Starting Salary: Dependent Upon Qualifications
Closing Date: Until Filled

How to Apply

Reporting to the Director of Sotheby’s Institute of Art at Claremont Graduate University, the Career Development Coordinator and Counselor will be responsible for supporting the implementation of career services and programming for the Art Business and Arts Management programs of Sotheby’s Institute of Art at Claremont Graduate University.

As part of a small team working across a number of academic and professional partnerships, the Career Development Coordinator and Counselor will join a fast-paced office that works across Southern California and in conjunction with academic partners in Beijing, New York, and London. The position supports the career services efforts of Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s global careers departments, as well as the Career Development Offices of The Drucker School of Management and of Claremont Graduate University. Primary responsibilities include avid first-point-of-contact communications with all current students, prospective students, and alumni of the Art Business and Arts Management programs and their partner schools and institutions.


  1. Career Counseling: Work with students and alumni one-on-one to assist in job/internship searches and career changes: résumé and cover letter reviews, mock interviews, and networking advice. Provide resources for students throughout Drucker Pathways coursework, liaising between SIA and the Drucker and CGU Career Development offices.
  2. Programming: Present a speaker series of alumni and/or friends-of-the-Institute with relevant positions and work experience (two per semester). Plan and execute two networking events per semester for students and one over the summer for alumni. Arrange an annual fall arts internship fair for students, working with Associate Directors of Arts Management and Art Business.
  3. Alumni: Work with the Director of Advancement, plan, execute, and host two networking events for students and alumni per semester, as well as one summer event. Maintain active alumni database to facilitate networking and fundraising efforts.
  4. Networking: Create new and maintain existing relationships between SIA and arts employers in the greater Los Angeles area and beyond, including the New York and London campuses.
  5. General Duties: Participate in the Colloquium course, providing information and instruction to students on Handshake, Big Interview, and other career resources. Act as liaison between current students and alumni, facilitating introductions and connections. Build and maintain active alumni database to facilitate networking and fundraising efforts. Monitor success of programming and student satisfaction with Career Services via student surveys. Perform any other essential duties or tasks specific to the position that may arise as an outcome of the above.

Individual must possess knowledge, skills and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

  1. Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills
  2. Excellent project management skills; demonstrated ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast–paced environment
  3. High energy and passion for recruiting
  4. Creativity, self–confidence, and flexibility
  5. Ability to work independently and as an integral part of a team
  6. Proficient in MS Office/systems (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Docs/Drive
  7. PeopleSoft, Hobsons, and CAMS proficiency preferred
  8. Must have a willingness to travel as needed during peak recruiting seasons

Bachelor’s degree in an arts-related discipline (e.g. Art History, Fine Art, Decorative Arts, Theater, Dance, Music, Museums). Preferably a Master’s degree in similar art-related fields or any combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Three plus years’ experience in professional field, with preference given to client/customer-facing roles including marketing, events, development in addition to recruitment (corporate or academic). Must possess a valid California Driver’s License and meet CGU’s authorized drivers requirements and have a passport.