Building a unique community that fosters creativity and collaboration starts with having the right people by your side. That’s why we’re always looking for qualified candidates to join our team.

Working at CCA

Fulfilling careers in creativity

What makes CCA a unique place to work? Current staff members share their thoughts.

Welcome to Human Resources at California College of the Arts

Our goal is to create an environment that allows employees to do their best work. We’re committed to leading HR initiatives and partnering with the CCA community to attract, develop, and retain diverse talent. Providing the full scope of HR services for employees and managers, we’re allies in fostering the college’s mission to inspire and cultivate artists who help change the world.

This is a great time to join CCA

As we embark on our strategic vision to offer students a state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary, educational experience on our expanded San Francisco campus, you too can be part of this journey. Check out our careers and learn more about what makes CCA a great place to work.

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Visit our creative campus from wherever you are. As you tour shops, studios, and residence halls, you'll hear stories from those who know CCA best—our students and faculty—and experience the spaces where we gather and create. Take a tour.

Current Openings

Positions available for faculty, staff, and students

Join our diverse workforce to make a difference

We recognize that our greatest asset is our talented community, and for over a century, we’ve focused on developing a community of innovators and community engagers to uphold CCA’s mission while advancing social and environmental responsibility. CCA is an equal-opportunity employer.

Faculty positions

Our inspired faculty teach and empower students to create work that makes the world a better place. CCA supports faculty with development opportunities through workshops and training because we’re committed to an outcome of excellence in teaching. We’re always looking for passionate individuals to join the team and help foster creativity here at CCA.

Staff positions

Applying for job opportunities is simple. Here’s a quick overview of the staff job application process:

  • Review current job openings and search by keyword, location, or job type.
  • Upload your resume and complete the online application.
  • You’ll receive an auto-generated email confirmation after you’ve successfully submitted your application.
  • Your application will be reviewed by the hiring manager. Top qualified candidates will be contacted to arrange for a phone screen/interview.
  • Some positions are subject to a background check.
  • Hiring managers will contact successful candidates with an offer of employment and details about completing the hiring process.
  • For updates about the hiring process or benefits questions, please reach out to [email protected].

Student positions

The college’s Career Development team empowers CCA students and alumni with the tools and skills needed to launch and grow their creative careers.


The advantages of being a CCA employee

Get competitive benefits

At CCA, we work hard to maintain affordable and comprehensive benefit options to help care for our benefits-eligible employees and their families. Here are some key benefit highlights:

  • Choice of five medical plans including PPO, HMO, and HDHP options. CCA covers an average of 91% of the plan cost for employee only and an average of 82% for employees with dependents.
  • Choice of two dental plans and a vision plan.
  • Employee Assistance Program at no additional cost that offers resources and work-life services to help and support employees.
  • Supplemental voluntary benefits such as additional life insurance, critical illness, accident, hospitalization, and legal coverage.
  • 2.5% retirement match that is 100% vested after two years of service.
  • Tuition Remission benefits allow regular staff and faculty (as well as their spouse, domestic partner, or dependent children) to take undergrad and/or extended education classes at no additional cost for employees.
  • Earn up to 20 days of vacation per year (with 5 year tenure), 12 days of sick leave per year, and enjoy up to 21 CCA holidays.


Ready to assist you

Have questions?

Whether you’re looking for job opportunities or you’re a current CCA employee, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

Office of Human Resources

For general questions, please email [email protected]

For benefits questions, please email [email protected]

Human Resources team

Please visit our HR staff page to view contact information for our team and to learn who to contact for specific human resources-related needs.

For additional staff forms and resources, including the initial complaint form, please visit the Office of Human Resources page.

CCA Cares

The CCA Cares team provides assistance, intervention, prevention, and referral services to the college community. To learn how to refer a student or seek assistance for yourself or another faculty or staff member, please view the CCA Cares page.

Title IX Coordinator

View the college’s sexual misconduct policy for information on Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and how to get in contact with the CCA administrators responsible for this policy, including Title IX Coordinator and Vice President of Human Resources Maira Lazdins.


Answers to common job-related questions

Frequently asked questions about CCA staff employment

Explore our FAQs below for quick answers to a range of employment-related questions, including topics like background checks, resumes for applications, and more general questions about the hiring process.

Application process

How do I apply?

CCA utilizes an online application process. To apply, click the “Apply” button at the top of the position posting and follow the application process. A summary of the process is outlined in the Current Open Positions tab.

How do I know my application was submitted successfully?

You’ll receive an automated confirmation email after you’ve successfully submitted your application.

How do I check the status of my application?

You can reach out to [email protected] for an update on the recruitment process for a specific position. Please be sure to include the title of the position.

Can I update my resume/application after it’s been submitted?

After you’ve submitted your resume/application, you won’t be able to make changes. If you would like to withdrawal from the position and re-apply with your updated resume/information, please email [email protected].

Will there be a background check?

Some positions require the completion of a background check. If a position requires a background check, it will be listed in the position posting. Background checks include a criminal records search, a sex offender registry search, social security traces, and a credit check (for specific positions only).

All positions are subject to reference checks and education verifications.

What type of file should I use to upload my resume?

You may upload your resume in either DOC, DOCX, HTML, PDF, or TXT file types (up to a 5MB max).

General information

May I mail my resume to CCA?

We only consider applications submitted online. The online application process provides confirmation that your application was received and allows the hiring manager to evaluate your qualifications in an accelerated manner. If you don’t have a computer, you may consider using computers at your local library.

May I submit my resume without specifying interest in a particular position?

You must submit an online application for all positions that you wish to be considered for. An online application can only be submitted for a specific position.

How long does the recruitment process take?

The recruitment and selection process can vary depending on the position and is often based upon how quickly qualified applicants move through the screening and selection process. On average, positions are filled after one to three months.

I’m a current CCA employee. How can I apply/transfer to a new position within the college?

Current CCA employees who wish to apply for a posted position must log into Workday and search “Find Staff Jobs” in the search box at the top of the screen. Please apply using the online application associated with the position.

What does the new hire orientation process entail?

CCA typically conducts new hire orientation on Mondays, and we try to schedule the first day of employment on a day with orientation. New employees will receive an orientation, where HR facilitates a presentation with information about CCA’s history, mission, values, systems/technology, policies/procedures, benefits overview, and additional important details. New employees will also receive an orientation with a user support specialist for technology setup. Department managers support the orientation process by providing additional job-specific training and onboarding activities among their teams.

If I’m hired, will I need to go through an introductory evaluation period?

Yes. All new employees and current CCA employees who have transferred to a new position must complete a six-month introductory period. The employee and manager will review the job description and establish goals for the next six-month period. At the end of the six months, the manager will set up time to review the employee’s performance against the set goals and discuss next steps.

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