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The Center for Socially Engaged Design (C-SED) empowers students and design practitioners with perspectives and skills needed to design effective interventions that are impactful for society. We believe this requires designers to take into account the fullest social, cultural, economic, and environmental contexts of their design process and push designers to recognize and analyze how their own cultural contexts shape their approach. C-SED provides novel educational resources and fosters a community of research and practice at the University of Michigan.
The Center for Socially Engaged Design Assistant Director reports to the center’s Strategic Director and will be responsible for serving as a primary contact and mentor for co-curricular student design teams, co-developing and implementing educational materials and programs to support and promote co-curricular design activities, managing C-SED’s design consultation service and academic programs, and organizing C-SED’s campus activities, events, and outreach activities.
C-SED is a highly collaborative organization that values creativity, imagination, and vision. The Assistant Director will work closely with the center’s Faculty Director, staff, affiliate faculty, campus leaders, students, and partners to guide the vision and mission in a horizontal leadership structure.
Optimistic and team-oriented
Works well with ambiguity and is able to make decisions even without all the information
Thinks strategically and is able to prioritize
Flexible and able to handle unforeseen events/requests with ease and cheerfulness
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT (40%)
Serve as a primary contact for co-curricular student design teams including engaging with and advising teams using customized C-SED resources.
Co-develop and implement educational materials to support and promote co-curricular design activities including: developing and/or facilitating workshops, design challenges, and custom resources.
Establish and maintain strategic partnerships with offices and student organizations within the college and across the university.
Serve as the primary contact on C-SED’s Academic Programs.
Coordinate C-SED’s Socially Engaged Design Awards including recruiting student teams, coordinating judges and awards.
Organize and facilitate C-SED’s Student Advisory Board.
Serve as a consultant in C-SED’s Consultation Service in socially engaged design.
STRATEGY & DEVELOPMENT (30%)
Develop and implement strategies for recruiting and engaging with students.
Create and maintain interdisciplinary partnerships and connections across campus.
Strategic planning of C-SED engagement events (workshops, design challenges, tabling events, first year orientation, open houses, etc).
Develop and implement strategies for visibility and growth of C-SED’s consultation service.
Contribute the development of the Center’s strategic direction.
MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATIVE (20%)
Manage C-SED’s design consultation service including liaising with consultants and users, onboarding new consultants, managing web pages and booking calendars.
Manage C-SED’s Academic Programs including declarations, auditing, marketing, and liaising with academic advisors.
Contribute to the training and ongoing administration of the graduate facilitators program.
Contribute to the management and coordination of C-SED’s fieldwork program including developing partnership agreements, scoping student opportunities, and setting up MCompass applications.
Supervision: student & temp employees of C-SED. Duties include: interviewing, selecting and training of employees; setting and adjusting their rates of pay and hours of work; planning and directing their work.
Plan and organize internal and external meetings and activities as needed.
COMMUNICATION & MARKETING (10%)
Manage C-SED’s campus activities, events, and outreach activities.
Contribute to the development and implementation of C-SED’s marketing, communication, and storytelling strategies and efforts.
Co-develop communication and marketing materials.
Plan, write and edit pieces for C-SED website, as well as College of Engineering and campus-wide U-M publications to showcase the work of C-SED students.
Enthusiasm, intellectual curiosity, and self-motivation.
Ability to work well in a team environment.
Strong demonstrated experience in project management, including the ability to balance multiple projects at once.
Demonstrated experience engaging with students and faculty across academic disciplines and in diverse social and cultural contexts.
Master's Degree (preferably in social work, design, or education with emphasis on design).
3+ years of experience in higher ed. design and innovation education.
Broad understanding of the design process and design thinking.
The ability to work with and understand the needs of stakeholders and educators in a variety of social contexts and academic disciplines.
Ability to work in a complex, fast-paced environment.
Strong attention to detail.
Exceptional written and oral communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate and work with all levels of the organization while operating in proactive customer service environment.
Prior experience in an academic advising setting.
Demonstrated ability to create networks of connections for student teams to rely on as external mentors.
PhD in engineering, design, or education with emphasis on design.
Experience working in an entrepreneurial setting or startup.
Ability to mentor and guide teams through the entire innovation process.
Extensive hands-on experience in a design discipline.
Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do. Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at: http://strategicvision.engin.umich.edu/ .
The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—along with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment—can be found at: http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/about/diversity.
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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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