Full-Time/Tenure Track






Teach all levels of Fine Arts Foundation Design, with an ability to maintain excellence in traditional design principles, focused instruction in hands-on media, color theory, visual literacy, as well as introducing new technology media. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated interest in dimensional design theory and its applied techniques and technologies, and an ability to provide leadership within the school's burgeoning Design I (Art 10A), Design II (Art 10B), & Digital Design (Art 10C) coursework.

There have been significant changes in the field of Design.  Many universities and private art schools have recently established innovative design curriculum that offers students a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to media creation, fostering individual exploration and innovative thinking, making it imperative that our design program address these changes with our own curriculum. With a strong focus on the arts and arts-based practices present at every level of our curriculum the study of aesthetics, critical discernment, and an understanding of global culture are considered core competencies for every student, as is the ability to analyze and critique existing systems, concepts or products.

The appointment will also carry the expectation of leadership and visioning for the Design Area as it moves toward integration of emerging technologies to be included within the existing Fine Arts Foundation Design program.  Responsibilities also include coordination of the curriculum to insure consistency among the various levels of Design and leadership for part time instructors.

The successful candidate must be committed to working with a diverse student population,  provide a commitment to teaching excellence in a student-centered learning environment; engage in creative and professional development; participate in area, department and college programs and activities, including academic advising.



Master's in Fine Arts, Art, & Design OR Bachelors in any of the above and Master's in humanities: OR the equivalent* OR possession of an appropriate valid California Community College Credential authorizing service in the specified subject area(s).


*The Santa Monica Community College District, in its desire to select outstanding faculty members from the largest possible pool of qualified applicants, recognizes the fact that candidates may attain expertise in a discipline through a variety of means.  Certain combinations of education, experience and other accomplishments in the field may be judged by the District as equal to the stated minimum qualifications for this position.  Candidates who feel they possess such equivalent qualifications are encouraged to apply and provide appropriate documentation of their qualifications. 


· Master's of Fine Arts / Fine Art Studio with Design emphasis; Minimum of 3 - 4 years College/University teaching experience as the instructor of record, to include each of the following courses: Design I (Art 10A), Design II (Art 10B), & Digital Design (Art 10C);

· Demonstrated professional leadership experience in Fine Art / Design with an emphasis on teaching the hands on fundamental principles of basic design and color theory, advanced design and introductory digital design classes, offering a balance of essential traditional hands-on methods along with visual communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills;

· Demonstrated proficiency with Photoshop and Illustrator, which includes implementing leadership in the development of emerging digital technologies and the ability to oversee the art department digital lab;

· Demonstrated understanding of contemporary art theory and practice; 

· An established professional level exhibition record;

· The ability to acknowledge the influence of culture in the classroom and curriculum;

· Ability to be a good partner with other professionals and faculty, and to participate in program and institutional responsibilities;

· Strong verbal and written communication skills, ability to develop proposals for curriculum development and institutional committee work;

· Demonstrated understanding of SLO's (Student Learning Outcomes) and ILO's (Institutional Learning Outcomes) and their role in regards to college goals and master planning;

· Evidence of sensitivity to understanding of the socio-economic, academic, cultural, and ethnic diversity with the community college student population, including students with physical and/or learning disabilities, as these factors relate to differences in learning styles.



· The Academic work calendar is 10 months

· 10 paid ill days each  academic year

· Fully paid medical, dental and vision care coverage for the      employee and dependents

· $50,000 Life insurance for employee

· STRS (State Teachers Retirement System)



Salary:  $48,221 - $117,632

(based upon academic preparation and teaching experience) 



Appointment subject to verification of official transcripts, current or previous employment, tuberculosis exam, and fingerprint clearance. Selected candidate must provide identification and work authorization. 




· A completed District application

· A cover letter which outlines education and experience relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the position

· A detailed curriculum vitae or resume

· A CD or Flash Drive containing two pdf files.  The first should include a maximum of 15 images representative of the candidate’s recent work. For each image in the file, please include the title, dimensions, date and media.  The second pdf file should include a maximum of 15 images representative of the candidate’s students’ recent work. 

· Artist statement

· Two (2) letters from persons having first-hand knowledge of the candidate's professional qualifications and character, including an evaluation of teaching skills and personal studio work. (sent via our on-line application system) 

· Unofficial copies of all post-secondary educational transcripts

· Statement of Teaching Philosophy

· Equal Opportunity Survey – optional


All applications and materials must be received by:  February 27, 2015.


Submitting CD or Flash Drive by mail:

Office of Human Resources

Santa Monica Community College District

1900 Pico Boulevard

Santa Monica, California 90405


Submitting CD or Flash Drive in person:

Office of Human Resources

Santa Monica Community College District

2714 Pico Boulevard, Suite 210

Santa Monica, California 90405


Online Application: https:jobs.smc.edu


Please note:

· Documents uploaded online must be the actual documents to be considered for review. Do not upload a “placeholder” document. Applications with placeholder documents are considered incomplete and will be rejected. Also, please note that documents will not be removed from your application file. Only upload the documents requested. Other materials may be presented as appropriate if you are selected for an interview.

· An email notification will be delivered to your reference provider once you have completed your application and attached the required documents (via the on-line process).   The reference provider will then submit their confidential letter of reference via the online confidential portal.

· Your application is not considered complete without the submission of the confidential letters of reference through the on-line system. 

· It is your responsibility to ensure that all application materials are received on or before the closing date.

· All materials included in your application are considered for this position only.  The district application and all supporting documentation become the sole property of the Santa Monica Community College District and will not be returned to you.

·            Employment information and instructions for submitting applications may also be obtained 24 hours a day by calling (310) 434-4336



The selection process shall include the following steps:

(a) A screening/evaluation committee will review application materials to determine minimum qualifications for the position are met;

(b) A pool of qualifying candidates will be invited to an initial interview with the selection committee at the Santa Monica Community College District’s main campus or one of its satellite campuses;

(c) Upon completion of initial interview process, the selection committee will recommend candidates for final interview with the Superintendent/President who will recommend a candidate for appointment by the Board of Trustees.  


Applicants will be notified by letter of their status as the committee progresses through the hiring process.  Candidates who are selected for a final interview with the Superintendent/President should not expect official notification of the status of candidacy until the Board of Trustees has acted upon the Superintendent/President’s recommendation.


All travel costs related to an initial interview will be borne by the candidate. Only ½ of the airfare cost to the Superintendent/President’s interview will be borne by the college.


The Santa Monica Community College District reserves the right to contact the current or most recent employer of any candidate and to investigate past employment records.


The Santa Monica Community College District reserves the right to re-advertise the position or to delay filling the position indefinitely if it is deemed that applicants for the position do not constitute an adequate applicant pool.


Accommodation: Candidates with legally defined disabilities may request reasonable accommodation in the interview and the selection process by notifying the Office of Human Resources by the deadline date.  Candidates may be required to supply documentation supporting the need for the accommodation when the request is made.


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The Santa Monica Community College District is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. All qualified applicants for employment, as well as District employees, shall have full and equal access to employment opportunity. No person shall be subjected to unlawful discrimination in any program or activity of the District. The District’s Board Policy 3120 (EEO) may be accessed at: http://www.smc.edu/ACG/Documents/Board_Policy_Manual/



The Santa Monica Community College District operates a single college (Santa Monica College) with a 42-acre main campus and five satellite campuses in the City of Santa Monica, located in the western part of Los Angeles County. The College provides excellent academic and career technical programs and counseling services to an ethnically diverse student population of approximately 33,000.

The District has about 1,800 employees and an annual general fund operating budget of approximately $165 million.



Santa Monica College:

Changing Lives Through Excellence In Education


Vision -Santa Monica College will be a leader and innovator in learning and achievement. As a community committed to open dialog and the free exchange of ideas, Santa Monica College will foster its core values: knowledge, intellectual inquiry, research-based planning and evaluation, academic integrity, ethical behavior, democratic processes, communication and collegiality, global awareness, and sustainability.

Mission -Santa Monica College provides a safe and inclusive learning environment that encourages personal and intellectual exploration, and challenges and supports students in achieving their educational goals. Students learn to contribute to the global community as they develop an understanding of their relationship to diverse social, cultural, political, economic, technological, and natural environments. The College recognizes the critical importance of each individual's contribution to the achievement of this mission.


Santa Monica College provides open and affordable access to high quality associate degree and certificate of achievement programs and participates in partnerships with other colleges and universities to facilitate access to baccalaureate and higher degrees. The College's programs and services assist students in the development of skills needed to succeed in college, prepare students for careers and transfer, and nurture a lifetime commitment to learning.


Goals -To fulfill this mission, Santa Monica College has identified the following Institutional Learning Outcomes and supporting goals.


Santa Monica College students will:

-Acquire the self-confidence and self-discipline to pursue their intellectual curiosities with integrity in both their personal and professional lives

-Obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to access, evaluate, and interpret ideas, images, and information critically in order to communicate effectively, reach conclusions, and solve problems.

- Respect the inter-relatedness of the global human environment, engage with diverse peoples, and acknowledge the significance of their daily actions relative to broader issues and events.

-Assume responsibility for their own impact on the earth by living a sustainable and ethical lifestyle.

-Students will demonstrate a level of engagement in the subject matter that enables and motivates the integration of acquired knowledge and skills beyond the classroom.