Corcoran Careers

Position: Director, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design
Salary: Commensurate with Experience


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About the Institution


The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is a vibrant educational community dedicated to educating the next generation of cultural leaders in the fields of Art History, Studio Arts, Design, Theatre and Dance, Music, Museum Studies, and Interior Architecture.  Recognizing that the challenges that society faces are diverse and require different modes of thought, the Corcoran educates the next generation of creative cultural leaders to be experts in their field of study and to address the critical issues of our time.


The school’s location in Washington, D.C. allows students to tap into a center of international culture and government, working and studying at some of D.C.’s most prestigious museums, design firms, arts organizations, and government agencies.  Offering over 20 undergraduate and graduate degrees, and a robust continuing education program, the Corcoran provides platforms for engagement that bridge creative scholarship and professional practice.  As part of the George Washington University’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the Corcoran embodies the Engaged Liberal Arts, enriching arts and design education for students across the university and striving to link disparate fields and better prepare our graduates for multidimensional careers in the 21st century.


About the Position


The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design invites applications for a full time, tenure track or tenured appointment as Director to begin as early as Fall 2020. The appointment will be made at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, commensurate with experience.


The Director will be responsible for the overall implementation of the mission and day-to-day operations of the Corcoran School.  The Director works closely with University faculty and personnel, and with external partners including community stakeholders, alumni, and funders, to shape the strategic, programmatic, financial, fundraising, and management operations of the School.  They support the mission and vision of the Corcoran School as well as its integration within the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, The George Washington University, the Washington, D.C. community, and the art and design fields at large. 


The Director will:

  • Provide academic and artistic leadership by inspiring faculty, students, staff, alumni, donor partners, and professional colleagues
  • Advance the national and international reputation and visibility of the Corcoran School
  • Contribute to the creation of community and unity within the School
  • Lead efforts to integrate the curriculum of the Corcoran programs
  • Lead efforts to unify the administrative infrastructures that support the Corcoran programs and facilitate accounting to GW and accrediting bodies
  • Coordinate efforts to organize school facilities, capital resources, and leadership and reporting structures
  • Oversee the School’s fiscal resources and manage personnel in partnership with the Columbian College Dean's office
  • Oversee the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and students
  • Work closely with University and college-level leadership to manage enrollment for the Corcoran
  • Facilitate collaborations among faculty and students, both within the School and with other departments of Columbian College, other GW schools, and community partners, including programming in the School’s facilities
  • Advocate for the school internally and externally to advance the mission of GW
  • Develop and execute clear and realistic fundraising strategies along with sound fiscal management
  • Serve as the public face for the arts and design for GW in the broader community


The Successful Candidate


The successful candidate will be a high-level strategic thinker and will lead a vibrant and diverse school of art and design. The successful candidate should expect to work with the faculty to consider the School's curricular and research agendas and to develop and support a multi-faceted student experience. The successful candidate should be able to compellingly communicate a deep understanding of the relevance of the arts and design in contemporary society.  They will be able to combine a vision for the future of an academic institution dedicated to the arts, design, and scholarship with the skills to make that vision a reality, including securing financial support.  The successful candidate should expect to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration and inspire academic excellence, and should demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Minimum Qualifications


An earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree OR equivalent professional experience with a

  • A record of scholarship, research, and/or artistic achievement in an arts-related discipline
  • Five or more years of university teaching experience
  • Five or more years of administrative, leadership, and/or managerial experience with arts, design, and/or academic organizations.


Instructions for applicants


View and apply to the position at An application must include a curriculum vitae, cover letter, document with a link to relevant research or a portfolio, names and contact information for three references, and a statement of teaching and research interest.


Review of applications will begin on December 16, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. Finalists will be invited to make an on-campus presentation to the full faculty of the Corcoran School, after which point a committee recommendation will be shared and a vote taken.


Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.


The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Position: Career Coach, Industry

Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type: Individual Contributor


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The Center for Career Services is GW’s central career services office supporting students and alumni in their career and professional development. Through personal career coaching, specialized programs, premier internship opportunities and connections with top-tier employers, they help students realize and advance their career and professional goals. The career services team is innovative, energized, and committed to creating a positive environment for student and alumni to discover their best selves.


The Center for Career Services seeks a Career Coach, Industry that will focus on the areas of Arts, Media and Communication. This position will direct and manage the establishment, delivery, and evaluation of all activities that facilitate the advanced career development of students and alumni by creating and sustaining access to specialized, industry-specific resources including: technology; networking and mentoring programs; employment and internship opportunities; and the most current information related to industry trends, standards, and career growth for one or more assigned industry cluster areas. Ideal candidates will have a background in Arts, Media or Communication.


Reporting to the Associate Director, Industry Coaching, the Career Coach, Industry will be responsible for the following:


  • Position provides career coaching and career management education to students and alumni to help them become market- and employer-ready including assessment of student/alumni goals and interests, resume review, interview preparation, networking techniques, self-branding and effective job/internship search tactics to ensure market- and employer-readiness.
  • May have direct student reports: may schedule, train and supervise student workers.
  • Uses coaching techniques and conducts mock interviews (behavioral and technical). This position also plays an integral role in the design, delivery and management of career and professional development programs, seminars and sessions (online and in-person), in order to educate students on career management methodology, and also assists with the collection and reporting of statistics on student employment outcomes. Develops, delivers, and evaluates career development programs to build foundational career skills of students, and may conduct and/or customize meetings and presentations with students in person and through group workshops and classes.
  • Develop and maintain expertise and advanced knowledge in assigned industry cluster area(s). Communicate industry expertise to students and alumni utilizing innovative mechanisms and learning strategies, online resources, best practices, alumni, parent, and employer volunteers, university expertise, and linkages to professional associations. Monitor and facilitate completion of industry cluster career development program per established metrics.
  • Additional responsibilities include providing relevant market insight to students, participating in career services events, and creating, developing, and maintaining relationships with industry-specific contacts.


The position is based at GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, DC. The incumbent may perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.


Minimum Qualifications


Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 2 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Experience in industry focus or advising/coaching students on industry-specific careers. Specialized knowledge of industry-specific hiring practices, job roles, career tracks and professional expectations. Ideal candidates will have a background in Arts, Media, and Communication.
  • Experience working with college students, including working knowledge of coaching and student development theories and practices.
  • Professional experience in career coaching and counseling, career development, experiential learning, educational program development and delivery, corporate recruiting, industry, or related fields is desired.
  • Demonstrated ability to work across diverse groups and contribute to inclusivity in the campus community.
  • Strong communication, presentation, writing, project management, and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience developing collaborative partnerships with both internal and external stakeholders; ideally working with faculty, alumni, and employers within the industry cluster.
  • Experience working with web-based career management, communication and collaboration tools such as: Handshake, PeopleGrove, LinkedIn, Facebook, Adobe Creative Suite, WebEx, Skype, course management systems, Google and Microsoft Applications
  • Supervisory, service management, marketing and outreach experience a plus


Campus Location

Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.



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Work Schedule:

Monday through Friday 9 am - 6 pm, occasional nights and weekends required


Position Designation:

Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work.





Required Background Check:

Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search


Special Instructions to Applicants:

  • Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status.
  • In order to gain a better understanding of your experience, the professional experience section of your resume must include months in addition to years. For example, instead of “2014 – 2015,” it should include “April 2014 – January 2015” or similar information.


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Background Screening

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.