Employment at ArtCenter

Provost's Office

Director of Research

ArtCenter’s Strategic Plan, Create Change, calls for a commitment to transforming art and design education and sets out to build the capacity to achieve its ambitious goals. Reporting to the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, the Director of Research is a unique position that supports ongoing faculty research in the context of the college while also providing administrative leadership for Institutional Review Boards (IRB), curriculum, and development. It is a position with significant impact on the College’s creative and intellectual life. This position will ensure that ArtCenter’s faculty and students are engaged and committed to rigorous and ethical research as they enhance the student experience and the College’s curricular goals as well as its standing among peer institutions, prospective funders, community partners, and within the global landscape of art and design research.

Reports to: Associate Provost, Faculty Affairs

FLSA status: Exempt

Closing date: December 1, 2017. Qualified applicants should send cover letter with resume and employment application to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “Director of Research” in the subject line.


  • A doctoral degree from an accredited college or university
  • 5 – 7 years of research experience, particularly as pertains to art and design related areas
  • Prior college level teaching experience, especially in areas related to the ArtCenter’s programs
  • A record of current and past scholarly, research, and professional activities
  • Prior experience working human subjects-related issues and with IRB
  • Outstanding managerial and administrative skills; demonstrated record in effective, sustained management of complex initiatives
  • Collaborative expertise with excellent interpersonal, problem solving, written and verbal communication skills to work effectively within the institution
  • Handles all 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 ArtCenter’s diverse communities

Essential Functions

  • Model and lead graduate level research for an art and design college
  • In alignment with ArtCenter’s Strategic Plan, guide and promote the college’s research efforts, fostering originality and innovation and enriching the student learning experience
  • Lead institutional efforts to elevate and incorporate research into the curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Identify new research opportunities that have potential for significant impact
  • In conjunction with faculty, Chairs, Educational Partnerships, Development, and other relevant offices, cultivate associated grant and contract opportunities
  • Provide guidance for faculty research initiatives, including the annual Faculty Enrichment Grants
  • Identify appropriate opportunities for expansion and engagement in research areas for faculty
  • Develop and facilitate appropriate research opportunities with regional, national, and international community partners
  • Oversee the college’s human subjects research policies and procedures, ensuring institutional compliance with informed consent, and IRB ethical and legal requirements
  • Serve as chair and main point of contact for ArtCenter’s IRB, ensuring appropriate process of IRB reviews, dissemination of findings to applicants, and record keeping
  • Lead institutional efforts to oversee and integrate ethical human subjects research into the pedagogy and curriculum of relevant courses/programs

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 the nature of the work environment, there is regular exposure to fumes, dust and noise.

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; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range 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.

Job updated Feb 2017

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.