Employment at ArtCenter

Spatial Experience Design

Director, Spatial Experience Design

Every position at ArtCenter plays an important part in carrying out the values, goals, strategic vision, and mission of the College. This includes diversity, equity, inclusion, access, belonging and culture.

Reporting to the Chair, Spatial Experience Design Director directs the day-to-day function of the department by interfacing with faculty, students, other departments, and industry. The incumbent is the frontline interface for students, faculty, and guests. The role takes the lead in implementing improved operational methods and in producing special events and will oversee three programs: Spatial Experience Design Undergraduate, Graduate Spatial Experience Design and Graduate Furniture, Lighting and Fixtures Design.

Reports to: Chair, Spatial Experience Design

FLSA status: Exempt

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should email their cover letter with resume and employment application to hr@artcenter.edu with the subject line “Spatial Experience Design: Director, Spatial Experience Design”.

Applicants responding to posted job openings are asked to include a completed employment application.
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  • At least 6 years of professional experience and at least 4 years in managing a department, including budgeting, project management and supervisory responsibilities; or any equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in film, business administration, education, design or related field from an accredited college or university
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain a good working relationship with students, colleagues, various departments, and guests
  • Ability to 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
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with staff, faculty and students
  • Ability to handle a fast-paced office and multiple projects with attention to detail and follow-through
  • Strong computer skills, with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom, Keynote, Photoshop and the ability to learn new software as needed
  • Understanding and knowledge of social media platforms and tools
  • Ability to handle all information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of ArtCenter business
  • A commitment to DEIAB and culture, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within ArtCenter’s diverse communities

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in art or related studies from an accredited college or university
  • Knowledge of art and design
  • Prior experience in higher education and course scheduling and student registration systems
  • Bi-lingual

Essential Functions

Department Operations — 60%

  • Provide general departmental leadership and oversight, overseeing the department budget, strategic planning, logistics, events, administrative support to implement operations
  • Oversee recruitment, hiring, orientation, training and supervision of department faculty, staff and contractors; oversee performance evaluation process, ensuring consistent use of all applicable policies and procedures; apply performance management skills for improved performance, make recommendations in discipline and terminations, as required
  • Serve as the main link between the Department Chair, Faculty Advisors and faculty at large in Spatial Design; answer questions/concerns of students and faculty
  • Schedule and attend all faculty meetings and record proceedings for assessment
  • Coordinate and collaborate with admissions on  recruitment and promotional activities; work with the Chair to assist with all print and web promotional materials and manage departmental promotional events, including budget, facilities, catering, speakers and event promotion; oversee the department website to keep information current and accurate
    • Attend meetings and manage department on behalf of the Chair as needed
    • Write and distribute correspondence with faculty and students
    • Coordinate and collect faculty syllabi, course reviews and curriculum for department assessment each term
    • Adhere to and support all College policies and fosters promotes safety and security policies with the department
    • Coordinate, organize, train and track the department’s student workers; authorize and submit copies of Student Employment Authorization Forms to Human Resources; maintain spreadsheet 
    • Manage all correspondence and paperwork for guest speakers in state, out of state and international payments, keeping information current uploaded in department shared server; manage communication regarding payment working with Human Resources (HR) to process guests into payroll system or payment request
    • Maintain and keep current the calendar for Chair and department including scheduling meetings, time away from the office and special events
    • Plan, coordinate, and develop efficient business practices, including procedures to ensure compliance and cooperation with all other internal departments; problem solving; project planning; and management
    • Provide support and logistics for special projects and events such as exhibitions and promotional activities, department events, Open House, Grad Show, recruitment events and provide project documentation, publications etc.
    • Coordinate and track department purchasing and expenses, reconcile corporate card expensive reports, process purchase orders reimbursements and check requisitions, ensure invoices are approved for payment
    • Manage department social media website and graduation-related websites
    • Coordinate internal and external events working with Alumni and other special guests for meetings, events, screenings, potential job openings for current students, and other general inquiries

    Educational Support — 35%

    • Coordinate and attend department student reviews, portfolio reviews, scholarship reviews and reviews for entering candidates
    • Work with core faculty and chairs to secure funding partners and Design Network advisors, including grant writing, and assisting faculty and others in writing of grants and research proposals
    • Work with appropriate departments to organize and implement all aspects of studio abroad educational programs
    • Manage all exhibitions and gallery shows, on and off campus, including planning, shipping and communication with student, faculty and chair on exhibition strategies, space distribution, signage and production
    • Oversee student’s use of technical equipment and facilities; assist faculty with room reservations/equipment needs for classes
    • Provide comprehensive academic advising to graduate students, managing advisement and scheduling for students, processing informal degree audits
    • Oversee student involvement with Grad Show and recruitment event activities, including interview coaching and website feedback
    • Supervise and develop course, faculty, and room scheduling based on enrollment per term; maintain class size
    • Approve curriculum changes for students by completing the waive/sub forms, registration exception forms, and independent study forms
    • Maintain and manage course descriptions and syllabi; identify and address curricular developments and changes as necessary
    • Collaborate with Enrollment Services, Center of Student Services, Admissions, etc. to ensure implementation and management of the film curriculum

    Non-Essential Duties— 5%

    • Serve on college-wide committees
    • Other duties as assigned
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    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.

    This is a full-time position. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and may vary on the needs of the department. The position is eligible for flexible scheduling and can be performed remotely, hybrid or may be required as a condition of employment.

    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.

    Physical: The position is generally performed in an office setting. Employees sit most of the time, but may move around the office environment 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.


    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.