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Title: Associate Provost for Student Affairs

Department - Provost

Type - Full-time staff


Reporting to the Provost who serves as the Chief Academic Officer, the Associate Provost for Student Affairs is responsible for strategic leadership guiding the Department of Student Affairs. The Department of Student Affairs, which serves approximately 1600 undergraduate and 200 graduate students, includes the Center for the Student Experience (student life and student support services), Counseling and Wellness Department, and Residential Life (on-campus housing project is underway). Working in effective collaboration with departments across the College, including the Admissions Department, Department Chairs and faculty, Faculty Development, Alumni Affairs, Marketing and Communications, and Campus Safety, the Associate Provost for Student Affairs will lead the Department of Student Affairs to provide efficient, developmental, learning-centered and user-friendly services and programs for the student body. The leadership of the Associate Provost will be a key to the institution’s commitment to providing a highly refined, responsive, and life-long relationship with students and alumni. The Associate Provost will maintain strong relationships with students, faculty, staff and Art Center Student Government members.


  • Provide strategic direction for Student Affairs programs in order to ensure that services to students are consistent with the mission of the College, meet their needs, and promote their learning and development
  • Coordinate and partner with other departments to advance the strategic initiatives of the College and to enhance the student experience
  • Work closely with the Provost and Director of Faculty Development to determine training and educational needs in the classroom and studio that improve student success; assist in matters specific to working with international and ESL students
  • Engage in assessment of departmental programs and services and assist in institutional assessment and improvement initiatives
  • Engage with Academic Affairs to ensure the success of both curricular and co-curricular experiences for students
  • Hear appeals regarding student disciplinary matters and ensure Student Affairs policies and practices conform to legal and regulatory requirements
  • Develop timely first-year programs that serve the transitional needs of students
  • Hire, train, and assist staff in the performance of their assigned duties and their ensure continual professional development
  • Prepare and manage departmental budgets
  • Work in partnership with Campus Safety to manage student mental health emergencies, planning and response efforts in collaboration with other Student Affairs staff
  • Participate and volunteer in professional associations including the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, AAC&U, NASPA and ACPA


  • An advanced degree from an accredited four-year college or university, preferably in Higher Education, Student Affairs, Counseling, or a related field
  • Minimum of 5–7 years of progressively responsible experience in a senior leadership role within the student affairs/services or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Strong leader with proven organizational abilities and able to work effectively in a fast-paced, collaborative team setting
  • Understanding of college/university campus judicial procedures and policies
  • Must be student-centered with a demonstrated commitment to providing leadership in a richly diverse and multicultural campus environment
  • Able to assess the developmental needs of all college students, including ethnic minority students, LGBTQ students and international students
  • Able to develop collaborative relationships with faculty and staff for the purpose of advocating for students with disabilities, conveying decisions regarding accommodations provided, and explaining ADA compliance requirements in collaboration with other Student Affairs staff
  • Familiarity and/or direct experience with college/university best practices in new student orientation programs student success programs, health and wellness issues, student life policy and practice, and managing policy and procedures for student housing/residential life
  • Experience in assessment and evaluation of programs, services, and/or staff
  • Well-developed verbal, written, and presentation communication skills
  • Strong analytical and human relations skills to negotiate solutions to complex student issues and concerns

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.


Application Deadline, February 17, 2014.

To apply, send resume with cover letter stating salary expectations to:

Nancy Duggan
Executive Director, Human Resources
Art Center College of Design
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, California 91103

or email hr@artcenter.edu

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