Assistant Director for Career Development

California College of the Arts

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Assistant Director for Career Development


San Francisco

CCA seeks a skilled administrator and co-curricular educator to help prepare students in finding post-graduate success in multiple arenas. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who has the capability to work at the intersection of academic affairs and student affairs and who is simultaneously an effective administrator, skilled communicator, creative thinker, and educator. The Assistant Director will engage in functional responsibilities shared with the entire Career Development team, such as providing direct service to students via workshops and coaching appointments as well as building relationships with employers, and will also have specific areas of emphasis.

In addition to serving as the primary career coach for graduate and undergraduate students in assigned programs and majors and the primary contact for CCA alumni, the Assistant Director for Career Development joins the Director and Assistant Director for Employer Relations in expanding the visibility of Career Development throughout CCA and building strategic partnerships with colleagues across the college. In particular, this position cultivates a domestic and international career community of alumni who may become employers or resources for CCA students and recent graduates and also develops programming around entrepreneurship and the arts. The assistant director takes the lead on collaborative initiatives such as sophomore-focused programs and support for first-generation students.

This position will reside in San Francisco. Only local applications will be considered as this role is currently campus hybrid and requires on-site job responsibilities.


  • The range for this position is $68,000 - $70,000 annually

Departmental Leadership - 40%

  • Lead the department in planning and executing programs such as CCA Sparks, Creative Careers Fair and Alumni Mentoring Program.

  • Collaborate with the associate director of student success - learning resources so that LRC coaches can provide some basic career-related support to students (e.g., resume writing, portfolio preparation). Develop a training module followed by check-in meetings.

  • Develop on-site and on-line programming in areas that will best prepare students for their future after CCA. Design and deliver programs on topics such as Entrepreneurship, Taxes, Financial Management, Creative Practice Development, Small Business Development.

  • Serve as departmental lead on Marketing. Oversee social media communication and posting.

  • Promote opportunities to students/alumni, using technology on CCA’s portal page, community calendars and other social media

  • Expand the use of LinkedIn to better connect students and alumni

  • Work closely with CCA’s MarCom Social Media Manager

Career Coaching - 25%

  • Serve as a primary coach for CCA alumni. Provide advice, skill development, and coaching to graduate and undergraduate students.

  • Assist the Career Development team in providing support to CCA’s significant international population(i.e. OPT workshops and programming); deploy technology to provide services to such students (and alumni) in their home countries.

  • Arrange in-class visits with faculty

  • Provide timely content on programs, services, and resources for the Career Development website

  • Consistently evaluate student experiences with Career Development and recommend adjustments based on feedback

Career Communities - 15%

  • 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—on and off campus and through social media. 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, freelance, 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’ skill sets will be most valued.

  • Identify and develop relationships with alumni at organizations that sponsor scholarships or residencies.

Strategic Collaborations -10%

  • 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 Program Advising & Planning, Academic Affairs, Residential Education, International Student Affairs & Programs, and Student Success) to develop cross-departmental programs, lend support, and ensure Career Development representation.

  • Develop innovative pathways for working with Academic Program Advisors to provide information on how students can develop career-related skills and experiences during the first few years.

  • Participate in planning teams for Orientation-related events, such as Sophomore Summit and Junior Life .

Grant Writing Duties - 2%

  • Co-Write high-quality grant proposal narratives, applications, and supporting documents

  • Assist with researching, collecting data, and writing of each grant

  • Conduct prospect research to identify, cultivate and solicit new grants



  • Education: Undergraduate degree required. Bachelor’s degree in fine arts, business (business administration, human resources, management, entrepreneurship, etc.) or education strongly preferred. Master’s degree in career development, higher education, counseling, human resources, or related area preferred.

  • Prior experience working one-on-one with students/clients in an advising, coaching, counseling, or mentoring role required; one full year preferred. Prior experience with career services or professional development strongly preferred.

  • Previous experience with programming, event management, relationship cultivation in a higher education, community college, non-profit, or new talent onboarding context is required.

  • Prior experience working with students/clients in-person and in a virtual environment is required. Online workshop planning experience is preferred.

  • Experience successfully working with young or transitioning adults or college/transfer student populations strongly preferred.

  • Demonstrated success supporting BIPOC populations/diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds required. Dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse population of staff and vendors are required.

  • High level of comfort and expertise with technology, including social media, Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, Adobe Pro, job boards/human resource management systems, Salesforce (or similar ERP), etc. Ability to quickly learn software programs such as the university’s budgeting and analysis tools and enterprise systems.

  • Ability to build and maintain professional relationships with businesses and external organizations as well as staff and management within the various units of the organization

  • Strong planning and organizational skills. Strong attention to details and deadlines. Ability to work independently and as part of a team; receive/respond to feedback; exercise initiative, flexibility, and resourcefulness; and identify and implement innovative solutions to problems, projects, and processes that use technology.

  • Ability to exercise outstanding judgment, make sound decisions, and manage difficult situations. Comfort with ambiguity and uncertainty. Ability to adapt to changing needs, flourish in a multi-tasking environment, and prioritize work in the context of departmental goals, divisional objectives, and the college’s strategic plan.

  • Skills: Computers/Technology(Excel, Adobe Suite, Instagram, Later (other social media) , Career/Advisor/Mentoring Development, Community Organization , Teaching/Tutoring Abilities

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Posted on January 16