HECUA USA Program Director - Art for Social Change

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary is $26,000 for a seasonal appointment from January 1 - June 30.



Start Date


Application Deadline



2233 University Ave.
Saint Paul
United States


Organization and Program Overview

HECUA (Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs) seeks a faculty Program Director for its Art for Social Change semester program in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Since 1999, HECUA has run Art for Social Change, once called City Arts, an integrated 16-credit community-based course for undergraduates. The program attracts students who are passionate about art and personal expression, professional career paths in the arts and literature fields, and the interconnections of art and social justice as they seek their own place as actors in social change movements. 


For nearly fifty years, HECUA has been taking students out of the classroom and into partnership with communities and community organizations. HECUA's core work is off-campus study for undergraduates, with all programs focusing on some aspect of social justice. HECUA prepares students to be competent and resilient, act effectively in the world, and achieve a community of purpose with others. Programs involve classroom work, field experiences, and carefully constructed and monitored internship projects at partner organizations.


Art for Social Change students enroll in HECUA for the semester program, and meet twice a week in a community space and around town as they connect with different artists and community leaders working at the intersections of art and engagement and social justice. Two to three days a week, students work with a community-based arts organization as interns, where they deepen their understanding of the classroom theory and content areas, as well as their own artistic and professional practice. 


Position Overview

The Art for Social Change Program Director’s responsibilities combine community-based and experiential teaching, program management, and recruiting. The areas of responsibility are interrelated, but in general, those related to teaching include designing the academic program within the HECUA model and teaching framework, providing and coordinating appropriate lectures, arranging field experiences to address and apply program themes, communicating with internship sites and community partners, serving as key facilitator of the learning process to achieve integration of the whole of the program, monitoring, grading, and giving feedback on all assignments, and monitoring and ensuring general student welfare. Those related to management include planning and carrying out program activities and logistics within a pre-approved budget, attending regular staff and program meetings, writing mid semester and final program reports, and communicating about the program with other staff at HECUA. The primary responsibilities related to recruitment are activities to increase student interest in the program taught by the Program Director and in all other HECUA off-campus programs. These activities include a set number of hours dedicated before and during the contract period to classroom visits, lectures, and meetings with prospective students, on-campus faculty, and staff.

Position Responsibilities

Teaching: Design and teach the 16-credit academic program within the HECUA model and teaching framework. Provide and coordinate appropriate lectures; arrange field experiences to address and apply program themes. Communicate with internship sites and community partners. Serve as key facilitator of the learning process to achieve integration of the whole of the program. Monitor, grade, and give feedback on all assignments. Monitor and ensure general student welfare.

Administration: Manage logistics (field trips, guest speakers). Manage program budget. Attend HECUA staff meetings (once/month), trainings (once or twice/semester). Attend HECUA board of directors meeting (once/semester). 

Promotion and Recruiting: Represent HECUA and the Art for Social Change program on campuses in the HECUA consortium. Make visits to campuses to recruit students and meet with prospective students. Develop and sustain relationships with campus faculty and staff.



  • M.A. required, Ph. D. preferred. 
  • Demonstrated connection with arts and/or literary organizations in the Twin Cities including organizations in which the interests of people of color are central. 
  • Academic training and experience in social movements or social movement theory and the arts. Experience teaching in interdisciplinary, experiential education. 
  • Experience in and passion for teaching undergraduates, and commitment to mentoring and teaching developing artists and leaders. 
  • Passion for and commitment to collaboration. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 



Position is an annually recurring appointment January 1 through June 30, plus 40 hours of recruitment tasks between September and November 2018. The program is offered each spring semester. The Program Director must be available to teach two days each week early February through early May. Salary: $26,000 annually, paid during teaching period, with additional 40 hours of recruitment tasks compensated at an hourly rate. Benefits include medical, dental, life, AD&D, LTD, pre-tax FSA, 403b and PTO starting at 18 days per year and 12 paid holidays.


Benefits include medical, dental, life, AD&D, LTD, pre-tax FSA, 403b and PTO starting at 18 days per year and 12 paid holidays.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply


Please send CV, cover letter, and a statement of your vision for teaching in the Art for Social Change program as PDFs to search@hecua.org by Friday, July 13, 2018.

See www.hecua.org for more information about HECUA.

See https://hecua.org/study-usa/art-for-social-change/ for more information about the Art for Social Change program, including a recent syllabus. HECUA is an equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourages people of color to apply for this position.