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Center Director for INDEX
Company: Ringling College of Art + Design
Location: Sarasota, FL
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 12/08/2022
Expire Date: 02/08/2023
Job Categories: Education
Job Description
Center Director for INDEX
Beginning January 2023

Center Director for INDEX

Full-Time Appointment with Benefits and Faculty Status

(Job Summary/Basic Function)
The INDEX Center supports industry and client projects that are experiential learning opportunities at Ringling College. The College is committed to the promise that every student enrolled will have the opportunity to work with a real-world client on a real-world project by the time they graduate. Oversight of this area includes marketing and management of the INDEX brand, client management, project scoping, resource coordination, budget management, contract support, assessment, communication of all aspects of INDEX opportunities and outcomes. The Director has regular contact with clients, faculty, and staff of the College, as well as students and oversees one full time staff member.

Center Directors provide an important connection between teaching and professional work and normally have a required teaching component (usually 2 units per academic year). They are administrators with faculty status, appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs in consultation with the President. This position reports to the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs. The Director oversees the INDEX Project Coordinator as well as student workers within the Center. The salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience. The anticipated start date is January 2023.

The INDEX Center Director needs to possess and project the utmost integrity and the highest standards of professional conduct and must be an individual qualified by accomplishment and experience to lead the INDEX Center as well as future cooperative learning ventures at Ringling College of Art and Design. The ideal candidate will be entrepreneur focused and demonstrate a strong understanding of experiential learning in art and design education.

1. Works with clients to define and refine scope of projects and finalizes proposals capturing appropriate detail and direction.
2. Prepares project announcements.
3. Engages with Office of the President, Office of Advancement and others as needed to secure projects.
4. Directs and manages INDEX brand development.
5. Brand launch and brand building: creative direction on brand guide, marketing, collateral, promo videos, pitch decks, wayfinding, website redesign, social media strategy, merchandising, onboarding one-sheeters, operations handbook, Context Magazine articles, copywriting for announcements/catalogue/handbooks/press releases.
6. Leads strategic marketing and communications plan through Admissions/Marketing.
7. Organizes and hold internal stakeholder meetings and presentations: NFO, DAC, AAC, Senior Officers, Career Services, SGA, Student Life, Trustees/Board, INDEX Hubs.
8. Works with specific faculty to develop INDEX curriculum.
9. Initiates or participate in post-project media, press, and interviews.
10. Event presence: Insight Day, Preview Day, Accepted Students Day.
11. Develops or works with others to develop post-project exhibitions as appropriate.
12. Conducts post-project debriefings with clients, faculty, and students.

1. Knowledge of production workflow processes for various types of media in order to accurately scope projects and assess resource requirements.
2. Proficiency with digital technology and current software projects relevant to the area and courses.
3. Ability to clearly communicate and deliver effective, engaging public speaking, presentations, and pitches.
4. Ability to efficiently manage administrative projects and duties.
5. Willingness to work collaboratively and effectively with cross-disciplinary faculty, students, and administrators in an educational environment.
6. Relevant professional industry and client experience.
7. Broad familiarity with the varied disciplines of undergraduate instruction in art, design and business to oversee teams of students and faculty on client-based projects.
8. An expert in the use of tact, discretion, sensitivity and judgment.
9. Skill as a consensus builder, able to connect and combine the interests of differing viewpoints.
10. Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.
11. Familiarity with digital technologies in teaching and effective use of technology in the classroom.
12. Familiarity with project management tools commonly used in design and media production management.
13. Strong interest or background in a creative industries or educational environment.
14. Ability to work well in non-traditional educational settings and to design innovative learning experiences.
15. Experience handling the legal aspects of project work, including contracts; permissions; releases; licensing; and intellectual property policies and protocols.
16. A record of significant and recent professional experience in one or more of the following areas: brand strategy/management, marketing and communications, design, design management, project or production management.

Minimum Qualifications - Include evidence of:
• Advanced degree in business, advertising, design, or related field from a regional or internationally accredited institution.
• A record of working with multiple stakeholders and/or managing client accounts and maintaining positive client engagement.

Preferred Qualifications – Include evidence of:
• Terminal degree in business, design, or related field from a regionally or internationally accredited institution.
• Two years of full-time college level teaching or the equivalent in part time teaching.
• Five years of significant professional practice and work experience in the professional field of expertise.
• Experience leading a design or production department, managing a brand, or directing design research and/or product development programs.

(Special Instructions to Applicants)
Required materials include cover letter incorporating experiences that address the position requirements, resume or CV, employment history, contact information of three references (names, titles, email and telephone numbers), and an unofficial transcript copy of the most relevant degree(s). Official transcripts will be required upon hire. Candidates may be asked to submit additional materials if needed. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

General questions regarding the job application process may be emailed to aamail@ringling.edu.

Apply on-line https://ringling.simplehire.com

Ringling College of Art and Design is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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