Mentorship and Industry Relations Lead - Position Information
- 3D Animation + Visual Effects
- Vancouver, Canada
- # of Positions:
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The Mentorship and Industry Relations Lead is responsible for developing, evolving, and ensuring the ongoing quality and integrity of mentorship curriculum in the the 3D Animation and Visual Effects, Classical Animation, and Animation Concept Art department - to successfully guide students in the production of their final projects so that they are able to obtain their chosen careers. She or he will leverage industry connections and build strong industry relationships to enhance mentored experiences in the program. Under the direction of the Head of Department and Creative Director, the Mentorship and Industry Relations Lead will collaborate with Senior Instructors on curriculum, set course delivery expectations, train, recommend hires, and motivate a vital contingent of part-time Industry Mentors. Furthermore, she or he will also establish and maintain effective communication between Faculty and students. The Mentorship and Industry Relations Lead will possess excellent communication, organizational, research, and interpersonal skills. She or he is proactive, applies critical thinking skills, and has a problem-solving approach to every aspect of the job. Finally, she or he is a team player, leader, and possesses a strong sense of commitment and responsibility to the organization as a whole - administration, students, instructors, and staff of all VFS programs.
Reporting to the Head of Department and working in conjunction with the Educational Administration department, the Mentorship and Industry Relations Lead is responsible for leading industry relations and mentored experiences within the program and department. She or he is also responsible for evaluating and updating the department’s curriculum in conjunction with the requirements of the Educational Administration department.
Please note: This is a one-year contract position.
• Working in conjunction with the Head of Department, the Educational Administration department, and Faculty, the primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Industry: Develop industry relationships that add value to students’ formal and informal mentored program experiences; relations with the department.
• Industry: Oversee a high-caliber year-end industry showcase and networking event for the purpose of enhancing program visibility, strengthening partnerships, and assisting with job placement.
• Industry: Building strategic relationships with specific studios to enhance students’ opportunities for employment.
• Industry: Researching, interviewing, and consulting with studios and industry experts to stay abreast of current industry trends and techniques - so that they may be incorporated into curriculum.
• Industry: Work collaboratively with other Senior Instructors, part-time Instructors, and staff to ensure curriculum goals and delivery are consistent with the program’s mission and outcomes, and VFS’ expectations for a world-class learning experience.
• Curriculum Development/Career Preparation: Develop and implement studio-based curriculum, formal courses, and pipeline technology for both on-ground and remote mentorship courses/experiences.
• Curriculum Development/Career Preparation: Ensure curriculum features studio relevant techniques, processes, and pipelines.
• Curriculum Development/Career Preparation: Ensure curriculum demystifies specific industry roles, career paths, and how to target specific roles.
• Curriculum Development/Career Preparation: Implement curriculum changes that conform to the VFS model of education and which reflect current industry practices.
• Curriculum Development/Career Preparation: Document existing and newly-developed curriculum, ensuring one-sheet and course outlines are accurate prior to every term and filed for access on VFS server.
• Curriculum Delivery: Ensure that curriculum is delivered in an effective manner and within program budgets.
• Curriculum Delivery: Work collaboratively with other senior faculty and part-time staff from industry to ensure curriculum goals and delivery are consistent within students’ mentored experience.
• Curriculum Delivery: Match students to appropriate mentors.
• Curriculum Delivery: Maintain a professional relationship with currently-enrolled students.
• Curriculum Delivery: Monitor students’ performance and provide assistance and mentoring when required.
• Curriculum Delivery: Ensure that mentorship course content and final project development activities are relevant to the curriculum and to the industry.
• Curriculum Delivery: Evaluate curriculum delivery through the setting and implementation of objective based student performance standards.
• Curriculum Delivery: Recommend hires and assist in the supervision and evaluation of part-time industry mentors.
• Student Issues: Ensure that all relevant performance and behavior-related discussion between faculty and student is documented and forwarded to VFS Administration.
• Student Issues: Proactively report to the Head of Department any student concerns, issues, or disputes.
• Inter-Department Collaboration: Network with other Programs to enhance inter-departmental collaboration for courses and student projects.
• Post-secondary certificate, diploma, degree - or equivalent.
• Animation industry experience is an asset.
• Experience in supervisory roles and leading teams.
• Teaching experience is an asset and/or the willingness and aptitude to develop strong teaching and curriculum development skill sets.
• A solid understanding of all aspects of particular area of expertise in the program discipline.