About Lesley University:
Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lesley University is highly
regarded for its graduate and undergraduate programs in education,
the arts, and applied social sciences. Lesley fosters a highly
creative environment in which innovative ideas thrive, theory is
integrated with practice and its 7,000 students and 83,000 alumni
are empowered to improve and enrich communities.
We offer a competitive benefits package that includes health,
dental, life, and long-term-disability insurance. In addition, we
offer generous amounts of vacation and holiday time, as well as a
tuition remission policy that enables employees to expand their
knowledge and skills.
Please note that all Core faculty at Lesley University are
represented by the Service Employees International Union, Local 509
Information on the Program:
The Lesley MFA program has consistently been ranked as one of
the top ten low residency MFA creative writing programs in Poets
& Writers magazine. Established in 2003, our program offers six
genres-fiction, nonfiction, poetry, writing for young people,
writing for stage & screen, and graphic novels & comics-and
has a unique interdisciplinary feature whereby students study for
three semesters other genres or fields of study that support,
encourage, and sustain their writing lives. We offer a dual degree
with the Lesley undergraduate creative writing program. Lesley is a
leading liberal arts institution known nationally for its programs
and commitment to the arts, education, and social justice. Lesley
University has an undergraduate school, a graduate school of
education, a graduate school of arts & social sciences, and a
college of art & design with both undergraduate and graduate
The MFA Low-Residency Program in Creative Writing at Lesley
University seeks a creative, innovative individual with significant
professional accomplishment to serve as the Director. This is a
12-month permanent faculty appointment, at the Assistant,
Associate, or Full Professor rank, with administrative and teaching
responsibilities, beginning July 1, 2019.
The Director of the MFA in Creative Writing performs a wide
range of duties in this dual faculty/administrative role, and
requires organizational and administrative skills. The Director
reports to the dean of the Graduate School and works with
university departments on marketing, admissions, budgeting, and
alumni relations. The Director is the liaison between the program
and the university, and serves on an academic leadership team and
university faculty committees. In collaboration with the MFA team,
the Director oversees and participates in the planning of the
bi-annual residency sessions.
The Director will develop and implement the residency schedule
of workshops, craft seminars, and panel discussions for students
and faculty. With support from the staff and advisory faculty the
Director will plan and host students and faculty for two 9-day
residencies annually, provide administrative oversight for all
aspects of distance learning, and respond to student, faculty, and
administrative concerns, as needed. The Director also serves
on university committees and participates in the business and
leadership of the Graduate School of Arts & Social
Teaching responsibilities include 1-2 residency seminars and may
also include 1-2 MFA mentees either in spring and/or fall term.
- Develops and implements student recruitment, admissions, and
retention strategies; builds strategic community alliances and
international partnerships to support admissions outreach and
- Recruits and mentors MFA Writing faculty and program
- Oversees the MFA in Creative Writing academic program and
curriculum in accordance with University and Graduate Division
- Directs fundraising efforts; works with university to cultivate
donors and establish scholarship funds for MFA students and
- Administers the MFA in Creative Writing academic program
- Coordinates and oversees the program's social media strategy
- Advocates for faculty union contractual issues, evaluations,
- Maintains an active publication record.
- Provides leadership for the establishment and strengthening of
the MFA in Creative Writing curriculum, assessment, and program
reviews in accordance with NEASC standards.
- Serves as senior academic advisor for MFA in Creative Writing
- Works in accordance with University Strategic Plan to establish
and strengthen visibility and support for the MFA in Creative
- In keeping with the AWP Director's Handbook, the Director
pursues adherence to the Association's "Hallmarks" for a successful
graduate program by agreeing to "nurture a culture of creativity,
vitality, intellectual rigor, artistic discipline, and
- Oversees program's alumni relations.
- Must have Bachelor's Degree; a Masters of Fine Arts is
- At least five years teaching experience at the college or
- A distinguished publishing credentials, such as
nationally-recognized literary magazines or books.
- Familiarity with or experience in a low-residency MFA Creative
Writing or distance-learning/residency-based program is ideal.
- Excellent organizational and supervisory skills.
- A demonstrated commitment to inspiring strong community and
collegiality within the program as well as within the university
and the greater community of Cambridge and Boston.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Must be authorized to work in the United States; if you hold a
visa, your visa status must allow you to work at Lesley
Compensation commensurate with experience.
Background checks are required for all positions.
Lesley University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
Employer, and is committed to increasing the diversity of the
university community and the curriculum. Candidates who believe
they can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply.
A cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three
references must be included for full consideration.
Applications will be reviewed upon the establishment of an
appropriate pool of candidates. For full consideration, candidates
should apply by December 15, 2018.