Employment at ArtCenter

Entertainment Design

Manager, Entertainment Design Program

This position works closely with the department chair and Director to ensure day to day organizational alignment in the direction of operations and successful implementation of initiatives necessary to deliver an overall excellent educational experience for the students, faculty and stakeholders of the Entertainment Design program. This position will be responsible for working directly with other departments and ArtCenter services to ensure the needs of the department are met. This position is also responsible for the project development and coordination of internal and external outreach project objectives in support of the department’s strategic plans.

Reports to: Department Chair

FLSA status: Exempt

Job posted 11/31/18. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should send cover letter with resume and employment application to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “Manager, ENT” 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 business administration, art or related field from an accredited college or university
  • 2–3 years in managing a department, including budgeting and supervisory responsibilities
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain good working relationships with various internal and external stakeholders related to the ongoing operations of the Entertainment Design department, including professional associates, outside partners, executive leadership, administrators, faculty, staff, students and alumni
  • Effective oral and written communication skills in order to communicate with staff and the campus community, collaborate, establish and maintain cooperative working relationships
  • Ability to problem solve, organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines; ability to work effectively both independently and within groups
  • Handle all information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of ArtCenter business
  • Strong computer skills, with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Keynote and the ability to learn new software as needed
  • 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

  • Master’s degree in business administration, art or related field from an accredited college or university
  • A professional degree in the Entertainment Arts area of practice
  • 2+ years of professional experience in Film and/or Game Production Design, Art Direction, Concept Design and experience with Film Studio cultures and economies
  • Professional knowledge of the changing needs of the production design requirements, and the landscape of the film and game community; knowledge of film and/or production pipeline, methods, tools and technologies
  • Prior experience in higher education

Essential Functions

Department Operations — 40%
  • Plan and execute strategic initiatives and project objectives set by the department chair and directors, in a timely and thorough manner
  • Provide regular tracking and review of initiatives and operational reporting
  • Manage administrative staff and duties including, recruiting, orienting, and training members of the department (student workers, Teacher’s aids, new staff and faculty)
  • Work with the Entertainment Design staff and faculty to align and accomplish the goals and objectives of the department
  • Work with Marketing and Communications to maintain the Entertainment Design department’s promotional media and Entertainment Design website
  • Oversee special projects and events such as sponsored projects, Workshops, Open House, Grad Show, recruitment events, project documentation, publications etc.
  • Maintain working relationships and ensured compliance and cooperation with all other internal departments
  • Develop and maintain the department’s pool of professional associates; work with faculty to hire and invite, coordinate and manage visits by associates for key project reviews
  • Oversee and hire student workers, follow and adhered to hiring guidelines, and provide completed Employment Authorization Forms to Human Resources
  • Working with the department of environment health and safety, maintain a safe and secure work environment for students, faculty and staff
 Educational Support — 35%
  • Advise and support students with administrative, studio, school life, and other needs
  • Help students navigate college procedures, resources, and departments
  • Work with the chair to develop and administer new orientation for all students
  • Work with the directors to use the new online learning hardware and software; work with faculty to build and deploy the necessary tools
  • Manage class schedules and curriculum needs
  • Manage guest speaker programs and workshops
Recruitment and Outreach — 20%
  • Effectively present the Entertainment Design program to organizations, potential students, and visitors
  • Assist in the organization and management of the new student application, ESL requirements and acceptance process and assist with interviews and all related communications
  • Develop new external relationships with organizations while retaining existing ones; schedule and participate in company and organization site visits;
  • Stay abreast on industry trends, needs and opportunities in industries and markets related to the field
  • Keep current on educational trends, competitors, and best practices related to the Entertainment Design program
  • Establish network opportunities for the department and support strategic — this may include Study Abroad programs for students, internships, collaborations with Entertainment companies and studios
Non-Essential Functions — 5%
  • 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 DHR Administrator and Title IX Coordinator, or designee or the Assistant 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.

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.

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.