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Faculty & Director, Special Projects in the School of Architecture

Employer Name: 
Boston Architectural College
Employment Category: 
Academic Faculty
Employment Category: 
Administrative Support
Employment Category: 
Type of Employment: 
Full Time
Experience Level: 
5-9 years
Greater Boston

The position of Faculty and Director, Special Projects, is a full-time, exempt position of 40 hours per week providing teaching and administrative direction to the School of Architecture degree programs. This position ensures the vitality and stability of the academic coursework in professional practice onsite and online by creating a positive environment for faculty and students. This position collaborates with all Deans regarding incremental improvements and a broad vision for shared coursework as well as with the Dean, School of Architecture, about Professional Practice, Practice Management, Project Management, Construction and Evaluation, and Programming, Human Factors and Codes, portfolio review, transfer credits, and advising graduate students. This position reports to the Dean, School of Architecture. Responsibilities and Duties Reporting to the Dean, School of Architecture, the Faculty and Director, Special Projects provides administrative leadership, program management, and curricular development of architecture for Professional Practice, Practice Management, Project Management, Construction and Evaluation, and Programming, Human Factors and Codes, and others as needed. This role serves a crucial curricular connection to licensure in the school. This role is 70% administrative and 30% teaching. Role: Serve as administrative colleague, maintain and uphold standards of student and faculty experience, culture, and quality of education while serving the BAC’s distinctive institutional mission. Act as a leader to achieve the highest academic integrity and program development. Be responsible for the curricular quality, initiatives and assessment, student satisfaction, and general administration of these curricular areas within the collaborative organization of the School of Architecture and the College as a whole. Represent the needs of these curricular areas to and within the College. Hire, support, evaluate and communicate with faculty members, including the review of proposed syllabi and student evaluations of faculty performance, to ensure that the curricular learning goals are met. Remain current with developments in the discipline and the profession. Convene faculty meetings and coordinate appropriate collaboration of studio and building technology faculty. Provide support, advice, direction to, and communication with students throughout their education and program, including but not necessarily limited to the following: advise students regarding progress in their program, course selection, career guidance, and appropriate educational opportunities; manage student communications and resolve student questions and issues as they arise; and assist and provide support to Advising in the academic probation system and with students who are at academic risk. Plan, coordinate, and schedule the courses and activities in these areas with the other Schools and key departments (including managing waitlists). Contribute as needed to accreditation reviews to which the College is subject. Develop and manage the faculty budget and provide this budget in a timely fashion to the appropriate departments in the College for incorporation into the School of Architecture and institutional budget. Recruit portfolio reviewers. Review student transfer credit requests in these curricular areas. As a faculty member, some research or practice is possible within this position with approval of the Dean, bur the first priority is fulfilling the responsibilities described above. Direct Segment II Architecture Portfolio Review (calibration, management and outcomes for online and onsite students three times a year). Advise all M. Arch online students in their course selection each semester checking in with them about practice and academics (including sharing all academic and practice warnings issued). Serve as a practice experience liaison from the School of Architecture to the Practice Department for online and onsite architecture students (helping to bolster when and how students prepare for their practice assessment. Special Projects [such as Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure, Accreditation Visit, etc.]. Serve as IPAL liaison to hold enriched onsite and online workshops to orient all architecture students to the IPAL processes, eligibility requirements, and provide resources for eligible students to help them in there ARE exam prep. Track all IPAL students in their eligibility and their active taking of ARE exams. Work on digital exhibit of outstanding student work on website Teaching Requirement: 3.0 credits (studio, workshop, building systems, etc.) each fall and spring to be reviewed by Dean Primary Committees: Admissions, Educational Technology, and Portfolio Review Participates in: Open House, New Student/Faculty Orientations, Portfolio Review, and Commencement Goal: Work efficiently and collegially as a part of a team of educators, encourage cross-collaboration and a culture of inquiry, connection to the city of Boston through professional and community engagement. II. Standards of Professionalism A. Team and Interpersonal skills: Success in this position requires positive relationships with other team members including support staff and more senior staff. These persons must thus be approached in a way that makes them feel valued as individuals and team members and takes into account the necessities of work as seen from their perspective. B. Service orientation: Success in this position requires a service-oriented perspective in which, to the greatest extent possible, students and faculty are treated in such a way as to feel valued and well served in their contacts with the school through you. C. Confidentiality and discretion: Success in this position requires the ability not only to maintain the confidentiality of prospective/student and faculty records, but also the ability to discern when it is appropriate to divulge privileged, if not necessarily confidential, information. III. Qualifications Accredited Master of Architecture degree with teaching and online education experience as well as professional licensure preferred. IV. Requirements Leadership Demonstrated leadership, or potential for leadership, in design education. Practice Knowledge Experience in practice, or significant exposure to the field of professional design. Outcomes orientation Orientation to learning outcomes and knowledge of assessment techniques. Communication Ability to communicate effectively with students and professional colleagues, including excellent listening and understanding skills, and written, graphic and oral expression. Adjunct Faculty cultivation Skill in cultivating faculty and nurturing their continued and effective involvement. Team Skills Ability to lead or contribute effectively as a member of a team. Project Management Skills in breaking initiatives into discrete tasks, understanding dependencies, and communicating and tracking accountability for project completion and timeliness. Availability Must be able to work some evenings and weekends.

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