Position summary: Develops and cultivates internal and external resources to support the career development process for MICA undergraduate and graduate Fine Arts and Liberal Arts majors as well as alumni.
General purpose: Providing consultation to students and alumni in the Career Development Center and collaborating with a variety of constituencies (faculty, parents, alumni, employers) to cultivate experiences and job search processes beneficial to the MICA community. The Center serves over 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni.
Major role functions:
• Provide services to Fine Arts and Liberal Arts undergraduate and graduate students and alumni of the Maryland Institute College of Art that enable them to successfully pursue work opportunities, further education, grants, residencies and fellowships.
• Provide individual/group advising; programming; internship and job identification; and access to connections and resources.
• With Director, cultivate external relationships with employers/organizations to facilitate opportunities for students.
• Provide individual/group professional development advising to undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni in Fine Arts and Liberal Arts.
• Serve as faculty for students completing an internship for credit, grade assignments and conduct internship final presentation meetings with groups of students, to ensure that students make the most of their experiential education.
• Design, coordinate and/or teach professional development programs that relate specifically to the needs of Fine Arts and Liberal Arts students. Share responsibility for department-wide initiatives.
• Advise Fine Arts and Liberal Arts students in the graduate school application process.
• Build relationships with Fine Arts and Liberal Arts faculty, Academic Advising, the Library, Alumni Relations and others, to ensure coordination of career-related initiatives and extra-curricular career programs.
• Seek out and promote opportunities for Fine Arts and Liberal Arts students based on understanding of student needs/interests, and emerging fields for those with this background.
• Build symbiotic relationships with employers, gallery owners, and sponsors of residencies/fellowships, by phone and in-person in support of employer programs like the Internship + Career Fair and the Fine Art Reviews.
• Develop relationships with alumni and community members, connecting them to faculty/students.
• Serve as advisor to those Peer Career Advisors who are majoring in a Fine Arts or Liberal Arts, and guide their work in the JMCCD.
• Write and/or promote career articles and other resources relating to the Fine Arts and Liberal Arts. Keep resource information for Fine Arts and Liberal Arts students/alumni updated on JMCCD website.
• Contribute to social media initiatives to promote opportunities and student/alumni professional development.
• Participate in Student Affairs division committees and related programs.
• Gather and analyze data on Fine Arts and Liberal Arts students’ preparation for life after MICA; their participation in, and assessment of career activities while in school; and, their success in achieving desired career goals.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.
Required essential skills and experience:
• MA/MFA in a related field
• Minimum of 2 years of related professional experience
• An understanding of the professional development needs of fine artists, and their potential post-graduation options.
• Demonstrated skills in human relations, written and oral communications, organization, planning, creativity, and collaboration.
• Possess the ability to identify and connect students to people and opportunities.
• The ability to use technology to achieve department goals.
Valued but not required skills and experience:
• Experience working with college students.
• Experience giving presentations
• Knowledge of career development theory and application.
• Commitment to professional development and involvement in professional associations.
Conditions of Employment:
• Conditions: Background Check
• May be required to work some evenings and/or weekends
Reporting to this position: No direct reports.