Employment at ArtCenter

Career and Professional Development

Associate Director, Career and Professional Development

The Associate Director of Career and Professional Development provides key partnership in the strategic development and execution of the college's career and professional development programs for our students and alumni. Working closely with the Director, Career and Professional Development, this position will develop programs and resources to provide meaningful support to our students as they move through their ArtCenter education and bridge the gap from student to recent alumni.

Reports to: Director, Career and Professional Development

FLSA status: Exempt

Salary grade: $62,000 - $70,000

Posted 05/20/2019

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should email their cover letter with resume and employment application to hr@artcenter.edu with the subject line “Career and Professional Development: Associate Director, Career and Professional Development”.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, business, or related field from an accredited college or institution
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience of prior career services administration from an art and design institution
  • Demonstrated leadership in career development and experiential education
  • Management and supervisory experience with proven leadership skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and courteously with colleagues throughout the College, faculty, industry, alumni, other constituents and the public
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, and public speaking skills
  • Flexibility and initiative, as well as the ability to work independently, combined with the skills for thriving in a team environment to achieve institutional goals
  • A commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within ArtCenter’s diverse communities
  • Ability to handle confidential information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of ArtCenter business
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines
  • Experience with Simplicity, Terradotta or a similar constituent database as well as proficiency in MS Office Suite
  • Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education, counseling, business, or related field from an accredited college or institution
  • Working knowledge of the career aspirations of artists and designers
  • Ability to assess career development needs of student/alumni population and provide effective services and programs
  • Understanding of the recruitment and employment practices of corporate, small business, governmental and not-for-profit agencies; specific knowledge of art and design related employment market

Essential Functions

Operational — 45%

  • Manage existing services and programs, ensure the delivery of high-quality services and programs oriented to the success of students and alumni; evaluate the programs and procedures for efficiency
  • Plan, develop and implement programs, services and resources for ArtCenter’s creative entrepreneurship and professional practice programs for students and alumni and effective delivery of services; initiate periodic review and revision of office policies, procedures and forms
  • Oversee career advisors to ensure consistent services, opportunities and direction are aligned
  • Assist in the training and supervision of career advisors
  • Lead direction on marketing campaigns for events and programs both internally and externally
  • Manage mentorship program
  • Interact and build relationships with diverse constituencies (students, alumni, chairs, faculty and staff) to promote, facilitate and deliver the services of the Career and Professional Development office
  • Work with the Career and Professional Development team to manage communication plan for events, support robust online career resource library, market the services of the office to employers and other partners
  • Oversee the maintenance of the online job and internship posting service for students and alumni
  • Research new digital tools for our community
  • Promote career development through presentations and resources at new student orientation, family orientation and first year experience programs
  • Collaborate with all student affairs offices and academic departments in providing comprehensive services to students
  • Implement and lead programs related to support for international students and alumni

Content Development and External Outreach — 50%

  • Partner with the Director, Career and Professional Development on targeted industry cultivation to deliver internship and recruitment opportunities to our students and alumni
  • Develop new employer partnerships and cultivate existing industry relationships
  • Implement new recruiting programs, offering more networking opportunities to students
  • Reach out to industry leaders regarding speaking engagements and class presentations at ArtCenter
  • Implement innovative programs for targeted programs and evaluate career development workshop outcomes, both on campus and online
  • Build and maintain post graduate resources, teaching, grants and related opportunities
  • Develop additional alumni focused career support programs as needed

Non-Essential Duties — 5%

  • Maintain memberships and active involvement in applicable professional organizations
  • Serve on college-wide committees
  • Other duties as assigned

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

The 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.

Physical: The position is generally performed in an office setting and at Events. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office 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. Able to work nights and weekends to attend events.

Ability to travel between campuses and to offsite locations.

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.