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Department: Admissions
Job Type: Full-Time
Available From: Jan 01, 2020
Reports To: Associate Director of Admissions

Position Overview:         Engage, counsel and enroll prospective students who will benefit from matriculation in the degree programs of the College. Represent the College at recruitment events across the country while working independently and as member of a team.


  • Serve as a primary contact for prospective students and applicants to the College. Counsel students, conduct portfolio reviews and promote the various undergraduate programs at SVA. Maintain in-depth knowledge of the curriculum, facilities, faculty and alumni for each program.
  • Perform administrative office duties such as data entry, filing, receiving phone calls and answering a high volume of email.
  • Support Associate Director of Admissions as needed with customized outreach strategies that engage prospective students and applicants.
  • Schedule and deliver in-depth presentations about the College at high schools and two-year colleges across the country. 
  • Represent the College at National Portfolio Day events, college fairs and other recruitment events. Weekend work and travel is required throughout the fall and winter.
  • Accurately maintain prospective student and applicant records in Salesforce— tracking contact points, outreach and application materials.
  • Evaluate and critique applicant portfolios. Review completed applications for admission and scholarship consideration.  
  • Review applications for transfer admission and evaluate transcripts to award transfer credit. Assist Manager of Transfer Admissions as needed.
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with instructors and department chairs at educational institutions across the country.
  • Assist with the development and planning of teacher workshops, Pre-College projects, tours and recruitment


  • Maintain good working knowledge of policies across campus in order to assist applicants through the enrollment

and registration process.

  • Address inter-departmental staff and Department Chair inquiries as they arise.
  • Maintain flexibility to perform other job-related duties or special projects as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in studio art or related field required; BFA preferred
  • Two-to-three years related, full-time work experience
  • Interest and commitment to the goals of higher education in the arts
  • Experience and comfort with public speaking; strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel; flexibility to work evening and weekend hours as office or travel needs dictate
  • Administrative and data entry experience; ability to work accurately and consistently with detailed information
  • Knowledge of art, design and visual culture and the ability to discuss these subjects with high school/college


  •  Adaptable in stressful environments; responds well under pressure
  • Familiarity with both PC and Mac platforms; proficiency with MS Word, Excel, Keynote and social media platforms
  • Valid driver’s license is required



The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the College has instituted numerous educational innovations, including the selection of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields as instructors. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.


Find out what it’s like to work at SVA. Visit www.sva.edu/workingatsva.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to working@sva.edu. No walk-ins please.


The School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer.