Chair, BFA Animation

New York City, New York
Salary commensurate with experience
Jun 14, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type

The School of Visual Arts (SVA) is pleased to announce a search for the Chair of the BFA Animation program.  The new chair will have the unique opportunity to serve as the first chair dedicated to the BFA Animation program and to lead the program’s faculty and students into the next chapter of the department’s evolution.

SVA invites nominations and applications for the position of a full-time department chair of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in (BFA) Animation program.  The Chair is responsible for the overall management and future direction of the department’s academic and co-curricular programming, in accordance with SVA’s mission and in support of the institution’s strategic plan. The successful candidate will be expected to begin on or about August 1, 2019.

Program Description

The SVA Animation program is the largest on the East Coast, and noted for developing animators with unique styles and strengths. The faculty are experienced and respected artists, animators and illustrators, drawn from the ranks of New York’s animation industry. The curriculum exposes students to a variety of animation techniques and tools including stop-motion, hand drawn, and experimental animation, story and visual development, Adobe Creative Cloud, TVPaint, and Toon Boom. Students are exposed to a wide range of animation styles—from Disney and Klasky Csupo to  Miyazaki—while developing their own aesthetic.

Notable SVA animation alumni include Yvette Kaplan (BFA 1976 Animation) Animation Director/Producer, Beavis and Butt-head, Ice Age, King of the Hill, Doug; Alex Kupershmidt (BFA 1982 Animation), Animator, The Lion King, Lilo & Stitch, Frozen; Chris Prynoski (BFA 1994 Animation) Director/Producer and Founder of Titmouse, Motorcity, Nerdland, Metalocalypse, Mike Roth (BFA 1999 Animation), co-executive producer of Cartoon Network’s Artists Program, and Phil Rynda (BFA 2003 Animation), Director of Kids and Family at Netflix, Tom Sito (BFA 1977 Media) Animator, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, Rebecca Sugar (BFA 2009 Animation) Animator and Creator of Steven Universe,  Dana Terrace (BFA 2013 Animation), Animator,Gravity Falls, DuckTales.


  • Manage a staff of three full-time administrative employees and approximately 45 faculty.
  • Collaborate with Chairs of BFA Computer Art, BFA Film and MFA Computer Arts to coordinate curricula in areas of congruent subject-matter.
  • Recruit, develop, and inspire a cohort of faculty whose pedagogy and research support the highest standards of animation, including performance evaluations and recommendations concerning contracts and teaching assignments, as applicable.
  • Responsible for actively engaging with external partners, colleagues, alumni and industry professionals in an effort to continuously raise the profile of the program and facilitate professional opportunities for students and graduates.
  • Prepare course schedules and catalog descriptions, and the assignment of faculty to their courses.
  • Manage and oversee the department’s academic and administrative operations;
  • Collaborate with the Registrar and the Office of Academic Affairs in class scheduling, class cancellations, and other detailed matters relating to the administration of the academic calendar.
  • Develop the Animation Department annual budget and monitor ongoing expenditures within approved categories and limits.
  • Manage the departmental assessment system and implement changes as needed.
  • Participate in professional organizations at the state and national levels.
  • Advise and mentor students.
  • Perform the duties of a full-time faculty member, including teaching six credits per academic year, and participate in other activities of the Department and College, as requested.


  • Five to ten years of progressively responsible experience in higher education.
  • Substantial professional experience in animation or closely related field.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching courses in animation.
  • A collegial management style and history of collaboration with peers.
  • Prior supervisory experience, preferably in an educational environment.
  • Experience with student recruitment and retention.
  • Proven ability to acquire external funding through grants for partnerships and special programs. 
  • A demonstrable commitment to the mission and core values of School of Visual Arts.

Application Procedure:

For full consideration, please send a letter of interests that describes how your experience and interests fulfill the requirements of this position, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/ philosophy, and list of names and full contact information for three professional references.

Application review will begin immediately.  To be assured of full consideration, please submit all materials by December 15, 2018, as PDF documents, to [email protected] 

No walk-ins or phone calls please.

School of Visual Arts is an EEO employer.  Women and applicants of color are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.



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