Duties and functions

Program director, illustration work with the University of the Arts

DEPARTMENT: Illustration, School of Design

REPORTS TO: Dean, School of Design


This position is responsible for providing leadership to the faculty, students and staff of the illustration program. The Program Director sets a vision for the program that is aligned with the overall goals of the school and advances it by ensuring that the curriculum and relevant evolving goals stay current with art forms and fields to which it aligns. Promotes inclusiveness throughout the program and department.

The University of the Arts innovative design school needs a renowned and forward-thinking illustrator-educator who will continue to build on our uniqueness, amplify our voice in the national discourse on design and education in the world. design and is motivated to create an internationally competitive illustration program. . They will have the foresight, desire, and experience to transform our existing undergraduate illustration program into one that prepares students for a wide variety of practices to meet the design challenges of the future. The Program Director will be innovative in the wide range of opportunities available in an ever-changing field and inspire students and faculty in learning communities to further develop the culture of shared design that is the School of uArts design.

Program directors receive compensation and course waivers for their administrative work, as outlined in their administrative appointment letters.

Essential tasks and responsibilities:

  • Provide academic leadership of the program and sit / assist on relevant committees within the School and University; facilitate program faculty meetings
  • Teach a course load that includes a wide range of subjects from Intermediate to Advanced, lecture in an engaging manner, and teach their classes as a whole with other instructors to create learning communities
  • Supervision of teachers and staff
    • Hire new teachers and full-time and part-time employees; sit on the search committees for new professors
    • Supervise and mentor teachers, maintain strong and effective relationships and communication; solve problems
    • Appoint study program coordinators
    • Provide ongoing review and evaluation of faculty and provide classroom observations, annual conversations, biennial evaluations, and renewal and promotion exams
  • Study programme
    • Maintain and supervise compliance with the standards of the study program; review all course programs
    • Shaping the curriculum educational vision for the new BFA – as the core curriculum is developed, the program director should modify and refine the curriculum as each year of the degree evolves
    • Work with faculty on course development, evaluation, and improvement
    • Develop courses and revise the program as needed, in consultation with the Dean, to maintain the relevance of the program to industry standards and practices
    • Collaborate with program directors and deans of the University to offer academic and interdisciplinary paths to students
    • Create all class schedules
  • Lead faculty in the evaluation and improvement of programs and courses, including, but not limited to, program mapping.
  • Participate in strategic planning and studies and reviews of academic and accreditation programs; write all documents, answers, self-study and study program proposals.
  • Organize and participate in student counseling and mentoring; coordinate counseling activities with the Counseling Center.
  • Coordinate student events including, but not limited to thesis reviews, juries, exhibitions, performances, awards, external competitions and events.
  • Collaborate / coordinate / supervise external initiatives for students such as internships and community partnerships.
  • Maintain the support and maintenance of all program facilities, working with OTIS as needed.
  • Budget
    • Develop annual budgets and prepare all budget documents for the year
    • Manage and supervise the expenses of the department, including materials and supplies and the restricted account for scholarships, programs and awards
  • Recruitment and Marketing
    • Support / coordinate / participate in school / admissions recruitment efforts, e.g. open houses, accepted student programs and other initiatives
    • Assist university marketing by providing up-to-date material such as student work, descriptive copy, and testimonials regarding the program and / or discipline
    • Promote the program and manage its publications on social networks
  • Oversee all program orientation presentations
  • Assist in the review and processing of higher level transfer credit scores
  • Support / participate in university development efforts, p. ex. Laureates / Donors Lunches, UArtist Day of Giving
  • Work with the Dean and the Advancement Office on corporate or foundation grants
  • Foster mentoring relationships between alumni and recent graduates
  • Seek creative partnerships with other regional universities and community colleges

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not claim to describe all functions. The incumbent may be assigned other duties, and essential duties may change from time to time as necessary.


  • A terminal degree in the discipline or the equivalent in research, scholarship and / or creative or professional practice.


  • Corresponds to that of an associate professor or a full professor.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage resources and personnel, and other management experience related to the above responsibilities.

Skills, knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • A leader in the field and a demonstrated record of excellence and professional achievement in the industry, with a wide range of professional achievements, knowledge, awareness and experience in illustration; commitment to professional engagement with their own art
  • Strong ties to the illustration / design community, as evidenced by conference presentations, guest lectures and professional networks
  • Ability to create a vision for the program, develop new courses and contribute ideas for the evolution of existing courses; a commitment to teach and advance the discipline of illustration
  • Familiar with professional fields adjacent to illustration, such as graphic design, animation, fine arts, entertainment, and product design, and has a keen interest in exploring how these disciplines can interact effectively with the illustration
  • Commitment to advancing illustration through the innovative use of constantly evolving technologies, methodologies, traditional and new media
  • Strong command of visual form, imagery and conceptual problem solving
  • Ability to inform creative practice with practical application
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Effective leadership skills with a commitment to building an inclusive culture that fuels creativity and encourages, supports and celebrates diverse voices

Supervisory responsibilities:

  • Supervises all full and part time faculty and staff.

About the university:

The mission of the University of the Arts is simple: to advance human creativity. Founded in 1876, UArts believes creativity is the most essential skill for success in today’s society and has trained generations of revolutionary artists, performers, designers and creative leaders for over 141 years . After obtaining university status in 1987, the University of the Arts has grown into the largest institution of its kind in the country, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance, theater and writing. It now includes 30 undergraduate arts programs, 15 graduate programs, and the country’s first doctoral program in creativity. UArts is also home to innovative centers across disciplines, including the Center for Immersive Media, Lightbox Film Center, Philadelphia Art Alliance, and Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. Learn more about UArts.

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