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Director of Career Services


Position Category: Non-Academic
Position Title: Director of Career Services
School/Department: Student Affairs
Reports To: Dean of Student Affairs
Time: Full Time
Term of Employment:

Information & Responsibilities

The Director of Career Services is newly created position that will reside in the new Center for Life and Work at CalArts. The Center will provide programs, workshops, services and individual career counseling for both undergraduate and graduate students to supplement existing métier-specific professional practice opportunities. A $5 million endowment will support the work of the Center and the Director of Career Services will be expected to build on traditional best practices by creating innovative programming and resources to help students and alumni artists sustain their art practice for the long term – which often means multiple tracks of employment and unconventional thinking about managing art, life and work. In addition to collaborating with Student Affairs, the Office of the Provost and the Community Arts Partnership (CAP), the Director will work with the Deans of all six schools as well as faculty members to envision services that will serve students and alumni by inviting recruiters and practicing professionals to campus and to cultivate internship, employment and recruitment partnerships on and off campus. The Director is expected to maintain tangible resources and searchable databases by incorporating the newest technologies, including social media, in order to provide information to constituents, and to design a full program of workshops in all aspects of professional practice and financial self-management.


A Master’s degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate field and demonstrated prior experience in senior leadership in career development in higher education or the equivalent is required. A demonstrated understanding of the visual, performing and design arts and the employment opportunities for these areas of study and practice will be expected of the Director. Superior communication, writing, marketing, assessment and technology implementation and planning skills is also required. The Director is expected to exhibit a collaborative sensibility that creates a common vision across the college and in alignment with the Institute’s strategic vision, while also remaining sensitive to the specific needs of each métier.

How to Apply

A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman and Johnson Group (SJG) website at www.spelmanandjohnson.com under the links Open Positions/Career Services/ California Institute of the Arts Director of Career Services.

Nominations for this position may be emailed to Kendra E. Dane at ked@spelmanandjohnson.com. If you are unable to submit materials electronically, please call SJG at 413-529-2895.

Review of applications will begin March 19, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled

Equity & Diversity

CalArts is proud of its diverse student body and deeply committed to
supporting the cultural and artistic aspirations of all its students. A
commitment to increasing opportunities for low-income students and
currently disenfranchised groups is necessary, as is the desire to work
to support institutional goals of equity and diversity in an ongoing
way. CalArts is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). In our efforts to reach a diverse application pool, please follow the link to fill out an optional survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Eq_Div

Further Information

CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts
through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and
Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the
complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a
distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor
and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure
necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and
opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United
States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees
in all areas of visual and performing arts.

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