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The Chair of the Product Design department reports to the Provost, provides vision, leadership and is broadly responsible for ensuring educational excellence and the ongoing successful operations of the Product Design educational program.  Responsibilities include planning, oversight, and operational management of the department’s curriculum, budget, and initiatives as well as organizational leadership for staff, faculty, and students. The Chair is responsible for defining the mission of the department in alignment with the College’s mission and strategic plan.


  • At least 10 years of Professional and/or academic experience demonstrating ability to lead educational excellence in the Product Design field of study and practice.
  • College degree in Industrial Design or related field from an accredited college or university
  • The ability to develop effective curriculum appropriate to the Product Design field of study and practice
  • Ability to develop and maintain valuable working relationships with educational partners in companies, alumni, educational institutions and /or other organizations relevant to the department
  • Strong presentation, and communication skills — verbal, written, and visual.
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks in parallel that require close attention to detail within stringent deadlines.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of ArtCenter business
  • Must be able to work with and understand our culturally diverse student and faculty body with their needs and goals
  • Demonstrated experience in and a commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within Art Center’s diverse communities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced College degree in Industrial Design or related field from an accredited college or university
  • Experience and knowledge of NASAD and WASC accreditation
  • Affiliation with industry organizations such as IDSA, CUMULUS and DMI

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