Program Director, Amherst Careers In Arts & Communication

Amherst, MA
Aug 11, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Full-time, 40 hours per week, year round position, job group & level PT-5

The Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning offers dynamic Amherst Careers In initiatives, events, and resources to enable students to explore their interests in a field, and then, if confirmed, provide them with assistance in pursuing that interest. Each program provides personalized career advising, skill-building activities, opportunities for meaningful interaction with alumni and potential employers, and focused experiential learning opportunities (e.g. internships, shadowing, treks). Participating students gain real-world professional skills necessary to compete successfully for industry-specific internships and jobs.

The Program Director will launch and coordinate the new Amherst Careers in Arts and Communication program and will work with alumni and employers to increase internship, job and experiential learning opportunities available to students, and to provide career and job search coaching to liberal arts students interested in pursuing careers in the arts and arts administration, media, journalism, publishing, and other communication-related related fields.

Takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

This position is gift funded for three years, with the possibility for renewal.

Key Responsibilities

Student Preparation
  • Provide targeted advising sessions and programs to help students explore, prepare for, and begin careers in arts and communications-related fields
  • Conduct practice interviews, create relevant web and print resources, and review application materials
  • Highlight and promote internship, research and full-time opportunities
  • Facilitate student involvement in professional organizations to enable exploration, networking, skill-development, and interview preparation
  • Assist students in building leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Assist students in preparing to apply to graduate schools

Program Development and Implementation
  • In conjunction with faculty, administrators, students, alumni, and employers, develop comprehensive programming, resources, and partnerships for students interested in pursuing careers in arts and communications
  • Build networking opportunities in collaboration with the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs
  • Develop and deliver career programs and special events, particularly immersive learning opportunities such as career treks and interterm programs

Program Management
  • Provide leadership and long-range vision for the Careers in Arts and Communication program
  • Conduct research on industry and hiring trends, and the job market
  • Manage program budget
  • Build program awareness among all constituents, particularly among first- and second-year students
  • Create program materials, maintain web pages, and promote program to incoming students and parents
  • Hire, supervise, train, and evaluate a student intern

External and Employer Relations
  • Build relationships with graduate programs through research and outreach
  • Partner with alumni and local and national employers to develop shadowing opportunities, internships, and full-time opportunities
  • Regularly host evening employer/graduate school information sessions and select weekend club meetings


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Three years related experience
  • Demonstrated project and event management, organizational, customer service and problem solving skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to handle multiple priorities
  • Able to take initiative, work independently and as part of a team
  • Cultural competency and ability to work in a diverse environment
  • Periodic travel to engage with employer partners, alumni, and parents
  • Work some evenings and weekends

  • Advanced degree in related field
  • Five years related experience

Interestedcandidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (e-mail and/or telephone number) for three professional references. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.
Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!


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