Employment at ArtCenter

Product Design

Part-time Industrial Design Instructor

This part-time faculty position works with students in ArtCenter’s Product Design, Transportation Design, and Interaction Design programs overseeing coursework directly related to model making. Reporting to the Faculty Director of Industrial Design Foundation this faculty member plays a key role in supporting the school’s approximately 150 undergraduate students enrolled in their first two semesters.

Reports to: Faculty Director, Industrial Design Foundation

FLSA status: Exempt

Application deadline: July 19, 2019.

Candidates will be required to submit a cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy, resume with three references, ArtCenter application and unofficial transcripts when applying for this position. Upon hire the successful candidate will be required to provide official transcripts. Send application materials to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “Instructor, Industrial Design” in the subject line or submit materials by mail to the attention of HR Department at ArtCenter, 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91103.

Applicants responding to posted job openings are asked to include a completed employment application with the application materials listed in the job posting.

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  • Minimum five years of professional model/prototype building experience
  • Directly related experience working in one of the following fields: transportation design, industrial design, entertainment design, wood or metal shop, prototyping
  • Expert knowledge in working with plastics, wood, foam, and metals and painting
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent directly related experience
  • Excellent multi-tasking and problem-solving skills, effective communication skills, and the ability to work well in within a diverse community and with differing levels of skill sets
  • Knowledge of safety procedures on the use and maintenance of materials, tools and components

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as a teacher in higher education preferred

Essential Functions

Teaching — 50%

  • Provide group and individualized instruction and tutorial or remedial instruction
  • Conduct classes or training sessions to teach and demonstrate principles, techniques, procedures and methods of assigned subjects
  • Demonstrate projects for students
  • Supervise and monitor student use of tools and equipment to ensure safety first
  • Observe and evaluate student work to determine progress, provide feedback and make suggestions for improvement
  • Arrange for lectures by experts in appropriate content
  • Develop visual aids, such as sample parts, drawings, videos and slides

Educational Support — 50%

  • Work with management, shop staff and other instructors to develop and integrate academic and vocational curricula so that students can obtain a variety of skills
  • Act as liaison with shop staff and help enforce shop policies and guidelines
  • Develop and maintain instructional projects that teach students how to safely construct models in wood, metal, foam and plastics
  • Work with department chairs and directors in developing curricula and plan course content and methods of instruction
  • Work with other faculty and school committees to develop and maintain appropriate content

Mandatory Duty to Report

All employees who know or have reason to know of allegations or acts that violate ArtCenter’s Title IX Policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking shall promptly inform the DHR Administrator and Title IX Coordinator, or designee or the Assistant Dean of Students or designee. Faculty with a mandatory duty to report are required to disclose all information including the names of the parties, even where the person has requested their name remain confidential.

Pursuant to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), all employees who know of or have reason to suspect child abuse or neglect involving alleged victims under age 18 shall promptly inform local law enforcement or the county welfare department.

Physical Demands and Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office or classroom setting with frequent interactions with other individuals. Due to the nature of the work environment, there is regular exposure to fumes, chemicals, dust and noise.

Physical: Employees stand or sit most of the time, but may walk for brief periods of time. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a classroom setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight (up to 20 pounds); to operate modern office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: Must be able to have the visual capacity to perform activities such as preparing and reading class materials, viewing a computer terminal and other normal office work with or without correction.

Hearing: Must be able to communicate effectively in the course of normal office communication or exchange ideas with or without correction.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the employee assigned to this job; they do not purport to describe all functions. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may be changed from time to time as necessary.

ArtCenter College of Design is committed to excellence through the establishment of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and its surrounding communities. The College considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Human Resources Department at (626) 396-2270.