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Program Director / Sr. Lecturer: MA in Film & Media Program

Johns Hopkins University
Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 18, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Other Arts, Communications, Film & Video, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Curriculum & Instructional Development, Other Academic Affairs
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Full Time
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Institution Description

The Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) is a division of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU).  As the nation’s oldest and one of the most prestigious research universities, Johns Hopkins offers high-quality master’s degrees and post-baccalaureate education to students in the mid-Atlantic region and online.  In addition to the online programs, AAP also offers master’s degrees and graduate certificate programs at its Washington, DC Center and at the Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD. AAP has approximately 6,000 students each academic year.  JHU is committed to hiring candidates who, through their teaching and service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Position Description

The Johns Hopkins MA in Film and Media Program in the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences invites applications for Program Director, a full-time, non-tenure-track, 12-month faculty position. We are seeking a candidate with a proven track record of experience in the film and media industry. The Program Director is a thought-leader and visionary, setting the overarching goals and strategies for the program. S/he/they ensures the program’s creative culture, uncompromising support of students, and inclusivity and relevance to the communities it serves.

The MA in Film and Media provides an in-depth curriculum designed to develop the skill sets required to succeed in the film, television, and media industries. Students are exposed to the latest technology, taught the most current financial and distribution strategies, and trained in advanced narrative techniques. This innovative program brings the industry to Baltimore, as our students grow their professional network while creating a two-way bridge between the local burgeoning film scene and the industry hubs in Los Angeles, New York and abroad. The program is housed in the JHU/MICA Film Centre which is home to the JHU Centre for Visual Arts,The Impact Hub , The Center for Neighborhoods, and  The Baltimore Jewelry Center . The Centre is in Baltimore's Station North Arts and Entertainment District.

Internally at the Film Centre, the Program Director works collaboratively with the Director of the Undergraduate Program in Film and Media Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and the Director of the MICA Filmmaking MFA Program. The Program Director also works in cooperation with the Director of the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund to establish strategies for program support. The position reports to the Associate Dean of Advanced Academic Program in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, with assistance in curricular oversight from a Program Chair.


The Program Director will have the following program teaching and administrative responsibilities:
  • Teaching 3 courses per year on site at the Film Centre in Baltimore;

  • Engaging and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds in the learning process, responding to student questions;

  • Providing innovative leadership for curriculum design and new course development to ensure the growth and delivery of quality programs;

  • Reviewing applications and making admission decisions;

  • Scheduling courses and workshops throughout a full calendar year;

  • Providing academic advising to students;

  • Collaborating with AAP Marketing and Communications on marketing and outreach activities (e.g., open houses, recruitment fairs, materials development, orientation);

  • Service to the School/University (e.g. committees, open houses, commencement, etc.); 

  • Supervising, evaluating and hiring adjunct and full-time faculty;

  • Manage operational budget.

  • Visionary and creative thinker with the capacity to imagine, develop, and execute innovative programming;

  • Successful candidates will have a minimum of 3 years professional experience in the film and media industry or related industries with additional experience managing programs that prioritize artists, diversity, and inclusivity;

  • S/he/they will hold a graduate degree in film and media, art history, studio art, curatorial studies, or other related academic study;

  • Experience and respected profile in the national and international film and media community with a network of artists and colleagues;

  • Excellent working relationships with artists, professional counterparts, collectors, and donors;

  • Demonstrated ability to work and effectively interface with staff, instructors, colleagues, and the public;

  • A collaborative team player with excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as public speaking acumen.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in Film and Media or in a relevant field;

  • 5 or more years of higher education teaching experience online and/or at the graduate level;

  • 3 or more years of experience at the Associate Director level, or equivalent administrative experience;

  • 3-5 years of related professional work experience outside of academia within the film and media field;

  • The ability to teach a wide variety of courses in the film and media field;

  • Demonstrated track record of excellence in teaching and innovation in curriculum design.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Terminal degree in a relevant field;

  • 6 or more years of higher education teaching experience online and/or at the graduate level;

  • 5 or more years of related professional work experience outside of academia within the film and media industry;

  • Strong organizational skills;

  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment with competing demands and multiple deadlines;

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;

  • Experience managing a degree or certificate program.

The position will remain open until filled.

Candidates must submit the following via Interfolio at using the Apply Now button:
  • Cover letter;

  • Curriculum vitae;

  • 3 references and their contact information;

  • Teaching evaluations for the most recent two semesters.

The selected candidate will be expected to undergo a background check and to submit proof of educational attainment.

The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity for its faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristic. The university is committed to providing qualified individuals access to all academic and employment programs, benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability, performance and merit without regard to personal factors that are irrelevant to the program involved.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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