Job ID: 151967

Rural Studio Operations

Auburn University

  • Dec. 21, 2020
  • Rural Studio Operations
  • School of Architecture, Planning, & Landscape Architecture
  • Auburn University
    Auburn, AL
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Architecture/Landscape Architecture

Job Description Summary
The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (APLA) at Auburn University invites applications for a Non-Tenure Track Faculty (NTTF) for Rural Studio Operations in the Program of Architecture’s Rural Studio program. This position is for a 12-month non-tenure track faculty member who can both play a key role managing the operations of Rural Studio and will also have an opportunity to teach based on interest and expertise. The ideal candidate would have professional experience in management and a track record of success with systems creation and staff management.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position is appointed under a one-year contract that will be renewed annually based upon acceptable performance and continued funding.

This position is expected to focus on providing administrative management of the operations of Rural Studio, which includes numerous design/build activities that occur there annually. This position will focus on working with the Director of Rural Studio to manage the activities that support the student learning environment which include, but are not limited to:

A. Staff Management (oversight of non-faculty Rural Studio staff responsible for food service, grounds keeping, special projects, financial tracking and administrative duties)

B. Financial Management (oversight of financial reports, tracking, and standards, along with the selection and management of preferred vendors for construction, food sourcing, special projects, and other regular purchases)

C. Operational Management (Rural Studio Garden and food sourcing, special projects, office management, student registration and graduation, coordinate external workshops, lectures, and events, with relevant operations team members)

D. HR and University Compliance (Liaise between Rural Studio and Auburn University HR relative to compliance, procedures, campus HR resources and best practices and policies)

E. Student Management and Teaching (supervise student workers and have an opportunity to teach based on interest and expertise)

In all of these areas of responsibility the successful candidate will work closely and collaboratively with the Directors, Chairs, Faculty and Staff of the Rural Studio.

Applied research and Instruction are part of Rural Studio, a design-build outreach program within the degree program in the Auburn Program of Architecture. Rural Studio is a remote, residency-based venue in Newbern, Alabama. Located in the Black Belt Region of West Alabama, Newbern (population 225) is part of the Tuscaloosa Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is made up of Hale, Pickens, and Tuscaloosa Counties. Newbern is approximately 145 miles from Auburn University’s main campus. The location of residency and instruction for this position is Newbern, Alabama.

APLA has a 110-year history of educating architects, interior architects, landscape architects and planners. The school contributes to the region and to the profession through outreach, scholarship and creative work. APLA has three allied degree programs: Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Interior Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture; as well as off campus sites at Rural Studio and Urban Studio. APLA resides in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction along with the School of Industrial and Graphic Design and the McWhorter School of Building Science.

APLA is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community though their teaching and service. Excellent communication skills are required.

Minimum Qualifications
Candidates must hold a master’s degree or other terminal degree, or bachelor’s degree with commensurate professional experience in their respective discipline at the time employment begins.

Required online submission materials include:
1) a letter of interest;
2) current curriculum vitae;
3) names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three references;

For more information, contact Megyn von Gal: (334) 844-5421 or via email:

The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time this position is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

Applicants must pass a standard University background check.

Auburn University is understanding of sensitive to the family needs of faculty including dual-career couples. Please visit the following website for additional information:

EMPLOYER. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Desired Qualifications
Desired qualifications include:
Financial, operational, and management experience within a state, federal, not for profit, or professional design and/or construction setting.

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