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Chair of Fashion Design

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
Lakewood, Colorado
Posted Date
Dec 22, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Other Arts
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Employment Type
Full Time

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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: 

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 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 ​The 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 Research, Scholarship and Creative Work (5 - 25%): acquisition, application, and dissemination of creative works, or research in the field 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. Serve as the primary administrator for the assigned program(s) 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 Responsible for academic assessment, development, and management of assigned programs 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 Work closely with Admissions and marketing to drive the development and enrollment growth of assigned program Responsible for retention of students in Program Provide oversight and ongoing development of curriculum to assure continual attention to student, program, and professional industry needs [in conjunction with curriculum advisory committees]  Lead and manage the hiring, development, and supervision of department faculty, adhering to all academic and human resource requirements.  Serve as a key liaison to appropriate professional organizations and industries and maintain advisory groups for program relevance and development Prepare reports and strategic plans for department in cooperation with the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs 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  Perform other duties as deemed necessary and appropriate. 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


In 1963, Philip J. Steele founded Rocky Mountain School of Art as a private, for-profit institution in the foothills of Colorado.

Already a well-known illustrator and educator himself, Phil wanted to develop an art training program based on the traditional, academic method of drawing and painting that dates back to the Renaissance.

His mission was to make RMCAD a ‘community of creatives’ that would instill in all students a passion for creativity, innovation, and a desire for lifelong learning—both in the fine arts and applied arts. He sought to nurture the individual talents of each student, to integrate critical thinking and analysis into their skills, and to contribute in socially responsible ways to the local, global, and professional communities. 


The RMCAD Purpose is meant to lead and steer the decisions of the College into the future. It provides a road map for stakeholders of how the College will live and achieve its mission. Additionally, it sets goals and plans in accordance with the college’s mission, vision, and values.


  • To deliver an exceptional educational experience.  To grow responsibly with a focus on our student experiences and outcomes. To research and develop proactive and effective support to student success which will prepare students for a multidisciplinary career as well as equip them with business acumen, critical thinking, and technology skills. To promote and strengthen a culture of inclusiveness to support an exceptional learning environment, student success, and an open and united community. To leverage its campus and online resources strategically and promote a culture of institutional accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness and to support continued growth. To strengthen opportunities for employee/faculty professional development, focus on employee/faculty retention, and support its culture impacting its holistic community and the institution’s mission, vision, and values. To strengthen and promote community service and public good as a central pillar to student learning, employee engagement, and the greater RMCAD community. To advance a comprehensive data strategy where data will guide the institution’s decisions making process
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