Employment Opportunities

It is our policy at Southwest School of Art to provide an equal employment opportunity to all individuals, without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. We value the talents or our employees and support an environment that is inclusive and respectful.

 Executive Assistant

Position: Executive Assistant

Reports to: Director of Communications

Overview: The Executive Assistant is a primary link between external and internal constituents at Southwest School of Art, responsible for clearly and effectively communicating information between and within various groups associated with the school. The position is one that provides clerical and organizational support for several areas including communications, accounting, and senior staff. The Executive Assistant will often be the first point of contact, or will manage those who have first point of contact with the school. As such, friendliness and customer service skills in writing, on the web, on the phone, and in person are a must. The position also requires responsibility for basic bookkeeping and minor accounting tasks. Support of senior staff is required, including managing correspondence, meeting schedules, travel arrangements, and database entry. Candidates should possess a positive attitude when faced with new responsibilities and challenges. Click here to view a non-exhaustive listing of job responsibilities for the Executive Assistant.

To apply please submit your resume to hr@swschool.org 

 Adjunct Faculty

Opportunities to teach in Southwest School of Art’s degree program are available in many areas. We are actively accepting applications for the courses listed below, but we take applications at any time for all courses. The college is dedicated to maintaining a qualified pool of adjunct faculty to teach courses in studio art, art history, liberal arts and general education. Qualifications for teaching vary according to the subject taught. For a complete listing of courses, see the SSA Course Catalog.

If you are interested in teaching, and you’re committed to excellence in the classroom, consider applying and joining our faculty in providing student-centered instruction on a course by course basis. Compensation for adjunct faculty is competitive and determined according to current contract/credit hour rates. To apply submit a cover letter, a current resume/CV and a copy of your transcripts to HR@swschool.org. Please mention the discipline area you’d like to teach in your cover letter.

Opportunities open regularly; a search is currently underway for teaching the following courses:

PHIL 1301 — INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY An introduction to philosophy and three of its main areas—epistemology, metaphysics, and axiology—the class focuses on intriguing and engaging topics, such as the problem of skepticism, the problem of free will, the existence of God, the puzzling issue of personal identity, and perplexing and challenging ethical questions such as: “Does it matter whether we exist?” “What makes life good?” “Is it wrong to kill oneself or to kill a fetus?” “Do we have duties to animals?” The class will end with a brief look at the theory of art and aesthetic appreciation.


 Interim Chair of Paper and Book Arts

Southwest School of Art invites applications to the part-time position of Interim Chair of Paper and Book Arts. Artists interested in this position are encouraged to send a letter of application, a copy of their curriculum vitae, examples of their own work and student work, and a teaching philosophy to the attention of HR@swschool.org.

The closing date for this search is November 15, 2018. The successful candidate must be available to begin prior to the start of the next semester (January 7th). The application letter should address the applicant’s ability to meet the following job description.

The Interim Chair of Paper and Book Arts is a part-time position to manage the department, supporting Southwest School of Art in pursuit of its strategic plan by delivering high quality educational experiences for both the BFA degree program and the school’s community programs, helping with the maintenance of the studios and studio equipment, and coordinating scheduling. Therefore the Chair will:

  • Engage with the student experience at all levels by supporting the curriculum, including mentoring and advising
  • Ensure access to excellent teachers, use of functional spaces, and proactive Student Services support students achieving their learning goals
  • Use established assessment and evaluation tools that measure student satisfaction and their progress toward stated institutional academic outcomes
  • Engage with the campus community and its constituents in formal and informal settings and/or events to maintain a positive collegial atmosphere
  • Follow school policies to support programming consistency as well as student and faculty excellence
  • Follow school policies with respect to documentation of all activities within the program


Southwest School of Art invites applications for the part-time position of Librarian.  Those interested in this position are encouraged to send a letter of application, a copy of their curriculum vitae, and a list of references to the attention of HR@swschool.org. The closing date for this search is December 15, 2018.  The successful candidate must be available to begin in January.  The application letter should address the applicant’s ability and availability to meet the following:

The SSA Librarian represents the interests of Southwest School of Art, acting as the primary liaison between the Central Library of the San Antonio Public Library (Central Library), SSA’s library of record, and SSA students and faculty.  This position is part-time; hours are flexible, but are generally within the Monday to Friday week and not later than 6:00 pm.

The SSA Librarian’s primary focus is on serving the operating agreement between the two institutions, and on maintaining and strengthening the relationship through the following duties:

  • Chairs the college’s Library Committee, works with SSA staff to gather relevant information to Library services in relation to curriculum
  • Works with designated SAPL staff members to ensure that the Central Library’s resources, services, and support meet needs of students and faculty of the college.
  • Collects, analyzes and shares relevant data applicable to faculty and student access to resources, services, and support.
  • Creates and delivers library and learning resource programs to ensure SSA’s library instructional programming is meeting its stated goals
  • Develops with the Provost the annual SSA library budget.
  • Recommends titles for purchase and works with the Central Library
  • Evaluates the collection regularly and acquires and replaces print and digital materials as needed.
  • Manages library policies that impact faculty and students, as well those that related to the overall relationship between Central Library and Southwest School of Art.

Minimum qualifications:

  • At least two year’s professional experience
  • A bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Master of Library Science (MLS) or Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)

Preferred qualifications:

  • Degree in a Studio Art or Art History discipline
  • Previous art library experience preferred (preferably ARLIS affiliated) 

Salary for this position is dependent on experience and qualifications.

 Teaching Proposal - Community Programs

Artists interested in teaching a class or workshop in the community school at  Southwest School of Art are encouraged to send a proposal and their credentials to our attention.  All proposals will be thoughtfully considered.

In selecting teachers and courses, some of the things we look for include:

  • How well the proposed course fulfills the mission of Southwest School of Art
  • The teacher’s reputation as an artist
  • Previous teaching experience
  • The logistics of the proposed course with regard to facilities and materials
  • Schedule availability
  • The potential of the proposed course to attract students

Download specific proposal details and an application now.

  Proposal Information & Application


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