Employment at ArtCenter

Photography and Imaging

Chair, Undergraduate Photography and Imaging

About ArtCenter

For more than 80 years, ArtCenter has had an international reputation for its rigorous, transdisciplinary curriculum, faculty of professionals, strong ties to industry, and commitment to socially responsible design. We are an independent, nonprofit, four-year college offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in ten specialized programs, and graduate degrees in four art and design disciplines.

Job Summary

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 and culture.

The Chair of Photography and Imaging reports to the Provost, provides vision, leadership and is broadly responsible for ensuring educational excellence and the ongoing successful operations of the Undergraduate Photography and Imaging educational program. Responsibilities include planning, oversight, and operational management of the department’s curriculum in consultation with the established Curriculum Committee; budget, and initiatives as well as organizational leadership for staff, faculty, and students. The Chair is responsible for defining the mission of the department in alignment with the College’s mission and strategic plan.

The Chair is responsible for producing and operating a student-centered ongoing 8 term long, BFA educational program that graduates students appropriately prepared to receive the department’s degree. The Chair works to create an undergraduate program that will ensure, support, inform, and enrich students’ learning and studio practices, intellectual development, critical thinking and communication skills. The Chair is responsible for operating the programs that respond to the needs and goals of a culturally diverse student and faculty community and for keeping the programs relevant to the rapidly changing professional field. The Chair will be investigating, researching and developing a Master’s program in Photography and Imaging.

The Chair is an organizational manager and supervisor with administrative staff and faculty as direct reports. The Chair administers various staff employment related functions such as reviews, hours approvals, job searches, etc. The Chair oversees department budgets and purchasing as well as class scheduling and planning. The Chair works to manage, identify, and recruit faculty and potential applicants. The Chair works to develop curricular content with each faculty to ensure alignment of class outcomes with program outcomes.

The Chair is the lead educator in the department. The Chair is responsible for staying connected to and relevant to both the curriculum and the professional fields related to the department’s graduates by staying actively involved with both. The Chair is expected to engage in practices that will keep their perspectives relevant to changes in the field, to teach if appropriate, and engage with students and the curriculum in a manner that ensures they are empathetic of staff, students, and faculty in the context of ongoing operations.

The Chair should be an excellent communicator, a good listener, and receptive to multiple points of view and ideas. The Chair must lead and make decisions that maintain high ethical standards and demonstrate respect for faculty, staff, and students. The Chair collaborates with staff and other department leaders to achieve departmental and institutional goals.

The Chair of Undergraduate Photography and Imagining works to achieve departmental and institutional goals in partnership with college: Admissions; Enrollment Services; Faculty Affairs; Student Affairs; Educational Partnerships, Study Away; Development; Alumni Relations; Marketing and Communications; Facilities; the Library; Human Resources; and the Office of the President.

Reports to: Provost

FLSA status: Exempt

Job posted 12/17/21. How to Apply - please provide the following materials:

Applications will be accepted until the application deadline. Qualified applicants should send all requested materials and employment application to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “Chair - Photo” in the subject line.

Application Deadline: February 25, 2022




  • At least 10 years of Professional and/or academic experience demonstrating ability to lead educational excellence in the field of photography study and practice
  • Bachelor’s Degree in photography or other related field from an accredited college or university (advanced degree preferred)
  • Ability to develop effective curriculum appropriate to the profession of photography
  • Ability to develop and maintain valuable working relationships with educational partners in companies, educational institutions and /or other organizations relevant to the department
  • Strong presentation, and communication skills — verbal, written, and visual
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks in parallel that require close attention to detail within stringent deadlines
  • Ability to handle confidential information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of ArtCenter business
  • Must be able to work with and understand our culturally diverse student and faculty body with their needs and goals
  • Demonstrated experience in and a commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within Art Center’s diverse communities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in art or design from an accredited college or university or the equivalent in professional practice
  • Experience in a higher education environment and knowledge of WASC accreditation

Essential Functions

Department Administrative Operations

  • General departmental oversight, overseeing the department budget, strategic planning, logistics, events, administrative support to implement operations
  • Provide strategic direction and oversite in the formulation, interpretation and administration of current and long-range policies, procedures and programs in accordance to the strategic plan of the college
  • Oversees recruitment, hiring, orientation, training and supervision of departments’ faculty and staff; oversee performance evaluation process, ensuring consistent use of all applicable policies and procedures; counsel, discipline and makes recommendations in terminations, as required
  • Manage department operations with success within the department operating budget
  • Actively advises students and participates in department and student events: reviews, and exhibits


  • Define and continually improve the Photography and Imaging learning outcomes, curriculum and pedagogy
  • Assign faculty and staff course and work loads
  • Build department community through practices such as department meetings
  • Ensure the concurrency and efficacy of curricular documentation including syllabi
  • Oversee program review and assessment to ensure timely preparation of required documentation in keeping with general higher education best practices
  • Mentor and advise students on educational and professional goals, including add/drop, waive/sub, independent study, internship and other policy-specific approvals
  • Create content for ongoing promotions and external communications related to the department
  • Meet with, review, accept, reject, and/or communicate with potential applicants in effort to build optimal incoming classes of new students specific to Photography and Imaging

Internal Partnerships

  • Work with Institutional Research, Academic Advising and other student support functions to ensure student success and retention
  • Work with Admissions to determine annual and term-by-term enrollment goals, develop recruitment strategy, site visits and potential student mentoring, financial aid and department scholarship strategies, and to recruit, review and admit new students (including transfer credit awards)
  • Work with Institutional Research, Academic Advising and other student support functions to ensure student success and retention
  • Work with Educational Partnerships and/or Designmatters for Sponsored Studios or special initiatives, including the development of research-based partnerships with corporations, institutions, and granting bodies
  • Work with Career + Professional Development for student internships and industry recruitment
  • Work with Study Away for student international study programs and other study abroad opportunities
  • Work with Alumni Relations on strategic institutional alumni initiatives
  • Work with Development on department-specific fundraising opportunities. Work with Grant writing resources to develop and manage grant proposals
  • Work with Marketing and Communications on department-specific media and communication strategies and materials, communicate program activity, value and discipline leadership
  • Work with Library to establish research resources and discipline/ syllabus bibliographies and acquisitions


  • Serve on educational or institutional committees. Such as to serve as Co-chair of the Chairs’ Council
  • Represent ACCD at outside events / conferences as necessary and appropriate
  • Ensure compliance with all institutional policies
  • Attend college-wide events as appropriate
  • Attend Graduation
  • Engage in projects or new initiatives requested by the Provost or President
  • Represent ACCD in educational engagements with other Institutions

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. Faculty with a mandatory duty to report are required to disclose all information including the names of the parties, even where 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 on-site position. The position is eligible for flexible scheduling and can be performed hybrid or required as a condition of employment.  This position may require some weekend and evening hours.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard classroom or office setting with frequent interactions with other individuals. Due to the nature of the work environment, there is regular exposure to fumes, chemicals, dust and noise.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient ability to work in a classroom and 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. Regular and consistent attendance are required for most positions. Ability to travel between campuses; 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 class materials, 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

ArtCenter is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against its employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, ancestry, national origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic pregnancy, marital status, military, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law. Equal employment opportunity is extended to all persons in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including without limitation, recruitment, hiring, upgrading, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, leave of absence, transfer, discipline, layoff, recall and termination. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of ArtCenter and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of ArtCenter. 


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.