Employment Opportunities

Faculty Position in Drawing and Painting

College of the Atlantic (COA) seeks a fulltime faculty member in Drawing and Painting.
The anticipated start date is January 2016.

The faculty member will develop and teach foundational, intermediate, and advanced classes, supervise independent studies and senior projects, and contribute to college governance and service. The successful candidate will demonstrate college-level teaching experience and professional expertise in Drawing and Painting. The successful candidate will integrate drawing and painting into a broad-based, interdisciplinary curriculum. In addition to teaching students pursuing an art focus, the candidate should have ability in teaching students from science and humanities disciplines, and students at various levels within one course.

REQUIREMENTS: MFA in drawing/painting or equivalent professional experience is required.  We seek a teacher with a minimum of three years of college teaching experience who is a practicing artist with a developing body of work, and demonstrates success as teacher and colleague. COA faculty in the arts often teach across traditional lines of departments or disciplines. The ideal candidate will possess broad interest in visual arts across disciplinary boundaries.

Applications should include a list of 7-10 proposed courses (with short descriptions of each) on a variety of traditional and non-traditional topics within the area/s of painting and drawing in which the candidate has expertise. These should include basic foundational courses (introductory level) such as Drawing Techniques, Painting, Two Dimensional Design, Figure Drawing, and Illustration as well as intermediate and advanced offerings.

Interested candidates should send a CV, list of proposed courses, and a cover letter addressing qualifications for the position and teaching philosophy. The CV should include contact information for three professional references. Please apply through Slideroom at https://collegeoftheatlanticfaculty.slideroom.com. 10-15 slides are required. In addition applicants may also submit up to five minutes of time-based work. Review of applicants will begin on February 20, 2015 and final candidates will be invited for extended interviews and job talks in the spring of 2015, with an anticipated start date in January 2016. No applications will be accepted after February 20, 2015. Questions to Nancy Andrews: drawpaintsearch@coa.edu

Director of Public Relations

College of the Atlantic is seeking a Director of Public Relations to raise the College’s visibility, advance our brand, and keep internal and external audiences well informed about COA’s academic programs, achievements, and events. Requirements for the position include: Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years  of related experience in news journalism or institutional communications, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; proficient technical skills with mobile devices, social media platforms, and computers; and superior writing skills, with proven editorial skills. Send cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references electronically to Kate Macko, Assistant to the President, at kmacko@coa.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. COA is an AA/EEO employer.

REPORTS TO:        President
The Public Relations Director is a critical and newly revised position for College of the Atlantic (COA). The PR director works with all constituencies in the COA community in a client-like relationship to raise the College’s visibility and will both increase its name recognition among key audiences (especially prospective students, donor community, alumni) and will keep internal and external audiences well informed about COA’s academic programs, achievements, and events.

The PR director will:  

•    Lead the construction and implementation of a plan to raise awareness, name recognition, and understanding of COA for both external and internal constituencies using various media
o    Lead the writing and editing of COA promotional materials and media releases on COA news and events
o    Develop strategic content on COA’s website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites by regularly soliciting information from faculty, students, and staff
o    Participate in managing  and continually improving  COA’s website as part of the “web team”
o    Run COA’s Newsworthy “blog team” meetings including assigning stories to students, editing drafts, posting articles and photos, etc.
•    Help to cultivate and use non-written content (photographs, video, drawings, other creative work) and use these materials to promote events, student, staff, and faculty work where appropriate 
•    Cultivate relationships with local, regional, and national media outlets
o    Respond to media inquiries
o    Identify story ideas from COA to pitch to appropriate regional and national media
o    Collate and analyze media coverage
•    Work with the admissions office and others to review and complete college surveys for narrative impact
•    Develop a list of faculty who can provide expert information and relevant quotes to reporters
•    Supervise activities of assigned work-study students including scheduling, training, and performance evaluation


•    Participate actively in the COA community by attending meetings such as the All-College Meeting, staff, or trustee meetings, and other meetings as appropriate
•    Performs other related duties as required


•    Bachelor’s degree with 3-to 5-years of related experience in news journalism or institutional communications or an equivalent combination of education and experience
•    Proficient technical skills with mobile devices, social media platforms, computers, digital cameras
•    Superior writing skills with proven editorial skills
•    Proven ability to successfully originate COA-appropriate story ideas and carry them out
•    Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to function well in a team environment
•    Understanding of higher education and a commitment to the values of College of the Atlantic
•    Awareness of and a sensitivity to different cultures as well as the ability to interact successfully with college-age students and their families


Work-Study and Volunteer Students


“Physical surroundings are generally pleasant and comfortable with minimal exposure to injury or other hazards. Minimal physical effort required; normally seated with the freedom of movement on a regular basis; handling of materials and supplies. May spend extended periods at terminal, on telephone, or operating other office machines.”

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

College of the Atlantic is committed to academic excellence, cultural diversity, and multicultural education. COA is an AA/EEO employer. Applications are especially encouraged from persons who would enhance the ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity of the College.