Employment at ArtCenter


Director, Graduate Admissions

The Director of Graduate Admissions will develop and implement recruitment strategies and manage the admissions processes for the College’s graduate programs. This includes creation and implementation of recruitment events, identifying and cultivating relationships with feeder organizations including colleges and professional organizations, and participating in Portfolio Days and industry-related conferences.  The incumbent will find and cultivate qualified prospective students through targeted outreach, data and trend analysis, development of strategic recruitment plans, development of strategic communications plans, and effective management of prospects throughout all phases of the Admissions cycle. The Director will work to expand the pool of qualified applicants to ArtCenter’s graduate programs and to grow the base of prospective students showing interest in graduate study at the College.

Reports to: Vice President, Admissions

FLSA status: Exempt

Posted 05/21/2019

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


  • Bachelor’s degree in art and design, marketing or related studies from an accredited college or university
  • 2–3 years’ experience in admissions and/or marketing experience in a higher educational institution; prior entrepreneurial, business, or industry recruitment experience could be substituted for direct admissions or marketing experience
  • Must have depth of knowledge about social media platforms and online marketing
  • Ability to interpret data and respond with creative strategies
  • Ability to work with detailed systems, which is crucial during the review and scholarship awarding process
  • Strong oral and written communication skills to work effectively with staff  and prospective students
  • Effective counseling and listening skills
  • Expertise with Microsoft office and CRM databases
  • Ability to problem solve, organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines; ability to work effectively both independently and within groups
  • Ability to plan, organize, and manage multiple deadlines, recruitment plans and job duties
  • Ability to develop supportive and collaborative working relationships with students, faculty, and staff
  • Have a commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within ArtCenter’s diverse communities
  • Ability to handle all information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of ArtCenter business
  • Deep understanding of contemporary art and design disciplines is necessary to provide transferal of knowledge among the majors and ability to engage in meaningful dialogue with faculty and students
  • Must have valid driver's license, proof of insurance, and reliable vehicle; use of vehicle required for local travel

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in art and design, marketing or related studies from an accredited college or university
  • Knowledge of art and design education
  • Experience with Ellucian Colleague (Datatel)
  • Prior experience in higher education
  • Proficiency in a second language (other than English)

Essential Functions

Recruitment and Counseling — 55%

  • Manage the application review process for all graduate programs, creating and adhering to effective timelines and institutional practices
  • Plan, research, and implement recruitment activities for all Graduate Programs, working closely with the Department Chairs of each program and with the College’s Marketing staff to develop and execute plans to attract an appropriate level of diverse candidates
  • Research and develop key educational and industry contacts and leverage these relationships to recruit new students to the College
  • Create and implement a calendar of graduate recruitment events both on-campus and online, mobilizing alumni participation where relevant
  • Manage all prospective graduate students throughout the recruitment funnel
  • Counsel prospective students on portfolio development, applying to the College, 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
  • In conjunction with the Department Chairs and the Marketing and Communications Department, the position will explore and implement creative strategies to attract applicants who demonstrate the desired qualifications and will work collaboratively to meet enrollment goals
  • Give presentations on the College to groups including but not limited to colleges and universities and relevant industry groups; responsible for planning all local and out-of-town travel to visit promising schools
  • Represent the College at events such as Graduate Portfolio Days and other recruitment events for prospective students
  • Create and implement follow-up campaigns with prospective students and applicants
  • Focus heavily on online strategies for recruitment
  • Systematically build and maintain network of outreach partnerships, on-line and in-person, to gain access to populations of prospective students with interests and professional backgrounds relevant to graduate programs
  • Assist with undergraduate recruitment on an as-needed basis, this might include tasks such as contributing to the execution of recruitment events, attending National Portfolio Days, counseling prospective students, giving presentations about ArtCenter’s undergraduate programs, and more
  • Plan and conduct recruitment trips in assigned territories, these trips may include recruitment for both graduate and undergraduate programs in international or domestic regions
  • Travel is required as well as use of a vehicle for local recruitment

Admissions — 40%

  • Organize all departmental application reviews, including processing and preparation for reviews, reporting final decisions on applicants, and working as the liaison on scholarship awarding; must meet all notification deadlines during the heavy application months of January – March
  • Lead the graduate application reviews, adhering to departmental and institutional timelines and practices
  • Manage each applicant through all phases of the application process, this includes monitoring applicants at all phases of the process and conducting all follow-up necessary
  • Working with the Department Chairs and the Vice President of Admissions, manage the scholarship awarding process according to departmental and institutional timelines and practices
  • Monitor deadlines and all print and web-based admissions content for the programs
  • Development of strategic communications plans for applicants in all phases of the admissions process
  • Answer graduate student queries about the admissions process
  • Conduct interviews of applicants when appropriate

Marginal Job Functions -5%

  • Serve on educational or institutional committees as appropriate
  • Represent ArtCenter at outside events and 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

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. Due to the nature of the work environment, there is regular exposure to fumes, dust and noise.

Physical: The position is generally sedentary while in the office, this position does require the employee to be mobile to do site visits and give presentations. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting and to travel; 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. International and Domestic travel by car and airline and overnight travel is maybe required. 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.