The Art Institutes, with more than 45 locations in North America, is an important source of design, media arts, fashion, and culinary arts professionals.

The Art Institutes offer culinary arts curricula at more than 30 of The Art Institutes locations. The Art Institutes offers a broad range of programs and graduates are employed by companies and organizations of all types and size, including some of the most prominent companies in the United States, such as MTV, Time Warner, AT&T, Home Depot/EXPO Center, Lockheed Martin, Nordstrom, Nintendo of America, Walt Disney & Affiliates, Marriott, Yahoo Broadcast Services, Ernst & Young, Microsoft, Ford Motor Company, and the Fox Entertainment Group.

Everything we wear, watch, and listen to was inspired by a creative person with a passion for new ideas. It’s that passion that drives the students and instructors at The Art Institutes. We offer a dynamic, creative work environment for our faculty and staff - a team dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience and to the success of our students. Our faculty has the best tools possible for delivering the rigorous, career-focused, learner-centered education for which The Art Institute is known. Our staff enjoys an open, team-based work environment where performance is rewarded and staff development highly valued. Together, we all demonstrate our commitment to our mission in everything we do!

Job Summary

Acts as the chief academic officer, operating with shared supervision from the President, Executive Committee, and members of the Central Staff. Responsible for the overall administration, coordination, and development of instructional policies, programs, personnel and facilities. This position is responsible for creating and sustaining an environment of academic and professional excellence for students and faculty and a collaborative working environment with educational team members. The Dean of Education is also responsible for the financial performance of the Education Department Incumbent must assure that the EDMC philosophy: quality services to clients; development, growth, involvement, and recognition of employees; sound economic principles; and environment which is conducive to innovation, positive thinking and expansion - is considered in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this position.

Key Job Elements

  • Leadership and Vision: a) Develop and maintain a vision for educational growth of the Institute. b) Develop the Strategic Plan for the Education Department. c) Participate as a member of the Institute's Executive Committee. d) Guide the Steering Committee on Institutional Effectiveness Planning. e) Build a strong, cohesive education management team. f) May serve on the Council of Deans.
  • Curriculum Development: a) Administer all academic programs to provide quality education with overall consistency to meet the needs of the marketplace. b) Oversee the Curriculum Committee for the development/revision and/or implementation of all curricula in the Institute as well as Chair the College Curriculum Committee. c) Collaborate with the Educational Managers to organize regular evaluations of curricula in the various schools.
  • Student Persistence and Completion: a) Guide the Student Success Committee for overall improvement of persistence. b) Coordinate with the Director of Student Services and network with industry professionals to discuss new developments and trends and to obtain feedback on curriculum effects.
  • Compliance with System Rules, State Regulations, and Accrediting Criteria: a) In partnership with the President, coordinate general compliance of the Institute's educational practices with national, state and regional regulations. b) Ensure the appropriate accrediting criteria and requirements are maintained. c) Comply with AII System Rules and Policies as they apply to the Education Department. d) Coordinate with the Director of Admissions and Admissions Standards Committee to set and maintain Admission standards and the process.
  • Faculty and Staff Development: a) Supervise, develop, and evaluate all Educational Managers, i.e., School Deans, Academic Department Directors, Program Chairs, Registrar, and Resource Center Director, Director of Technology, Supply Store Manager, and Administrative Assistants. b) Guide the Educational Managers in hiring and developing faculty and staff members. c) Continually improve the faculty and educational staff orientation, training and development activities to promote a culture of learning. d) Oversee the evaluation of all faculty and staff in the Education Department. e) Create and enforce the systems, policies, and procedures in order to ensure educational consistency.
  • Fiscal Responsibilities: a) Guide the Educational Managers in the preparation and implementation of the budgeting process. b) Finalize annual budgeting for the Education Department. c) Make necessary changes to ensure the fiscal health of the Education Department and achievement of strategic objectives. d) Meet the targets of all Key Drivers of the Strategic Plan. e) Manage the scheduling process for maximizing efficiencies while maintaining educational outcomes.
  • Community Responsibilities: a) Develop educational articulation relationships with school districts and other institutions. b) Elevate the visibility and image of the Institute in the community. c) Enhance internship opportunities within the community by maintaining a quality educational presence.
  • Other responsibilities as required.

Reports To:
The President
Directly Supervises:
School Deans, Academic Department Directors, Academic Program chairs, Registrar, Supply Store Manager, Director of Technology, LRC personnel, Administrative Personnel, Faculty
Interacts With:
Inside contact encompasses the entire range of personnel. Outside contacts may include community and professional leaders as well as other educators.

  • Master's degree in Education with Doctoral degree strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years of increasingly responsible experience in Education, with considerable academic management experience, preferably in a proprietary school setting.
  • Fiscal and personnel management experience.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with supervisor and staff populations.
  • Superior organization, prioritization, and self-motivation skills.
  • Strong computer literacy skills with the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to interact effectively as either a leader or as a member of a team and work collaboratively with other departments.
  • Ability to listen to customers (e.g. staff, etc.) and to understand and respond positively to their requests.
  • Ability to adapt to changing assignments and multiple priorities.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and successfully meet deadlines.'s Advice

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