Associate Dean of the Schools of Visual Communication and Fine Arts

SCAD seeks an experienced associate dean for the Schools of Communication and Fine Arts in Atlanta.

A strong foundation is integral to academic and artistic success, and the SCAD curriculum builds the visual, conceptual, and creative abilities that are essential to students’ development as professionals. SCAD inspires students to push the boundaries of expression while mastering classical methods of fine art instruction and practice.

As an associate dean, you will be responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the academic departments. In collaboration with the dean of academics in Atlanta, you will develop strategic plans for the departments that are consistent with the overall SCAD strategic plan, as well as provide professional development opportunities for professors. You will foster collaboration across all departments at all locations. Among other responsibilities, you will also work with admission to recruit talented undergraduate and graduate students to SCAD and continue to enhance the university’s reputation in academic and professional circles.

The successful candidate has significant classroom experience, successful administrative experience in higher education, and a distinguished record of scholarship and creative activity. The candidate demonstrates exemplary personnel and fiscal management capabilities and a thorough understanding of program assessment strategies and strategic planning, as well as experience dealing with external organizations such as business and industry, government agencies, and accrediting groups.

The use of current educational technologies and the ability to lead in their use is preferred. The candidate should demonstrate innovation, energy, and personal and professional integrity, as well as superior interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills. The ability to motivate and lead students and faculty from a variety of backgrounds is required.

-Terminal degree in illustration, sequential art, photography, painting or a related discipline
-Proven leadership and supervisory experience
-Commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching
-Professional experience in a discipline housed within assigned schools preferred

Minimum Qualifications:

- Terminal degree and significant professional experience in an appropriate discipline; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Distinguished record of scholarship, teaching and/or professional expertise.
- Successful administrative and strategic leadership experience in higher education and/or appropriate professional discipline.
- Relevant academic and/or professional expertise in project, business and team management.
- Exemplary personnel and fiscal management capabilities.
- Outstanding communication skills to establish a clear understanding of shared goals and responsibilities, and to generate enthusiasm toward individual and team achievement.
- Leadership ability to transform strategic vision into implementation through measurable actions.
- Thorough understanding of curriculum development and program assessment strategies.
- A commitment to teaching and learning, and excellence in academics.
- Understanding of current technologies and the ability to lead in the use of educational technology to advance teaching and learning.
- Experience in dealing with external organizations such as business and industry, government agencies and accrediting groups.
- Keen understanding of trends and developments in higher education and creative professions.
- Outstanding interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills.
- Evidence of success in creative and collaborative endeavors.
- Innovative, energetic and model leadership.
- Dedication to personal and professional integrity.

ADA Tag: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.