Employment at ArtCenter


Assistant Director of Admissions

This position is responsible for the recruitment of a diverse population of art and design students. Recruitment includes presenting the College’s programs and philosophy of education to prospective students, families, and teachers. This is accomplished through presentations at schools, representation at fairs and/or portfolio days. Cultivation of art teacher relationships is an important aspect of the job expectation. The incumbent will meet with students in individual appointments to counsel on the application process and assess the student's portfolio of work for particular majors. This position is assigned to a caseload of prospective students and is charged with both maintaining strategic communications with them and encouraging them to become applicants when they meet the College's requirements. Domestic and International travel may be extensive between September–February and week-end and evening work may also be required.

Reports to: Director of Recruitment

Posted 06/07/2019

Qualified applicants should email their cover letter with resume and employment application to hr@artcenter.edu with the subject line “Admissions: Assistant Director of Admissions”.

Applicants responding to posted job openings are asked to include a completed employment application with the application materials listed in the job posting.

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  • Bachelor’s degree in studio art, marketing, or related field from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 2 years of experience working within an office setting
  • Must be able to organize and strategize recruitment activities in a timely and logical way
  • Strong oral and written communication skills to work effectively with staff, student and vendors, and maintain contacts/relations with high school and community college instructors and prospective students
  • Demonstrated experience in and a commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within ArtCenter’s diverse communities
  • Demonstrated ability to use CRM software to execute assigned tasks and manage personal workflow so as to contribute to a larger team effort
  • Effective counseling and listening skills
  • Commitment to the importance of the visual arts
  • Commitment to student service
  • Ability to be self-directed while working within a collaborative environment
  • Ability to plan, organize, and manage multiple deadlines and job duties
  • Ability to conduct research and utilize data meaningfully
  • Must have valid driver's license and reliable vehicle; use of vehicle required for local travel


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in studio art, marketing, or related field from an accredited college or university
  • Prior experience within an educational or non-profit organization
  • Prior experience working in an Admissions office
  • Prior experience recruiting and counseling prospective students
  • Prior experience travelling internationally in a professional capacity

Essential Functions

Recruitment Activities — 50%

  • Give presentations on the College to groups in high school and college art classrooms and to groups on campus, focusing on international territories but also contributing to domestic recruitment efforts; responsible for planning all local and out-of-town travel to visit promising schools
  • Represent the College at events such as Portfolio Days and other recruitment events for prospective students
  • Become versed in the curricula and portfolio requirements for each major as well as in general financial aid processes
  • Plan and implement recruitment activities for assigned majors and for assigned territories, this might include contributing to the development of communications plans for various prospective student constituencies
  • Provide information to tour groups
  • Research art programs throughout the country/the world and cultivate relationships with art teachers
  • Assist with planning, coordination, and execution of recruitment events, as needed, including but not limited to National Portfolio Days, Open House, New Student Night, Accepted Student Night, and out of town recruitment events
  • Assist with the admissions process including follow-up with students

Counseling and Portfolio Reviews — 45%

  • Counsel prospective students on the College’s admissions requirements, curriculum, financial aid policies, and transfer credit policies, as well as on career options within the visual arts
  • Evaluate students’ portfolios and provide advice on their readiness to apply; offer a plan of action for students who are not ready to apply
  • Participate in Admissions reviews as part of the Admissions Committee

Non-Essential Job Functions — 5%

  • Serve on educational or institutional committees as appropriate
  • Represent ArtCenter at outside events / conferences as necessary and appropriate
  • Maintain memberships and active involvement in applicable professional organizations

Mandatory Duty to Report

All employees who know or have reason to know of allegations or acts that violate ArtCenter’s Title IX Policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking shall promptly inform the DHR Administrator and Title IX Coordinator, or designee or the Assistant Dean of Students or designee. Faculty with a mandatory duty to report are required to disclose all information including the names of the parties, even where the person has requested their name remain confidential.

Pursuant to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), all employees who know of or have reason to suspect child abuse or neglect involving alleged victims under age 18 shall promptly inform local law enforcement or the county welfare department.

Physical Demands and Working Environment

he conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with frequent interruptions and distractions; extended periods of time viewing computer monitor; interactions with other individuals. Due to the nature of the work environment, there is regular exposure to fumes, dust and noise.

Physical: The position is generally performed in an office or school setting and events. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office or school setting or attend/work events; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight (up to 30 pounds); to operate modern office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. Regular and consistent attendance are required for most positions. International and domestic travel by car and airline and overnight travel, able to work nights and weekends to attend events.

Vision: Must be able to have the visual capacity to perform activities such as preparing and reading reports, viewing a computer terminal and other normal office work with or without correction.

Hearing: Must be able to communicate effectively in the course of normal office communication or exchange ideas with or without correction.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the employee assigned to this job; they do not purport to describe all functions. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may be changed from time to time as necessary.

ArtCenter College of Design is committed to excellence through the establishment of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and its surrounding communities. The College considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Human Resources Department at (626) 396-2270.