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.

 Vice President for Academic Affairs

Position Description: Vice President for Academic Affairs
Reports to: President

The Vice President for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of the institution. He or she exercises broad leadership and administrative responsibilities over academic policies and programs, student success, the library, accreditation, budget development, and personnel.  The VPAA, with the president, board, faculty, and vice president for finance and administration, provides visionary leadership for the college, ensuring the integrity and excellence of academic programs within an environment of continual improvement.  

The VPAA supports and evaluates curriculum development and delivery, assures student satisfaction and proficiencies, and promotes professional development of the faculty.  

Responsibilities include: 

  • Advises the president regarding academic issues, plans
  • Works as a member of the president’s council with the VP for Finance and Administration and the VP for Institutional Advancement
  • Works with other senior staff to assure effective academic programming within the context of the institutional strategic plans
  • Designs, implements, and assesses curriculum, strategies, policies, plans, and procedures associated with academic affairs—including student affairs, admission and recruitment, the registrar’s office, and community programs
  • Serves as the principal liaison for the institutional partnership with the San Antonio Public Library
  • Sets and evaluates comprehensive and individual performance goals, strategies, and methods for academic personnel
  • Represents the SSA in the wider educational and employer community 

Requirements include: 

  • Proven organizational and leadership abilities
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Aptitude for decision-making and problem-solving
  • Experience in developing and evaluating faculty, curriculum, and ancillary academic programming
  • Experience in higher education at the dean level, chair’s level or a comparable leadership position
  • Knowledge of and experience in managing support services personnel
  • Knowledge of and experience in working with library personnel
  • Knowledge of and experience in working with art and artists
  • Demonstrable competency in academic planning
  • Experience in the collection and use of data and its analysis
  • Terminal degree in fine or liberal arts

Please submit resume to Jessica Nance via email at jnance@swschool.org by Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

 Executive Assistant

Title: Executive Assistant
Overview: Southwest School of Art is seeking an Executive Assistant to provide administrative support to executive and senior staff members while serving as a key brand ambassador for the School. Our ideal candidate is efficient and comfortable interacting with members of the general public, as well as with internal and external constituents at all levels within the organization. The ability to multi-task, maintain complex schedules and manage administrative support is essential in this role. Key success factors include resourcefulness, a natural problem solving ability, and strong organizational skills.


Visitor Services

  • Serves as the “initial point of contact” and brand ambassador for those contacting the School via phone or in person.
  • Proactively collects, monitors and disseminates information regarding institutional activities and schedules and responds courteously to a wide range of information requests from internal and external sources.
  • Monitors incoming communications, including general voice mails, faxes, and emails.
  • Responds and tracks initial requests for rental information and provides follow-up communication, as necessary.

Administrative Support

  • Assists president and senior staff members with clerical support, meeting coordination, proofreading, and special projects, as requested.
  • Provides ongoing assistance to dean and director of admission and recruitment in support of the BFA degree program, including but not limited to:
  • Editing, formatting, and shipping of accreditation materials (THECB, SACSCOC).
  • Assisting with recurring correspondence
  • Ordering of catering for BFA events
  • Performs administrative duties in support of the board of trustees, including:
  • Meeting coordination, reminders, schedules, minutes, handouts, nametags, mailings, and record-keeping
  • Updating board member orientation manual, as needed
  • Assists staff members with administrative projects, as requested.
  • Prepares and submits daily cash deposit from food services sales.
  • Records incoming checks and cash on daily log.
  • Assists with booking of travel, as requested.
  • Manages conference room schedule and maintains master internal calendar. 

Office Management

  • Posts outbound mail and distributes incoming mail.
  • Oversees, monitors, and reports postage expenses and processes monthly invoice.
  • Manages office equipment, including ordering supplies, and coordinating service.
  • Keeps supplies, materials, forms, and office tools available and organized and processes related invoices for office supplies and office equipment rentals.

Other Responsibilities

  • Assists with proofreading and testing of publications, as requested.
  • Coordinates recruitment and support of volunteers for annual Fiesta Arts Fair event:
  • Maintains volunteer schedule
  • Secures commitments and coordinates group volunteer from local companies
  • Facilitates the provision of donated food for volunteers
  • Updates volunteer database
  • Provides support for history tour and docent program.
  • Manages fulfillment of requests for SSA history tours
  • Coordinates nametag creation and semiannual luncheons for docents
  • Assists in execution of special events as needed (may require occasional evening and/or weekend availability)
  • Supervises BFA work study student in the performance of front desk activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements: An innate ability to handle pressure and multiple demands with composure and grace in a customer-centric environment is essential. The ideal candidate should have experience with Windows, Microsoft Office Suite, and Adobe Creative Suite, as well as common office equipment (multiple line phones, photocopiers, fax, etc.). He or she needs to be present, timely, and demonstrate outstanding customer service skills and attitude. Spanish language skills are a plus.

Please submit resume to Jessica Nance via email at jnance@swschool.org by Monday, December 12, 2017.

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

Required language:

  • English


 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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