Industry Relations Manager


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



Reporting to the Executive Director of Office of Partnerships, the Industry Relations Manager supports the development, coordination and facilitation of meaningful, strategic industry partnerships that support all CCS students in the areas of curricular experiential learning and career development.



  • Administer a comprehensive partnership program. This includes expanding the current industry partner base to support institutional needs and working with Design Core Detroit colleagues to better leverage their programs and opportunities;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with regional, national and international industry partners to determine internships and job availability, salary ranges and educational requirements for careers in art and design as needed. This could include regular communication, industry visits, presentations, tours and portfolios reviews; 
  • Identify and acquire consistent economic and workforce data sources;
  • Maintain and track student employment (internships and full-time) and employer relationships in the Office of Partnerships database, Neon and Handshake;
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with internal CCS stakeholders and fellow Office of Partnerships staff to support institutional goals related to industry partnerships. This may include academic and experiential learning needs, Design Core Detroit programs, corporate sponsorship needs, and industry visibility goals;
  • Promote Office of Partnerships resources and services both internally and externally as directed. This may include presentations, event attendance, classroom visits; 
  • Support Office of Partnership events, such as industry days, recruiting events and other professional development events, as directed; 
  • Perform additional duties as required.



  • Bachelor degree required in a related area
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with a high level of tact, empathy and diplomacy
  • High energy, self-starter with ability to manage multiple tasks and changing priorities
  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written, to effectively communicate with a diverse population of students, faculty, staff and employers
  • Previous experience in an academic environment, art and design, and recruiting and placement a plus.
  • Previous experience in sales, customer service, relationship management or industry research preferred.



This job operates in a professional office and college campus environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



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.  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.  Discrimination, including harassment, because of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law is strictly prohibited.  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are part of our Core Institutional Values and we encourage applications from all individuals.