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Employment Opportunities

Full position descriptions for job opportunities can be found on the University's Office of Human Resources' employment website. To view and apply for current opportunities, enter the job ID number in the keyword search. 

If you have any questions on how to apply, please feel free to contact Zang Lee, Human Resources Generalist, at or 612-624-1721.

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Faculty Positions

Design Justice Faculty Cluster Hire

Design Justice is a new initiative within the College of Design, seeking to create space, policy, and practices that support the inclusion and retention of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) as well as other communities who have been historically underinvested. Design Justice is supported by a group of individuals across design disciplines, known as the Collective, who are committed to anti-racism, decolonized pedagogy, and the liberation of communities who have been underinvested historically, in both design academia and the design industry. Areas of scholarship, teaching, and/or service will involve: anti-racism, racial justice, racial disparities, and/or racial discrimination; equity, power/privilege, and/or bias; benefits to the BIPOC, immigrant, and refugee populations; environmental and social justice; and/or other forms of studying and countering systemic oppression.

Successful candidates for all of the faculty positions will have the clear potential, demonstrated ability, and/or related scholarship to support our BIPOC and other marginalized communities within their respective discipline. We are looking to expand the Design Justice Collective with a cluster hire of several faculty, in various programs across two years.

Learn more about each position and apply:


Architecture Design Faculty, one open rank and one Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship, Job ID: 343981

The School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota seeks candidates for two faculty positions in design. This includes one open rank position (tenure-track or tenure review-on-hire with the aim of filling the role of Director of Undergraduate Studies) and one Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship. Our primary selection criteria include excellence and innovation in design pedagogy supported by strong evidence of creative achievement in the field: design work, scholarship, research, professional practice, or a combination thereof. Successful candidates will teach a range of undergraduate and graduate studios and courses specific to the curriculum needs of the School of Architecture. 

These are 100%-time academic year (9-month), tenure or tenure-track faculty positions. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and will be supplemented by a generous start-up package to support the advancement of scholarship and teaching. The priority application deadline is November 15th, 2021; however, applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled. The anticipated start date is August 2022.

Learn more and apply for the Architecture Faculty positions.


Architecture Adjunct Instructor, Job ID: 341615

The School of Architecture has periodic openings for adjunct instructors to teach non-studio courses, lectures, or seminars, and to teach design-based courses, studios or workshops. Courses vary from 2 credit half-semester workshops of 6 class hours per week to 9 credit full semester studio courses of 12 class hours per week. Instruction in the School of Architecture is carried out each year by tenured faculty members. However, as a professional practice field, we also rely heavily on adjunct instructors who have a proven history of providing quality instruction for one or more courses in their area of expertise per year. Applications are reviewed as openings occur, and individual applicants are invited to interview when their skills or areas of expertise match an opening. This posting is designed to establish a pool of instructors. Applications will be reviewed when openings occur throughout the academic year/summer.

Learn more and apply for the Architecture Adjunct Instructor position.


Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel Teaching Specialist, Job ID: 341278

The Department of Design, Housing and Apparel (DHA) in welcomes applications for part-time instructors to teach designated courses based on the following areas according to the needs of the department: Graphic Design program in the area of identity and branding, Retail Merchandising, Apparel Design, and Interior Design. Applications are reviewed as openings occur, and individual applicants are invited to interview when their skills or areas of expertise match an opening. This posting is designed to establish a pool of instructors. Applications will be reviewed when openings occur throughout the academic year/summer.

Learn more and apply for the DHA Teaching Specialist position.


Landscape Architecture Adjunct/Associate Professor, Job ID: 341406

The Department of Landscape Architecture invites applications for part-time faculty teaching positions as an adjunct assistant/associate/full professor, dependent on qualifications. Candidates should demonstrate a strong interest in teaching and mentorship, either in the classroom or professional office, along with applied knowledge of contemporary landscape architecture and environmental design practices. In particular, candidates should be able to demonstrate strong credentials related to the policies and design of urban ecological systems; the theory and design of urban public space and integrated infrastructure; and, the programming, design and construction of site-scale projects along with their visual representation.

Learn more and apply for the Landscape Architecture Adjunct Professor positions.


Product Design Teaching Specialist/Lecturer, Job ID: 342240

At present this is an opening for a secondary instructor to assist with teaching fall capstone studio (25% time). The primary instructor is responsible for the course, and the secondary instructor would assist the primary instructor in providing critiques, grading, and lecturing on occasional topics related to the product design process. This position will need to be able to meet in-person on the designated dates and times for the course (Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:05am-12:05pm during Fall 2021 semester). In addition to this position, the Product Design program would like to establish a pool of instructors who can be reached out to when openings occur throughout the academic year/summer.

Learn more and apply for the Product Design Teaching Specialist position.


Staff Positions

Academic Advisor, Job ID: 342864

The College of Design Student Services Office has an immediate opening for an academic advisor supporting students in apparel design, graphic design, interior design, and retail merchandising. As a member of the College of Design’s Student Services team, this position delivers the full range of direct-service academic advising activities to undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds, from the point of admission through degree completion, as well as participates in some prospective student events. Major responsibilities include curricular and co-curricular planning and progress, as well as coaching and guidance regarding academic, career, and personal development. The Academic Advisor contributes significantly to the planning, development, and implementation of efforts to enhance advising practices, processes, tools, and resources. The Academic Advisor is an active participant in College and University efforts to improve retention and graduation rates, while enhancing the experiences of all undergraduate students. In addition to academic advising, this position coordinates select initiatives regarding academic advising, student retention, and the student experience.


Advancement Assistant, Job ID: 343859

The College of Design, and its Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD), seek a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and flexible Advancement Assistant to join our team. Advancement encompasses the college’s alumni relations, development, communications and web team, and through innovative strategies builds the agenda to raise awareness about the entire College. This position will report to the Assistant Dean, working closely with GMD, alumni relations, and development leads by providing events coordination, project and office management, communications and administrative support to ongoing and new initiatives.  A willingness to learn new responsibilities and software programs, high level of organization, adaptability, and accurate attention to detail are keys to success in this role.  This is a 100%, 12-month, continuing labor-represented unit position.

Learn more and apply for the Advancement Assistant position.


Graphic and Multimedia Designer, Job ID: 343624

The Graphic and Multimedia Designer is a key member of the Advancement team in the College of Design. Advancement is composed of alumni relations, development, and internal and external communications and marketing. This position works with stakeholders from across the college to create a variety of graphic materials for print and electronic media. The Graphic and Multimedia Designer also supports content providers on the college website and plays a primary role in ensuring visual continuity of the website and print media.

Learn more and apply for the Graphic and Multimedia Designer position.


HR Pro 1 Generalist, Job ID: 342136

The Human Resources (HR) Generalist 1 is a key member of the College of Design Human Resources Team. The generalist 1 is the college position manager and has primary responsibility for talent acquisition operation. This position must be highly knowledgeable of HR policies and practices, both specific to the University and in federal and state law. The position reports to the College of Design director of human resources. This position will also provide support and expertise to diversity and inclusivity initiatives undertaken by the HR team, including through strategic recruitment of personnel as well as to College-level committees.

Learn more and apply for the HR Pro 1 position.


Student Services Operations Manager, Job ID: 343697

This position serves as the Operations Manager for the College of Design Student Services Office and provides direct support to the Assistant Dean of Student Services. The Operations Manager coordinates operations, personnel, and budget for the unit. Supervises administrative support team, is the customer service coordinator for the unit and liaison to Human Resources, Facilities Management, Design Operations, and Finance areas. Participates in unit strategic planning and management. Information managed by this individual is of a confidential nature. Travel is required between the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities campus on East Bank (Minneapolis) and the St. Paul campus. This position reports to the Assistant Dean of Student Services.

Learn more and apply for the Student Services Operations Manager position.


Student Positions

There are no open positions at this time.

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