The Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), a fully accredited, nonprofit, private art college located in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon, seeks a strategic, engaging leader for the position of President. Reporting to the Board of Governors, the President will have an extraordinary opportunity to serve as the public face of an art and design college whose intimate campus provides a rich environment for students to grow as creative artists, designers, scholars and global citizens steeped in a practice of critical inquiry. The Pacific Northwest College of Art seeks an inspiring and seasoned leader with the intellectual breadth, as well as the organizational and interpersonal skills, to manage a higher education institution. The successful candidate will be a collaborative leader with a distinguished record of outstanding professional accomplishment, proven commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and history of sound financial decision-making and leadership success. They will have a proven track record of organically developing and executing a strategic vision; they must be a persuasive, authentic communicator who can represent the College and its academic mission to a broad range of stakeholders and partners regionally, nationally, and globally. They must understand the complexities of higher education, particularly in the creative disciplines, and possess a proven ability to motivate and empower the staff and faculty to carry forward the institutional mission with integrity and accountability. The successful candidate will be able to build trust across constituencies through transparent decision-making and an approachable leadership style. Moreover, the successful candidate must have the ability to lead and sustain long-term efforts to promote programs and fundraising activities that support institutional goals as well as an abiding belief in the importance of art and design education. Further information about the position and PNCA can be found at:
Applications should consist of a detailed cover letter responsive to the needs of the Pacific Northwest College of Art and a curriculum vitae. For priority consideration, please apply by December 6, 2019. To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted in confidence to:
Paul Chou, Co-Managing Director and Tenley Bank Global Education Practice, Korn Ferry, Philadelphia, PA
Pacific Northwest College of Art is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and whose mission is to provide an education that prepares students for sustained creative achievement in the fine and design arts and throughout their lives.
About Pacific Northwest College of Art
PNCA is a fully accredited, nonprofit, private art college located in the heart of downtown Portland,
Oregon, one of the most creative and livable cities in the country. Since its founding in 1909,
PNCA has nurtured the talent in its students for radical reimagination and transformation. Our
studios and galleries continue to give rise to a vibrant community of innovators and culturemakers.
At the creative heart of Portland, PNCA is a center for communities of artists, designers,
and scholars, presenting more free public programs and exhibitions annually than any other arts
institution in the city.
The artists of the Museum Art School, the precursor of the Pacific Northwest College of Art, have
shaped the visual arts landscape of the region for more than one hundred years. They have
become the teachers, professional artists and designers, gallery owners, and art museum
curators who have filled galleries and molded young artists while making Portland a visual arts
and design mecca.
PNCA offers eleven Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) degrees in animated arts, creative writing, general
fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interactive design, intermedia, painting, photogr...aphy,
printmaking, sculpture, and video & sound; eight graduate degrees including Master of Fine Arts
(MFA) degrees in applied craft + design, collaborative design, print media, visual studies, creative
writing, Master of Arts (MA) degrees in design systems and critical studies and a dual MA/MFA
option; eight Minors; a Post-Baccalaureate; and a range of Community Education programs for
adults and youth. In collaboration with Reed College, students can earn a BFA from PNCA and a
BA from Reed in just five years.