Career Coach- Art Majors


STATUS: Full-Time
DIVISION: Office of Partnerships
REPORTS TO:Executive Director, Office of Partnerships



The Career Coach for Art Majors is responsible for supporting students majoring in Art Education, Art Practice, Craft and Material Studies, Entertainment Arts, Illustration and Photography to identify personal goals and plan long term career strategies.  Daily duties include helping students identify internship and employment opportunities, provide feedback on resumes, cover letters and portfolios and strategizing for a successful job interview. The Career Coach will hold professional development workshops (both in person and virtually), provide and deliver resources as part of the curriculum (inside and outside of the classroom), and network and maintain relationships to actively promote career opportunities. The Career Coach will also work closely with the Executive Director and the Industry Relation Manager to develop strategies to increase experiential learning and career preparedness across campus.



  • Provide career coaching for all art majors including Art Education, Art Practice, Craft and Material Studies, Entertainment Arts, Illustration and Photography. This should include a minimum of ten, one on one coaching sessions per week;
  • Advise students about career options, internship and job availability, self-promotional materials, and educational requirements in art and design;
  • Track internship and full time placement each academic year;
  • In collaboration with academic department chairs, support the development of a career plan for all senior students in relevant majors and support in-class “office hours” to inform and support students’ professional development;
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and the Industry Relations Manager develop and deliver workshop content addressing career preparation skills for relevant majors;
  • Delivery of educational materials, resources, etc. for relevant majors (as part of the curriculum, as part of co-curricular experiential learning, online and in the office) every semester;
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and the Director of Internships and Employer Services Support develop strategies for effective art focused Industry Day events and activities for relevant majors (both virtual and in person);
  • Present career information to prospective students and their parents during admissions events as needed;
  • Encourage student and recent alumni participation on Handshake;
  • Support for building relevant relationships with industry partners for internships/full-time job placement that supports the Office of Partnerships (as needed);
  • Recent graduate support (as needed up to two years out);
  • Introduce students to the resources in the office;
  • Perform additional duties as required.


  • Bachelor degree required;
  • Previous experience in an academic environment, art and design, and recruiting and placement preferred;
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with a high level of tact, empathy and diplomacy;
  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written, to effectively communicate with a diverse population of students, faculty, staff and employers;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office;
  • High energy, self-starter with ability to manage multiple tasks and changing priorities;


This job operates in a professional office and college campus environment.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to maintain a stationary position, use a computer and other office equipment, and communicate effectively in person, by phone, and virtually.  Frequent interaction with others, including staff, faculty, students and third parties is required.  The employee may occasionally be required to move files or other objects weighing up to 25 pounds, including from low and high places.  The ability to move around within the office and between buildings on campus, attend off-site meetings and events, and travel between Ford Campus site to Taubman Center site are required.  CCS will make reasonable accommodations that will allow individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



College for Creative Studies is a nonprofit institution; it is one of the leading art and design colleges in the world. CCS is ranked by LinkedIn as a top three design school in the US and the best in the Midwest, based on alumni success. CCS has state-of-the-art facilities to support the complete range of creative production, from traditional art forms such as painting, glassblowing, foundry, and printmaking, to the most contemporary systems, including the latest digital imaging technology and extensive rapid prototyping output tools. The College currently enrolls more than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 13 majors:  Advertising Design, Art Education, Art Practice, Communication Design, Craft and Material Studies, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design. It also offers a Master’s degrees in four majors: Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Systems Design Thinking, and Transportation Design.  



To Apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The search will close when a suitable candidate is hired. Interested candidates should submit the following in PDF format:
Resume and a letter of application should be submitted to:
CCS website:



The College for Creative Studies, a leading college of art and design, represents a community composed of individuals with many perspectives, personal experiences, values, identities and worldviews and we value the diversity this brings to our organization.  CCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. The College for Creative Studies subscribes to the principle of equal opportunity in its employment, admissions and educational practices and strives to provide an environment and workplace free from unlawful harassment or discrimination. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are part of our Core Institutional Values and we encourage applications from all individuals.