Assistant Director, Territory Manager

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Introduction

 

For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top four graduate fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman.

 

For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top four graduate fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman.

Position Summary

 

Responsible for representing The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) to prospective students on and off campus, and for coordinating and carrying out the regional recruitment of new students.  This position will play a key role in the admissions process and will be involved in the full range of recruitment activities, including participating in extensive travel and representing the institution at a variety of on & off campus events. Evening and weekend work are required.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assists in the implementation of the undergraduate recruitment strategy
  • Interviews, counsels and registers prospective students
  • Represent  SAIC  at  designated  events  to  deliver  presentations  about  SAIC,  and  review  portfolios  of  prospective students.  These events include, but are not limited to: SAIC Days and National Portfolio Days.
  • Visit an assigned minimum  number of high schools and community  organizations  within the territory to meet with art teachers,  college  counselors,  and other educational  professionals  and deliver  presentations  about  SAIC  and review student  art portfolios.   The selection  of the specific  schools  to be visited  will be determined  in conjunction  with the Executive Director and formulated on the basis of historical data provided by the Admissions Office and previous year’s visits conducted by regional representatives.
  • Complete file reviews, required paperwork and data entry.   Required documentationincludes, but is not limited to: school visit reports, portfolio evaluations, recruitment event reports, travel and expense reports, preparatory  and  followup  phone  contacts  with  teachers,  counselors  and  prospective  students,  outreach initiatives with territory admits and merit scholarship recipients.
  • Reviews admissions applications and portfolios
  • Maintains membership in professional organizations
  • Maintains an understanding of the latest trends in student recruitment
  • Liaises with other departments as necessary
  • Performs other duties as assigned

 

Responsible for representing The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) to prospective students on and off campus, and for coordinating and carrying out the regional recruitment of new students.  This position will play a key role in the admissions process and will be involved in the full range of recruitment activities, including participating in extensive travel and representing the institution at a variety of on & off campus events. Evening and weekend work are required.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assists in the implementation of the undergraduate recruitment strategy
  • Interviews, counsels and registers prospective students
  • Represent  SAIC  at  designated  events  to  deliver  presentations  about  SAIC,  and  review  portfolios  of  prospective students.  These events include, but are not limited to: SAIC Days and National Portfolio Days.
  • Visit an assigned minimum  number of high schools and community  organizations  within the territory to meet with art teachers,  college  counselors,  and other educational  professionals  and deliver  presentations  about  SAIC  and review student  art portfolios.   The selection  of the specific  schools  to be visited  will be determined  in conjunction  with the Executive Director and formulated on the basis of historical data provided by the Admissions Office and previous year’s visits conducted by regional representatives.
  • Complete file reviews, required paperwork and data entry.   Required documentationincludes, but is not limited to: school visit reports, portfolio evaluations, recruitment event reports, travel and expense reports, preparatory  and  followup  phone  contacts  with  teachers,  counselors  and  prospective  students,  outreach initiatives with territory admits and merit scholarship recipients.
  • Reviews admissions applications and portfolios
  • Maintains membership in professional organizations
  • Maintains an understanding of the latest trends in student recruitment
  • Liaises with other departments as necessary
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Qualifications

 

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or equivalent, required, Master of Fine Arts degree, preferred
  • 1-3 years of prior academic admissions and/or student affairs experience
  • Interest in contemporary visual arts, and the ability to speak, review, and write clearly about the work of young artists
  • Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong administrative, organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license
  • Computer skills on a PC and Mac including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office with an ability to learn additional software as needed.
  • Evening and weekend work and extensive travel throughout the United States is required.

 

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or equivalent, required, Master of Fine Arts degree, preferred
  • 1-3 years of prior academic admissions and/or student affairs experience
  • Interest in contemporary visual arts, and the ability to speak, review, and write clearly about the work of young artists
  • Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong administrative, organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license
  • Computer skills on a PC and Mac including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office with an ability to learn additional software as needed.
  • Evening and weekend work and extensive travel throughout the United States is required.

Benefits

 

We offer a competitive, comprehensive benefits package:

  • 5+ weeks of paid time off
  • Paid holidays (up to 14 days)
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Competitive retirement plan (up to 9% matching contribution)
  • Tuition remission and Tuition Exchange Program
  • Great employee discounts
  • Complimentary general admission to participating cultural institutions

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We offer a competitive, comprehensive benefits package:

  • 5+ weeks of paid time off
  • Paid holidays (up to 14 days)
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Competitive retirement plan (up to 9% matching contribution)
  • Tuition remission and Tuition Exchange Program
  • Great employee discounts
  • Complimentary general admission to participating cultural institutions

Want to stay abreast of the latest job openings at the Art Institute? 
Sign up for our Employment Opportunities E-announcements.

Application Time Out Warning

 

The Art Institute of Chicago requires all applicants to complete an online application to be considered for employment. 60 minutes are allotted for applicants to complete the employment application. The application will automatically time out after 60 minutes. If you are unable to submit the completed application at this time, please choose the “Save for Later” option to avoid losing the information you have entered so far.

 

The Art Institute of Chicago requires all applicants to complete an online application to be considered for employment. 60 minutes are allotted for applicants to complete the employment application. The application will automatically time out after 60 minutes. If you are unable to submit the completed application at this time, please choose the “Save for Later” option to avoid losing the information you have entered so far.

Closing Statement

 

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

 

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

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