Employment at ArtCenter

Entertainment Design

Faculty Director for Concept Design

The Entertainment Design Undergraduate Program at ArtCenter College of Design is looking for a Full-time Faculty Director position for the Concept Design program, with a background in Film, Game, and/or Animation Design.

The Faculty Director will work closely with the Department Chair for administering the day-to-day activities of the department, as well as supervising and leading the Concept Design program. They will also drive the strategic vision and goals of the Concept Design program (curriculum, student advisement, faculty growth), to ensure the successful implementation of initiatives to deliver an excellent educational experience for the students, faculty and stakeholders of the program. This position will also be responsible for project management functions and execution of activities related to specific projects.

This position is open both to existing faculty in the Entertainment Design department as well as external candidates, who are passionate and curious in the development of young creatives.

Candidates will be eligible for a full-time contract. Faculty will be expected to maintain an active professional or research practice. Salary will be commensurate with professional experience and teaching.

Reports to: Department Chair, Entertainment Design

FLSA status: Exempt

Job posted 7/27/18. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates will be required to submit the following application materials with their cover letter and resume: teaching philosophy, sample syllabus, three current letters of recommendation, ArtCenter application and unofficial transcripts. Upon hire the successful candidate will be required to provide official transcripts. Send application materials to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “FF Director, Concept Design” in the subject line.

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  • 5+ years of experience working in the Entertainment Design field
  • Solid understanding of Film design, Animation design, or Game design
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to prepare professional written materials
  • Comfortable and able to work and interact with undergraduate level students
  • Prepared to work on promotional aspects of the program
  • Knowledgeable and savvy about the overall Entertainment Design field
  • Able to teach appropriate content to the program as needed
  • Comfortable and able to steward external relationships
  • Autonomous, collaborative and self-motivated
  • Able to represent the Department Chair on occasions

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as a teacher in higher education preferred
  • Bachelor's degree in the Entertainment Design field

Essential Funcitons

Department Operations and Program Support — 70%
  • Assist in identifying and applying for grant and funding opportunities for projects, research, scholarships, etc.
  • Participate in internship and recruitment events
  • Assist in the development of external collaborators
  • Assist in the management of department outreach — website, catalog and view-book content
  • Teach appropriate content in the program as needed
  • Assist in the stewardship of external relationships — individuals, organizations, other programs
  • Represent the Department Chair when appropriate to visitors to the department/school
  • Respond to external inquiries about the program, visits to the department, etc.
  • Help cultivate guest lectures, visiting designers, publications and student competitions
  • Help with student gallery, grad show and web content
  • Help gather necessary data for WASC/NASAD
Student Advising — 25%
  • Advise Undergraduate Concept Design students on curricular matters — course audits, etc.
  • Work closely with students, and mentor students where appropriate
  • Review 3rd, 6th, and 8th term student progress
  • Assist with outreach to student applicants, help create visibility and recognition for the program among prospective students, the design community, creative industries, and potential donors and sponsors
Marginal Job Functions — 5%
  • Assist with the daily administrative activities
  • Work with the Senior Coordinator in the Chairs' 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 the nature of the work environment, there is regular exposure to fumes, dust and noise.

Physical: The position is generally sedentary. Employees sit most of the time, but may walk or stand 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.

Updated 07/2018

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.