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Associate Director – The Design School

The Design School


The Design School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for a full-time Associate Director. This position is a fiscal-year appointment open to tenured, tenure track or other academic ranks with faculty status.  Under direction of the Director and in partnership with other school leaders, the Associate Director will plan, organize and direct the day-to-day operations of The Design School, and assist with short- and long-term planning. The Associate Director will also teach one course a year.

Essential Duties:

The Associate Director of The Design School is a key administrative position with the following responsibilities:

  • Assist with and plan, direct, and review the day-to-day activities and operations of The Design School.
  • Assist with the development of long- and short-range goals for The Design School.
  • Manage academic planning, working with staff on items such as the creation of new degrees, adjustments to curriculum, class scheduling, teaching/research assistantships, scholarships, annual assessments, and summer programs.
  • Act as liaison to the Assistant Directors and Program Heads.
  • Work with the budget operations manager to:
    • supervise, hire, train, and evaluate assigned staff, and
    • oversee and participate in planning, developing and administering the school budget.
  • Prepare and/or coordinate preparation of financial and administrative reports; analyze and interpret statistics, financial data, and management planning data for predicting resource needs and developing long-range plans.
  • Represent The Design School on various school and university committees, and outside committees as appropriate.
  • Develop, maintain and implement The Design School’s policies and procedures.
  • Oversee measures to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Design School, and resolve related problems and issues.
  • Assist with development and evaluation of programs.
  • Manage the design, development and coordination of projects, and work with staff to develop new university partnerships.
  • Participate in the annual evaluation of staff, and work with staff to recommend and implement corrective action when needed.
  • Provide advice and information to Director on programs, policies and activities.
  • Act in place of the Director in that person's absence.

About ASU

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, is a vibrant example of the of the New American University philosophy. With nearly 5,000 students, more than 400 faculty and faculty associates, 135 degree options and a tradition of top-ranked programs, the Herberger Institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation. The institute includes the School of Art, School of Arts, Media and Engineering, The Design School, School of Film, Dance and Theatre, School of Music, and the ASU Art Museum. Through recognizing that design and the arts are critical resources for transforming society and solving complex problems, ASU’s Herberger Institute is committed to positioning artists, scholars, designers, and educators at the center of public life. herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

About The Design School

The Design School is the largest and most comprehensive design school in the country. It plays prominent roles in design research, pedagogy and public engagement within the Herberger Institute, the University and the greater Phoenix community. Over the next year the Design School is embarking on an exciting ‘redesign’ process – building the next great American design school at the New American University, a school that is relevant, equitable and collaborative. The strategic planning process will engage the local community, country and world in defining what a design school in the future will look like. This position will join the School on that journey. 

Currently, the school has approximately 55 full-time faculty and 1,500 students enrolled in programs in architecture, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design and visual communication design. The Design School faculty work on a variety of issues – from addressing the future of the Rio Salado in Metropolitan Phoenix to partnering with Google on increasing human satisfaction to working with communities across the globe to address critical issues of sustainability. In addition, the school’s curricula and research are grounded in its commitment to prepare the next generation of designers to engage in collaborative multi-disciplinary inquiry so that they may work productively within and beyond the boundaries of their respective disciplines

Required qualifications: 

Required qualifications:

The successful candidate is required to possess:

  • A graduate degree in one of the design disciplines (e.g., architecture, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design, visual communication design), or a bachelor’s degree and significant professional experience (five years or more) in one of the design disciplines.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing and to listen.
  • Demonstrated ability to build consensus and cultivate collaborative teams.
  • Ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of management and supervisory principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of principles, concepts, and practices of organizational management.
Desired qualifications: 

Desired qualifications:

Preference will be given to individuals with;

  • Knowledge of current issues and trends in higher education and design
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion in education, design and the arts
  • Knowledge of principles and practices pertaining to managing a large set of academic programs.
  • Successful experience in facilitating innovative curriculum development.
  • Knowledge of budget management methods and techniques; skill in working with budget mangers to do budget forecasting.
  • Evidence of success collaborating with faculty and academic leaders in multiple disciplines.
  • Knowledge of strategic planning principles and practices.
  • Skill in problem solving and decision-making.
  • Skill in planning, analyzing and coordinating activities and establishing priorities.
  • Skill in effectively managing, supervising and evaluating assigned staff.
  • Skill in academic program design and development.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
Instruction to apply: 

Instruction to apply:

Please note that website links to materials will not be accepted; all materials must be in PDF format and t Comittee will only review electronic submissions totaling 2GB or less in file size.

Please submit the following information to apply.interfolio.com/51423

  • A letter of interest outlining qualifications for the position, research interests, teaching experience
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for four references including name, e-mail address and telephone number


Application deadline: 

Application deadline:

The application deadline is July 12, 2018; if not filled, every week thereafter until search is closed. 



For information on The Design School, visit: design.asu.edu.

The Design School is active within social media. The following links can be used to access the various social media platforms that The Design School engages in, which provide insight into the daily activities within the school:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedesignschool
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ASUDesignSchool  
Instagram: https://instagram.com/asudesignschool
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp8XQNyHfsEXEbwKcwC25KQ
Issuu: http://issuu.com/thedesignschoolasu 

Please note that at this time of this posting we have not launched ‘Redesign’ process publicly; it should be launched in late Spring 2019.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. See ASU's complete non-discrimination statement at https://asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html. See ASU’s Title IX policy at https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.