Rochester Institute of Technology: School Director of the School of Film & Animation

School of Film and Animation – School Director, Tenured Professor

The Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Art and Design, and the School of Film and Animation are inviting applications for the position of School Director of the School of Film and Animation.

To exercise leadership of an award winning, cutting-edge, collegial, and motivated professional community working with a global footprint, the School Director must be an equally accomplished and respected peer. We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration.

The School Director for the School of Film and Animation (“SOFA”) is responsible for leading a diverse and accomplished faculty in the operation of the SOFA’s Motion Picture Science based degree programs (B.S.) and the film production degree programs with an emphasis in either Animation or Production (BFA and MFA). The School Director will actively mentor and annually evaluate faculty and staff.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated a passion for curriculum development and organizational management. The successful candidate will work collaboratively to build on the School’s outstanding legacies to ensure a bright future that is “future proof”. Exciting challenges include keeping the program strong while innovating, balancing “art” and “craft”, adding new technologies and creating opportunities that expose students to new storytelling approaches, and helping to create a stimulating and supportive environment for students in an ever-growing community of students and faculty.

This position appointment is for four years (12 months per year) and may be renewed. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020.

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Rochester Institute of Technology’s Global Reach

Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. Find out more at

Candidate Qualifications

The following minimum qualifications are required:

  • An MFA, PhD or demonstrated exceptional scholarly and professional experience in motion pictures, television, or animation commensurate with leadership position.
  • 3 years of administrative leadership experience (academic, industry, etc.) in motion pictures, television, animation or in a related field.
  • 3 years of college teaching experience at the graduate or undergraduate level in motion pictures, television, animation or related subject areas.
  • Demonstrated record of promoting and developing opportunities for collaboration involving motion pictures, television, animation or a related field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of technologies and emerging trends in motion picture arts and sciences.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in areas such as planning; budgeting; student, faculty and staff recruiting; faculty and staff assessment; and the professional development of faculty and staff.
  • Membership and active participant in related professional association.
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.

How To Apply and Credentials Submission

For full consideration, interested individuals are encouraged to submit their credentials and the following support materials as soon as possible and before January 15, 2020 to:

  • Cover Letter Addressing the Listed Qualifications
  • Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume (include all jobs since undergraduate degree)
  • Statements of your…
    • Leadership Philosophy (1 page)
    • Scholarship Philosophy (1 page)
    • Teaching Philosophy, as applicable (1 page)
  • Contribution to Diversity Statement
  • Examples of your…
    • Professional Work (provide a PDF or a link to a website)
    • Students’ Work, as applicable (provide a PDF or a link to a website)
  • List of Courses Taught with Descriptions.
  • 5 References (Please provide names, titles, telephone numbers, email addresses, city/state. References will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior approval/consent.)

The review of applications will begin upon receipt and will continue until the position has been filled. Please send names and contact information for referrals and requests for a position description and additional information to:

Additional Details

The hiring process for this position requires a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources.

RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov


Amy Perrone, Principal
325 N. Maple Drive, Suite #5136
Beverly Hills, California 90210
Office: 424-234-1422

Additional Details

Deadline: January 15, 2020 for full consideration

Type: Tenure Professor

Employment Type: Full-Time Appointment

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Department Disciplines: motion pictures, live-action, animation, television, digital technology, videos, commercials, production, cinematography, post-production, screenwriting, directing, producing, and/or, emerging technologies.

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