MFA Program Director Cultural Administration

$70,000 - $80,000 yearly
  • Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), A Van Nu Po, Santa Fe, NM, USA
  • May 30, 2024
Full time Education

Job Description

Summary of Responsibilities: The Director of the MFA Program in Cultural Administration (MFACA) is a designated faculty administrator and is classified as a staff position. The Director facilitates the management of the MFACA department and the long-range development of the program outlined in the Essential Functions within the context of IAIA’s mission, vision and core values. The Director supervises the MFA Coordinator, the MFA Thesis Tutor, and program adjunct faculty and visiting lecturers. The Director is responsible for co-planning and co-implementing, with the MFACA Coordinator, the annual week-long summer residency on the campus of IAIA. The Director acts as the Academic Advisor for the MFACA students and actively participates in the development of the curriculum and assessment of student learning.  
  • Deadline: Open until filled
  • Start Date: TBD
  • Must submit: a) Current CV-Curriculum Vitae, b) Transcripts for highest earned degree and c) Three letters of recommendation from: current/past supervisor, cultural leader, and academic professional. 
Essential Functions: 
· Oversee the annual MFACA Program budget.
· Serve as the primary MFACA Program contact for the institution locally and nationally. 
· Oversee MFACA academic program delivery.
· Manage MFACA departmental and grant budgets.
· Lead curriculum development for the MFACA Program.
· Manage the strategic direction, organization, and operation of the MFACA Program. 
· Supervise MFACA Coordinator and MFACA Thesis Tutor.
· Supervise MFACA adjunct faculty and guest lecturers.  
· When vacancies arise, lead hiring of MFACA Coordinator, MFACA Thesis Tutor, and MFACA Adjuncts.
· Recruit and select students in collaboration with the IAIA Office of Admissions and MFACA Admissions Committee.
· Oversee and communicate with accepted MFACA students. 
· Lead the MFACA Admissions Committee and invite the IAIA Provost, MFACA Coordinator, and other IAIA faculty/staff members to serve on the MFACA Admissions Committee.
· Work with the IAIA Office of Institutional Advancement to identify and secure scholarships from donors. 
· Create and lead a committee to review and award MFACA scholarships.
· Create marketing materials and ensure timely distribution of material.
· Collaborate with related IAIA departments.
· Create website content and keep web information updated.
· Organize annual residency for guest lecturers and students.
· Organize annual graduation hooding ceremony and help coordinate graduation activities for MFACA graduates.
· Lead program assessment and write Indigenous Assessment reports.
· Respond to all MFACA student issues and concerns in a timely manner.
· Maintain ongoing professional practices and demonstrate a recognized standing in the cultural support/administration profession.
· Participate in educational and professional activities within IAIA.
· Provide students with proficient advising in the MFACA degree program.
· Provide guidance and information on career opportunities for MFACA students.
· Provide a minimum of 40 hours per week of high level campus/office time.
· Participate in assigned committee work and meetings.
· Other duties as assigned.
Required Education: Requires MFA or PhD in a cultural leadership or administrative field, with recent and relevant teaching and curriculum development experience at the graduate level. Two years administrative experience preferred. Must demonstrate a track record in leadership experience. Experience with American Indian/Alaskan Native cultures, students, artists and/or communities preferred. Must have a satisfactory background check. IAIA adheres to a “Native American preference” hiring policy. 
Required Competencies (Skills/Knowledge and Abilities): 
· Knowledge of kind, inclusive, reciprocal, and/or BIPOC leadership pedagogy and theory.
· Knowledge of museology and/or arts administration.
· Proven ability in problem solving skills. 
· Proven ability in academic leadership and program management. 
· Proven ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all levels and with all peoples and groups.
· Proven ability to interact and work successfully with faculty, students, and staff as related to job responsibilities.
· Proven ability to manage large operational and grant budgets.
· Demonstrated ability and willingness to support MFACA Program goals and objectives, and take a leadership role in further developing strategic goals of the MFACA Program. 
· Demonstrated ability to guide and facilitate students through a process of knowledge and skill building.
· Demonstrated sensitivity towards Native American culture and philosophies.
· Demonstrated ability to motivate and teach students from diverse ethnic backgrounds.
· Demonstrated commitment to working in a shared governance environment.
· Adherence to appropriate professional standards of conduct and ethics, including:
  1. confidentiality
  2. integrity and honesty
  3. compliance with directives
  4. cooperate and work respectfully with others
  5. participate in meetings as required
· Ability to adapt quickly and effectively to changes in the work environment.
· Ability and skill to demonstrate a pleasant, courteous, and professional demeanor and presence at all times.
· Ability to be a self-starter and highly self-motivated to support and improve the MFACA program goals.
· Ability to respond to requests in a timely manner.
· Possess excellent communication skills using the spoken and written word.
· Ability to work with moderate supervision, to begin assignments independently (or as assigned), and to bring assignments to conclusion on a timely basis.
· Demonstrate compliance with all applicable and essential IAIA policies, processes and/or procedures.
· Ability to perform other duties as assigned.
Working Conditions: 
· Provide leadership in developing the MFACA Program within the mission of the college. 
· View and review a wide range of relevant academic information. 
· Perform other duties as requested by the Provost.  
· Performance evaluation will be assessed on program results as described herein.
· IAIA reserves the right to revise this job description at any time, with or without notice. 
· The job description is not a contract for employment.