Director of the Parsons Scholars Program Parsons School of Design, a college of The New School, seeks a Director for the Parsons Scholars Program (PSP). The Director of the Parsons Scholars Program is a full-time 12-month staff leadership assignment that requires a Tuesday through Saturday work week with occasional evenings. The Parsons Scholars Program is a 2 ½ year college and career access program that centers people of color from low-income backgrounds in the exploration of art and design. On Saturdays and during summers, approximately 70 high school students from NYC public schools explore their commitment to art and design as a tool for self expression, self discovery, social justice, and as college and career paths.
Working with the leadership of Parsons, the Director will shape the program vision within an intersectional context of racial equity, and develop operational strategies to uphold this vision. The PSP Director must have a strong foundation of experience generating practices of access, equity, and justice that center people of color from low-income backgrounds within art and design colleges, fields, and institutions. They will engage in internal and external outreach to cultivate fruitful program relationships, and they will develop the program's college access curriculum.
The Director of the PSP oversees all operational aspects of the program, and also works closely with the Associate Director, a faculty position, as well as the faculty-led Steering Committee. The Director oversees the College Access Coordinator and is supported by the Program Administrator. The Director provides leadership and ensures the development of the staff as individuals as well as the team. With support from Parsons leadership and colleagues in Development, the Director will also play an active role in donor relations including nurturing external partnerships, engaging with individuals and foundations, and assisting in grants research and report writing. The program is situated within Parsons' School of Design Strategies (SDS) and the Director reports to the Dean of the School of Design Strategies.
Parsons and The New School are strongly committed to diversity in the workplace and actively seek applications for this role from members of underrepresented groups— particularly people of color, those who were the first in their family to attend college, people who identify as LGBTQ, DACAmented individuals, and people from low-income backgrounds.
Responsibilities will include (but are not limited to): - Shape the program vision and identify areas for increased impact, in partnership with the PSP Associate Director, PSP Steering Committee, the Dean of SDS, and Parsons Executive Dean. - Develop budget and spending strategy in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Academic Planning - Supporting fundraising needs in collaboration with the Development office and the Parsons Executive Dean. - Define and oversee operations strategies, the program structure and the culture that uphold the program vision - Oversee the overall academic experience of the Parsons Scholars;; collaborate with Associate Director and College Access Coordinator to inform curricular goals related to art and design exploration - Cultivate partnerships within and outside of Parsons and The New School; develop public events related to the program's mission; liaise with institutional, local and national constituents with a focus on racial equity within art and design fields; engage program alumni network - Devise and oversee student recruitment strategy as well as ensuring the external/public visibility and recognition of the program. - Supervise College Access Coordinator, and identify opportunities for additional training and development. - Generate external communications that situate the Parsons Scholars Program's unique framework as a leading national model for college and career access and racial equity in art and design. - Work closely with the PSP Associate Director and PSP Steering Committee. - Define data collection strategy for longitudinal studies of program efficacy. - Participate in SDS School Leadership Council meetings. - Meet regularly with youth advocates, students, parents and faculty about student issues that require special attention.
- 3-5 years working with youth from historically marginalized backgrounds at the secondary or college level, particularly in the arena of college preparatory work - 3-5 years generating practices of access, retention, equity and justice that center students of color and low income, undocumented, and first generation college students within art and design colleges, careers and institutions. - Comprehensive understanding of the college admissions process and issues of access and retention, faced by students of color and low income, undocumented, and first generation college students. - Bachelor's Degree with equivalent experience required; preferably in art, design, or another field related to the academic offerings of Parsons School of Design. - 3-5 years developing and implementing operations within an educational setting; Prior project management and supervisory experience. - Supervisorial experience including oversight of student workers. - Working knowledge of contemporary art and design education. - An understanding of the implications of design and fine arts practice in relationship to broader social, cultural, economic, scientific and technological forces. - Working knowledge of or experience in the NYC Department of Education structure or similarly complex system of public education. - Proven track record of effective engagement with students, faculty and staff in a highly collaborative creative environment; excellent interpersonal, project management, oral and written communication skills; close attention to detail; strong organization and time management. - Ability to work with a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff with a high degree of cultural competency. - Some knowledge of aspects of fundraising or giving such as researching grants, managing donor relations, or writing reports. - Proficiency in Microsoft Office, and Google Apps.
- Fluency in a second language (Spanish, Mandarin, Haitian Creole, etc) - Masters Degree with equivalent experience; and preferably in art, design, and/or education. - Proficiency in Wordpress, Adobe Creative Suite, and/or social media platforms.
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About The New School
The New School, a leading university in downtown New York City, offers degree and nondegree academic programs in design, the social sciences, the liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. Students benefit from small classes, superior resources, and renowned faculty members who practice what they teach. Continuing education courses and public programs place the university at the center of New York’s cultural and intellectual life.