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Title: Director of Academic Advising

Department - Academic Affairs

Type - Full-time staff


This position leads the college's academic advising efforts, developing a cohesive infrastructure and programming across curricular and co-curricular departments. The position plays a key role in the college's retention efforts, directly working with first-year students and students in academic difficulty (approximately 350 students). The Director of Academic Advising supervises the Advising Intake Coordinator position.


  • Collaborate with department chairs, faculty advisors, coordinators, co-curricular offices, and other relevant stakeholders to ensure consistent advising practices and cohesive communication to students regarding advising-related policies; develop and maintain the Art Center Academic Advising Handbook
  • Manage a caseload of approximately 350+ students (primarily first-time freshmen and students on academic probation) using a holistic advising approach; establish individualized, collaborative relationships with students to learn their skill levels, aptitudes, interests, and strengths; continuously track and intervene as appropriate
  • Meet with students who are struggling academically and identify the problems/crises; make appropriate referrals to campus resources for students whose academics may be adversely affected by mental health issues, financial aid issues, study habit issues, academic issues, personal and/or family issues
  • In conjunction with relevant campus offices, develop an ‘early alert’ system to identify at-risk students and engage in appropriate proactive intervention to increase retention
  • In collaboration with relevant stakeholders, develop a formal infrastructure for student academic advising records
  • Facilitate advising workshops with other campus departments; establish productive relationships with department staff and faculty that allow for collaboration and problem solving
  • Develop and implement innovative advising programs, workshops, and services to meet the needs of a changing student body
  • Monitor student retention (data provided by Institutional Research), and in conjunction with the Enrollment Management Committee develop recommendations for appropriate interventions
  • Prepare academic advising workshops and tools to compliment the college's New Student Orientation
  • Identify needs of current students including a focus on cohorts of students historically underrepresented in art and design fields; remain abreast of student trends on the Art Center campus and nation-wide, developing recommendations to improve existing programs
  • Benchmark with other colleges to identify best practices, trends, etc. to improve the management of academic advising for the College
  • In conjunction with the Academic Policy Committee and other stakeholders, recommend policies that support students’ academic success, and ensure that policies are clearly communicated to students
  • Keep detailed statistics about the status of academic advising at the college on a consistent basis and the efficacy of initiatives; utilize available data to develop reports on a regular basis
  • Develop and maintain a thorough knowledge of the major requirements and courses offered for all major programs


  • Master’s degree in Student Affairs, Student Personnel Administration, Higher Education Administration, or Counseling & Guidance
  • 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified
  • Advanced knowledge of advising and counseling techniques and philosophies including CAS advising standards, and student development theory
  • Knowledge of art & design fields strongly preferred
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain positive and functional collaborations with diverse curricular and co-curricular stakeholders
  • Ability to disseminate accurate information regarding department and college policies, procedures, and requirements
  • Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving, project management
  • Knowledge and experience in working with historically underrepresented student groups including ethnic minority communities, first generation college students, re-entry, LGBTQI, and students with disabilities
  • Skills in project management, event planning and assessment, including establishing and measuring program and/or learning outcomes

Applicants are asked to include a cover letter with their resume and state 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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