MFA Program Manager

OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon is seeking an MFA Program Manager. This is a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean of Academic Affairs.

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program Manager provides administrative and logistical management to the OSU-Cascades MFA low-residency program in Creative Writing (Poetry and Fiction). Students in this program attend two 10-day residency sessions each year (in or near Bend, Oregon), followed by a term of online mentorship. Participating faculty are selected from across the country based on their significant professional accomplishments as authors and their experience in teaching creative writing at the college or university level. The MFA Program Manager will work closely with the MFA Program Lead to provide operational management of all aspects of the program, including support of students and faculty.

OSU-Cascades, located in Bend, Oregon is a branch campus of Oregon State University. Established in 2001, the university currently enrolls more than 1,100 students in bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The campus expanded to a four-year university in 2015, and opened its new campus in 2016. The branch campus has ambitious enrollment goals to reach 3,000 to 5,000 students by 2025. OSU-Cascades is engaged in building a culturally diverse and community-centric educational environment.

Position Duties:

70% Operational Management & Program Oversight

  • Assists the Program Lead with the operational level management of the low residency Master of Fine Arts in fiction and poetry for the day-to-day operations.
  • Assists and coordinates with MFA Program Lead.
  • Manages the faculty hiring process, including contracts and work assignments.
  • Partners with Dean of Academic Affairs to negotiate service contracts, costs, and expenses of the residency, including residency fees.
  • Works with the Graduate Recruitment Coordinator on student recruitment and admissions materials, processes, and student enrollment/on-boarding. Answers student questions prior to admission and during the program. Participates in recruitment events.
  • Coordinates residency program schedule and logistics (two 10-day residencies each year), including student assignment to mentors.
  • Manages travel logistics and reimbursements for faculty as part of the residency.
  • Coordinates program and faculty evaluation and accreditation.
  • Prepares and manages the program budget.

15% Administration and Compliance

  • Assists with the development of processes for efficient and effective workflow, communication, and adherence to policy and standards.
  • Ensures compliance with university policy, federal and state regulations, and contractual agreements.
  • Maintains program handbooks (faculty and student), program forms, Canvas shells, Box, and other communication tools. Provides faculty and student training and support as needed.
  • Maintains program faculty and student records.
  • Acts as a student advisor regarding troubleshooting of questions.
  • Coordinates communications to faculty, students, alumni, and partners through newsletters, websites, and other social media.

5% Supervision 

  • Supervises other workers, such as assistants.
  • Manages student volunteers or workers

10% Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s in a field related to the fine arts or humanities.
  • One year professional experience in program administration and management.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
  • This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months. 
  • This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience managing residency programs.
  • Professional experience such as a published author, teaching in higher education, or related experience or an advanced degree related to the fine arts or humanities.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

  1. A resume/CV
  2. A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.
  3. A diversity statement indicating how you promote diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion in an educational environment and broader community.
  4. You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information or to apply online, please visit: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/77926.

Contact Information

Human Resources
1500 SW Chandler Avenue
Contact Phone: 
(541) 322-3106