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Program Director, MFA in Film

Organization: Vermont College of Fine Arts
Date Posted: 5/21/2020
Date Needed: 5/21/2020
City: Burlington
Location: Vermont
Country: United States
Primary Category: All UFVA Job Listings

Description & Details

About the low-residency MFA in Film Program

Established in 2013, the Master of Fine Arts in Film Program is the first low-residency program in this discipline. The program offers degree study in sub-disciplines of cinematic study including narrative and documentary filmmaking, and screenwriting. The program is a project-based exploration in independent filmmaking content and process. Students may experiment across many specialized forms of visual storytelling or may focus on one area. The program allows students to earn a 60-credit MFA degree over a period of two years through a combination of seven-day, on-campus residencies followed by six-month semesters of self-designed film projects. 

About Vermont College of Fine Arts

Vermont College of Fine Arts, located in Montpelier, Vermont’s vibrant and scenic state capital, is a national center for graduate arts education fostering the excellence of established and emerging artists. With a unique practice-based learning model, VCFA is the only college devoted exclusively to graduate fine arts education. Our programs incorporate a rigorous pedagogical model based on individualized study and one-on-one mentoring with nationally recognized faculty. VCFA offers artists and writers a transformative and progressive educational experience through its seven acclaimed graduate programs.

VCFA is committed to building an inclusive community free of social bias and exclusion. At VCFA, diversity and inclusion are rooted in the organization’s core values and woven into the fabric of our culture. VCFA recognizes the value of diversity in persons and perspectives; values people and the differences that they bring to the organization; and creates an environment in which all staff members feel respected personally and professionally and have opportunities in which to thrive. 

How to Apply / Contact

Vermont College of Fine Arts welcomes applications for the director of the MFA in Film Program. The Program Director is a managerial, administrative position reporting to the Academic Dean.

Responsibilities include: working closely with the Faculty Chair, faculty, and administration to manage the strategic direction, organization, and operations of the low-residency program; overseeing and directing the admission application review and enrollment process; overseeing student retention and progress through the program; collaborating with the faculty in the process of faculty hiring and retention; strategizing long term program success; collaborating on outreach and marketing; supervising program staff and program office; designing and managing program budget; and planning and overseeing two seven-day residencies each year.                       

Successful candidates will have substantial experience in higher education that includes: demonstrated aptitude for collaborative leadership; familiarity with complex organizational systems; a background working with adult students; entrepreneurial, managerial and team-building abilities; and exemplary written, oral and interpersonal communication skills. This full-time, year-round administrative position is not a faculty appointment, and does not include teaching duties. A bachelor degree is required. An MFA or other terminal degree in film or a related field is desirable but not required.

Candidates are encouraged to consult VCFA’s website ( to acquaint themselves with our distinctive academic schedule, learning processes, and educational philosophy. Please see full job description here:

 To apply send the following to .

  1. Cover Letter
  2. CV/Resume
  3. Statement on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, outlining your professional skills, accomplishments, experience, and willingness to engage in activities to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

For full consideration, submit application by June 10, 2020. Position will remain open until filled.

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