Sotheby’s Institute of Art — Full-Time Faculty, Master’s Art Business

Position Purpose

This is an academic position within Sotheby’s Institute of Art New York (“SIANY”) whose purpose is to provide quality teaching at the graduate level. This position will be responsible for teaching two Fall MA courses, two Spring MA courses, or a total of five full-time MA courses, Academic and Thesis/Capstone advisement.

Founded over 50 years ago, Sotheby’s Institute of Art has over 8000 global alumni of the master’s degree offered in New York and London, and over 2000 students taking short courses each year ranging from high schoolers to career changers. Sotheby’s Institute of Art is a part of BrandEd and at present, BrandEd’s core schools are Sotheby’s Institute of Art and The School of The New York Times; both are among the largest and leading educational organizations of their kind. With distinctly different histories and programs, both schools attract passionate individuals who seek both excellence and uniqueness from a non-traditional learning experience.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Teach 2 Fall MA courses (the equivalent of 6.0 credits) and 2 Spring MA courses (the equivalent of 6.0 credits), serve as Academic Advisor to MA students and Thesis/Capstone Advisor for up to 10 MA students (the equivalent of 3.0 credits) or teach a course for a total of 5 full-time MA courses (or the equivalent of 15.0 credits).
  • Monitor and report student attendance and progress
  • Prepare and oversee examinations
  • Assess, grade, and remit grades according to Institute policies
  • Hold office hours (minimum 2 hours per week per course)
  • Lecture for other programs or Institute-wide events, as needed
  • Serve as a faculty chaperone on Field Study trips local, national, and internationally, as necessary
  • Participate in Admissions, recruitment, and Institute events, as needed
  • Organize Institute panels, speakers where appropriate
  • Work in a collaborative and collegial manner across all departments at the Institute and throughout the art world
  • Work with student services and career services on student experience and academic experience
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the Institute to grow enrollment in all programs
  • Promote and foster diversity and inclusiveness in teaching materials and course content

Course Leadership

  • Timely development and submissions of syllabi
  • Develop syllabus and detailed schedule for seminars, workshops, or other associated course activities
  • Report to the Director of MA Programs and monitor the performance of section or workshop leaders, collaborating faculty, and guest lecturers

Research, Scholarship, Professional Engagement in Art World

  • Stay abreast of current scholarship and research in fields related to the Institute’s MA programs
  • Conduct scholarly research in your area of expertise
  • Participate in the global academic community through research activities, conferences, publications, speaking engagements, etc. as appropriate
  • Engage in professional activities in the art world, such as curating exhibitions, writing articles for media and press outlets, serving as a thought leader on art world professional practices, etc.

General Responsibilities

  • Review and abide by policies and procedures outlined in the Faculty/Student/Thesis/Capstone Handbooks
  • Be available according to Academic Calendar and for interviews, recruitment, and Institute events throughout the year
  • Perform committee service and attend meetings, orientation, graduation, and other Institute activities
  • At least one week prior to the start of classes be available for consultation and preparations for the academic year and attend the annual “Back-to-School” meeting
  • Meet all deadlines for submission of grades and other official processes, as per academic calendar, Faculty Handbook, or official notice
  • Fully utilize Canvas and CAMS, the student information system, for attendance, course support (including the posting of syllabi and readings), grade submission, etc.
  • Utilize the Institute’s e-mail account for all official communication
  • Serve as an Ambassador for the Institute in the art world and in higher education

Place and Hours of Work

You will work and teach at the Institute’s offices at 570 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY. Should it be deemed unsafe, by local, state, and federal agencies to teach in person, you will be required to teach remotely as designated by Leadership. In addition, you may be required to travel locally, domestically, and internationally with students—as safety permits. This will involve traveling outside normal business hours.

During the term of your appointment, you are required to have regular on-site availability/attendance during the Academic year (end of August through the end of May) at the Institute’s offices during the normal hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday or remotely if safer and as approved by Leadership. The Institute may vary your normal hours if necessary for its business; for example, to cover evening and weekend courses, admissions and recruitment events, orientation/graduation events, etc. In addition, from time to time, due to academic or business travel, your role may require you to work more than 40 hours in a week. These changes to the schedule and/or additional hours will not entitle you to additional pay. Faculty must also be available either on site or remotely throughout the summer for admissions needs and academic needs, including but not limited to curriculum review, syllabus planning, search committees, etc.

Knowledge and Abilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed here are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required. Under the ADA, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Maintain broad knowledge of developments in the field in order to keep classroom teaching and visits up to date with current scholarship and advances in the discipline.
  • Strong interpersonal skills are required to facilitate effective relationships with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Ability to travel as required.
  • Ability to be present in the classroom.

Education, Work Experience, and/or Licensure

  • An MBA or a master’s degree in Economics
  • Credibility in the intellectual/scholarly community – a demonstrated track record of success, ideally in a prestigious institution of higher education or fine art (i.e., college, university, or museum), and an appropriate record of scholarship and publications.

Language Skills

  • Excellent command of the English language
  • Professional written and spoken language skills

Physical Demands

The physical demands listed here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of his/her job. Under the ADA, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to travel locally, nationally, and internationally
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics listed here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Under the ADA, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Basic office/academic environment
  • Various modes of travel (i.e., Airplane, coach, train, etc.).

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an individual assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified. Sotheby’s Institute of Art reserves the right to modify this job description in its sole discretion.

BrandEd is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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