Employment at ArtCenter


Associate Provost, ArtCenter Extension (ACX)

All members of the ArtCenter (or College) community are Guardians of Mission. Every position in the College plays an important part in carrying out the values, goals, strategic vision, and mission of the College.

Reporting to the Provost and building upon the strengths of the College’s art and design curriculum and pedagogy, ArtCenter is seeking a visionary leader to hold the inaugural position of Associate Provost, ArtCenter Extension (ACX). This leader will provide creative, strategic and academic vision for non-degree granting extension programming and collaborate with executive and academic leadership at ArtCenter to expand the College’s local, national and global educational reach. The Associate Provost, ACX, will partner with the Associate Provost, Online Education, to create a portfolio strategy of unique non-degree granting programming onsite, remotely and online.

The Associate Provost will lead and work with the ACX staff in developing long-term vision, policy, budget and administrative structure for non-degree granting extension programming for the College and will collaborate with Marketing and Communications to create department-specific media and communications. The incumbent will oversee development of extension curriculum and programming, recruitment of faculty and students, assessment, student success and will be responsible for all aspects of the ACX enterprise including non-degree courses currently included in these existing programs:

ACX - the College’s part-time continuing studies program - ideal for students, adult learners and practicing professionals who want to refine existing skills or learn new ones. Extension courses offer classes to anyone seeking an access point to ArtCenter’s vast creative resources.

ACX Teens - Courses in art and design for high school students grades 9–12.

ACX Kids - Classes in creativity, innovation and visual literacy for students in grades 4–8.

ACX Teachers - A summer intensive for K-12 educators based on the proven and award-winning Design-Based Learning method.

In partnership with other departments such as Chairs Council (the educational leadership of the College), Career and Professional Development and Educational Partnerships, the Associate Provost, ACX, will be responsible for developing new programs and business models in executive education, continuing education, professional development courses and community outreach programs.

Reports to: Provost

FLSA status: Exempt

Qualified applicants should email the following documents to hr@artcenter.edu with the subject line “Online Education: Associate Provost, ArtCenter Extension (ACX)”.

  • Cover letter
  • Diversity and Inclusion Statement
  • Resume
  • ArtCenter employment application


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, business or related field from an accredited college or university
  • Possess a substantive track record demonstrating success in leading, implementing and evaluating innovative and sustainable growth in continuing education programs, museum education programs, arts administration
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in managing a department, including budget management, project management and supervisory responsibilities
  • Knowledge of and experience with learning pedagogy and curriculum development, intellectual property and copyright regulations, academic marketing, scheduling, assessment, and student success
  • Experience in accreditation requirements, and staff and faculty performance management and development
  • Experience leading collaborative teams in the design, development and implementation of programs 
  • Experience in various outreach functions, with attention to the development of strong relationships with other professional, academic, and art and design institutions
  • Strong verbal, written and visual presentation and communication skills
  • High professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated experience in and a commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within ArtCenter’s diverse communities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in art or design, education, or other related field from an accredited college or university
  • Background or experience with art and/or design education

Essential Functions

Operational — 40%

  • Research new models of learning – business models, advanced learning, etc., and identify opportunities to expand and explore new extension programs, community outreach, executive education
  • Communicate and maintain the College’s best practices and quality standards in extension education
  • General departmental leadership, overseeing the College’s open enrollment educational programs, department budget, strategic planning, logistics, events, administrative support to implement operations
  • Responsible for leadership in developing the department's programs within the mission of the College
  • Oversee recruitment, hiring, onboarding, learning and development, and supervision of department staff and contractors; oversee performance evaluation process, ensuring consistent use of all applicable policies and procedures; apply performance management for improved performance, make recommendations in discipline and terminations, as required
  • Communicate and maintain the College’s best practices and quality standards in extension education
  • Identify opportunities to expand and explore new extension programs and community outreach
  • Develop and manage expense and revenue budgets, including course fee structures, content buyout and faculty compensation, in collaboration with senior leadership
  • Motivate, empower, and manage staff in accomplishing the goals and objectives
  • Develop and implement standard operating procedures for new programs
  • Adhere to and support all College policies, fosters and promotes safety and security policies with the department

Educational Partnership — 40%

  • Work with educational leadership in the development of new course options and marketing strategies for an expanding field of diverse learners
  • Ensure appropriate strategies are applied for training and developing faculty members; work with the Offices of Admissions, Marketing & Communications, Online Education, Chairs Council, Student Affairs, Career and Professional Development, and Enrollment Services on matters pertaining to marketing, recruitment, admissions, and retention
  • Work with the Provost and the Office of Academic Affairs to secure and maintain the College’s extension accreditation status
  • Partner with the following departments on institutional initiatives as necessary and appropriate: Faculty Affairs; Student Affairs; Educational Partnerships; Study Away; Development; Alumni Relations; Marketing and Communications; Facilities; the Library; Human Resources; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and the Office of the President

Institutional Operations — 15%

  • Serve on Chairs Council and other educational or institutional committees
  • Work with Development on fundraising opportunities for Extension programs
  • Maintain memberships and active involvement in applicable professional organizations
  • Ensure compliance with all institutional policies
  • Represent ArtCenter at outside events/conferences as necessary and appropriate

Non-essential — 5%

  • 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 Director,Title IX Compliance and Programs, or designee or the Associate 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.

This a full-time position. (Regular college business hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30am–4:30pm.) The position may require flexible hours to accommodate departmental and college needs such as weekends and nights, depending on the nature of the work.

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 sedentary. Employees sit most of the time, but may walk or stand for brief periods of time. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; 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 20 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. Must be able to travel between campuses and work occasional weekends and evening hours for college and departmental events. International and Domestic travel by car and airline and overnight travel is required.

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.

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.