Employment Opportunities

OCAC is a place to learn how to think, not what to think, how to craft art, not what art to craft. It's a place to develop a breadth of experience with different materials that is very rare in our age of specialization, yet extraordinarily useful in today's ever-changing art world. It's that rare place where everyone's views are valued, where careful and caring discussion and respect for difference are the guiding rules, not the exception. OCAC is an intentionally small, exceptionally student-centered art college gathering people from all over the country.

Mission Statement

Oregon College of Art and Craft is dedicated to Craft as the creative material practice at the core of art and design. OCAC's mentor-based learning community fosters self-reliant, entrepreneurial, critical and innovative makers.

OCAC is distinguished by the institutional philosophy of learning through making, the transferability of the creative process to other areas of endeavor, and the commitment to maintaining an intimately sized, mentor-driven learning environment that nurtures enhanced student growth through individualized attention.

Contact: careers@ocac.edu

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Human Resources Administrator

The Human Resources Administrator has primary responsibility for all human resources duties within the College. Duties include human resource management, payroll system management, employee benefits administration, staff and faculty contracts, budgeting analysis and forecasting, survey and government reporting, payroll and benefit accounting in the Great Plains system software and other business office duties as assigned.  The Human Resources Administrator provides administrative oversight and support to all areas of the institution on employment and human resources issues and ensures compliance with all regulatory requirements around these areas. This position works closely with senior management and supports all departments of the College. The College has an ongoing staff of approximately 50,  BFA/MFA faculty of approximately 35, as well as an additional 25 ongoing and seasonal employees in the jointly offered ACD MFA program located in NE Portland. The Human Resources Administrator also coordinates and processes payroll and employee related business for the Community Programs and Art Adventures programs – seasonal workers of approximately 15 - 25 per term and 60 - 70 in the summer.  In addition, this position works with approximately 100 work study students per year. The Human Resources Administrator reports to the CFO.  This is a full time, exempt, salaried position with medical, dental, life, and LTD coverage, as well as a generous vacation, sick and holiday schedule.

Application Information: To apply, submit a current resume, letter of interest including salary requirements, and list of three references to careers@ocac.edu. Applications may also be mailed to HR Administrator Search, Oregon College of Art and Craft, 8245 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR 97225. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. 

***This is a Security Sensitive position. Therefore candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.***

HR Administrator

 Assistant to the Dean of Academic Affairs - P/T

The Oregon College of Art and Craft seeks an Assistant to the Dean of Academic Affairs. Working closely with the Dean Academic Affairs, the Assistant to the Dean of Academic Affairs ensures that compliance and accreditation regulations are met and that the academic year runs smoothly. 

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: serving as accreditation liaison officer for all compliance and accreditation regulations with the college’s accrediting bodies NWCCU and NASAD, including managing the college’s Annual Institutional Assessment; drafting and editing of documents and reports necessary to maintain accreditation; maintenance of the course evaluation archive and faculty files in compliance with regulations; monitoring changes in HERA compliance; providing professional support to the Dean (correspondence with college constituents, filing, editing, preparation of agendas and research projects); preparation for, and minuting of, faculty and Department Head meetings; maintaining the faculty evaluation and promotion timeline; data management and event planning as needed. This position is part time, approximately 20 hours per week. Compensation is $15 per hour. To apply, submit a completed OCAC application form, current resume, letter of interest, and list of three professional references to careers@ocac.edu.  No calls please. Applications accepted until August 8th, 2014.

Assistant to the Dean of Academic Affairs

Drawing/Painting/Foundations Studio Manager

Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) seeks a highly qualified individual to serve as Drawing/Painting/Foundations Studio Manager. This position oversees the organization, operation and maintenance of the Drawing/Painting/Foundations studios and classrooms as well as providing technical assistance to students, faculty and visiting artists. This position is best filled by a person who understands painting, drawing and design methods and materials, is spatially organized and who is highly motivated to both create and maintain order within the department, taking personal “ownership” for the state of the departmental space and equipment as well as performing tasks with attention to detail.  The Studio Manager must maintain a presence in the department at least 4 days a week to assure adequate oversight. This position reports to the Department Head of Drawing/Painting and the Head of Foundations, supervises 2- 3 work study students and is an hourly, non-exempt position of approximately 20 hours per week during the academic year and 10 hours per week during the summer. The rate of pay is $14 per hour. 

Application Information: To apply, submit a current resume, letter of interest, and list of three professional references to careers@ocac.edu. Applications may also be mailed to Drawing/Painting/Foundations Studio Manager Search, Oregon College of Art and Craft, 8245 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR 97225. No calls please. Application Deadline: Deadline extended to July 31, 2014.

Drawing/Painting/Foundations Studio Manager


Adjunct Instructors

Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) is seeking highly qualified applicants for adjunct teaching assignments for the BFA program. The College encourages applications from candidates who enjoy teaching and working collegially with other dedicated artist/crafts people who are committed to the success of the College and each of its students.  A pro-active, energetic, positive approach to teaching, a willingness to learn and communicate about the College's programs and work closely with the College's entire faculty and administration to ensure program success is a must!

Book Arts - Papermaking

Oregon College of Art and Craft is committed to equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, pregnancy, age or physical or mental disability. or any other basis prohibited by local, state or federal law.  In addition, the College is committed to improving employment opportunities for and utilization of people who may have been denied equal opportunity in society at large. The College encourages application from people of color.

Calendar Events

August 5, 2014 to September 27, 2014
Opening Reception TUES AUG 5th | 5-7pm

August 7, 2014 to August 28, 2014

August 7, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Opening Reception | August 7 | 6-9pm


"BirdWingFeather", a children's book by painter and OCAC staff member Siri Schillios published by Pomegranate

Handcrafted mortar and pestle by Alumni Sterling Collins ('14) included in The New York Times.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks in concert at OCAC on June 28th!

Interview with OCAC Connection Series Speakers Dana Schutz and Ryan Johnson featured on PORT

Oregon College of Art and Craft 2014 Commencement Speaker Terri M. Hopkins, Curator Emerita and former Director and Co-founder of The Art Gym at Marylhurst University, Portland, Oregon