Job Opportunity: CalArts Admissions Counselor

Information and Responsibilities: 

This position will play a key role in the admissions process and will be involved in the full range of recruitment and field activities, including conducting on and off-campus sessions, participating in extensive recruitment travel and representing the Institute at a variety of admissions sponsored events. Travel, evening and weekend work are required.  Additionally the position facilitates, tracks and reports on all applicant files as they move through the admissions process.

•    Represent CalArts at high school visits, CalArts recruitment events, and at community college, national and regional college fairs
•    Represent specific schools and programs (such as Film/Video) as assigned
•    Contact teachers and counselors at secondary schools and community colleges regarding college fairs, and visits by CalArts faculty and admissions representatives locally and nationally.
•    Conduct follow-up with prospective applicants by e-mail, phone, and social media
•    Counsel prospective students and parents on CalArts programs, admissions requirements, deadlines, portfolio or audition requirements
•    Assist with faculty portfolio/admissions review session planning, preparation, and set up as assigned
•    Assist facilitating applicant processing during faculty portfolio/admissions review sessions as assigned
•    Aid in the processing of disseminating portfolio and application materials to appropriate faculty
•    Conduct follow-up with selected applicants for supplemental materials, scheduling of interviews or auditions, campus visits 
•    Maintain knowledge of the programs, curriculum, faculty, facilities and admissions procedures and requirements 
•    Maintain accurate, updated records and prepare periodic reports
•    Conduct weekly on-campus information sessions and tours of CalArts
•    Schedule, organize and confirm all on and off-campus portfolio reviews of prospective student work
•    Manage a heavy volume of telephone and email inquiries from prospective students, applicants and admitted students
•    Work some evenings and weekends and have the ability to travel locally or remotely for up to 2 weeks at a time


•    Excellent communication, presentation and public speaking skills
•    Ability to communicate effectively with Admissions co-workers, faculty, prospective students, and parents.
•    Strong organizational and time management skills.
•    Active interest in and awareness of contemporary art and design practices.
•    Social networking and computer skills, including experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, Keynote and PowerPoint.  
•    Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
•    Academic recruitment experience preferred.
•    Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license for off-campus recruiting visits.


•    Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts, Design, or Film is preferred 
•    1 – 2 years relevant experience 
•    Experience in higher education admissions policies and procedures
•    Experience with financial aid processes and programs
•    Working knowledge of MAC computers

How to Apply:

Position is available immediately.  If you are interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to  Please indicate in the subject line: Admissions Counselor in order to be considered. 

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