Employment at ArtCenter


Manager, Designmatters Programs

The Manager is responsible for Designmatters studio projects and programming. This position works closely with various departments throughout ArtCenter to coordinate activities and troubleshoot problems. The incumbent will support key educational initiatives and curricular development of the department.

Reports to: Executive Director, Designmatters

FLSA status: Exempt

Salary grade: 8

Job posted 8/14/19. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should send cover letter with resume and employment application to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “Mgr, Designmatters” in the subject line.

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  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, education, design or related field from an accredited college or university
  • 3–5 years of experience in educational institution with expertise in curricular-related work and project management
  • Dynamic individual interested in working in fast-paced environment and interfacing with faculty and students
  • Strong computer ability with proficiency in MS Office Suite
  • Effective oral and written communication skills in order to communicate with staff and the campus community, collaborate, establish and maintain cooperative working relationships
  • 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
  • Handle all information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of ArtCenter business
  • Demonstrated experience in and a commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within ArtCenter’s diverse communities
  • Prior success in engaging and supporting historically underserved communities
  • Ability to work occasional weekends and evening hours and to staff events

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in business administration, education, design or related field from an accredited college or university
  • 2 years of professional experience in Design, Art, social innovation or related fields

Essential Functions

Curricular Development — 30%

  • Collaborate with Executive Director to identity growth opportunities and strategy for expanding the scale and scope of the Designmatters Minor in Social Innovation course offerings in the undergraduate curricula
  • Design programming for advisement and marketing of the Designmatters Minor
  • Act as Designmatters liaison with key educational departments, faculty and students interested in pursuing the Designmatters Minor
  • Collaborate with the department ED and Chief Diversity Officer in identifying future opportunity areas for new educational programming that the Department could offer such as courses in public programs, summer modules, etc.
  • Serve as advisor to students participating in the Designmatters Minor and other curricular programs, with support from the Executive Director and Senior Coordinator; help be a liaison with graduate students on DM project opportunities


Educational Programming and Project Management — 30%

  • Identify opportunities for guest lectures, workshops and other programming for faculty and students in partnership with the Executive Director, the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and other College departments
  • Oversee partner and guest speaker relations and communications, including acting as liaison between partners and internal stakeholders
  • Work with academic departments and faculty to produce project briefs and schedules, and to recruit students
  • Work with Designmatters Senior Coordinator on logistics for studio-related events, such as the kick off, midterm and final presentations, as well as to ensure compliance with Art Center College of Design policies and procedures
  • Work with Designmatters team, faculty, partners and students on project wrap up and debrief to ensure properly archived and disseminated assets and outcomes, and continue project management process improvement


Fellowship Program — 20%

  • Recruit and process student fellowship applicants
  • Process all paperwork for student fellows and student agreements
  • Help ensure host organizations and student fellows are in compliance with all Art Center College of Design policies
  • Develop and implement programmatic elements such as training workshops and professional development for student fellows
  • Identify and provide orientation for Fellowship mentors
  • Collect and track feedback from student fellows, mentors and host organizations to ensure continued improvement of all program elements
  • Promote Fellowship program to internal stakeholders and the community through events, media and direct outreach, as appropriate


Research and Writing — 10%

  • Research educational models to expand on the scope of Designmatters curricular offerings
  • Contribute writing for programmatic aims and marketing of programs as appropriate


Non-essential — 10%

  • Maintain memberships and active involvement in applicable professional organizations
  • Serve on college-wide committees
  • Other duties as assigned


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 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.

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, chemicals, dust and noise.

Physical: The position is generally sedentary. 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. Regular and consistent attendance are required for most positions. Must be able to travel between campuses and work occasional weekends and evening hours to staff 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.