Director of School of Architecture - Tenders Global

Director of School of Architecture

Montana State University

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Position Information

Announcement Number FAC – VA – 23050
For questions regarding this position, please contact: Rachael Ortego
[email protected]
Classification Title
Working Title Director of School of Architecture
Brief Position Overview Montana State University’s School Architecture seeks a collaborative and innovative director. The school has distinguished itself for its highly successful preparation of professional architects, its commitment to high-quality teaching, interdisciplinary collaboration, and its longstanding record of community engagement and impact. Our locally and globally engaged students, faculty, professional alliances, and growing endowments provide strong foundations for our future, affording many opportunities for a new director. As it hires new faculty, the school is in a unique position to establish goals, priorities, and relationships to address innovations in the field of architecture. The new director will have the opportunity to work with a world-class team to advance the vision and Land Grant mission of Montana State University.
Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Preferred TT Faculty – Associate or Professor, will consider NTT (Please see Position Special Instructions for additional information)
Position Number 4B3358
Department Architecture
Division College of Arts & Architecture
Appointment Type Faculty
Contract Term Academic Year
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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type LOA
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement The School of Architecture is one of four schools that make up the College of Arts & Architecture, along with the Schools of Art, Film & Photography and Music. The Director reports to the Dean of the College and serves as a key member of the Dean’s executive leadership team – a consultative group of directors, administrators, and support staff who work closely to advance the missions of the schools, the college, and the university.
The School of Architecture and all of Montana State University seeks candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to diversity and inclusion in higher education.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provide inspirational, respected, and engaging leadership that encourages faculty and staff to strive for excellence and innovation.
  • Coordinate with a collaborative leadership team of faculty, staff, administrators, and colleagues within and outside the School of Architecture.
  • Supervise the operational and fiscal management of the school with assistance from staff.
  • Actively guide faculty members through the tenure and promotion process and support their ongoing efforts to advance their scholarship and creative projects.
  • Recruit new faculty in keeping with school, college, and university strategic priorities.
  • Conduct annual reviews and assessment of current faculty, instructors, and staff.
  • Oversee the assessment of courses and programs according to the strategic plan, MSU program review requirements, and national accreditation standards.
  • Communicate professionally and articulately with staff, faculty, and administrative cohorts.
  • Lead the school with emphasis on collaboration, University mission fulfillment and a commitment to shared governance.
  • Represent the School’s needs and aspirations to university administrators, the School of Architecture Advisory Council, members of the profession, donors, and current and prospective students.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  • A Ph.D. in an area related to the position; or a combination of a professional degree in architecture, a terminal degree in architecture or related field, and Professional Architectural Registration.
  • In exceptional circumstances, candidates who lack the degree requirements articulated above, but who are outstanding scholars of national or international repute with extraordinary management and leadership experience and demonstrated potential to carry out responsibilities relevant to the appointment, may be considered.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a professional school of architecture with an emphasis on supporting students to degree completion
  • Demonstrated experience in teaching andacademic administration appropriate to the position.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, as they impact the profession and the culture within the school, college, and university.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and/or practice.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  • Demonstrated engagement with contemporary issues in architecture, as an academic field and/or professional practice.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively advocate for various constituencies within a large and complex organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships, to work collaboratively and to function in a collegial manner with faculty, staff, students, and administrators across the college and university.
  • Demonstrated ability to network with a range of individuals whose experiences with architecture are academic or, professional.
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Work in residence to lead the daily and long-term collaborative decision-making processes of the school.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to consensus building between faculty, students, staff, and university administration.
  • Inspire and support the faculty to engage in innovative teaching, research, and community service programs and initiatives.
  • Engage effectively as a liaison with university administrators, the school’s Advisory Council, MSU Alumni and members of the profession.
  • Be enthusiastic in building relationships with potential donors.
  • Collaborate effectively and transparently as a part of leadership teams within and outside the school.
  • Demonstrate sound fiscal management of resources.
  • Enhance the reputation of the School of Architecture regionally and, nationally, and promote recruitment and retention strategies to meet enrollment goals.
  • Promote and prioritize action items that will improve student persistence to degree completion.
  • Promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging efforts within the School of Architecture, assume an active role in the creation of a more equitable profession and create effective strategies to encourage underrepresented populations to enroll in the architecture program.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information 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.
Physical Demands 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.
The Program
The Department Consisting of 300 undergraduate and 60 graduate students, the School of Architecture offers a 5½ -year professional program leading to a Master of Architecture degree, fully accredited by NAAB. Located in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone ecological system and the Intermountain West region, the School of Architecture, College of Arts & Architecture and Montana State University are internationally recognized for research and creative activity drawn from the social, cultural, and environmental opportunities of the region.
The school has enduring ties to the profession as evidenced by its Endowed Visiting Professorship, funded by the school’s Advisory Council. These visiting scholars enrich our curriculum and community—enhancing the school’s international reach and reputation. Graduates of our program stand out for their exceptional leadership, flexibility, and capacity to integrate the conceptual and theoretical into life-changing practices. The school maintains one of the longest running community design programs in the nation, providing unique service-learning opportunities for students to engage in real-world projects, in keeping with Montana State University’s land-grant mission.
The College The School of Architecture is one of four schools that make up the College of Arts & Architecture, along with the Schools of Art, Film & Photography and Music. The Director reports to the Dean of the College and serves as a key member of the Dean’s executive leadership team – a consultative group of directors, administrators, and support staff who work closely to advance the missions of the schools, the college, and the university.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date July 1st, 2023
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be: Screening of applications will begin on February 8th, 2023; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.
Special Instructions
  • As part of your Philosophy Statement, please address your leadership philosophy regarding the Jobs Duties and Responsibilities (max 2 pages)

The proper employment type of Academic Year (AY) Tenure Track Faculty on MUS Contract combined with Summer Session Appointment or Fiscal Year (FY) Non-Tenure Track Faculty on Letter of Appointment (LOA) will be determined upon the conclusion of the search and dependent upon the finalist’s qualifications.

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.
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