PCA&D is located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Lancaster, a small city where the emerging contemporary and traditional arts scenes are thriving. Lancaster is a city of friendly neighborhoods where residents and guests experience the growing creative and entrepreneurial vibe. The city values cultural, ethnic and diverse lifestyles of residents and guests, and is located within driving distance of Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York.

PCA&D is a small private, independent college of art and design. The College is distinguished by its interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative exploration, and interdisciplinary learning opportunities. The College values diversity and has a growing record of academic achievement with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ+ students, and other underrepresented students.

PCA&D values diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the college community and invites candidates who through their teaching, professional experiences, and service will contribute to our shared commitment to a diverse and inclusive academic art and design community.

 

OPEN POSITIONS AT PCA&D

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Summary

The Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives is an equity-minded, dynamic leader who thinks strategically, partners with the President and Senior Staff, and collaborates with individuals across campus and within the community to actively drive the President’s initiatives and the College’s strategic plan forward to build an atmosphere of coordination and clear understanding of the College’s mission, vision, and goals. This position represents the President with various constituencies, including the Board of Trustees, management, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and numerous external entities. The Special Assistant serves as principal management support to the President in handling a wide range of faculty, staff, student, and public and governmental affairs issues, directly handling matters of institutional importance on behalf of the President, as appropriate.

The Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives will: Provide overall support for the implementation of strategic initiatives of the College. Support the President as a producer, researcher, interpreter, designer, and implementer of college-wide strategic concepts and activities. Support, formulate, and create senior-level action plans, effect work processes, and initiatives to achieve the strategic and tactical goals. Act as an interstitial campus leader who can navigate strategic initiatives and visions among departments and constituencies in various ways including cross-functional teams that focus on PCA&D’s mission, vision, and values.

Assist the President in planning and executing a wide range of complex and sensitive executive and administrative duties related to program development and implementation with the newly adopted strategic plan, which may include fiscal and administrative programming.

Provide support for top-level college-wide initiatives while working with front-line external relations, including fundraising staff, donors, volunteers, and other College staff to assist in establishing and maintaining relationships with all constituencies.

 

Provide direct leadership and as-needed operational support to the Office of the President as well as indirect oversight and support with the College’s Senior Staff and other administrative staff to ensure responsiveness to Presidential initiatives. Maintain oversight for ongoing projects supporting the President’s agenda and the College’s newly adopted strategic plan. Ensure effectiveness and timely completion of planned objectives and established milestones and measurement criteria.

Assist the President with achieving institutional goals and enhancing the mission of the College. Provide superlative leadership on behalf of the President in the College’s philanthropic and development efforts. Bring greater coordination to the optimization of new initiatives and overall programmatic objectives.
 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Project Management

Support and lead research/development efforts of high-potential new institutional initiatives, develop business cases, and participate in the formation and implementation of promoting and drafting action approaches, formulate introductions and launch plans. Execute prototyping, piloting, and scaling of new opportunities for the College including projects of high scope and complexity.

Employ business knowledge, project management, and advanced consulting skills to understand strategic value and fit of initiatives at the College. Manage, plan, and coordinate the activities of projects to ensure that goals and objectives are accomplished within agreed timeframes and funding/budget. Assist in the development and lead administrative support of projects.

Support the President with the creation of proposals or plans, developing schedules, funding plans and fundraising strategies. Engage partners in the implementation/creation of management of cross-institutional work teams. Provide accountability procedures for accomplishing projects, staffing requirements and other resources phased throughout projects or initiatives. Identify and assume compliance to initiatives requirements, project goals and objectives.

Support the President in convening meetings on short or long-term projects, by undertaking research, tracking trends, preparing presentations, developing meeting agendas, drafting briefing papers and/or pertinent background materials for attendees, preparing summaries of discussions and minutes, coordinating logistical arrangements, and ensuring appropriate and effective communication with participants.

Support, and at times, lead selected program and project based initiatives that require cross-functional engagement with key staff across the College and with external stakeholders, as appropriate.

Assist in scoping and implementing projects and strategic initiatives. Formulate, administer, and maintain detailed project plans, which will include all required activities, tasks, risks, issues, and resource requirements leading to successful and timely implementation.

Assist the President and Senior Staff with launching new organizational models while supporting change management and innovation strategies.

Proactively identify and engage individual experts, as well as informational resources, that can help frame and advance work on key trends or emerging issues of the College.

Draft comprehensive project plans that will detail all work required to complete the project and include how the project scope will be defined, managed, controlled, verified, and communicated to the project team and stakeholders.

Conduct project meetings and provide agenda and meeting minutes.

Make necessary presentations and obtain appropriate approvals and buy-in where needed.

Work with key staff on communication plans which facilitate effective and efficient communications with the various audiences having a major stake in the project/initiative including front line employees, faculty, students, and others impacted by the change.

 

Planning

Lead in the development of designated program content and the recruitment and support of speakers, develop innovative formats, and work closely with partner organizations/individuals.

Assist in the development of departmental annual work plans, budgets, and reports.

Assist in the development and creation of funding and fundraising proposals for departmental, special initiatives, and strategic planning.

Work closely with the President’s Executive Assistant, supporting one another to manage the President’s daily workflow, advance projects across the organization, and act as an internal representative to the Office of the President. Collaborate effectively on providing exceptional support to the Office of the President and President’s team.

In consultation with the President, plan and execute division meetings, leadership retreats, and other events.

Assist in the optimization of the President’s schedule, including visibility and participation at college and community events and initiatives.

Organize all gatherings inclusive of regular and committee meetings, retreats, receptions, and events as directly related to the President’s office.

Assist with the design and implementation of internal reports.

Interact with business, industry, government, community officials, and stakeholders in the representation and development of strategic programs and initiatives in alignment with institutional priorities and goals.

Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work and respond to sensitive matters and/or situations with discretion, tact, and confidentiality.

 

External Relations & Development

Work closely with Development Director and the Director of Strategic Communications to help develop strategy and manage the logistics for key engagement events and individual appointments associated with leadership. Work directly with key volunteers. Lead, manage, and participate in special projects or events.

Assist with establishing and deepening key donor and alumni and parent engagement with PCA&D through meaningful contacts. Draft thoughtful written materials (proposals, thank you letters, and stewardship materials), as well as monitor, analyze, and report overall results to internal and external constituencies.

Work with Development Director to implement and manage programs to involve targeted populations of fundraising and volunteer activities.

Work with Development Director on stewardship and engage Director of Strategic Communications to develop and implement innovative stewardship strategies, materials, and programs.

Plan, coordinate, and execute advisory council and internal working group meetings, including tracking to-dos, requests for time, and briefing/agenda preparation.

Facilitate and co-develop materials (standard and custom) for targeted fundraising campaigns, including slide decks, gift opportunities, proposals, grants, reports, and other communications to advance cultivation, stewardship, and fundraising strategies.

As appropriate, cultivate a community of volunteers and communicate with them around volunteer assignments including staff support to committees.

Build and maintain network of relevant contacts and stay informed on current College initiatives and activities, particularly the College-wide priorities of the President and, at times, the Provost.

Representative Duties

Provide leadership to areas as assigned by the President; plan, organize, direct, implement, and monitor the activities, operations, and services of assigned areas.

Serve as the President’s Office liaison; represent the President with various constituencies including management, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and various external entities; ensure the accurate, proper, and timely flow of information to and from the President’s Office.

Coordinate and play a lead role in the Office of the President and with the Development Office for the College; support the President’s Office with communications and government relations. Work in partnership with the Senior Staff in the creation of executive-level communications including talks, speeches, reports, and presentations.

Serve as principal management support to the President in handling a range of faculty, staff, student, public, and governmental affairs issues; directly handle matters of institutional importance on behalf of the President, as appropriate.

Support the President in recommending, designing, establishing, and maintaining an effective organizational structure and staffing to accomplish the organization’s goals and objectives.

Serve as liaison to the Trustees on key executive matters as delegated by the President.

Assist the President with correspondence including matters dealing with issues and subject matter requiring considerable sensitivity, discretion, judgment, or negotiation.

Build and nurture relationships to serve as a resource for the President and point of contact as designated for key constituents to resolve complex issues and help move forward strategic priorities.

Assist in all aspects of College administration at the direction of the President; perform and direct special projects as assigned by the President.

Necessary Attributes

Operate strategically and build partnerships and collaborations across the College and community to facilitate decisions, ensure implementation, and actively drive the strategic plan forward.

Effectively handle and resolve difficult and sensitive situations; respond to complex and sensitive requests and inquiries from Trustees, faculty, students, staff, or the public.

Understand, interpret, apply, and explain applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures independently; apply them with good judgment, and use judgment and discretion to act when precedents do not exist.

Demonstrate excellent attention to detail, strong problem-solving skills, and the ability to deal with confidential and sensitive information.

Exercise critical and independent judgment; use sound judgment in recognizing scope of authority.

Manage multiple priorities and tasks with competing priorities to meet changing schedules and deadlines.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Research, compile, assemble, analyze, and interpret data from diverse sources.

Prepare and present a variety of clear and concise administrative and financial reports.

Work under steady pressure with frequent interruptions and a high degree of campus and community contact.

Exhibit sensitivity to understanding issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Communicate clearly and concisely as superb writing, editing, and proofreading skills are essential.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education & Experience

Any combination equivalent to: Bachelor’s degree with major course work in public administration, business administration, education, or a related field.

AND
Five years of administrative experience working with executive-level leaders.

Experience working with higher education, academic or fine arts institution.

Experience with government relations and external relations.

Experience as chief-of-staff or similar position.

Experience balancing strategic leadership with detailed involvement in support of accountabilities.

Ideal Traits

You are a people person— an excellent communicator and listener.

You are obsessed with details.

You look ahead, behind, and into everything. You ask why things didn’t work and ensure they work seamlessly in the future.

You solve problems before others see them. You’re constantly adjusting the levers that make for a productive day – priorities, meetings, meals, travel.

You’re polished, professional, and personable.

You get bored when things move slowly. You want to work with people who have big ideas and ambitious agendas. You can flex and adapt.

You work hard and have fun when you work. You bring positivity and energy to the executive team each day.

You work with a sense of urgency. You are precise under pressure and calm in situations that could fluster others. The challenges of a fast-paced, high-intensity role drive you.

You have demonstrable experience implementing management systems that enable you to keep track of scheduling requests, travel arrangements, and competing meeting requests.

 

Position will remain open until filled.

Please submit a cover letter, resume or CV, list of 3 references, and salary requirements to jobs@pcad.edu, with the Subject line “Special Assistant”. Review of applications will begin immediately.

 

The Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) seeks an energetic, self-motivated, and results-oriented regional admissions recruiter who lives in and will focus on Pittsburgh/Allegheny County, other parts of Western Pennsylvania (including Erie County), with possible travel on occasion to Ohio. The Regional Admissions Recruiter will present at high schools, community colleges, and college fairs with the aim of recruiting and helping to enroll talented students and inspire prospective students and their families to choose PCA&D.

 

This is a 20-week position at $20/hour and may be renewed year to year based on needs of the College and recruitment results. The Regional Recruiter must live in or be willing to relocate to Allegheny County, as well as have reliable transportation, a reliable cell phone, and a professional home office space to make phone calls and conduct virtual meetings. The hours of this position are flexible, but candidates must be available days, evenings, and possibly weekends to attend recruitment fairs and make presentations at schools at pre-arranged times.

 

In addition to travel to high schools, college fairs, and community colleges, the role also includes communicating with art teachers and guidance counselors, reaching out to and following up with prospective students and parents, conducting portfolio reviews and admissions interviews, engaging in and possibly organizing regional recruitment and enrollment events, possibly attending a National Portfolio Day, and staying in regular communication with the Director of Admissions and campus-based Admissions staff. The PCA&D Regional Recruiter promotes PCA&D and meets ambitious enrollment goals through excellent customer service, creativity, strategy, excellent follow-through, and persistence.

 

PCA&D is a small private, independent college of art and design. The College is distinguished by its interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative exploration, and interdisciplinary learning opportunities. The College values diversity and has a growing record of academic achievement with first-generation students, students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, and other underrepresented students. PCA&D values diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the college community and invites candidates who through their administration and leadership will contribute to our shared commitment to a diverse and inclusive academic art and design community. 

 

Reporting to the Director of Admissions, the typical duties include:

 

  • Provide outstanding customer service and represent PCA&D to prospective students, their families, art teachers, guidance counselors, community members, and other interested individuals 
  • Recruit students through visiting high schools and community colleges in assigned regions, setting up appointments and visits with schools, performing presentations, and representing PCA&D at college fairs, career fairs, and portfolio days 
  • Conduct independent one-on-one interviews and portfolio reviews with prospective students
  • Review applications, portfolios, essays, and other materials submitted by applicants and exercise discretion and independent judgment in making admission decisions 
  • Serves as primary PCA&D contact for prospective students in assigned geographic areas and use data and discretion to determine new recruitment opportunities and markets in these regions
  • Prepare and monitor student files from prospect through enrollment with frequent follow up via email, CRM, phone, and mail
  • Compile and analyze regional data and analyze external data in decision making about travel and site visits
  • Coordinate events and receptions as needed
  • Responsible for timely response to email inquiries from prospective students and applicants
  • Assist in developing, proof-reading, and copy-editing formal admissions-related documents
  • Assist with daily operations of the Office of Admissions, as needed, including taking calls, responding to inquiries, and completing data entry and mailings
  • Special projects and other duties as required

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, visual art background is strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellent customer service with a welcoming and proactive approach to answering questions and providing support and strong communication skills to express ideas clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing 
  • Reliable, detail-oriented, and organized with the ability to juggle many different projects simultaneously with consistent accuracy, follow-through, and timely completion of projects in a fast-paced and deadline-driven office
  • Highly self-motivated and able to work well independently, take initiative, and problem solve with good judgment about when to seek direction
  • Demonstrated experiences working with diverse communities and strong interpersonal skills to serve individuals and groups from a wide array of backgrounds, identities, ages, life experiences, and communication styles 
  • Collaborative work style in a team-oriented environment, which fosters and maintains strong relationships with campus and external partners 
  • Skill to concentrate in an open work area in a busy office environment, as well skill to pay close attention to detail and prioritize workload with frequent interruptions
  • Ability to recognize and protect confidential information in accordance with FERPA and exercise judgment, tact, and diplomacy in handling sensitive information and situations 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, email, and Internet use; knowledge of social medial management; and comfort with managing applications through CRM system (e.g., Slate); experience with Slate is preferred
  • A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record are required; reliable access to a vehicle is also required

 

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of 3 references to jobs@pcad.edu with the subject line Regional Recruiter. Review of applications will begin immediately. 

 

The Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is an equal opportunity employer and affirmative action employer and does not discriminate in compliance with all applicable laws in the admission of students, administration of programs, employment of faculty and staff, and any terms of instruction and employment. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) and gender non-binary persons to apply.

 

PCA&D is seeking a hands-on visionary, entrepreneurial, and collaborative Director of Development for the College. The ideal candidate will serve to energize, build, cultivate, and steward PCA&D’s base of philanthropic support during a period of growth and engagement.

The Director will report directly to the President and will serve as a member of the Senior Staff. The Director will be accountable to PCA&D’s Trustees and have oversight of the Alumni and Parents Associations. The Director will work with all members of the College, key internal and external stakeholders, and programmatic partners within the community.

The successful candidate is a strategic, skilled leader with demonstrated experience in successful, long-term relationship building with key stakeholders as well as external and internal campus community members. S/he is a collaborative and highly effective communicator who can openly articulate the values and benefits of an experience-enhanced fine art and design education in a small college setting. S/he will develop and assure the successful implementation of annual and fundraising campaigns.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Director reports directly to the President and will manage and build the Development department and programs while serving as a key member of the College’s senior leadership team. The Director works closely with the Board of Trustees, serving as the staff liaison to the Board’s Development Committee. As the College’s chief fundraising officer and the President’s primary advisor on fundraising strategy, the ideal Director is well organized, entrepreneurial, a team builder, and mentor who can lead, direct, define, manage, and assure the successful achievement of performance goals, including individual, corporate, and foundation fundraising; grants; donor stewardship; and governmental, alumni, and parent relations. The Director will work in close collaboration with the Director of Strategic Communications and Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives. The Director will be a thoughtful and decisive leader with a successful record of strategy development and execution. S/he will be a strong advocate for philanthropic support of the College both on and off campus and serve as the clearing-house for any College-related fundraising. S/he will lead successful fundraising programs through her/his own example of excellence in donor stewardship. The candidate will demonstrate a successful personal record of donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. The candidate will provide strategic leadership and active support for the potential development of a future comprehensive fundraising campaign, as well as fundraising for the select initiatives associated with the College’s developing strategic plan.

S/he will provide direct senior leadership support and guidance to the Board of Trustees Development Committee. In collaboration with the PCA&D President’s Council and key stakeholders, the Director will have primary responsibility for all fundraising success. The successful candidate will manage and cultivate key institutional relationships, engage alumni and parents, implement annual and special campaigns, and further the culture of philanthropy. The ideal candidate will be collaborative and engaging among all PCA&D’s constituencies, including the Lancaster, PA community and beyond. The Director will initiate and provide oversight of policies and procedures applicable to institutional development. S/he will possess the management and leadership acumen to leverage the College’s existing capacity,  strengthen performance, and effectively manage and build a comprehensive operation while maintaining best practices, camaraderie, shared accountability, and clearly defined goals.

 

Responsibilities

Build and provide hands-on leadership and management to the College’s Development program consisting of individual, corporate and foundation giving, bequests, the annual fund, and special fundraising events.

Identify and cultivate potential major donors, both corporate and individual, and work with the Trustees and President to identify appropriate individuals to partner with the cultivation, strategy development, solicitation, and stewardship of all donors.

Maintain all donor records, assure systems are accurate, and develop/create proactive stewardship structures.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Trustees of the College.

Develop, implement, and evaluate the development strategic planning process, work closely with the President to present development plans to key partners and Trustees that are well researched and support the strategic plan for the College.

Staff the Board of Trustees’ Development Committee.

Become an active and visible member of the business, arts, creative, and philanthropic communities.

Identify and establish relationships with donors and potential donors.

Conduct research to identify the goals, net worth, history of charitable donations, or other data related to potential donors or general donor markets.

Develop and implement individual solicitation plans.

Track and record activities as they relate to assigned prospects using donor database and report results regularly to the President.

Support the President in identifying well-respected, individuals to the Board of Trustees, recipients for institutional honors/awards, and as volunteers including alumni and parents within the work of the College.

Work in collaboration with key members of the staff on the identification, drafting, and writing of grants and award applications for the College.

Lead and staff the College’s newly established Alumni Council and Parents Council.

Lead and work in partnership with key members of the staff for all fundraising and stewardship events for the College.

 

Minimum Qualifications & Qualities

Bachelor’s degree required, with 3 years relevant experience in advancement, fundraising, development or related work.  Significant successes in the field of development, management or related business is preferred.

Possess highly developed and keen strategic writing, proofreading, and editing skills as well as excellent skills in utilizing databases.

Understand and appreciate the value of an art and design education and the roles creatives offer society.

Understand, appreciate and thrive within the dynamics of a small college experience.

Deep and broad professional knowledge of current best practices and compliance across all components of advancement work

Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to use contemporary fundraising techniques, including the use of social media, in the stewardship and solicitation of donors

Ability to represent the College with integrity and professionalism

Goal orientated, self-motivated and energetic

Demonstrated understanding of the importance of the role of alumni, parents, and community in the success of the College

Commitment to demonstrate integrity and excellent judgment in all constituent relationships

 

This is a full-time position with some evenings and weekends required.

Please submit a cover letter, resume or CV, list of 3 references, and salary requirements to jobs@pcad.edu, with the Subject line “Development”. Review of applications will begin immediately.

 

Studio

The Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is seeking a pool of qualified applicants for possible future adjunct credit teaching positions. Positions will be filled on an as needed basis. The college has BFA programs in Digital Media, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Photography. Additionally, we are seeking resumes for our studio Foundation program.

 

General Responsibilities:

The adjunct faculty member shall be responsible for the following: teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the Department Chair; helping students fulfill their maximum potential in mastering course content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining a thorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teaching field; continuing professional development; utilizing current technology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standards of professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professional position; assisting with articulation and curriculum development and review; fulfilling other duties and responsibilities of an adjunct faculty member as outlined in the college faculty handbook.

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master degree preferred) from an accredited institution or equivalent professional experience
  • College-level teaching experience highly preferred
  • Experience designing curriculum and measuring student performance preferred
  • Commitment to the highest level of academic standards and integrity
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • Active affiliation and participation in relevant professional organization.
  • Active online presence with current examples of professional and personal work

 

Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts Department at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design invites applications for adjunct and full-time faculty with specialized knowledge in the general humanities, art history, verbal and visual communications, social sciences, math, and sciences fields. Candidates must have a Masters degree in a field related to the subject being taught. At least two years of teaching experience at the higher education level preferred.

 

The Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is an equal opportunity employer and affirmative action employer and does not discriminate in compliance with all applicable laws in the admission of students, administration of programs, employment of faculty and staff, and any terms of instruction and employment. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) and gender non-binary persons to apply.