The College of Design is situated within a world-class public research institution dedicated to meeting the challenges of the future. We believe that every employee plays an important role in achieving the college's teaching, research, and outreach mission. 

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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. 

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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. More details on our next round of positions will be posted in June.


Product Design Teaching Specialist/Lecturer, Job ID: 346566

The Product Design Program seeks to fill a Lecturer or Teaching Specialist position to teach critical core courses at the undergraduate (and potentially graduate) level. We seek highly qualified individuals with expertise in product or industrial design and a demonstrated record of effective teaching and industry experience.

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


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

Communications Associate, Job ID: 347472

The College of Design Advancement team is now accepting applications for a full-time Communications Associate. Responsibilities include assisting in the planning and execution of all marketing and communications efforts, such as blog writing, social media posting, email marketing, editing and publication of press releases, and website content development.

Learn more and apply to the Communications Associate position.

Goldstein Museum of Design Registrar/Exhibition Coordinator, Job ID: 347605

The Goldstein Museum of Design in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota is seeking a Registrar/Exhibition Coordinator. This position is responsible for registration and exhibition operations for the museum. This position reports to the Museum Director.

Learn more and apply to the Registrar/Exhibition Coordinator position.


Student Positions

Fab Store/Laser Lab Technician, Job ID: 347911

The Student Fab Store/Laser Technician assists and oversees students, faculty, and staff using the College of Design FABstore and Laser Lab. FABstore/Laser Technicians conduct sales, maintain stock inventory, and provide user assistance in laser cutting from common design software. Work hours are established semester-to-semester dependent upon curricular and client needs and are likely to include evening and/or weekend hours.

Learn more about the Fab Store/Laser Lab Technician position and apply.

GMD Student Gallery Greeter, Job ID: 347530

Join the Goldstein Museum of Design as a Student Gallery Greeter this summer! Work in a casual, creative environment where you meet new people, have time for your own work, and can gain gallery and museum experience in exhibit installation and customer service. The museum is hiring new student workers for Gallery 241, located in McNeal Hall on the St. Paul Campus. Summer Gallery Greeters will work a minimum of 10 hours and as many as 20 hours per week. The pay rate is $11.00/hour. Shifts fall between 10:00 AM and 4:30 PM Tuesday through Saturday. Hours may vary based on holidays, exhibition installations, and special programs and events. Positions are for summer employment, with the possibility of continued part-time shifts during the school year.

Learn more about the Student Gallery Greeter position and apply.

Graduate Research Assistant | Design Justice, Job ID: 347529

The College of Design seeks a 50% time Graduate Research Assistant to provide support to the Director of Design Justice in advancing collegiate goals and initiatives related to justice, anti-racism, and equity. This position is open to all students within the University of Minnesota campus system. The College of Design is committed to attracting candidates from historically underrepresented groups.

Learn more and apply to the Design Justice Graduate Research Assistant.

Student Fabrication Technician, Job ID: 347914

The Student Fabrication Technician is responsible for overseeing the safe use of tools and equipment in the College of Design Fabrication Shops. The position helps foster a safe and welcoming working environment for shop users from all design disciplines and of all levels of skill. The Student Fabrication Technician consults with students about materials, recommends tools and processes, and demonstrates the safe operation of equipment. Because shop users have varying degrees of previous experience, the Student Fabrication Technician must be able to adjust their instruction style to accommodate any shop user. Work tasks vary day-to-day depending upon curricular needs. Work hours are established semester-to-semester and will require evening and/or weekend hours.

Learn more and apply to the Student Fabrication Technician position.

Student Peer Advisor and Office Assistant, Job ID: 347316

The College of Design Student Services Team is hiring an undergraduate Peer Advisor and Office Assistant for spring and summer 2022 with the possibility of continuing into the 2022-23 academic year. This position will provide advising (via email and online appointments, with the possibility of in-person appointments) to students seeking to declare and already pursuing College of Design minors. This position also provides project and program support to the CDes academic advising team, including new student orientation during the summer and winter break. Includes a flexible schedule during the academic year and the opportunity to work full-time in the summer.

Learn more about the Peer Advisor and Office Assistant position and apply.

Student Services Summer Student Office Assistant, Job ID: 347531

The College of Design Student Services office is hiring Student Office Assistants for the summer starting around May 9 through September 2, 2022. Work hours will fall between Monday and Thursday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with pay rate of $11.00/hour. Hours can range between 7-21 hours per week during the summer. This position may have the option to be extended into future academic years. Student Services in the College of Design has offices located on both the Minneapolis (Rapson Hall) and St. Paul (McNeal Hall) campuses. Openings may be for either campus and cross-campus travel may be required.

Learn more and apply to the Student Services Summer Student Office Assistant.

Why Work for the University?

Bringing people together in new ways, fostering discoveries, and making our world a better place is what we do at the University of Minnesota and the College of Design. Located within the vibrant metropolitan community of Minneapolis and St. Paul, employees of the college have the opportunity to work and connect with one of the major design communities in the United States. 

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