Associate Director, Employer Relations

California College of the Arts

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The Associate Director for Employer Relations collaborates with the Director to support the career and professional development of CCA students and alumni and help them to find post-graduate success in multiple arenas. The Associate Director serves as a campus leader around employer relations and on-campus recruiting; they initiate and cultivate relationships with local, regional, state, national, and international organizations and employers through outreach, site visits, association meetings, conferences, and other networking opportunities in order to increase the number and quality of employment and internship options for students. The incumbent will seek innovative ways to engage employers at all stages of student development while sharing in the leadership of the Career Development department and supervising professional and semi- professional staff.

Under the general guidance of the Director, the Associate Director also leads a new initiative aimed at developing collaborations with CCA instructors, program chairs and deans to align career development and professional practice content outside and within the classroom with information about hiring needs and trends as identified by current and prospective employers of CCA graduates as well as industry leaders. The Associate Director engages in functional responsibilities that are shared with the entire Career Development team, such as providing leadership for assigned events and programs, direct service around career content, and 1:1 and small group appointments and workshops.

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.


Employer Relations and Event Management - 50%

Employer Relations

  • Oversee employer engagement strategy, including outreach activities to strategically increase engagement by employers and alumni in targeted sectors. In consultation with the Director, determine priority industries of focus.

  • Develop and maintain relationships with local, regional, national and international employers to expand employment and internship opportunities for CCA students and alumni, with a focus on cultivating diverse employers.

  • Research organizations/companies, opportunities, and leads. Network and represent CCA at targeted professional organization and association meetings, conferences, on- and off-campus recruiting events, local community arts and business events.

  • Utilize and manage online resources, such as LinkedIn, list-servs and social media, to support the outreach needed to bring students and employers together

  • Interpret employer needs and hiring trends for Career Development and other staff, faculty, and students, all with an eye towards facilitating connections between employers and students and helping students to translate their skills and experience to those that organizations need.

  • Identify and promote growth industry areas, promote to CCA students and alumni.

  • Assist Director with gap analysis of opportunities by program (major) and research target employers to fill the gaps. Seek connections through the career community or outreach to recruiters, talent directors, and hiring managers.

  • Develop a “career community” of faculty, alumni, parents, and CCA friends and solicit referrals to cultivate relationships with new employer partners. Engage the career community in interactions with students to showcase achievements.

  • Make the case to employers for hiring art & design graduates in general and CCA students and alumni in particular.

  • Provide information to employers about options for and upsides of hiring international students. Identify companies, employers & organizations that are willing to hire international alumni and graduates.



The Associate 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 Associate Director must also be adept at using social media and viral marketing to promote programs and opportunities.

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Posted on August 29