Associate Chair of Animation

SCAD Savannah seeks an Associate Chair of Animation to provide vision and leadership for the university’s animation department.
In this position, you will use your technical proficiency and expertise to develop and teach a curriculum that explores animation styles from stop-motion to 2D and 3D animation. You will evaluate professors through class observations and reviews of student evaluations, service and professional development opportunities, and their contributions to department goals.

With the Chair of Animation, you will be responsible for the daily operations of the animation department. You will develop, implement, and oversee the department budget; provide professional development opportunities for professors; make decisions on student academic matters; help place students in internships and careers; and create a strategic departmental plan that is consistent with SCAD and School of Animation and Motion goals. In addition, you will assist the office of admission with undergraduate recruitment efforts and teach classes as assigned. As an associate chair, you will also maintain and cultivate your relationships in the animation field.

The ideal candidate has demonstrated effectiveness as an academic leader and a successful career as a faculty member, including a reputation for high academic standards and innovation in curriculum and pedagogy to improve student learning and academic programs. This position requires someone who is self-driven, a stellar communicator, and an excellent team player. The successful candidate should have experience as a mentor, leader, and manager; can accomplish multiple tasks with ease, re-prioritizing as needed to meet deadlines; and should be exceptionally organized.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Terminal degree (or equivalent) in the discipline or in a relevant field.
• Leadership and supervisory experience in academics or significant professional experience in an appropriate discipline.
• Distinguished record of scholarship, teaching and/or professional expertise.
• A successful career as a faculty member and/or discipline professional, including a reputation for model leadership, excellence in the field, high standards and innovation.
• Leadership ability to transform strategic vision into implementation through measurable actions.
• A commitment to teaching and learning, and excellence in academics.
• Thorough understanding of curriculum development and the utilization of assessment to improve student learning and academic programs.
• Ability to conduct thorough, thoughtful and fair performance evaluations, including classroom observations, productive individual evaluation meetings and clearly stated written evaluations that reinforce a faculty member’s strength and opportunities for improvement with suggested strategies and support for improvement.
• The knowledge to define the needs of the department on new faculty hires and the personnel judgement to make appropriate recommendations for hiring and reappointment.
• The judgement to make good and fair decisions in the student’s best academic interests with regard to various waivers and expectations and the ability to capture those decisions in appropriate reports.
• Willingness to collaborate with admission on the recruitment and review of students, with career and alumni success on employment and internship opportunities for students and on building links to careers related to the discipline and with other academic and non-academic departments in the best interests of students and the university.
• Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and exceptional work ethic to meet expectations and deadlines in such matters as academic scheduling, budgetary management and oversight, and preparation of required reports.
• 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.

Work Hours:As noted in the Employment Agreement.

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.