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We’re Hiring!

August 15th, 2013 by Peter Hoelter

Wanted: Graphic Design Instructor

The Visual Communications program at Chemeketa Community College is pleased to announce the opening of a full-time graphic design faculty position. We are looking for someone to teach graphic design, page layout, file preparation, print production, and software application classes. Opportunities to teach and develop other courses in illustration, web design, or photography may be available, depending on your professional experience. You will get to work with amazing people who are just as jazzed about design, technology and working with students as you are.

Review of applications will begin after September 23rd, 2013, with a starting date of January 2014.

What You Must Have

You must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with at least three years professional graphic design experience and a year of teaching experience. You could also have a Master’s degree in graphic design from an accredited institution with TA experience, if you are coming straight from school. You must also submit a current portfolio of work when you apply for the position.

What We’d Like You To Have

Qualities that might put you in front of other candidates but that are not required include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design (or similar)
  • MFA Degree in Graphic Design (or similar)
  • At least three years full or part-time teaching experience in either a community college or university setting
  • Experience attending or working in a community college setting
  • At least five years full-time professional graphic design experience

What We Would Really, Really Like You To Have

  • A killer portfolio. Show us your best work—the stuff you’re really proud of. The portfolio is what our student’s focus on, and we want to see that you can lead them on this journey.
  • Professional experience in high-end graphic design production as well as design. Our graduates need solid production as well as design skills.
  • Mastery of advanced skills in all graphic software, specifically Adobe CS on Mac OS X. You might teach both basic and advanced software, most of which is embedded in course content.
  • A commitment to teaching as a professional focus. While you may be able to do some design work while you are off for summer break (most VC faculty do not teach during the summer), most of your energy must be the classroom.
  • An interest in working together to help the program stay current and evolve.
  • An enthusiasm for working with all kinds of people with varying backgrounds and abilities. We are a very diverse school with a range of cultures, ages, languages, nationalities and experiences.
  • Involvement in the design community. We work with an advisory committee and thrive on input from working professionals, other colleges and industry contacts.

About Us

The Visual Communications program offers Associate of Applied Science degrees in Graphic Design and Graphic Design with an emphasis in Interactive Media. We have a fast-paced and intensive program, striving for excellence in design and backed with solid production skills. Our students are tight-knit and value the relationships with each other and their instructors. Students hang out in our common area—sharing lunch, ideas, feedback and project information. Our students develop professional portfolios and compete with graduates from four-year institutions. Some continue on for their Bachelor’s Degree, but our program prepares them to be able to enter the graphic design or Web design field as entry-level professionals after they graduate.

We are a small program with three full-time faculty (including you), one full-time instructional assistant and several adjunct faculty. We have about 60 students in the program at a given time, with a graduating portfolio class of between 12 and 19 students every year.

Salem and the surrounding towns have lots of cool galleries, shops and restaurants, beautiful parks, no traffic, and excellent schools for your kids and close-by universities. Many faculty commute from Portland, less than an hour away.

The Details

Check the official job posting »

You will find all of the application materials and official job description there. Please be sure to submit all required materials including a cover letter, portfolio and essay questions.

Screening for the position begins on September 23rd, 2013. The successful candidate would begin work winter term 2014.

We’d love to tell you more, so check us out and give us a call.

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Vivi Caleffi Prichard
Human Resources | Recruiter/ HR Analyst
Chemeketa Community College

PO Box 14007 | Salem, OR 97309
(503) 584-7323 | Fax (503) 399-7810
http://hr.chemeketa.edu