Manhattanville College

MFA Director

About Manhattanville

Manhattanville College is an independent, coeducational, liberal arts college with a nationally and internationally diverse student body of approximately 1,500 undergraduates and 900 graduate students, located 28 miles north of New York City on 100 acres.  Building on its heritage of social justice and social activism, the College prepares students through rigorous academic and co-curricular programs, for ethical and socially-responsible leadership in a global community.  We achieve this through integrated learning that combines classroom rigor with experiential opportunities, leadership with service, intimate attention with global reach, progressive change with enduring values, social commitment with ethical responsibility, and diversity with community. The College is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. We are committed to hiring qualified and diverse candidates and creating a community that is welcoming to all people, and made up of a diverse group of people.

Job Posting

The MFA program in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College invites applications for a full-time Program Director. We seek a creative, experienced, and collaborative individual to join us in an effort to build and grow an already successful program. This is a 12-month administrative position, with responsibilities that include: curriculum development; collaboration with Admissions on recruiting, marketing and advertising; developing and articulating an academic vision for the program in concert with the mission of the College; administrative and operational functions of the program as a whole; scheduling of classes; hiring faculty; advising students; organizing events; participating in alumni activities and events; participating in fundraising activities; oversight of MFA fellows program. While the position is not a faculty position, the successful candidate will be expected to teach one graduate course per year. Reporting to the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, the director will be an ex-officio member of the Division of Literature, Languages, and Writing and will work collaboratively with a program advisory board.

A signature feature of the creative writing program at Manhattanville is its home known as Barat House, which was founded in 1978. The House has hosted hundreds of lectures, discussions, and workshops over the years and has become an essential part of the Manhattanville community.  Barat House was recently refurbished and serves as a vibrant center for the graduate and undergraduate creative writing programs. Additionally, the program has the award-winning journal Inkwell and a strong and supportive alumni base.

Successful candidates will have an MFA or terminal degree in Creative Writing or commensurate experience in creative writing, teaching and administration. Additionally, successful candidates will be established writers with significant portfolios and a strong network of professional contacts in the New York City area and beyond. Candidates must be adept at organizing workshops and writers' weekends, two long-established programs at Manhattanville College.

Interested candidates should submit a vita, including work experience and publications, a letter of intent describing experience in creative writing education and administration, and the names and contact information of three professional references to     

Promoting the health and safety of all of Manhattanville’s students, faculty and staff is of the utmost importance.  To that end, the College will be requiring that all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 2nd, 2021.  Applications may be made for accommodations based on medical disability or sincerely held religious beliefs.

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