Chair of Production Design

SCAD seeks a dynamic chair of production design to play a pivotal role within the university - providing a positive vision, modeling academic professional leadership, and fostering a natural sense of collegiality within the department. The chair must be strategic in building a substantial reputation for the quality of the department, sharing responsibility for the department's goals while maintaining a visible onsite presence. The chair of production design oversees and guides the work of multiple department faculty and staff, supports and mentors students, and collaborates with academic leaders. The chair ensures that all academic services are planned and delivered at the highest quality and that all university policies and procedures are followed without any exceptions.

You will collaborate with the school dean, the associate dean, and associate chairs to ensure that overall school goals and SCAD's strategic mission are achieved. Your collaboration must also extend across the university, as you build relationships and utilize SCAD’s remarkable resources to ensure the program is at the forefront of design. Your overall goal must be to position SCAD’s production design program in the top ten for courses of its kind, with an aspiration for being number one.

You will also make decisions on academic matters, assist in the recruitment of students and faculty, review graduate student applications, and oversee the placement of students in internships and careers. Internally, you will work in conjunction with the associate chair and the shop team and show designers to create an efficient and effective schedule to sure all productions are delivered on time. This position requires attending all seasonal production meetings in collaboration with the School of Film and Acting. Additional duties include teaching classes as assigned and overseeing the department’s budget.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Credentials and professional experience sufficient to command the respect of the department members, normally including a terminal degree such as Ph.D. or master’s degree in a relevant field
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills
  • Innovation, energy, and personal and professional integrity
  • Must be agile, responsive, and responsible
  • Experience with curriculum development
  • Ability to conduct thorough, thoughtful, and fair professor evaluations, including class observations
  • Ability to define the needs of the department for faculty hiring and the judgment to make appropriate hiring recommendations to the dean
  • Willingness to collaborate with the admission department on student recruitment
  • Willingness to travel internationally for recruitment needs

Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Leadership and supervisory experience in academia
  • M.F.A.

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.