Associate Dean, School of Art

Staff-Non Union

Dean, School of Art
School of Art

Job Description:
The School of Art at The Cooper Union, a prestigious art college in the East Village, Manhattan, with a diverse dynamic faculty and student body, seeks a candidate to assist the Dean in the coordination of the day-to-day operations of the School of Art. He/she contributes to and/or supervises the development of policies and procedures relating to the academic program, assessment, and safety needs. Additionally she/he will assist in the management of School of Art staff, and will liaise with the other academic constituents of the school inclusive of other departments and schools. The Associate Dean will assist the Dean in development functions as well as represent the Dean and the School of Art when appropriate.
The Associate Dean will explore and implement pedagogical, artistic, and at times, curatorial projects with the Dean of the School of Art. The Associate Dean will be responsible for the preparation of documents and narratives with regard to the School of Art’s accreditation. Teaching a studio and/or history and/or theory course is a possibility, depending on the candidates’ experience and curriculum needs.

The ideal candidate has a background in art theory, contemporary art, or art history. He/she may also be a curator and/or practicing artist and should have extensive experience in college administration (preferable in an art school or college in the US or UK) or similar administrative experience. M.F.A. or M.A. is mandatory. She/he must be a team player, be responsive to a fast-paced environment, and must be an advocate for the School of Art faculty and community. Experience with management, monitoring budgets, and familiarity with accreditation bodies are a plus.

Submit application to:
Human Resources, 30 Cooper Square, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003
or email to:

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.