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Director, Arts, Media & Communications Career Community

Grinnell College
Grinnell, Iowa
This position is a P2 Career Level with starting salary dependent on experience. Great benefits.
Date posted
Feb 14, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Career Services
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details


Grinnell College is a private liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa and is ranked #11 on the U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.  

Grinnell College is a top ranked Liberal Arts institution that values diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, intellectual freedom, and social responsibility. We seek candidates that align with these values and have the ability and desire to advance our values and belonging within our community and the communities we engage. Ideal candidates will be prepared to collaborate and contribute to the mission and values of the college across all constituencies.


Reporting to the Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Career Communities, the Director will advise students and recent graduates who express interest in exploring, preparing for, and pursuing careers in the arts, media, and communications professions. The Director will be responsible for providing one-on-one and small group career advising; planning, facilitating, and evaluating topically relevant programming and workshops (e.g., guest speakers, alumni panels, career-focused symposia); planning and facilitating off-campus treks and site visits; establishing relationships with and engaging alumni and friends of Grinnell who work in the arts, media, and communications professions; helping students prepare for the application process to graduate and professional school; and promoting opportunities to engage with recruiters. The Director of the Arts, Media, and Communications Career Community will establish relationships with and engage faculty and other campus community stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide one-one-one and group advising for both current students and early career alumni who have expressed an interest in careers in the arts, media, and communications. Provide guidance for the Arts, Media, and Communications Career Community. Create program materials, build, and maintain website. Conduct research on relevant professional trends, labor market patterns, and hiring practices. Prepare, propose, and manage an annual budget. Plan and conduct workshops and related programming. Organize speakers and events. Work with faculty, administrators, students, alumni, employers, and leaders in the field to build partnerships and develop relationships that lead to full time opportunities for students seeking careers in the arts, media, and communications. Working with the Career Communities team, assist with the development and implementation of efficient methods to track student data, quantify the success rates of programs, and articulate the return on investment received by students in the program.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or equivalent Five years or more of work experience Enthusiasm to help students find good opportunities Adaptable to presenting information in a one on one setting and to groups Strength in planning and organizing skills Ability to communicate and build relationships with a wide range of individuals and stakeholders Champions diversity, equity, and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with making a living in the creative arts Familiarity with the industries of writing, visual arts, theater, film, music, dance


Grinnell College

Founded in 1846, we’re a private, coed, residential liberal arts and sciences college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Our community embraces intellectual journeys of all kinds, and provides the individualized guidance to dive deeper, define new directions, and follow their passions across the world. We call ourselves Grinnellians.

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