Develop on-site and on-line programming in areas that will best prepare students for their work lives after CCA. Design and deliver programs on topics such as Entrepreneurship, Taxes, Financial Management, Creative Practice Development, Small Business Development, Identify Building. Arrange in-class visits with faculty. Provide timely content on programs, services, and resources for the Career Development website. Co-lead, with the Director, a peer advising program that expands basic services to students (e.g., resume writing, portfolio preparation). Develop a training program for peer advisors that provides intensive instruction prior to the beginning of the year, followed by a weekly meeting. Consistently evaluate student experiences with Career Development and recommend adjustments based on feedback.
Career Communities (12%) Develop a 'career community' of CCA alumni, parents, and friends who have knowledge or connections that can bolster the efforts of Career Development. Engage the career community in informal and formal interactions with students—both on and off campus. Showcase alumni achievements and the multiple paths to success. Collaborate with other staff to keep records of individuals who have a particular interest in assisting students with advice, connections, or opportunities. Assist in increasing opportunities for internships, apprenticeships, full-time, free-lance, and contract work in student areas of interest via employer, outreach and alumni connections. Ensure access to these positions through CCA's job board. Promote opportunities to interested students, using technology and social media. Expand the use of LinkedIn to better connect students and alumni. Build relationships with faculty who have strong professional networks and with alumni at employers where graduates' skillsets will be most valued. Identify and develop relationships with alumni at organizations that sponsor scholarships or residencies.
Strategic Collaborations (15%) Support and lead collaborations with Alumni Relations staff, the Center for Art + Public Life; the annual Building an Artist's Life event; and in outreach to first- and second-year students. Partner with units throughout CCA (especially Academic Advising, Academic Affairs, Residential Life) to develop cross-departmental programs, lend support, and ensure Career Development representation. Develop innovative pathways for working with Academic Advisors to provide information on how students can develop career-related skills and experiences during the first few years. Participate in meetings and serve on committees, such as Orientation Planning Committee, as needed to represent Career Development and/or the Division of Student Affairs.
Grant Writing Duties (10%) Co-Write high-quality grant proposal narratives, applications, and supporting documents Co-researching, collecting data, and writing of each grant Conduct prospect research to identify, cultivate and solicit new grants
Student Affairs and Other Collaborations (5%) Work in a professional manner to represent Career Development and Student Affairs and maintain the confidentiality of sensitive issues and records. Partner with colleagues in Student Affairs by referring students to appropriate persons and/or available materials, scheduling mental health counseling appointments, and assisting students in accessing necessary information. Provide some support for Student Affairs events including Orientation, Chimerapalooza, and Commencement. Student Emergencies: Follow student affairs emergency protocols and respond to mild to moderate risk-level student emergencies (missing students, physical health issues, victims of certain crimes, etc.) as determined by the supervisor. Respond to more serious student emergencies under the guidance of the Interim Director/Senior Director and/or student affairs senior leadership. Diversity: Follow CCA protocols for reporting and responding to sexual misconduct, harassment and discrimination claims, which may include serving as an investigator. Help establish a student culture in which diversity is encouraged and where students learn to respect differences, take responsibility for their actions, and exercise leadership. Work to support a college-wide learning environment that acknowledges diversity and utilizes diverse tools and thought to raise awareness for how and what we learn.
The Assistant Director will be an 'orchestrator of opportunity,' someone who is keenly aware of the career resources available to students both within and outside of Career Development. The key requirements for this position are the capacity to gain an understanding of the career needs of art and design students and the multiple paths to success available to them and the ability to be creative in seeking out ways to illustrate and prepare students for those paths by identifying people, resources, or opportunities that meet those needs. An entrepreneurial bent and a strong desire to help students find success while at CCA and after graduation are critical characteristics. Knowledge of the work world of art and design is highly desirable. The assistant director must also be adept at using social media and viral marketing to promote programs and opportunities.
Key skills include: diplomacy, political savvy, and collaboration professional communication skills both oral and written; presentation skills technical ability (Word and Excel skills mandatory) attention to detail and ability to analyze data ability to meet the needs of diverse populations, including international students, underrepresented populations, students with disabilities, first-generation students, students with a variety of learning styles
Bachelor's degree (BFA preferred) and a minimum of 2 years of professional experience are required, ideally in career development. A master's degree in Career Counseling, Counseling, Human Resource Management, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, or a related field is desirable. Prior experience in a fast-paced office environment with significant student/client interaction required. Candidates must possess excellent organizational, administrative, and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to maintain confidentiality. Ability to work occasional evenings or weekends (for special events) required.
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Application Deadline For staff positions, screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.
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We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability.
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Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent art college with 21 undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing. The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, curatorial practice, design, design strategy, film, fine arts, visual and critical studies, and writing. Through these programs, the college has created a d...ynamic and interdisciplinary environment. Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students.