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Career Coach, Undergraduate and Graduate Majors


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



The Career Coach, Undergraduate Design and Graduate Majors is responsible for supporting Undergraduate students majoring in Advertising Design, Communication Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Product Design and Transportation Design, as well as Graduate students majoring in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Systems Design Thinking and Transportation Design 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 inperson and virtually), provide and deliver resources as part of the curriculum and network and maintain relationships to actively promote career opportunities. The Career Coach will also work closely with the Executive Director and the Director of Internships and Employer Services to develop strategies to increase experiential learning and career preparedness across campus.



  • Provide career coaching for all art majors (listed above). 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;
  • In collaboration with academic department chairs, support the development of a career plan for all senior students in relevant majors;
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and the Director of Internships and Employer Services 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 and 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; 
  • Encourage student and recent alumni participation on Handshake; 
  • Assist in maintaining the Policy & Procedure Manual; 
  • Support for building relevant relationships with industry partners for internships/full-time job placement that supports the Office of Partnerships;
  • 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 the 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 sit; use hands to handle or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.



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.  

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.

How 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 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.