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Associate Director of Student Life and Campus Engagement

Cleveland Institute of Art / Posted July 28, 2022

The Cleveland Institute of Art invites applicants to apply for the full-time Associate Director of Student Life & Campus Engagement position. Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, the Associate Director of Student Life & Campus Engagement will be primarily responsible for the development and assessment of student experiences, activities and events. There will be an emphasis on student clubs, leadership development programs, diversity and inclusion programming, and orientation. In this role, the Associate Director of Student Life & Campus Engagement will work with various individuals with in the CIA community which include students, faculty and staff so, it is crucial that candidates have the demonstrated ability to work well with students, faculty and staff in a college environment. This position requires someone who has solid organizational skills, time-management, as well as project management skills because you will be accountable for planning and implantation of large-scale CIA tradition programming as well as new student programs.

This position also works closely with the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs in the planning and implementation of other Student Life and Housing initiatives including Move-In, and other College programming. This role supervises the Graduate Assistant, assist in the training of other Student Life and Housing staff members, manages all Student Life social media accounts and is the main point of contact for new students and parents over the summer. A favorable candidate will be someone who is extremely affable, jovial and overall outgoing due to this role serving on campus wide committees such as the CARE (CIA Assessment Response and Evaluation) Team and the Campus Activities Board (CAB).

A Bachelor’s degree in higher education is required for this position but a Master’s degree is preferred. Two to four years of experience in higher education and experience with student programming and leadership training. Proficiency in Microsoft Office (i.e. Excel, Word, PowerPoint) is imperative. The ideal candidate will have phenomenal written and verbal communication skills.

We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized or underrepresented in art and higher education and who will contribute to the breadth and diversity of our community.


This is a full-time exempt position. Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Cleveland Institute of Art offers a benefit package including; vacation, sick, personal time accrual as well as additional time off while the college is closed during winter break; health and dental insurance, life and disability insurance, 403B retirement contribution, tuition remission, free campus parking, and inter-museum council discounts.

Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.

Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) is committed to increasing diversity in our community and actively pursues individuals from all backgrounds. Additionally, CIA complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws and provides equal opportunity in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, gender identity or national origin.


The Cleveland Institute of Art is one of the nation's leading accredited independent colleges of art and design. Since 1882, the college has been an educational cornerstone in Cleveland, Ohio, producing graduates competitive as studio artists, designers, photographers, contemporary craftspeople, and educators. With approximately 600 students, CIA offers a personal educational experience with the benefits of a larger institution. Students choose from 13 majors and live and work in Cleveland’s University Circle, one of the country’s most unique cultural centers – recently named by USA Today as the “Best Arts District” in the country.

The mission of CIA is to cultivate creative leaders who inspire people, strengthen communities, and contribute to a thriving and sustainable economy through an innovative education in art and design. Visit our website at: www.cia.edu

CIA Vaccination Requirement Notice

Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) is committed to protecting our students, employees, and our communities from COVID-19. Toward that goal, and in consideration of guidance released by the state of Ohio, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a variety of public health authorities and professional organizations, CIA has implemented a vaccination requirement policy for its students and employees.

All employees are required to receive the Covid-19 vaccination as determined by CIA and provide proof of their fully vaccinated status upon hire.

Reasonable Accommodation: Employees in need of an exemption from this policy requirement due to a medical reason, or because of a sincerely held religious or moral belief must request a Request for Exemption form from Human Resources to begin the interactive accommodation process after an official offer of employment is accepted. Accommodations will be considered and/or granted where they do not cause CIA undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.

Please direct any questions regarding this notice to Human Resources at hr@cia.edu.

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