Careers

RIT’s College of Art and Design is one of the most dynamic colleges of art and design in the nation. With technology, the arts, and design at our core, we are a professional art school within a comprehensive technical university.

The College of Art and Design has five schools (artcraftsdesignfilm and animation, and photography), 140 faculty, and 60 staff members. We are a close-knit, collaborative community of artists, innovators and scientists. 

We are committed to recruiting and hiring the most qualified individuals. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion in the workplace. Recognized as a prestigious “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, RIT takes enormous pride in its continuing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts that advance a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. 

The RIT campus is just minutes away from downtown Rochester, N.Y. You can explore and enjoy the city’s entertainment, and cultural offerings. The city is large enough to provide the dining and nightlife opportunities you might expect in a bigger city, yet small and friendly enough to be inviting and accessible. RIT is also not far from the beautiful Finger Lakes region known for its lakes, wineries, and restaurants. 

RIT and Rochester certainly have a lot to offer. We hope you consider applying!

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Faculty Openings

Schools of Art and American Crafts

Currently, the Schools of Art and American Crafts are not actively searching for faculty positions.  Please check back this summer for any updates.

School of Design

Tenure Track Faculty

Motion Design - Assistant Professor

The School of Design in the College of Art and Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology invites individuals to apply for a tenure-track teaching position in the School of Design. We are seeking candidates with an expertise in motion design who are well-rounded visual designers with an interest or experience in generative AI. Ideal candidates will possess the ability to provide leadership and vision in  integrating motion design into the Graphic Design, New Media Design and Visual  Communication Design curriculums. Candidates should be qualified to teach  throughout the curriculum. Expectations include teaching undergraduate and/or graduate studio and lecture courses; teaching 5-6 courses each term; participating  in innovative teaching and curriculum development; rendering service to the school,  college, university, and community; career advising and mentoring students; and  participating in professional organizations important to the field of design.

We are seeking an individual to live our values, embrace diverse perspectives, and nurture the RIT community to remain a great place to work for all; who has the ability and interest in leading and contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.

Salary Range:  $60,000 - $75,000

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Non-Tenure Track Faculty

3D Digital Design - 2 Lecturers

The 3D Digital Design program is seeking applicants to teach primarily 3D Digital Design courses using real-time design software such as Unreal (or willing to transition Unity skills to Unreal curriculum) as well as standard 3D content creation software (like Maya/Blender) within a design curriculum. Expertise in other graphics software is important as well. The ability to teach a variety of some of the following content: modeling, lighting, materials, rendering, scripting, etc., as well as awareness or interest in adapting to emerging tools like XR, AI, virtual production, or the Metaverse, is particularly important. As our field is rapidly changing and adapting, a commitment to continued professional development is key. Courses focus on 3D digital skills as they relate to design. By utilizing experimentation, critical thinking, creativity, interdisciplinary collaboration, and a range of problem-solving principles, students learn to solve complex visual problems within the constraints of time, space, budget, and technology. Emphasis is also placed on the delivery of content in immersive environments with full-body input. In addition to a full teaching load each term, other responsibilities include advising students, assisting in curriculum development, and providing service to the program, school, college, university, and community. The candidate will teach in the BFA program.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching 7-8 courses per year ranging from lower-division foundations to upper-division levels
  • Working with the School of Design faculty on program and curricular development
  • Maintaining a high level of expertise in 3D graphics areas
  • Advising students for capstone/thesis projects and providing professional mentorship
  • Rendering service to the school, college, university, and community
  • Career advising and mentoring students

We are seeking an individual to live our values, embrace diverse perspectives, and nurture the RIT community to remain a great place to work for all; who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness, professional development, integrity, and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.

Salary Range:  $55,000 - $65,000

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School of Photographic Arts and Sciences

Tenure Track Faculty

Currently, The School of Photographic Arts and Sciences does not have any active tenure-track faculty searches.

Non-Tenure Track Faculty

McGhee Endowed Visiting Assistant Professor

The School of Photographic Arts and Sciences invites applicants to apply for a Non-Tenure Track Visiting Assistant Professor position as part of the McGhee Endowment in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences.  This is a 9-month appointment with a contract length of three years with the option to renew for up to a total of five years.

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the school during the academic year, including courses that combine photography with graphic design and moving media. The successful candidate will be nimble, technologically savvy, forward-thinking on the future of photography and the creative industry, and will be skilled in how photography, graphic design, motion, and emerging technology combine. Additional background in photographic and video branding/marketing or experience as a creative director or content director is helpful.

The ideal candidate will contribute to the interdisciplinary vibrancy of the Visual Media option in the BFA in Photographic Imaging Arts, in addition to augmenting the students and curriculum within the broader School of Photographic Arts and Sciences and the College of Art and Design at Rochester Institute of Technology in which this position is housed. The Visual Media option merges photography and video with graphic design and business.

We are seeking an individual to live our values, embrace diverse perspectives, and nurture the RIT community to remain a great place to work for all; who has the ability and interest in leading and contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.

Salary Range:  $60,000 - $73,000

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School of Film and Animation

Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Film Production (Filmmaker) - Lecturer

The School of Film and Animation (SOFA) in the College of Art and Design at Rochester Institute of Technology is accepting applications for a non-tenure track Lecturer position in film production to teach undergraduate courses. The successful applicant will have expertise in all aspects of foundational film production, beginner and intermediate documentary production, plus at least two of the following: documentary film studies, business and careers in film, producing, and editing. In SOFA’s BFA in Film and Animation, faculty contribute a range of professional interests and expertise in a studio setting. Join a vibrant faculty team engaged in filmmaking and film study across the spectrum. Individuals with university teaching experience in film production  are encouraged to apply. Experience teaching film studies is a plus.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching in foundational, technical, and production courses
  • Career advising and mentoring students
  • Working with the School of Film and Animation faculty on program and curricular development
  • Maintaining a high level of expertise in current technologies, trends, methodologies, and software developments in the professional community, as they relate to the current curriculum
  • Participating in college and school service

We are seeking an individual to live our values, embrace diverse perspectives, and nurture the RIT community to remain a great place to work for all; who has the ability and interest in leading and contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.

Salary Range:  $55,000 - $65,000

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Staff Openings

Systems Administrator

Operations (CADTech)

The College of Art and Design (CAD) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Systems Administrator.  The Systems Administrator is part of a team of IT and Operations professionals who support the diverse and often unique computing needs of the faculty, staff and students within the College of Art and Design.

  • The IT tech support team is responsible for designing, managing, maintaining and trouble-shooting enterprise solutions for diverse multidisciplinary user environments. The Systems Administrator is a critical team member in providing this support and requires an advanced skill set that includes management of cross-platform systems, and enterprise file and web hosting services. Experience installing, updating, and maintaining server and desktop operating systems, including virtual servers and clustered environments in support of enterprise services.
  • Responsible for administrating and managing Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems, which includes deployment, installation, and advanced troubleshooting
  • Application support that includes management of all support and infrastructure documentation, faculty/staff client computer support infrastructure, and systems reliability and performance
  • Performs hardware maintenance, including move/add/change bios/firmware upgrades, physical installation, and general data center housekeeping
  • Responsible for managing advanced computer security best practices and policies for both server and user-based software. Includes management of security patches, virus protection, firewalls, and IPS.

We are seeking an individual to live our values, embrace diverse perspectives, and nurture the RIT community to remain a great place to work for all; who has the ability and interest in leading and contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; integrity and ethics; respect; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core valueshonor code, and statement of diversity.

Salary Range:  $58,500 - $62,000

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Senior Staff Assistant (1 of 2, see next listing)

School of Film and Animation

The College of Art and Design at Rochester Institute of Technology is accepting applications for a full-time Senior Staff Assistant position in the School of Film and Animation.  The ideal candidate will become one-of-two senior staff assistants providing daily administrative support to the School Director, three Undergraduate Program Directors, one Graduate Director, 22 additional full-time faculty, and 5-10 adjunct faculty.  This position is responsible for direct supervision of up to eight student employees, support to 375+ student majors, as well as budget oversight and the day-to-day operations of the main school office. The senior staff assistant is a direct report to the SOFA School Director.

Job Responsibilities :
Administrative Support:
  • Work with the school and program directors; attend weekly meetings and initiate correspondence.
  • Maintain confidential records
  • Manage the SOFA Administrative Office: hire, train and supervise eight student office assistants; answer questions about the school.  Assist with Open Houses and other recruiting and promotional events on campus; maintain the main school office: equipment, supply cabinet; and submit facility requests for any needed cleaning, painting, phone and facilities’ needs for all SOFA faculty and the main office.
  • Take, review, edit, and distribute meeting minutes of SOFA faculty meetings, Town Hall Meetings and retreats
  • Clerical: Schedule meetings and visits; file; communications; maintain file of SOFA course outlines and syllabi, as well as Schedule of Courses.
  • Maintain Honors Show Archive
  • Provide assistance as requests are received from CAD Student Services, CAD Marketing and Communications, CAD Dean’s Office, RIT Admissions, other RIT departments, and alumni.
  • Arrange for families to meet with a program director/faculty member and tour facilities. Provide referrals for hotels, Admissions, Residential Life, other degree programs at RIT; send visit questionnaire.
  • Event Management:  reserve rooms and arrange for Catering and room setup
  • Arrange travel for SOFA school director and assist with travel policies and procedures.
  • Compile orientation folders for incoming MFA students.
Budget Support:
  • Monthly reconciliation of all SOFA accounts
  • Class Trips:  assist faculty with advance purchases, air and lodging arrangements, communication to students, and process travel expense reports.
  • Faculty travel to National Portfolio Day events and process Travel Expense Reports. Record faculty travel and track professional development funding balances.
  • FVASA (Film Video Animation Student Association): purchase supplies; assist with communication; reconcile committee expenses; and record student hours worked
  • Submit business expense reimbursements, faculty payment requests, and guest speakers’ honorariums
  • Order supplies through approved RIT vendors
  • Make deposits at the Office of Student Financial Services
  • Final faculty search candidates: generate reimbursements after campus visits, process hotel payments, and reconcile expenses
Student Support:
  • Respond to prospective and current student needs and questions via email, phone, or in-person.
  • 2nd-Year Review: Analyze data on all 2nd-year SOFA students—schedule advising meetings as needed
  • Assist academic advisors with Freshmen Enrollment
Personnel:
  • Issue adjunct faculty contracts and hire paperwork.  Onboard all new faculty.
  • Faculty and staff searches: schedule phone and final interviews, and search committee meetings. Arrange travel, and create and distribute finalists’ itineraries and evaluation questionnaires.
  • Hire SOFA undergraduate and graduate student employees. Provide online time-keeping support, additional training, and sign-off back up.

We are seeking an individual to live our values, embrace diverse perspectives, and nurture the RIT community to remain a great place to work for all; who has the ability and interest in leading and contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; integrity and ethics; respect; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core valueshonor code, and statement of diversity.

Hourly Rate Range:  $16.00 - $25.00

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Senior Staff Assistant

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences

The College of Art and Design at Rochester Institute of Technology welcomes qualified individuals to apply for a full-time Senior Staff Assistant position in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (SPAS). The ideal candidate will become one of two senior staff assistants providing daily administrative support to the School Director, five Undergraduate Program Directors, two Graduate Directors, 19 additional full-time faculty, and ten adjunct faculty. This position is responsible for the direct supervision of up to eight student employees, the support of approximately 300 student majors, budget oversight, and the day-to-day operations of the main school office. The senior staff assistant reports directly to the SPAS School Director.

Job Responsibilities:
The Senior Staff Assistant works closely with another Senior Staff Assistant and also provides administrative support to enrolled and prospective students and their families, alumni, the Dean’s Office, and other internal and external stakeholders. After an initial training period, this position allows for the possibility to work four days on campus and one day remotely. The hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to4:30 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch, or until 5:00 p.m. with a one-hour lunch.

Major Responsibilities (shared with other school Sr. Staff Assistant):

Leadership Team support:
  • Manage calendars and schedule meetings for school director and school leadership
  • Manage documents, files, and general correspondence for the school
  • Create, assemble, and disseminate materials in support of meetings, events and presentations; maintain records and minutes of meetings
Administrative and office functions:
  • Facilitate on-boarding for new faculty, including accounts, systems access, and office preparation
  • Generate and process adjunct and add pay/overload faculty contracts and paperwork
  • Schedule and arrange school-level meetings and maintain and distribute meeting materials and minutes
  • Provide administrative assistance/support to faculty search committees or other school committees
  • Maintain and handle confidential school records, including faculty and adjunct personnel materials and records
  • Financial activities, including monthly budget reconciliation of SPAS accounts, day-to-day financial support including procurement, order supplies, journal entry and reconciliation, and vendor maintenance in collaboration with CAD Finance
  • Make travel arrangements for school director, visitors, and guests; assist faculty with arrangements and travel reimbursement/reporting
  • Liaison with admissions and program faculty/facilities for prospective student visits and tours
  • Administrative support for academic programs, including being the main point of contact and provide customer service for general school inquiries and visitors
  • Utilize RIT systems (Oracle, OnBase, MyCourses, SIS) to provide administrative and student support
  • Event planning and coordination, including catering, room setup, and day of support
  • Assist with requests and process materials from Student Services, Marketing and Communications, Dean’s Office, and Admissions
Student Employees:
  • Interview, hire, schedule, train, and bi-weekly timecard maintenance and approval
  • Issue paperwork for undergraduate and graduate student employees and faculty classroom assistants
  • Oversee tour training and scheduling for Open Houses and prospective students/families

We are seeking an individual to live our values, embrace diverse perspectives, and nurture the RIT community to remain a great place to work for all; who has the ability and interest in leading and contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; integrity and ethics; respect; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core valueshonor code, and statement of diversity.

Hourly Rate Range:  $16.00 - $25.00

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