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Northampton, Massachusetts
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3-5 Years
Education level:
Master Degree

Co-Director of Design Thinking Initiatives

Responsible for the strategic development and execution of programming of the Design Thinking Initiative. Work collaboratively with the Faculty Director and the Design Thinking Advisory Board in the development, coordination, and implementation of curricular, co-curricular, and campus and community outreach efforts for capacity building in design thinking amongst students, faculty and staff; oversee associated space programming needs, dissemination of resources, methods, and outcomes; student advising and associated teaching. Work with the Development Office on fund-raising initiatives.

Provide leadership and direction for all aspects of the Design Thinking Initiative in collaboration with the Faculty Director and Advisory Board. Develop and teach design thinking courses and workshops for students at the introductory and advanced levels (normally, one 4-credit course per semester and one 1-credit January term course); design and implement faculty and staff development opportunities for capacity building in design thinking; work collaboratively with existing units at the College to support integrative learning, innovation and leadership efforts; serve on relevant institutional advisory boards when appropriate; design and track assessment data related to all design thinking initiatives; provide support to faculty who are integrating design thinking methodologies into their coursework; write and edit annual reports and research papers in collaboration with the Faculty Director; work with Development Office on fund-raising initiatives.

Hire and supervise student design interns/partners; supervise the Design Thinking Prototyping Studio Coordinator in his/her work to support creative collaboration and prototyping; coordinate with Program Director for Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center in supervising and guiding shared administrative assistant regarding ordering, tracking expenditures, and event planning; coordinate with Program Director for Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center in supervising and guiding shared communications coordinator regarding campus-wide publicity and communications related to design thinking, including managing social media presence, website redesign and maintenance. Monitor spending and adherence to budgets.

Education/Experience: Graduate degree in a related field plus three to five years experience within a relevant design-thinking environment and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience working in a higher education setting preferred, but not required.

Skills: Experience working collaboratively with diverse constituencies (in person and virtually); experience with design thinking facilitation and capacity building with applications in design for social innovation; have a strong commitment to liberal arts education and relevant teaching experience; familiarity with low and high fidelity modes of making (within the realms of rapid prototyping and digital technologies); the ability to execute effectively and efficiently several key projects simultaneously. Must be able to work independently, have strong organizational and planning skills, excellent writing and oral communications skills. Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to interact effectively with people of all backgrounds and multiple units on campus; ability to exercise sound judgment; creativity and vision are required.

Complete applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae with link to a digital portfolio of practice, personal statement articulating a vision for how the principles of design thinking might be integrated most powerfully into an interdisciplinary undergraduate liberal arts college environment, and names and contact information for three references.

Smith College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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