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.

 Recruitment and Admissions Officer

Reports to: Vice President of Communications and Recruitment Strategy


This Recruitment and Admissions Officer (RAO) represents SSA and its programs, with an emphasis on dynamic school presentations, meeting recruitment goals, and participating in a wide variety of admissions functions including travel, interviews, portfolio reviews, application processing, and special events. The RAO cultivates student prospects by maintaining personal contact and follow up with inquiries and applicants. The RAO works with the Vice President of Communications and Recruitment Strategy to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the BFA recruitment and admission process and to implement processes to enhance undergraduate admissions, recruitment, and yield. The RAO also works closely with the Provost to ensure all academic standards are met with regard to incoming students and recruitment practices.

Responsibilities include:

  • Execute outreach strategies at the individual level, shepherding students through the college search and application process, and serving as key coordinator in connecting prospective students to appropriate SSA ambassadors and information.
  • Implement various recruitment and admission related events and activities and represent SSA at recruitment events on and off campus including open houses, college fairs, educator conferences and high school visits.
  • Provide portfolio guidance to prospective students.
  • Foster relationships with high school art teachers and counselors to maximize reach and increase brand awareness.
  • Coordinate the application and admission process with the Admission Review Committee with the goal of enrolling a diverse and talented student body for a growing independent college of fine arts.
  • Develop, monitor and analyze management reports and work with Vice President of Communications and Recruitment Strategy to enhance recruitment methods, yield objectives, forecasting accuracy and operational efficiency.
  • Update Blackbaud database including adding student and school records, updating records as needed and monitoring interactions/events.
  • Assist in the development of promotional material related to the BFA.
  • Work with the President and the President’s Cabinet to develop an effective scholarship program.
  • Work with the Vice President of Communications and Recruitment Strategy to develop an annual budget for the various components of admission and recruitment.
  • Ability to travel frequently across the region, including weekends and evenings.

Qualifications:  Bachelors in Art, Education, Human Development, Psychology, Communications, or related field. (Masters degree a plus)

Preferred Attributes:

Confident, energetic, outgoing public speaker with the ability to motivate and energize prospective students and parents; well-organized collaborator with a passion for higher education and the ability to multitask a dynamic workflow; strategic thinker and problem solver with excellent communication skills; friendly and positive relationship builder with an eye for student talent and a genuine appreciation for fine arts education.

To apply, submit a cover letter and current resume/CV to HR@swschool.org

 Director of Student Affairs

Reports to: Provost

Overview:  The Director of Student Affairs plays a critical role in student success at Southwest School of Art. Through a combination of services and programming designed to support understanding of academic and administrative policies and augment the overall student experience, the Director of Student Affairs works with other offices to coordinate co-curricular programming to ensure student progress.

Qualifications: Prior experience working in higher education student life is required. A master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration, Higher Education Personnel, or another related field is preferred. And a background in or familiarity with art, the concerns of artists, and higher education art programs is a plus.

Desired Attributes: The director must have strong organizational and project management skills with the ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing. Given the wide range of diverse individuals and their needs, the ability to be sensitive while maintaining policy requirements, requires that the director have excellent interpersonal skills and a commitment to confidentiality.

Responsibilities include: The director has primary responsibility for two key areas, student services and student support, outlined and described below:

Student Services:

  • Academic advising and support
    • Tutoring and mentoring, offered in coordination with the provost
    • Academic workshops, offered in coordination with the academic director
    • Library services, offered in coordination with the librarian
  • Registration Services
    • Semester course scheduling, offered in conjunction with the registrar
    • Exception requests, offered in conjunction with the provost
    • Studio access permissions, offered in conjunction with the director of CPS
  • Policy Services
    • Matriculation services, offered in conjunction with admissions
    • Orientation events, offered in conjunction with admissions
    • First year program, offered in conjunction with the academic director

Student Support:

  • Health and wellness
    • Title IX, drug and alcohol, and wellness workshops, offered in conjunction with Title IX coordinator
    • Counseling and advocacy, offered in conjunction with counseling services
    • Retention initiatives, offered in conjunction with provost
  • Professional engagement
    • Internship programs, offered in conjunction with provost
    • Exhibitions and visiting artists, offered in conjunction with exhibitions director
    • Career services, offered in conjunction with provost
  • Co-curricular programs
    • Student clubs and activities, offered in conjunction with communications
    • Leadership development, offered in conjunction with provost
    • Alumni relations, offered in conjunction with advancement

To apply, submit a cover letter and current resume/CV to HR@swschool.org

 Adjunct Faculty

Southwest School of Art is currently looking for faculty to teach the following courses during the fall 2019 semester:
ENGL 1301 - College Writing
ENGL 2331 - Understanding Literature
ARTS 3289 - Material Culture  

To apply, submit a cover letter, a current resume/CV and a copy of your transcripts to HR@swschool.org.. You should address your qualifications and ability to teach the course you're applying for in the cover letter. For a complete listing of courses, see the SSA Course Catalog.

 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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