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Chair of Fashion

Employer
Savannah College of Art and Design
Location
Savannah, Georgia
Closing date
20 Apr 2024

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Function
Teaching & Education
Level
Senior Manager
Contract Type
Contract
Hours
Full Time

Job Details

SCAD seeks a highly motivated chair of fashion to provide vision and leadership for the department, build its reputation, create a strong sense of collegiality, and inspire a shared responsibility for goals.

The person in this position will assist in the placement of students in internships and jobs. The chair is expected to teach classes in alignment with the agreed-upon hours. The department chair collaborates with the School of Fashion dean, the associate dean, and associate chairs to ensure that overall school and SCAD strategic plans are achieved.

The chair maintains a visible onsite presence, oversees and guides the work of department faculty and staff, supports and mentors students, and collaborates with academic leaders, faculty and support staff across departments and university locations. The chair ensures that all services related to academic offerings of the department are planned and delivered at the highest quality and without any interruptions. The chair makes sure that university policies and procedures are administered without any exceptions.

The chair models academic and professional leadership and makes sure that all faculty and staff of the department work toward the achievement of the university mission, vision and values. Through day-to-day operational and long-term strategic actions, the department chair ensures the department’s intentional and measurable contribution to the university’s strategic plan and the 8Rs (responsibility, resources, recruitment, retention, recognition, revenue, research and results).

SCAD Savannah is woven throughout one of the best small cities in the U.S., as named by Condé Nast Traveler. The city of Savannah’s inviting climate and a culturally rich downtown provide a living laboratory for the study of art and design and a dynamically layered learning environment in which students, faculty, and staff flourish. This is your chance to work with students in a vibrant and entrepreneurial workplace that embraces innovation, creativity, and collaboration.

Additional duties include assisting in hiring of faculty and overseeing the department’s budget.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Credentials and professional experience in fashion sufficient to command the respect of the department members, normally including a terminal degree such as Ph.D. or master’s degree (M.F.A. preferred) in a relevant field
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills
  • Innovation, energy, and personal and professional integrity
  • Experience with curriculum development
  • Ability to conduct thorough, thoughtful, and fair professor evaluations, including class observations
  • Ability to define the needs of the department for faculty hiring and the judgment to make appropriate hiring recommendations to the dean
  • Willingness to collaborate with the admission department on student recruitment
  • Strong focus on sustainable design practices and responsible innovation
  • Profound understanding of cultural, social, and technological shifts and their impact on design
  • Extensive connections to the fashion industry in general and design studios in particular

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Leadership and supervisory experience in academia preferred

Work Hours: As noted in the employment agreement

ADA Tag: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements and minimum qualifications listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and/or meet the minimum qualifications.

Company

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited university, offering more than 100 academic degree programs in 43 majors across its locations in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Hong Kong; Lacoste, France; and online via SCAD eLearning.

 

SCAD enrolls nearly 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 100 countries. The innovative SCAD curriculum is enhanced by advanced professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources, as well as opportunities for internships, professional certifications and collaborative projects with corporate partners. In 2015, the prestigious Red Dot Design Rankings placed SCAD in the top four universities in the Americas and Europe. Career preparation is woven into every fiber of the university, resulting in a superior alumni employment rate. In a study of Spring 2015 SCAD graduates, 98 percent of respondents reported being employed, pursuing further education or both within 10 months of graduation.

 

SCAD regularly ushers in top names in fashion to lead workshops and panel discussions, give guest lectures and offer student critiques, hosting industry titans such as Stephen Burrows, Francisco Costa, Karl Lagerfeld, Diane von Furstenberg, Vera Wang, Alexander Wang, Manolo Blahnik and Miuccia Prada.

 

SCAD's fashion faculty members are among the most experienced in the world, having worked with The Limited, Bergdorf Goodman, Liz Claiborne and Nike Europe. They’ve been featured in Sportswear International, Harper's Bazaar, Women's Wear Daily, Vogue Italy and fashion week events in Paris and London. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the next generation of creative thinkers and problem solvers, you’ve come to the right place.  

 

Learn more at scad.edu.

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