Employment at the RSA


Executive Director, Rice Design Alliance

Application deadline: March 30, 2017


Rice University seeks applications for the position of the Executive Director, Rice Design Alliance, which was founded in 1972 as a community outreach arm of the School of Architecture at Rice University. The Design Alliance promotes design as a way to transform the built environment in Houston and beyond through educational programs, media platforms, and networking opportunities. Since its founding, the Design Alliance has grown to almost 2,000 members and is recognized as the preeminent public forum in Houston for the critique, experience, and discussion of design and the built environment.

Reporting to the Dean of the School of Architecture at Rice University, the Executive Director will foster connections between the university, the organization’s robust board of volunteers, and the greater Houston community. She or he must serve as a catalyst, working with the organization’s many constituencies to identify and pursue areas of design excellence, to garner resources for the enhancement of the Design Alliance’s mission, to champion the importance of design in contemporary society, and to establish and achieve a set of institutional goals that will sustain the Design Alliance.

Strong candidates will have a record of achievement, or demonstrate capabilities, in leadership, fundraising, budgetary skills and ingenuity, and experience in a design-focused organization. Other attributes must include intellectual and aesthetic curiosity, particularly in design-related areas, excellent communication skills, and the ability to foster a team environment in which efforts are purposeful and accountability is expected. Other desirable qualifications include a polymathic imagination and a broad network of professional colleagues in the design fields. Experience within an architectural education setting and a willingness and ability to engage that environment are strongly preferred. 

For a more detailed position description, click here

To apply for this position, visit jobs.rice.edu/postings/9650.

 Rice University is committed to affirmative action and equal opportunity in education and employment. Rice does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, disability or veteran status in admissions, educational programs, or employment. 

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