Writing Tutor

Website Maine College of Art & Design

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Position Overview
The Writing Tutor is responsible for holding interactive writing appointments for academic studies and foundation courses. The tutor will work one-on-one with students on every aspect of the writing process to help develop their writing skills. Upon request, tutors will be required to communicate with faculty to aid students with various assignments. Maine College of Art and 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.

Lead tutoring sessions with MECA&D students;
Review, edit and provide feedback on the writing assignments of MECA&D students;
Engage in regularly scheduled departmental meetings and/or any training opportunities;
Assist with and maintain the regular operations of the Writing Center;
Provide a mature influence and serve as a role model and mentor;
Maintain detailed student records for tracking purposes.

Qualifications, Experience, Abilities

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required;
Master’s degree or equivalent experience preferred.

Demonstrated writing ability (writing sample or thesis) required;
Familiarity with with using referencing styles (APA, Chicago, and MLA) required;
Familiarity with online educational platforms preferred.

Excellent communication skills;
Organized and detail oriented;
Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
Ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism;
Ability to work with diverse populations.
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 500 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. 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 (2020-2027) strategic 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 part time temporary position offering up to 13 hours per week.

Timeframe: January thru May 2022

Compensation: $22.00 per hour

Benefits: Not benefits eligible

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 “Writing Tutor [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 one of which, if possible, should be a student.
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. Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience in 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.

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