Introduction

 

For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top four graduate fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman.

 

For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top four graduate fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman.

Position Summary

 

The Office of the Dean of Faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago seeks an analytic, collaborative, and independent individual to help refine and develop curricula throughout the institution.  The Director of Academic Planning will become an expert on SAIC’s diverse courses of study, identifying and advocating for curricular needs at an institutional level and supporting departmental efforts from an institutional perspective.  The Director will facilitate cross-departmental collaborations in course planning and curricular development, while building internal and external relationships that bring student needs and interests together with faculty expertise at the leading edge of art and design education.

 

The Director of Academic Planning:

Contributes to the planning, development/design, and implementation of curriculum for individual programs and the School as a whole.  Interprets, monitors, and analyzes information regarding the academic curriculum and provides consulting services to the Provost’s Office, Dean’s Office, department faculty, and administrators.  Develops, stays current, and shares expertise on curricular policy, development, mapping, and evaluative processes in higher education. Develops proposals and recommendations to guide and support a broad strategic direction for SAIC curricula. 

 

 

PRIMARY DUTIES

 

1.         Academic Planning and Curricular Analysis:   Provides analyses, interpretation, and presentation of quantitative curricular data, processes, and procedures for the Provost’s and Dean’s Offices in support of academic planning, curricular review, and related projects. Under the supervision of Associate Dean, Undergraduate Division, works directly with division deans, departmental faculty, and staff as well as relevant campus-wide offices to map the existing curriculum and chart future avenues of development.  Independently develops quantitative models and database query tools to solve complex problems and to recommend improvements to support school priorities, with an emphasis on finding and reducing areas of redundancy, opening up avenues for collaboration across departments, and identifying and filling holes in curricular coverage relative to student interest/faculty expertise. Researches and prepares customized proposals, reports, and executive summaries for a variety of institutional stakeholders.  Responds to questions from the Provost’s and Dean’s Offices and departmental faculty and staff regarding policy, procedure, data, and metrics related to curriculum.

 

2.         Curriculum Support: Provides data and prepares directives, regulations, technical guidance, and other instructions to stakeholders on instructional programs (e.g., curriculum, new course proposals, student projections, team teaching, cross listing, course scheduling, etc.).  Maintains up to date curricular policies and development best practices.  Coordinates with the divisions, departments, and relevant campus entities for timely implementation and submission of initiatives.  In collaboration with the Provost’s and Dean’s Offices supports initiatives including, but not limited to, the development of concentrations, sequences, and curricular pathways.  Provides analysis and recommendations to Provost’s Office, Dean’s Office, and department faculty and administrators on the curriculum including, but not limited to matching student demand to course offerings.

 

3.         Investigates scheduling practices across SAIC departments and develops a versatile set of best practices for developing an annual schedule of courses, from both a departmental and institutional perspective.  Takes a primary role in the utilization of CourseLeaf and other scheduling technologies and acts as an ambassador for these technologies to faculty, departments, and administrative directors.

 

4.         Regularly hosts meetings or focus groups for students and faculty, and/or academic advisors/graduate coordinators to gather qualitative data related to student demand, future opportunities for development, and to better understand how  students navigate SAIC’s interdisciplinary curriculum.

 

5.         Represents the Provost’s Office and Dean’s Office in relevant campus-wide policy and planning meetings, committees, and working groups (e.g., program review, assessment, institutional research, Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee, registrar, space, software solutions, teaching and learning center, student evaluations).

 

6.         Keeps track of major trends in curricular development across peer institutions of education, especially AICAD- and NASAD-affiliated schools, and develops connections to counterparts at these institutions, with the aim of contextualizing SAIC’s curriculum and attendant policies and identifying opportunities for development.

 

 

 

 

The Office of the Dean of Faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago seeks an analytic, collaborative, and independent individual to help refine and develop curricula throughout the institution.  The Director of Academic Planning will become an expert on SAIC’s diverse courses of study, identifying and advocating for curricular needs at an institutional level and supporting departmental efforts from an institutional perspective.  The Director will facilitate cross-departmental collaborations in course planning and curricular development, while building internal and external relationships that bring student needs and interests together with faculty expertise at the leading edge of art and design education.

 

The Director of Academic Planning:

Contributes to the planning, development/design, and implementation of curriculum for individual programs and the School as a whole.  Interprets, monitors, and analyzes information regarding the academic curriculum and provides consulting services to the Provost’s Office, Dean’s Office, department faculty, and administrators.  Develops, stays current, and shares expertise on curricular policy, development, mapping, and evaluative processes in higher education. Develops proposals and recommendations to guide and support a broad strategic direction for SAIC curricula. 

 

 

PRIMARY DUTIES

 

1.         Academic Planning and Curricular Analysis:   Provides analyses, interpretation, and presentation of quantitative curricular data, processes, and procedures for the Provost’s and Dean’s Offices in support of academic planning, curricular review, and related projects. Under the supervision of Associate Dean, Undergraduate Division, works directly with division deans, departmental faculty, and staff as well as relevant campus-wide offices to map the existing curriculum and chart future avenues of development.  Independently develops quantitative models and database query tools to solve complex problems and to recommend improvements to support school priorities, with an emphasis on finding and reducing areas of redundancy, opening up avenues for collaboration across departments, and identifying and filling holes in curricular coverage relative to student interest/faculty expertise. Researches and prepares customized proposals, reports, and executive summaries for a variety of institutional stakeholders.  Responds to questions from the Provost’s and Dean’s Offices and departmental faculty and staff regarding policy, procedure, data, and metrics related to curriculum.

 

2.         Curriculum Support: Provides data and prepares directives, regulations, technical guidance, and other instructions to stakeholders on instructional programs (e.g., curriculum, new course proposals, student projections, team teaching, cross listing, course scheduling, etc.).  Maintains up to date curricular policies and development best practices.  Coordinates with the divisions, departments, and relevant campus entities for timely implementation and submission of initiatives.  In collaboration with the Provost’s and Dean’s Offices supports initiatives including, but not limited to, the development of concentrations, sequences, and curricular pathways.  Provides analysis and recommendations to Provost’s Office, Dean’s Office, and department faculty and administrators on the curriculum including, but not limited to matching student demand to course offerings.

 

3.         Investigates scheduling practices across SAIC departments and develops a versatile set of best practices for developing an annual schedule of courses, from both a departmental and institutional perspective.  Takes a primary role in the utilization of CourseLeaf and other scheduling technologies and acts as an ambassador for these technologies to faculty, departments, and administrative directors.

 

4.         Regularly hosts meetings or focus groups for students and faculty, and/or academic advisors/graduate coordinators to gather qualitative data related to student demand, future opportunities for development, and to better understand how  students navigate SAIC’s interdisciplinary curriculum.

 

5.         Represents the Provost’s Office and Dean’s Office in relevant campus-wide policy and planning meetings, committees, and working groups (e.g., program review, assessment, institutional research, Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee, registrar, space, software solutions, teaching and learning center, student evaluations).

 

6.         Keeps track of major trends in curricular development across peer institutions of education, especially AICAD- and NASAD-affiliated schools, and develops connections to counterparts at these institutions, with the aim of contextualizing SAIC’s curriculum and attendant policies and identifying opportunities for development.

 

 

 

Qualifications

 

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience or training.
  • Knowledge of PeopleSoft student information system or an equivalent system.  Experience in using delivered report-writing tools a plus.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively to a wide range of stakeholder on complex issues, both verbally and in writing.
  • High level of intellectual curiosity and ability to independently seek out and identify issues and opportunities.
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality.
  • Analytical/problem solving skills, including strong policy analysis techniques.
  • Strong skills in analyzing, researching, and synthesizing large quantities of data for preparing sound and easily interpretable proposals and analyses.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and manage multiple projects while meeting deadlines and demanding timeframes.
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team working toward common goals in collaboration with a variety of other constituencies.
  • Strong skills in effective presentation of complex data (e.g., data visualization).
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to complete a variety of assignments with attention to detail and accuracy.

 

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience or training.
  • Knowledge of PeopleSoft student information system or an equivalent system.  Experience in using delivered report-writing tools a plus.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively to a wide range of stakeholder on complex issues, both verbally and in writing.
  • High level of intellectual curiosity and ability to independently seek out and identify issues and opportunities.
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality.
  • Analytical/problem solving skills, including strong policy analysis techniques.
  • Strong skills in analyzing, researching, and synthesizing large quantities of data for preparing sound and easily interpretable proposals and analyses.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and manage multiple projects while meeting deadlines and demanding timeframes.
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team working toward common goals in collaboration with a variety of other constituencies.
  • Strong skills in effective presentation of complex data (e.g., data visualization).
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to complete a variety of assignments with attention to detail and accuracy.

Benefits

 

We offer a competitive, comprehensive benefits package:

  • 5+ weeks of paid time off
  • Paid holidays (up to 14 days)
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Competitive retirement plan (up to 9% matching contribution)
  • Tuition remission and Tuition Exchange Program
  • Great employee discounts
  • Complimentary general admission to participating cultural institutions

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We offer a competitive, comprehensive benefits package:

  • 5+ weeks of paid time off
  • Paid holidays (up to 14 days)
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Competitive retirement plan (up to 9% matching contribution)
  • Tuition remission and Tuition Exchange Program
  • Great employee discounts
  • Complimentary general admission to participating cultural institutions

Want to stay abreast of the latest job openings at the Art Institute? 
Sign up for our Employment Opportunities E-announcements.

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The Art Institute of Chicago requires all applicants to complete an online application to be considered for employment. 60 minutes are allotted for applicants to complete the employment application. The application will automatically time out after 60 minutes. If you are unable to submit the completed application at this time, please choose the “Save for Later” option to avoid losing the information you have entered so far.

Closing Statement

 

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

 

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

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