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Admissions Counselor

California College of the Arts

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Admissions Counselor

San Francisco

Under the general direction of the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission, an Admissions Counselor performs a variety of activities to recruit, advise and enroll a qualified and diverse undergraduate student body that meets the college's enrollment goals. This position is based in San Francisco.


Advising and Counseling - 40%
  • Counsels prospective students on their post-secondary educational goals and CCA programs, including major requirements, application requirements,, admissions, financial aid, transfer processes, and housing.
  • Processes, reviews and assesses applications and portfolios for admission purposes.
  • Develops knowledge of enrollment procedure and office policy including CCA's database system Workday and ticketing system TeamWork.
  • Develops a working knowledge of all CCA curriculum, with specialized knowledge as assigned, and develops a general knowledge of art school landscape.

Recruitment and Strategic Planning/Analysis - 40%
  • Visits and recruits students virtually and in-person at high schools, community colleges, community agencies, National Portfolio Days and college fairs locally and nationally.
  • Develops territory specific recruitment strategies and contacts. Coordinates and schedules travel within assigned territories.
  • Maintains communications and follow-up with contacts and prospective students by texting, social media, email, telephone, and in-person.
  • Assists in the advising, registration and financial aid counseling of new students and coordinates reviews for studio and academic placement with Student Records Office and Faculty.
  • Assists in planning and implementing recruitment and yield activities such as Pre-college, public presentations and group tours, open houses, orientation, evening programs, Portfolio Days and special workshops.

Administrative - 20%
  • Assesses and projects enrollment yield of assigned territories.
  • Completes and maintains reports and records on recruitment territory and admissions activity.
  • Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of admissions procedures and operations.
  • Develops and manages special projects or events as assigned.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor's degree required;
  • Previous experience in college admissions, recruitment, student services and/or financial aid preferred;
  • Strict attention to detail; digital proficiency; familiarity with using data to inform their work; excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize;
  • Must demonstrate good judgement and experience working with diverse groups in an educational or other non-profit organization;
  • Ability to work under pressure of competing deadlines; ability to work independently as well as in a team environment;
  • Understanding of State and Federal regulations of Financial Aid.
  • Background in the arts and the ability to assess and/or evaluate student portfolios strongly desired.
  • Willing to travel 12-14 weeks per year (locally and nationally) primarily in the fall.
  • Position requires weekend and extended hours, especially during the fall and January through March.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.

Please note that in an effort to keep the CCA community safe, the College has made the decision to require all staff, faculty, and students on campus to be fully vaccinated by September 1, 2021. The job responsibilities of this position will require time regularly spent on campus, and therefore the incumbent will be asked to follow the CCA vaccination requirement, unless an exemption is approved. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

San Francisco

Additional Locations

Application Instructions

Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Recommended document file formats are Word or PDF. If there are multiple attachments, we recommend compressing/zipping your files into a zip format file. There is also a place in the application for you to provide a link to large documents. Please submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions.

Application Deadline

For staff positions, screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

EEO Statement

As an educational and cultural institution, California College of the Arts has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, with special attention to supporting groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability.

California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.


Please address any questions to [email protected].

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Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent art college with 21 undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing. The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, curatorial practice, design, design strategy, film, fine arts, visual and critical studies, and writing. Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment. Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students.

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