Career Education Program Manager/Career Counselor

Employment type
Full Time
about 2 months ago
Los Angeles, CA

Reporting to the Director of Career Services, the Career Education Program Manager will support Career Services’ charge to deliver individualized and group career advising to CalArts students and alumni. Seeking applicants with the ability to motivate, persuade and direct the behavior of students and clients toward present and future goals. Candidate must have the ability to work effectively in a team environment, particularly in the context of an arts education. The Program Manager is a student-centered, collaborative, and intentional professional who coordinates group counseling, career programs, events and workshops, online career learning management and design, and career education opportunities.


Career Advising

  • Guide students and young alumni through self-reflection, career discernment, strategic planning, and career decision making on an individual basis;
  • Understand the needs and concerns of visual and performing arts students;
  • Assist students in selecting and successfully matriculating into professional and graduate school programs;
  • Help students develop application materials including resumes, cover letters, CVs, and portfolios, and conduct mock interviews;
  • Advise students on job search strategy, interviewing, self-reflection, time management, financial self- management, personal branding, social media use as it relates to job search and professional presence;
  • Maintain advising notes and statistics;
  • Assist students in developing learning objectives for the internship program;
  • Maintain educational tools, resources, and handouts for students;
  • Create content and design online instructional material and plan programs and workshops (both in-person and online) pertaining to life management skills as it relates to the world of visual and performing arts.

Career Education Programming

  • Support the Director with group advising counseling, workshops, and large-scale programs;
  • Advise students and alumni in career counseling appointments;
  • Research industry career center standards and create a menu of career education programs and resources for students and alumni;
  • Coordinate group counseling sessions, and innovate career advising practices using industry best practices like career meet-ups and career communities to accommodate more students;
  • Coordinate technology-based professional development workshops pertaining to career and life skills and assist in producing online learning tools to increase outreach and marketing efforts for Career Services;
  • Create promotional plan and develop marketing strategies for online career education resources.


  • Familiar with legal issues impacting career services and career counseling;
  • Maintain schedule/calendar and coordinate with career services staff to ensure all students and alumni career needs are met;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director.


  • Demonstrated career counseling and graduate school advising experience;
  • Knowledge of existing and current trends in career development theory;
  • Strong skills in establishing effective working relationships;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work in a small team setting demonstrating initiative and dependability;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with ease and have the ability to independently prioritize tasks/duties;
  • Professional demeanor, and be business-oriented with strong telephone and customer service skills;
  • Should be well-versed in college web-based career development tools, and job/internship resources online;
  • Highly detail-oriented with deep knowledge of performing and visual arts, event production, and arts administration;
  • Highly organized and self-directed;
  • Knowledge and understanding of webinar and online meeting tools;
  • Proficient utilizing MS Office (Word, Excel), WordPress, Google suite, Google docs, database management software, and Internet.


  • Master’s degree preferred with academic preparation in career counseling, counseling, career development, college student personnel, or a combination of academic and experience in performing or visual arts field;
  • Understanding of career advising in an arts organization or educational setting highly preferred;
  • Understanding of current job market trends for artists highly preferred.


  • Three to five years’ previous experience counseling in a college or university setting, or within an arts organization or institution preferred;
  • Record of career advising experience within higher education, or within an arts education setting required;
  • Proven experience working with students of diverse communities;
  • Knowledge of the entry-level and visual and performing arts job market;
  • Understanding of use of electronic resources in the career exploration and job search process for undergraduate and graduate students.
To apply

This position is available immediately. If you are interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Please indicate in the subject line: Career Education Program Manager in order to be considered.