFO reports to the president.
To apply, submit a current resume, letter of interest with salary requirements, and list of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org attn: Chief Financial Officer Search. Applications are also accepted via mail at Oregon College of Art and Craft, Attn: CFO Search, 8245 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR 97225.Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.
- Provides leadership and vision for strategic financial planning of the college's resources, financial, physical and human.
- Provides leadership for administrative services including fiscal management, human resources, physical plant, technology services, security, health and safety and auxiliary services
- Analyzes and recommends new policies and procedures to maximize use of resources.
- Provides managers adequate financial information for control of their operations
- Is responsible for the total accounting of the funds of the college including, but not limited to: a) receipt, control and disbursement of funds; b) accounts receivable and payable; c) payroll services. Provides for effective cash management. Develops, implements, and evaluates policies and procedures related to fiscal operations and activities and institutional support functions including human resources
- Forecasts financial conditions based on institutional and larger economic and market based analysis. Uses forecast to strategically guide both short and long range planning
- Plans, develops, and compiles operating and capital budgets for the College, soliciting estimates from all operating departments of their needs in these areas. Develops revenue estimates and recommends tuition and fee rates. Monitors actual fiscal performance in relation to budget and analyzes and recommends adjustments as necessary
- Designs and manages the annual college budget process in a holistic manner engaging all department heads in their roles as budget managers in their respective areas
- Prepares financial, statistical, and descriptive reports; ensures compliance with Federal, State and other reporting requirements. Interprets and administers state and local regulations and policies.
- Works closely with the president and the College's senior staff, board officers and others as appropriate, regarding the development, management, and control of institutional budgets.
- Performs financial studies and/or analyses and such other duties as requested by the president
- Manages the annual audit
- Coordinates with the Foundation Board to manage the endowment funds of the College, assuring compliance with College policy
- Develops and maintains insurance programs designed to provide appropriate protection at reasonable cost and files claims when losses occur.
- Manages the staff, development and training of personnel in areas of responsibility
- Performs additional duties as required.
Experience & Qualifications:
- A advanced degree in business administration, finance or related field or the equivalent
- A record of increasingly responsible experience in financial management and/or fiscal management
- Possession of outstanding communication skills, both oral and written, that exhibit professionalism, and an ability to communicate with all campus constituencies as well as outside agencies and organizations
- Demonstrated excellence in supervisory experience and skills
- Proven experience developing collaborative partnerships within various levels of an organization and strong analytical skills
- Experience working in higher education and/or a not for profit environment using fund accounting is desirable
Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) seeks a highly qualified individual to serve as Director of Library Services. The Director of Library Services acts as the Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) librarian, with responsibility for both book and visual resources collection (VRC). The Director provides strong leadership and vision in developing and implementing library resources and services that strongly support the current and future informational needs on the campus and for the community; provides strategic leadership in all functions of the Library in support of the College’s mission and serves as its primary advocate; is responsible, in collaboration with College leadership and library staff, for developing and administering the budgets, policies and procedures pertaining to library services and resources. This full time, salaried, exempt position reports to the academic dean and is a critical component of the OCAC academic community. In addition the Director serves the larger Portland area as a member of the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS). This position requires an awareness of current trends in librarianship, visual resources and digital imaging.
To apply, submit a current resume, letter of interest and list of three references to email@example.com attn: Director Of Library Services Search. Applications are also accepted via mail at Oregon College of Art and Craft, Attn: Library Search, 8245 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR 97225. Application deadline: June 21, 2013.
Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) is seeking highly qualified applicants for adjunct teaching assignments for the BFA program. The College encourages applications from candidates who enjoy teaching and working collegially with other dedicated artist/crafts people who are committed to the success of the College and each of its students. A pro-active, energetic, positive approach to teaching, a willingness to learn and communicate about the College's programs and work closely with the College's entire faculty and administration to ensure program success is a must!
Oregon College of Art and Craft is committed to equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age or disability. In addition, the College is committed to improving employment opportunities for and utilization of people who may have been denied equal opportunity in society at large. The College encourages application from people of color.