Employment at ArtCenter


Vice President, Admissions

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. This includes diversity, equity, inclusion and culture.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President, Admissions and Enrollment Management, the Vice President of Admissions plays a critical leadership role in overseeing, managing, and supporting the department's Recruitment, Admissions, and Admissions Operations efforts to achieve the College's enrollment goals. The incumbent will oversee the preparation and implementation of admissions reviews, including evaluating applicant materials in alignment with departmental practices and standards and preparing files for final admissions decisions. The VP is responsible for managing the successful implementation of all recruitment efforts across the recruitment team and keeping all operations efforts current, effective, and efficient in fulfilling the department's admissions and recruitment functions. The incumbent will work with the Sr. VP of Admissions and Enrollment Management on projects related to enrollment management for the College, conduct research, and prepare proposals, presentations, and recommendations for the College's Strategic Enrollment Management Committee. This position will also work on projects across the Admissions, Financial Aid, and Enrollment Services departments to effectively optimize the student experience, improve student retention, and create efficiencies in business processes.

Reports to: Senior Vice President, Admissions and Enrollment Management

FLSA status: Exempt

Salary grade: 13

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should send resume with cover letter and employment application to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “Vice President, Admissions” in the subject line.

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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This position was posted on: 2/4/2021


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or institution
  • Minimum of six years of progressive admissions and enrollment management experience with preference for previous Admissions and Enrollment Management experience
  • Five years in managing a department, including budgeting, project management and supervisory responsibilities
  • Must be versed in uses of technology for communications, research, and management of business processes; adept at fostering and creating change and innovative solutions
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, and administrative skills
  • Experience working collaboratively across direct and indirect reports and various stakeholders to achieve ambitious, measurable goals
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to communicate with colleagues, internal stakeholders, and department leadership as well as external populations of prospective students and families
  • Analytical skills for assessing qualitative and quantitative data related to program effectiveness, enrollment, and student success
  • Experienced in effectively managing business processes through CRM and SIS systems
  • Ability to be self-directed while working within a collaborative environment
  • 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 work with and retain sensitive and confidential information
  • Demonstrated experience in and a commitment to diversity; the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with various constituencies within ArtCenter’s diverse communities, internally and externally
  • Travel, evening and weekend work required
  • Must have vehicle, valid driver’s license and proof of current insurance

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree preferred from an accredited college or institution
  • Experience with Ellucian Colleague (Datatel)
  • Prior experience in higher education
  • Prior experience in art and design education administration

Essential Functions

Admissions and Recruitment — 40%

  • Working with the Sr. VP, lead ongoing evaluation of comprehensive admissions and recruitment strategies and operational plans to effectively identify and engage target markets to embrace and enhance the diversity of the College and meet enrollment goals
  • Plan and execute strategies supporting the department's Recruitment, Admissions, and Admissions Operations efforts to achieve the College's enrollment goals.
  • Provide general departmental leadership and oversight, strategic planning, logistics, events, administrative support to implement operations
  • Oversee recruitment, hiring, orientation, training and supervision of certain department staff and contractors; oversee performance evaluation process for direct and indirect reports, ensuring consistent use of all applicable policies and procedures; apply performance management for improved performance, make recommendations in discipline and terminations, as required
  • Conduct admissions reviews, adhering to all departmental processes and standards for applicant evaluation
  • Conduct evaluations of applications and supporting documents, making recommendations for admissions decisions to the Sr. VP of Admissions and Enrollment Management
  • Work closely with the Sr. VP of Admissions and Enrollment Management to implement the College’s scholarship program to effectively yield incoming classes
  • Stay keyed into real-time admissions trends and analysis, adjusting implementation responsively to strategic insights
  • Work collaboratively with Assoc. VP of Recruitment and Outreach to conduct comprehensive and effective conversion and yield campaigns to achieve the College’s admissions and enrollment goals
  • Develop strategies for filling out under-enrolled programs
  • Support the implementation of recruitment events, including conducting events as needed, this includes representing the College at National Portfolio Days, College Fairs, school visits, and related functions as needed as well as participating in outreach campaigns related to prospect conversion and admitted student yield

Enrollment Management – 30%

  • Research topics related to student retention, assessment of institutional policies, improvement of business processes, and other enrollment management related topics
  • Serve as a member of the Strategic Enrollment Management Committee (SEMC), managing all projects developed within the committee throughout all phases of development and implementation
  • Analyze institutional data to gain insights into the student experience and identify opportunities to enhance the student experience across the entire enrollment ecosystem
  • Work closely with the College’s Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) to ensure that College policies and practices are optimally serving the student body and the College
  • Maintain the meeting calendar and manage implementation of SEMC meetings, ensuring follow-through on all projects for the group
  • Contribute to the Committee’s planning involving the launch of new programs, supporting the CEE in pursuing accreditation and authorization associated with academic program changes and new program development
  • Work closely with the Sr. VP of Admissions and Enrollment Management to manage the incoming student scholarship awarding process
  • Work with the College’s Enrollment Services and Financial Aid departments on projects, as assigned

Communications – 25%

  • Assess and optimize the Admissions department’s communications strategies, ensuring effective engagement of all prospects and admitted students toward conversion and yield goals
  • Oversee departmental communications, including drafting communications and campaigns to prospective and admitted students, creating targeted communications plans, and keeping all admissions-related content on the ArtCenter website current
  • Analyze data within the department’s CRM to assess effectiveness of campaigns and to garner insights into future strategies for engagement
  • Craft information about on-campus events, lectures, and news into recruitment-related messaging
  • Create and manage a comprehensive communications calendar
  • Work with the College’s Marketing and Communications department to develop new and innovative methods for connecting with prospects in digital spaces
  • Work collaboratively with the Associate VP of Recruitment and Outreach to craft messaging to support recruitment events and initiatives

Marginal Functions — 5%

  • Attending special events related to admissions and recruitment and other work-related activities
  • Participating on committees as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor

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 is a full time position. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The position may require flexibility to work a staggered, remote or alternate schedule to meet the demands of the work, which could include weekends or evenings and travel.

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 performed in an office setting. Employee is stationary most of the time but may move around the office environment 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. International and Domestic travel by car and airline and overnight travel is required. Able to work nights and weekends to attend events. Regular and consistent attendance are required for most positions.

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.