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Montana State University Interior Design Program Director in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 21023

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Departmental Contact: Sarah Maki

Classification Title

Working Title Interior Design Program Director

Brief Position Overview

This Director of the Interior Design Program works closely with the faculty and staff at Gallatin College and MSU -Bozeman. The director will develop, implement, evaluate and provide a comprehensive program of services for the Interior Design program. Additionally there are teaching responsibilities associated with this position. This position will support the development of new design focused certificates or courses as the college grows. This position will also provide minimal support for other Design oriented programs at the college, including the Drafting and CAD program and potentially a new Graphics Design program. All responsibilities are carried out in compliance with state law, federal law, college policy and procedures and accreditation standards.

Faculty Tenure Track No

Faculty Rank Non-Tenure Track

Position Number TBD

Department Gallatin College Academic Support

Division Gallatin College

Appointment Type Non-Tenure Track

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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Union Affiliation Contact HR for Determination

FTE Academic Year 1.0 FTE and Summer Months approx. 0.25 FTE

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type LOA

If other, please specify

Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

Gallatin College is seeking a Program Director for the Interior Design Program. This Program Director oversees the Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design. The Program Director for Interior Design has teaching responsibilities and will administer overall operations for the Interior Design program and provide light administrative support for other design programs. This is an annual contract with administrative and faculty contract duties.

Gallatin College at Montana State University ( MSU ) is Southwest Montana’s two-year college, offering associate degrees and one-year professional certificates. Gallatin College complements the four-year programs at MSU and ensures access to workforce development that promotes a vibrant local economy. Gallatin College strongly supports open access, affordability and responsiveness to local needs.

The mission of Gallatin College’s Interior Design Program is to prepare students with the skills necessary for employment in the Interior Design profession. Gallatin College provides a comprehensive, accessible, responsive, student-centered learning environment that facilitates and supports the achievement of individuals’ professional and personal goals, and enhances the development of Montana’s citizens, communities and economy.

The journey to discovering your purpose may take many turns and we’ve been lucky to help our students on their own unique journeys. Our teachers and staff work closely with individual students to provide guidance, help them learn in their own ways, provide career advice and most importantly, ensure student success.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Recruit, hire, supervise and manage non-tenure track faculty to ensure quality of instruction meets Interior Design industry and accreditation standards in accordance with college policies.

  • Teach a couple of courses a semester in any Interior Design or other Design course that is offered.

  • Be available to teach and support faculty and students during the evening hours when needed.

  • Summer hours will also be required not more than 10 hours a week and those can be flexed.

  • Coordinate program activities alongside Gallatin College administration, faculty, and staff.

  • Develop and implement the request, purchase and maintenance of instructional equipment and supplies to ensure inventory control and efficiency for the program.

  • Foster positive student and industry relations, including coordination of the Interior Design Advisory board.

  • Monitor and research national trends in interior design and related fields to ensure quality services and course offerings to a broad range of students.

  • Evaluate success of program on an annual basis to include student, alumni, and employer satisfaction, based on assessments of students, and employers.

  • Make needed improvements to the program, which may include new programs or courses. These could include Graphic Design and working with the start up of the Construction Trades Division.

    *Works closely with the Design and CAD Program Director on administrative tasks, may share some faculty between programs and design curriculum that supports both programs.

  • Recruit, retain, and graduate students according to college expectations.

  • Seek relevant industry certification that ensures quality and industry connection.

  • Prepare reports as necessary for internal and external review.

  • Serve on campus committees to foster a supportive institutional climate and an informed faculty and staff support network.

  • Oversees academic advising with student success team for all Interior Design students, from orientation to graduation.

  • Seeks industry accreditation for the program to ensure quality; assist in the improvement of the program, and

    maintain relevance of education with the industry.

    *Implements student tracking systems, direct the collection of data at key points identified in the evaluation plan, including retention, graduation and placement rates.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Associate’s degree in Interior Design subject matter, or related field.

  • At least 3 years demonstrated experience in private and/or public industry in an interior design capacity.

  • Experience networking with local interior design partners.

  • 3 years experience teaching or training in a educational setting or in industry.

  • At least one of the following credentials/certifications LEED -AP, WELL -AP, NCIDQ certification.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in CAD and Revit.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field.

  • Certification as an Interior Designer or equivalent.

  • Experience teaching in an educational setting.

  • Experience teaching and administration in a technical or community college.

  • Use of technology beyond basic computer skills.

  • Use of simulation technology for teaching-learning.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Commitment to two-year education that meets high academic standards and responds to student and industry needs.

  • Passion for teaching grounded in a love of one’s field and a commitment to student success.

  • Desire to innovate and to grow professionally and engage with the Design community and faculty.

    *Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite.

  • Contribute to an effective work atmosphere by interacting positively and appropriately with students, co-workers, supervisors, visitors and community members.

  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Ability to work positively with teams and individuals with diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and interests.

  • Willingness to participate actively in College activities beyond one’s field of expertise.

    *Membership in at least one of the following organizations: IDEC , IIDA , or ASID .

  • Have an appreciation of diverse constituencies and add intellectual diversity to the department.

  • Dedication to supporting and enhancing Montana State University’s initiative for diversity, equity and inclusiveness.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

Evening work schedule and hours are required.

Special events and work during those special events will be required.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Physical Demands

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

The Program

The Interior Design program is a two year, Certificate of Applied Science.

The Department

These programs are part of Gallatin College.

The College

Gallatin College is Southwest Montana’s two year college. Gallatin College is a college of Montana State University, that offers workforce programs at the Certificate of Applied Science and Associate levels. Additionally Gallatin College offers Associate of Art, and Associate of Science degrees.

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on April 19, 2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .