Admissions Counselor

Website Maine College of Art

Admissions Counselor

Maine College of Art educates artists and designers for life.

Position Overview___________________________
The Admissions Counselor’s primary responsibility is the recruitment of new students to Maine College of Art (MECA) and assisting the institution in achieving yearly enrollment goals. This is a full time position that requires extensive travel in an assigned territory, conducting high school visits and giving presentations, meeting with prospective students and their families, conducting interviews, portfolio reviews, data entry, administrative work and participation in both on/off campus events. This position requires schedule flexibility for travel and to attend evening and weekend events as needed. Maine College of Art recognizes that diversity is integral to the academic experience and strives to foster an inclusive culture defined by respect, equity and social responsibility. All employees are expected to actively support these values.

The Successful Candidate_________________________

To achieve success in the role of Admissions Counselor, it will require:

– Acting as a representative of the college with the highest level of integrity;
– Conducting outreach to prospective students and their families;
– Participating in the planning of on and off campus recruitment events, i.e. Open Houses (in-person and virtual) and Admitted Student Days;
– Participating in hosting all on campus recruitment events;
– Providing campus tours when necessary;
– Conducting on campus interviews and portfolio reviews;
– Responsibility for managing a specific recruitment territory;
– Performing extensive seasonal travel;
– Scheduling classroom presentations, guidance counselor visits and attend recruitment events;
– Interviewing and counseling prospective students and their families regarding admissions policies and procedures;
– Reviewing applications, credentials and portfolios for admission to the College;
– Offer admission to students whose academic and creative performance are within acceptable guidelines;
– Maintaining accurate and confidential student records in a CRM;
– Consistently meeting or exceeding measurable enrollment goals and objectives;
– Counseling/advising students and parents through the decision-making process including major choice, housing, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities.

The successful candidate will be able to maintain a flexible schedule and be comfortable in a collaborative and diverse environment. The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree, with a preference for a visual arts focus (fine art or design). A Masters degree is preferred.

The position requires domestic travel to an assigned region. Must be able to travel extensively throughout the fall recruiting season. Must also be able to transport recruiting material and collateral to assigned locations. Estimated weight of items required for travel is a max of ~25lbs. The position also requires flexibility with evenings and weekends to support Admissions related events throughout the year.

Previous recruiting experience in a professional art school and/or familiarity with the undergraduate admission process is preferred. Experience working with a diverse population and demonstrated commitment to supporting an inclusive and equitable community is preferred.

Proficiency in Google Suites and Adobe are helpful as is the ability to be resourceful in learning new applications or improving upon current technical skill sets.

Strong interpersonal skills, including strong verbal and written communication skills are required as the position interfaces with multiple constituencies, including students, staff, faculty, parents, and community members. Strong customer service skills, organizational skills, ability to think critically and solve complex problems, and work independently as well as contribute to a team environment are required. Being self driven, a willingness to share creative initiatives and a sense of humor are all appreciated.

The Institution_________________________________
Maine College of Art is an independent college of art and design located in the center of the thriving arts district of Portland, Maine. Established in 1882, the College currently enrolls approximately 425 students, the majority of whom are in the undergraduate program. About 1,000 students take classes through MECA’s Continuing Studies Program annually. MECA’s Joanne Waxman Library is an important resource of art­ and design ­oriented books and periodicals for the region. The Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA is a vibrant site for the exhibition of contemporary art.


MECA is characterized by its intimate learning community, its interdisciplinary nature and the breadth of its programs. It confers the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts in eleven majors, Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, Master of Arts in Teaching, and the Salt Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies. Our goal at MECA is to teach each student how to transform aspirations and values into a creative practice that serves as the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals.


Maine College of Art is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The College’s accreditation status with both agencies was renewed in 2016.

Strategic Direction_______________________________
MECA’s seven-year strategic (2020-2027) plan builds on our historic positioning in Portland’s arts district, a shared strategic vision, and proven ability to embrace change.

Strategic Plan Priorities

1. Broaden Our Reach: Online and Distance Learning

Charge: MECA will develop a strategy to effectively enter the online and distance learning marketplace in order to expand our audience of learners and generate additional revenue streams.

2. Develop a Culture of Social Change, Racial Justice, and Equity

Charge: MECA’s commitment to Social Change, Racial Justice, and Inclusion will inform all aspects of the College. We believe placing these values at the forefront of our work cultivates artists who are true agents of change and connects our community to the world in meaningful ways.

3. Academic Excellence

Charge: MECA will cultivate the highest standards in teaching and learning in art, design, and media, and will be recognized for its students’ cultural contributions. The College will be known as an educational leader in the programs it offers, creating and continually improving a relevant, culturally inclusive, and distinctive curriculum that enables students to reach their potential in an ever-changing world.

Recognizing a rapidly evolving and increasingly challenging higher education landscape, the College will create additional programs and educational pathways to attract learners beyond its traditional region and age group: this includes professional, mid-career and continuing learners.

4. Create a Living and Learning Center

Charge: Maine College Art (MECA) will develop a new Living and Learning Center that reflects the College’s mission to provide students with the resources and support necessary to pursue their education successfully. Building on MECA’s historic role as the creative anchor of Portland, the new Center will expand MECA’s footprint and identity within Portland and will provide a destination and hub for community activity and engagement.

5. Financial Sustainability

Charge: An essential principle of our Strategic Plan is to ensure MECA’s long-term financial sustainability. As informed by data and other qualitative metrics, we will identify a financial framework and a series of revenue-focused strategic priorities in support of sustainable results and MECA’s overall fiscal plan.

Compensation & Benefits_________________________
This is a full time position.

Compensation: $36,450 annual salary.

Benefits: A comprehensive benefits package is offered, including health, dental, vacation, sick and retirement benefits.

To Apply_______________________________________
Applications will continue to receive review until the position is filled.

Digital applications are required. In one PDF file not to exceed 25MB, please include:

(1) an application letter that describes how the candidate’s experience, accomplishments and qualifications intersect with the position;

(2) a resumé;

(3) a diversity statement;

(4) the names and contact information of three references, one of which must be a prior supervisor or professor; and

Attach the PDF to an email and send to Place “Admissions Counselor: [Your Name]” in the Subject line.

Maine College of Art recognizes that diversity is integral to the academic experience and strives to foster an inclusive culture defined by respect, equity and social responsibility. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience working with diverse populations, and supporting an inclusive and equitable community. Maine College of Art does not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, HIV status, race, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, or military/veteran’s status in its educational programs, admissions policies, employment policies, financial aid, or other College administered programs. Candidates from historically underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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