Employment at ArtCenter


Director, Recruitment

The Director of Recruitment will develop creative and effective recruitment plans and strategies to attract gifted, diverse applicants to the College. This will include, but not be limited to, initiatives such as the College’s School Visit Program, engagement of teacher contacts in the recruitment process, development of school-specific recruitment plans for high value schools, and specific recruitment projects and initiatives as assigned. The incumbent will manage a team of Associate and Assistant Directors of Admissions to increase qualified applications from diverse applicants from around the world, motivating and supporting the team toward effectively accomplishing recruitment goals. Strategic priorities will include creation of innovative recruitment plans to expand the reach of our efforts, managing implementation of all conversion and yield campaigns, and finding new ways to expand our engagement with local Community Colleges. This position will also work collaboratively with the Director of Recruitment Programs to leverage the department’s creative programming and events in the recruitment, conversion, and yield processes. The Director will also conduct school visits to key high schools and colleges and will counsel individual students and assist with their application and enrollment.

Reports to: Vice President of 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, Recruitment”.


  • Bachelor’s degree in visual arts, marketing, or other related discipline
  • Minimum of 3 years of prior admissions and recruitment experience
  • Minimum of 3 years’ managerial experience leading a team towards enrollment objectives with demonstrated ability to produce measurable results
  • Demonstrated leadership skills as expressed by specific results and outcomes
  • Demonstrable track record of creating, implementing, and managing innovative recruitment programs
  • Experience utilizing data to formulate appropriate strategies
  • Expertise with Microsoft Office and CRM databases
  • Deep understanding of and commitment to art and design education
  • Must enjoy public contact with the ability to make connections and to view recruitment as a global endeavor
  • Must have excellent written and spoken communication skills to serve as an articulate spokesperson for the mission and values of ArtCenter and to work effectively within the department and with key offices
  • Ability to work with detailed admissions systems, which is crucial to the prospect and applicant management process
  • Effective counseling and listening skills
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and manage multiple deadlines, recruitment plans, projects
  • Demonstrated experience in and a commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within ArtCenter’s diverse communities
  • 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 visual arts or a marketing disciple from an accredited college or university
  • Prior experience in higher education
  • Prior experience in admissions
  • Experience with Datatel/Colleague or related student management software

Essential Functions

Department Operations – 50%

  • Oversee the College’s complex school visitation program, planning, researching, executing, and managing its successful implementation
  • Ensure recruitment efforts are in alignment with the department’s goals and that staff is working together strategically to aggressively fulfill the department’s recruitment objectives and activities
  • Manage a team of Assistant and/or Associate Directors of Admissions toward the common goal of fulfilling measurable departmental recruitment objectives and institutional enrollment goals
  • Initiate and manage implementation of innovative and effective prospect and applicant follow-up campaigns
  • Leverage the department’s CRM to maintain effective reporting practices for recruitment activities and to effectively manage prospect and applicant follow-up activities
  • Oversee recruitment, hiring, orientation, training and supervision of direct reports; oversee performance evaluation process, ensuring consistent use of all applicable policies and procedures; counsel, discipline and make recommendations in terminations, as required
  • Implement and manage recruitment opportunities with the College’s own Public Programs, which offers non-degree preparatory classes

Recruitment Management and Implementation – 45%

  • Visit high value schools and academies as assigned, providing presentations to students and faculty
  • Attend Portfolio Days, visit schools and counsel students in and out of office in individual appointments, including portfolio reviews
  • Manage and cultivate relationships with arts educators and transfer offices at top-level schools and academies to the benefit of strategic recruitment efforts, develop innovative ways to leverage such relationships; work with Assistant and Associate Directors of Admissions to do the same
  • Manage and oversee assigned recruitment territory, this can include both domestic and international regions
  • Collaborate with the Director of Recruitment Programs to create integrated strategies to leverage the department’s creative programming and events in recruitment, conversion, and yield efforts
  • Develop key relationships and implement recruitment strategies with ArtCenter Public Programs (ArtCenter at Night and ArtCenter for Teens) for recruitment to the degree programs
  • Maintain active relationships with NAEA, CAEA and other arts-based organizations, leveraging recruitment opportunities with such groups whenever possible

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

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.

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.