Architecture, California College of the Arts

Position ID:California College of the Arts-Architecture-DEAN [#10610]
Position Title: Dean of Architecture
Position Type:Other
Position Location:San Francisco, California 94107, United States [map]
Subject Area: Architecture and Design
Appl Deadline: finished (2017/12/08, finished 2018/09/02)
Position Description:    

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California College of the Arts (CCA), located in the San Francisco Bay Area, is seeking a creative and collegial leader to serve as the Dean of Architecture. The Dean joins the institution—a leading art and design college dedicated to “making art that matters”—at a time of great opportunity and change. With exciting campus expansion efforts underway, the Dean will play a key role in building upon the successes of the architecture division while working simultaneously to shape the future vision and growth of the college as a whole. Working in collaboration with a talented and diverse faculty, student body and staff, the Dean will take the division of architecture to new heights, further leveraging the college’s maker history, social justice and environmental stewardship orientation, its commitment to technological innovation, and new design thinking.

Established in 1907, CCA is home to an energetic and productive community of designers, artists, architects, writers, curators, and scholars. Renowned for its interdisciplinarity and breadth of programs, the college offers 34 programs in four divisions: fine arts, architecture, design, and humanities & science. CCA enrolls approximately 1,500 undergraduate and 450 graduate degree-seeking students, employs more than 500 faculty and 250 staff, and boasts more than 18,000 alumni.

With a progressive past and an imaginative present, the Bay Area is home to a creative and influential architectural and interior design community. CCA brings this community together in an educational setting whose social and cultural mission attracts luminaries and activists. Close ties to Silicon Valley, the Bay Area, and ongoing exchanges with the Pacific Rim and Latin America make CCA a center of creative engagement with the future.

CCA has ambitious and bold plans for the years ahead. The transition to a consolidated, single San Francisco campus has already begun and exciting design activities are under way. The college is in the process of developing newly acquired land, it has an engaged set of community partners to work with, and will be embarking upon a new capital campaign shortly. The Dean of Architecture, along with other senior leadership members, will play a critical role in amplifying architecture education and practice in an arts and design setting, and will develop the campus facilities of the future to support this cutting edge transdisciplinary work. Through this work the Dean will raise the profile of the division and further refine the division’s defining characteristics setting it apart from other architecture programs in the Bay Area and beyond.

The ideal candidate will be a recognized architecture or interior design scholar, and/or a person with a deep history of professional practice, or a recognized practice in craft and making. In addition, they will be an organizational leader with strong experience in academic unit building and management. To be successful, the Dean must address a number of key opportunities and challenges, including: • Further elevate CCA’s profile and enhance visibility of the division • Continue to foster a collegial, academic community that supports student success • Continue to build a strategic enrollment strategy • Enhance partnership building and opportunities for donor cultivation

California College of the Arts has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

Regan Gough and Brett Barbour Isaacson, Miller 1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300 San Francisco, CA 94111 Phone: 415.655.4900

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1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
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