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. 

Welcome, Job Seekers!

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 reach out to the College of Design HR Team at DesignHR@umn.edu.

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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.

Open Design Justice Faculty Postions:


Staff Positions

Research Development Coordinator, Job ID: 350776

The Research Development Coordinator (RDC) works across the College of Design, partnering with faculty and research staff to obtain external funding in support of their research, creative scholarship, and engagement. This role is an important connector within the college, the University, and beyond, helping to leverage multiple funding streams to support and enhance each researcher’s development of their portfolio of grants, disseminated results, and associated updating of curricula.

Learn more and apply to the Research Development Coordinator position.


Principal Office and Administrative Specialist, Job ID: 351502

The College of Design is seeking two temporary Principal Office and Administrative Specialists to be responsible for office management and departmental support.

Learn more and apply to the Principal Office and Administrative Specialist position.


CSBR Researcher, Job ID: 351879

The Center for Sustainable Building Research seeks a motivated individual for a professional research fellow position with significant experience and knowledge base in the areas of sustainable, regenerative, and resilient design across ecological areas – energy, water, materials, indoor environmental quality, and waste.

Learn more and apply to the Researcher position.


Student Positions

Front Desk Student Worker

The Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel is seeking a Front Desk Student worker to serve as the first point of contact for students, visitors, and faculty.  The position provides general office support including photocopying, filing/archiving, preparing receipts for submission, collection of information for department communications/marketing, data entry, and other miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Learn more and apply to the Front Desk position.

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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Employee Benefits

The University is dedicated to keeping you and your family healthy—physically, emotionally, financially, socially, and professionally. We believe in the concept of total compensation: a complete package of rewards that includes not just wages but a full scope of benefits to make sure our faculty and staff remain happy, healthy, and engaged in their work.