Job ID: 204771

Chair of Fashion Design

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

  • Feb. 1, 2023
  • Open Until Filled
  • Available Immediately
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Design - Fashion & Textile Design

Chair of Fashion Design

Location: Lakewood, CO

Target Salary: $70,000 to $75,000 per year


Rocky Mountain College of Art +Design is looking for a Fashion Design Chair.  This jobs purpose is to serve as the primary administrator for the Fashion Design Department, providing educational leadership for student learning, curriculum development oversight, and the budget planning and management skills necessary to supervise and direct the Department. To allow for the administrative duties of the position, Department Chairs at RMCAD teach a reduced course load. 



Qualifications and Responsibilities: 

  1. Master of Fine Arts or Ph.D. in an art-related field including, but not limited to fine arts, visual arts, design, art history, and art education
    Minimum of 7 years of teaching experience in an art-related discipline
    Demonstrated excellence in academic leadership and administration in the visual arts, design, art history, and art education
  2. Teaching and Instructional Activities (0 - 20%): the practice and art of teaching, including evaluation by students, supervisor(s), and self. Faculty must also comply with all administrative and classroom management policies, procedures and instructional deadlines. A Department Chair’s teaching workload will be based on the needs and best interests of their degree programs and when administrative duties allows
  3. ‚ÄčThe primary responsibilities of a Department Chair are the oversight, leadership, operations, and curriculum development of on-ground, hybrid, and online iterations of their assigned degree programs, both existing and proposed
  4. Research, Scholarship and Creative Work (5 - 25%): acquisition, application, and dissemination of creative works, or research in the field
  5. Service, Administrative, and Supervisory Activities (55 - 95%): participation in college committees, activities, and community service activities that further and promote RMCAD. All Chairs must attend college events as determined by the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and the President. In addition, Chairs will serve on no more than two committees to be stated in the PDP at the beginning of each academic year.
  6. Serve as the primary administrator for the assigned program(s)
  7. Develop, implement, and oversee all educational and administrative facets of the Program, including curriculum for on-ground and online degree and non-degree programs; represent all department curriculum changes to Curriculum Committee
  8. Responsible for academic assessment, development, and management of assigned programs
  9. Monitor and recommend department course schedules, program changes, course offerings, catalog descriptions, brochures, textbook selection, budgets, travel, leaves of absence, departmental instructional purchases, and other related functions; ensure that class schedules accommodate student needs with regard to courses, times, and locations; monitor sick leave and days requested for personal affairs leave by faculty and staff
  10. Work closely with Admissions and marketing to drive the development and enrollment growth of assigned program
  11. Responsible for retention of students in Program
  12. Provide oversight and ongoing development of curriculum to assure continual attention to student, program, and professional industry needs [in conjunction with curriculum advisory committees] 
  13. Lead and manage the hiring, development, and supervision of department faculty, adhering to all academic and human resource requirements. 
  14. Serve as a key liaison to appropriate professional organizations and industries and maintain advisory groups for program relevance and development
  15. Prepare reports and strategic plans for department in cooperation with the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs
  16. Maintain a record of scholarship or professional achievement and ongoing professional/creative research expected, to the extent that the commitment to the classroom and administrative duties are met 
  17. Perform other duties as deemed necessary and appropriate
  18. Uphold the mission, vision, and objectives of the Strategic Plan





Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) is an innovative, rigorous, and community-oriented global learning environment that inspires passion for critical thinking and prepares learners to be forces of change in the creative industries, our communities, and the world. RMCAD was established in 1963 by Philip J. Steele, who had a vision to provide students with a quality higher education in art and design. RMCAD continues to experience growth since its comparatively modest beginnings and now thrives on a lush, historic campus including more than 23 acres of land and 16 buildings. We are also pioneers in the online learning environment for art and design. RMCAD currently has over 1,400 students enrolled.


RMCAD is dedicated to living its mission and values, specifically that “Our students come first.” The college continuously works with faculty and staff towards developing an evolving student-ready paradigm. RMCAD is dedicated to diversity and inclusion and maintains a policy of inclusiveness that recognizes values and reflects the diversity of the community it serves. The college fosters a dynamic learning and working environment that encourages multiple perspectives and the free exchange of ideas. We welcome people from a multitude of backgrounds who are committed to creativity, academic excellence, societal and cultural evolution and betterment, civility, mutual respect, social justice, and the free and open exchange of ideas.


Our Benefits

Hybrid work environment

Time Off Package including paid vacation, sick and holidays (7 Most Observed, Birthday, & December Gift Holidays)

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Medical, Dental, & Vision Insurance

Basic Life & AD&D

Short & Long Term Disability

401k employer match

Tuition Assistance

Other Voluntary Benefits Offered


Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is an Equal Opportunity Employer



  • We maintain a policy of inclusiveness that recognizes, values, and reflects the diversity of the community it serves. 

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) introduces individuals to facets of difference, enables all to succeed, and creates an environment that respects and values individual differences along varying dimensions. The integral values of DEI guide our academic and institutional development, serving our mission to prepare learners to be forces of change in their industries, communities and the world.

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Contact Information

  • Mary Beth Miranda
    Academic Affairs
    Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
    1600 Pierce Street
    Lakewood, CO 80214

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