Employment at ArtCenter


Director, Alumni Programs

All members of the ArtCenter (or College) community are Guardians of Mission. Every position in the College plays an important part in carrying out the values, goals, strategic vision, and mission of the College. This includes diversity, equity, inclusion and culture.

Reporting to the Executive Director, Annual Giving and AlumNetwork, the Director, Alumni Programs is responsible for the strategic planning, development, administration and coordination of all alumni programs and events relating to the College’s growing 24,000 global alumni community. This position will be responsible for leading, planning and executing a comprehensive year-round set of programs which enhance the lives of alumni and serve their lifelong learning needs. The incumbent will collaborate with Academic, Admissions, Development, Marketing and Student Affairs colleagues to create and maintain pathways for alumni participation that advance the goals of the College and promote a culture of philanthropy.

Reports to: Executive Director, Annual Giving and AlumNetwork

FLSA status: Exempt

Salary grade: 9

Job posted 10/11/21. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should send resume with cover letter and employment application to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “Director, Alumni Programs” in the subject line.

Applicants responding to posted job openings are asked to include a completed employment application with the application materials listed in the job posting.
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  • Ability to inspire and lead volunteers and to represent the College to alumni, donors and friends
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum of five (5) years of work experience in the field of alumni relations
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge or other equivalent CRM systems beyond basic data entry, including the ability to run queries and conduct detailed data analyses and identify specific cultivation or stewardship actions needing attention
    Strong computer skills, with the ability to use Microsoft suite and zoom
  • Collaborative expertise with excellent interpersonal, problem solving, written and verbal communication skills to work effectively within the institution
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to handle multiple projects with competing deadlines
  • Ability to work with diverse groups and constituencies, including students, alumni, donors, faculty, staff and corporate contacts
  • Experience working effectively with vendors, staff, students and volunteers
  • Handles 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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree from an accredited college or university
  • Background or experience in art or art education

Essential Functions

Operational — 55%

  • Plan, implement and promote a full range of in-person and online alumni programs that support the College’s strategic plan and fundraising campaign goals, and serve alumni around the globe
  • Identify and recruit educational leaders and/or instructors that promote knowledge sharing at alumni programs
  • Develop and manage a 12–18-month event calendar that includes start-to-finish details for all in-person and virtual AGILE and Executive Education programs, Alumni Center events, educational workshops, reunions and social gatherings
  • Benchmark, monitor and adjust as necessary the assigned program areas as they relate to defined goals, procedures, budgets and timetables
  • Coordinate shared vision with respect to the College’s broader calendar including Admission cycles, Graduations, Sponsored Projects and FullCircle projects
  • Partner with Director, Alumni Engagement, alumni chapter chairs, ambassadors and other volunteers to develop, promote and execute programming in their regions
  • Maximize alumni participation by using various communication vehicles including but not limited to the Alumni Portal, direct mail, eblasts, web sites, volunteer outreach efforts and personal contacts
  • Liaise with vendors and partners
  • Collaborate closely with development colleagues in increasing financial support from alumni
  • Ensure alumni database records are accurate and complete; capture contact biographical and career information of alumni via surveys, correspondence, website, postal returns, etc.


Travel and Collaboration — 40%

  • Travel with key academic, philanthropic and/or corporate team to designated regions to execute alumni programs and events
  • Work with fellow colleagues to effectively communicate educational and/or social calendar of events to alumni of all majors and years


Non-Essential Duties — 5%

  • 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 Director, Title IX Compliance and Programs, or designee or the Associate Dean of Students or designee. All Employees have a mandatory duty to report and are required to disclose all information including the names of the parties, even when 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.

This is a full-time position. Currently remote, will move to on-campus when allowed. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The position may require flexibility to work a staggered, remote or alternate schedule to meet the demands of the work, which could include weekends or evenings.


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, dust and noise.

Physical: The position is generally performed in an office setting and at Events. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting or attend/work events; 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 30 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. International and Domestic travel by car and airline and overnight travel is required. Able to work nights and weekends to attend 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.