Employment at ArtCenter

Career and Professional Development

Career Advisor

All members of the ArtCenter (or College) community are Guardians of Mission. Each position held is an important part of carrying out the values, goals, strategic vision, and mission of the College.

The Career Advisor provides guidance to a diverse student body with insight on employment trends, resume critiques, coaching, interview preparation and job strategizing. This position will lead collaborative efforts to support student success by utilizing institutional data, professional best practices and innovative strategies to provide effective advising. The incumbent will deliver services in both one-on-one and group settings utilizing dynamic, engaging and interactive formats.Due to the pandemic, this position will work from home as needed and will return to work on campus as directed by the College.

Reports to: Associate Director, Career and Professional Development

FLSA status: Non-Exempt

Salary grade: 7

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 “Career Advisor” 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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  • Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, business, or related field from an accredited college or institution
  • Minimum 2 years of prior experience in higher education setting such as career services, advising preferably in art and design or related field
  • Understanding of potential career opportunities for artists and designers highly desirable, in addition to sensitivity to their career aspirations
  • Demonstrated skill in understanding student needs and connecting them with resources and/or opportunities
  • Proven ability to design and implement programs/workshops
  • Demonstrated experience developing and presenting information in a compelling way to individuals, large and small groups
  • Computer proficiency and demonstrated experience in use of computer applications, database maintenance and other web-based technology
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills, with attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, and public speaking skills
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines
  • High level of comfort with online video platforms for working remote as required by the College
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, employing an entrepreneurial and creative mindset
  • A commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within ArtCenter’s diverse communities
  • Ability to handle confidential information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of ArtCenter business
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in education, counseling, business, or related field from an accredited college or institution
  • Working knowledge of the career aspirations of artists and designers
  • Experience advising a diverse student population including international student support

Essential Functions

Career Counseling and Educational Programming — 90%

  • Provide career development and job search counseling to art and design students and alumni in both individual and group settings
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the related professions represented by ArtCenter programs and maintain familiarity with the education, training and career opportunities and expectations
  • Ensure students expressing interest in specific industries know how to best enhance their candidacy
  • Develop strong relationships with department chairs, department leaders and faculty in the college
  • Be accountable for establishing effective connections with diverse populations and groups of students
  • Offer international career development programs
  • Coordinate and preform administrative duties for various career development programs
  • Assist in overseeing the Career and Professional Development database, ArtCenter Connect by approving internship and employment requests
  • Conduct regular outreach efforts including workshops and presentations to classes, student clubs and organizations with the goal of increasing student engagement in program offerings
  • Support mentorship program offered yearly
  • Participate in orientation activities, informing new students about career and professional development services

Non-Essential Duties — 10%

  • Maintain memberships and active involvement in applicable professional organizations
  • Represent the College and the Office of Career Development at professional organizations and meetings as needed
  • Serve on educational or institutional internal committees as needed
  • Maintain social media accounts for office by posting content regularly
  • 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.

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 pandemic, will work from home as needed.

Physical: 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. Ability to travel between campuses and to offsite locations. Regular and consistent attendance are required for most positions.

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.