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Title: Assistant Director of Admissions

Department - Admissions

Type - Full-time staff


This position is responsible for the recruitment and counseling 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 by implementing strategies through presentations at schools, representation at fairs and/or portfolio days, management/cultivation of specific geographic territories and, in some cases, particular majors.  Cultivation of art teacher relationships is an important aspect of the job expectation.  Assistant Directors are assigned to a caseload of prospective students and are 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.  In addition to implementing recruitment strategies, Assistant Directors meet with students in individual appointments to counsel on the application process and assess the student's portfolio of work for the particular major. They will become deeply versed in the curricula, portfolio requirements for each major, as well as financial aid processes. They assist with recruitment events and functions and with recruitment strategies for assigned majors.  They will also be asked to assist with the admissions process including follow-up with students and counseling on basic financial aid application information.


Include but are not limited to:

  • Give presentations on the College to groups in high school and college art classrooms and to groups on campus; responsible for planning all local and out-of-town travel to visit promising schools
  • Represent the College at events such as Portfolio Days and recruitment affairs for prospective students
  • Evaluate student portfolios for all majors
  • Plan and implement recruitment activities for assigned majors and for assigned territories
  • 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
  • Research art programs throughout the country/the world and cultivate relationships with art teachers
  • Provide information to tour groups
  • Assist Director of Recruitment in coordinating and executing key recruiting events, including but not limited to National Portfolio Days, Open House, New Student Night, Accepted Student Night, and out of town recruitment events
  • Participate in Admissions reviews as part of the Admissions Committee


  • Bachelor’s degree in studio art; Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum 2 years of experience working within an office setting, preferably within an educational or non-profit organization
  • Prior experience working in an Admissions office preferred
  • 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 
  • 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
  • Must have valid driver's license, proof of insurance, and vehicle; use of vehicle required for local travel    

Applicants are asked to include a cover letter with their resume stating salary history or salary expectations.

Art Center 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.


To apply, submit cover letter, resume, and salary history to hr@artcenter.edu
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