Employment at ArtCenter


Faculty Advisor, Illustration Department

ArtCenter College of Design is seeking a dynamic full-time faculty member who will partner with existing departmental advising by serving as a specific daily resource for students, providing advising on degree requirements, curricular tracks, policies and procedures, opportunities for community involvement and campus resources (regular case load 400+ students) The Illustration Faculty student Advisor will work closely with Illustration Track leaders and all campus departments to support student success.

For more than 80 years, Art Center has had an international reputation for its rigorous, transdisciplinary curriculum, faculty of professionals, strong ties to industry and a commitment to socially responsible design.  We are an independent, nonprofit, four-year college offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in ten specialized programs, and graduate degrees in four art and design disciplines.

Reports to: Department Chair, Illustration

FLSA status: Exempt

Job posted 7/26/18. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates will be required to submit a cover letter, resume, three current letters of recommendation, ArtCenter application and unofficial transcripts when applying for this position. Upon hire the successful candidate will be required to provide official transcripts. Send application materials to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “Faculty Advisor, Illustration” in the subject line.

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  • Terminal degree in either the arts, design, English, and or education from an accredited college or University
  • Knowledge of Datatel/colleague/Student Planning Module or other higher education related student databases and tracking systems, working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite
  • Ability to employ a variety of advising techniques and strategies to address the diverse learning needs of students
  • Ability to handle confidential student information with tact and discretion
  • Must be able to work with and understand our culturally diverse student and faculty body with their needs and goals
  • Demonstrated experience in and a commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within Art Center’s diverse communities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency in English and another language is preferred

Essential Functions

Duties to include but not limited to:

  • Provide primary point of contact for Illustration Undergraduate students with Illustration specific track related and advising questions; refer students to appropriate Track leaders
  • Hold individual major-specific advising appointments and group advising sessions on a weekly basis, and conduct the daily advising office hours  9am – 4pm
  • Work with the office of academic Advising to create advising resources to meet Illustration student’s specific needs, such as workshops each term
  • Facilitate communication regarding key major advising information, such as class registration and prerequisites, institutional deadlines, academic probation, track declaration information
  • Work closely with the director of Counseling Services to monitor, track and help facilitate intervention plans for students exhibiting signs of mental, behavioral and/or academic stress as communicated through the college’s CARE network
  • Collaborate with Illustration faculty and Track leaders regarding student alignment within the tracks, student progress within the tracks and course content specific to the Tracks within the Illustration department
  • Help create and maintain advising materials specific to the department tracks such as advising manuals, brochures, posters, handouts regarding policy, and advising related web content
  • Appropriately adhere to the institution’s interpretation of FERPA rules for the release of student information to faculty, parents, students, etc.
  • Attend the Academic Advisement Committee meetings
  • Perform other duties as assigned

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. 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.

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.

Updated 7/26/18

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.