Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts
Full-time, 12-month position beginning July 1, 2015
Application Deadline: Review of applications begins November 17, 2014 and continues until position is filled.
Salary: $90,000 to $120,000
Located in Richmond, VA, the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is ranked the #1 public university arts & design program in the country (by U.S. News & World Report). It is conducting a search for a charismatic industry leader or academic administrator to chair its Department of Fashion Design & Merchandising. The successful candidate will have excellent connections to the fashion industry and possess a knowledge of and deep passion for fashion. Through these connections the chair will explore innovative and intellectual educational paradigms within the School of the Arts and the larger research university. With a current enrollment of 350 undergraduate students, the chair must have an understanding of, a commitment to, and the ability to enthusiastically advocate for the value of a 21st century education in fashion design and merchandising.
The Department is located in the Pollak Building, which also houses the departments of Interior Design, Graphic Design, Cinema, and Photography & Film, giving students constant opportunities for conversation and collaboration. The Department is located within walking distance to the Richmond Arts District and a few blocks from the newly renovated Depot Building which will house a new state of the art Sound Studio with motion capture capabilities, a 6000 sq. ft. interdisciplinary research space and the new student art gallery. Additionally, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is one mile from campus and the Pollak Building is located just a few blocks from VCU’s new Institute for Contemporary Art, poised to open in 2016 and designed by award-winning architect Steven Holl.
Fashion Design & Merchandising is one of the largest departments among the School’s 16 programs which total 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The program is staffed with 8 full time dedicated faculty members and numerous adjuncts who teach courses in their area of specialization. This appointment is at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor with the flexibility to make this a tenure track appointment based on the candidate’s qualifications.
According to four of five cost of living calculators, housing in Richmond, VA is approximately 80% lower than New York, NY and overall expenses are 45% less.
- Ability to build collaborative relationships across all university departments, to be flexible and able to work in a team environment with the potential to develop new strategies for programming;
- Articulate a vision for the department;
- Serve as an advocate for faculty, students, and the fields of fashion design and merchandising;
- Develop and maintain a national and international network of partnerships with outside professionals and various leaders in fashion industries;
- Promote excellence in teaching, creativity, research, and community engagement;
- Thoughtfully inspire and evaluate faculty in the areas of teaching, research and service, including mentoring new and current faculty and guiding faculty through the promotion and tenure process;
- Oversight for all areas of department administration, to include finance, recruitment and admissions, course scheduling, personnel, facilities and equipment; and other duties as assigned;
- Foster regular and ongoing collaborations with the branch campus in Qatar located in the Education City campus in Doha;
- Promote international study opportunities such as the summer abroad program at Santa Reparata International School in Florence, Italy;
- Engage nationally and internationally with alumni;
- Maintain strategic alliances with the Council of Fashion Designers of America and to the Fashion Advisory Board;
- -Bachelor’s degree required; a master’s degree preferred or training and substantial industry experience that equates to an advanced degree preferred;
- Minimum 8 years working for a leading fashion brand preferred with a solid record of progressive management experience at many levels;
- A well-developed scholarly, creative or professional portfolio with the potential for multi-disciplinary applications and interest in developing external funding appropriate to complement and expand existing expertise in the department;
- Experience developing and leading in a highly ambitious and collegial team environment;
- Excellent time management and communication skills; adept at speaking to large audiences;
- Collaboration with the School’s admissions team including the execution of a national recruitment plan;
- The Chair will have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU;
- Travel required but must live in Richmond, VA.
To apply, please send a letter outlining your interest in the position, a curriculum vita, and a list of five current references (references will not be contacted prior to candidates’ approval), including names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses to the attention of Ryan Ellington, Director of VCUarts Human Resources at www.vcujobs.com. Applications will be reviewed starting November 20, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. For questions about the application process or VCU eJobs, contact Ryan Ellington at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone: 804.828.2787. Only electronic applications submitted via eJobs will be accepted.
To read more about VCUarts and the Department of Fashion Design & Merchandising: http://arts.vcu.edu
Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.