Custodian

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Position Overview
Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D) seeks a collaboratively minded individual to serve as a Custodian, joining our group of committed faculty and staff who are passionate about art, education, and community. The Custodian will ensure an attractive, sanitary, and safe environment for students, staff, and visitors at assigned sites. The position performs a variety of special and routine cleaning operations as well as assisting with the preparation of facilities for classroom activities and campus events. This position is a late afternoon/evening and weekend position. Occasional coverage is required to support institutional events as well as unplanned events such as emergencies or campus closures due to inclement weather. Maine College of Art & Design 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 this role, it will require:

Routine cleaning of offices, classrooms, restrooms, and common areas at assigned sites;
Restocking and maintenance of facility supply closets and storage areas;
Seasonal maintenance may require wall repair, painting, moving furniture, etc.;
Assist in providing logistical support for events;
Report emergencies such as water leaks or safety concerns;
Assist with managing the loading dock by aiding deliveries and/or receiving shipments;
Assist with moving furniture, supplies, and/or equipment;
Perform minor repairs (vacuums, toilet handles, replace light bulbs, etc);
Assist the Coordinator of housekeeping services and event support as needed.

Qualifications, Experience, Abilities
Qualifications:
High school diploma or equivalent required.

Experience:
Previous experience in a custodial role preferred.

Skills and Abilities:
The ability to lift and carry up to 50lbs;
Effective verbal and written communication skills;
Ability to be detail oriented;
Desire to work in a team environment within a diverse workplace;
Ability to demonstrate professional interpersonal skills;
Comfortable providing direction and guidance to other team members.

The Institution
Maine College of Art & Design 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 550 students, the majority of whom are in the undergraduate program. About 1,000 students take classes through MECA&D’s Continuing Studies Program annually. MECA&D’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&D is a vibrant site for the exhibition of contemporary art.

MECA&D 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&D 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 & Design 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&D’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&D 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&D’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&D 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: MECA&D 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&D’s historic role as the creative anchor of Portland, the new Center will expand MECA&D’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&D’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&D’s overall fiscal plan.

Compensation & Benefits
This is a year round, full time, non exempt position. Compensation is $14.95 per hour. A comprehensive benefits package is offered, including health, dental, vacation, sick time, and retirement benefits

To Apply
Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will be accepted until a hire is made. Application materials must be sent digitally in a single PDF, not to exceed a 25MB file size. Please email the document to employment@meca.edu. Place “Custodian [Last Name, First Name]” in the subject line.

The PDF must include:
An application/cover letter which describes how the candidate’s experience, accomplishments and qualifications intersect with the listed position description;
A resumé/curriculum vitae;
A diversity statement;
A list of four references with contact information, one of which should be a prior supervisor and/or professor.

Maine College of Art & Design 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 & Design 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.

To apply for this job email your details to employment@meca.edu