Employment at ArtCenter


Assistant Director of Admissions

All members of the ArtCenter (or College) community are Guardians of Mission. Each position held is an important part of carrying out the values, goals, strategic vision, and mission of the College. This includes diversity, equity, inclusion and culture.

This position is responsible for the recruitment of a diverse population of art and design students. Recruitment includes presenting the College’s programs and philosophy of education to prospective students, families, and teachers. This is accomplished through presentations at schools, representation at fairs and/or portfolio days. Cultivation of art teacher relationships is an important aspect of the job expectation. The Assistant Director will meet with students in individual appointments to counsel on the application process and assess the student's portfolio of work for particular majors. The incumbent is assigned to a caseload of prospective students and is charged with both maintaining strategic communications with them and encouraging them to become applicants when they meet the College's requirements. Travel may be extensive between September–February and week-end and evening work may also be required. Due to the pandemic, this position will work from home as needed and will return to work on campus as directed by the College.

Reports to: Director of Recruitment, Admissions

FLSA status: Exempt

Salary grade: 7

 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 “Assistant Director of 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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  • Bachelor’s degree in studio art, marketing, or related field from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 2 years of experience working within an office setting
  • Must be able to organize and strategize recruitment activities in a timely and logical way
  • Strong oral and written communication skills to work effectively with staff, student and vendors, and maintain contacts/relations with high school and community college instructors and prospective students
  • High level of comfort with online video platforms for virtual recruitment
  • Demonstrated experience in and a commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within ArtCenter’s diverse communities
  • Demonstrated ability to use CRM software to execute assigned tasks and manage personal workflow so as to contribute to a larger team effort
  • Effective counseling and listening skills
  • Commitment to the importance of the visual arts
  • Commitment to student service
  • Ability to be self-directed while working within a collaborative environment
  • Ability to plan, organize, and manage multiple deadlines and job duties
  • Ability to conduct research and utilize data meaningfully
  • Ability to work occasional weekends and evening hours, and to staff events
  • Must have valid driver's license and reliable vehicle; use of vehicle required for local travel

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in studio art, marketing, or related field from an accredited college or university
  • Prior experience within an educational or non-profit organization
  • Prior experience working in an Admissions office
  • Prior experience recruiting and counseling prospective students
  • Prior experience travelling in a professional capacity

Essential Functions

Recruitment Activities — 50%

  • Give presentations on the College to groups in high school and college art classrooms and to groups on campus, assigned territories will include domestic regions and might include international territories as well; responsible for planning all local and out-of-town travel to visit promising schools as well as booking and conducting virtual visits as appropriate
  • Represent the College at events such as Portfolio Days and other recruitment events for prospective students
  • Become versed in the curricula and portfolio requirements for each major as well as in general financial aid processes
  • Plan and implement recruitment activities for assigned majors and for assigned territories, this might include contributing to the development of communications plans for various prospective student constituencies
  • Provide information to tour groups and conduct campus tours as needed
  • Research art programs throughout the country/the world and cultivate relationships with art teachers
  • Assist with planning, coordination, and execution of recruitment events as needed, including but not limited to National Portfolio Days, Open House, New Student Night, Accepted Student Night, and out of town recruitment events
  • Assist with the admissions process including follow-up with students

Counseling and Portfolio Reviews — 45%

  • Counsel prospective students on the College’s 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
  • Participate in Admissions reviews as part of the Admissions Committee

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 Director, Title IX Compliance and Programs, or designee or the Associate Dean of Students or designee. All Employees have a mandatory duty to report and  are required to disclose all information including the names of the parties, even when 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 position requires a full-time work schedule. (Regular business hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-4:30PM.) Travel will be required. The position requires flexible hours to accommodate department needs and programs, including nights and weekends. Due to pandemic, will work from home as needed.

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. 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.

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.