Staff and Faculty Development Designer

Smith College
Smith College

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

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Job Summary

Designs and facilitates collaborative team building, creative problem-solving, and process design work within campus units, with a focus on supporting and helping to build a culture of collaboration and co-design among staff and faculty on campus. Partners with staff and faculty unit leaders to support team development around group dynamics, as well as advising on collaborative process design for longer-term initiatives. Supports faculty experiments in curriculum development for integration of collaborative and design thinking pedagogies. This position reports to the Wurtele Center for Leadership but collaborates equally across the Wurtele Center and the Design Thinking Initiative.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Essential Functions

Consultation and Team Development (40%):

Consult with and support campus units as they design and develop collaborative change processes within their areas or in partnership with other units.

Consult with team leaders on campus to assist with and advise on team dynamics.

Design and facilitate customized team building workshops, retreats, and other experiences for campus units.

Curricular Support (30%):

Help to expand the Integrative Learning Units’ collaborative Curriculum Enhancement Grant program supporting faculty members as they work to redesign and reimagine their courses to build students' capacities for iterative thinking, collaborative teamwork, creative problem-solving, and/or design processes.

Support and facilitate faculty experimentation with new interdisciplinary and interdivisional collaborations across courses.

Offer guest teaching sessions in team project-based classes to support student capacity building in collaboration and project design.

Program Design and Facilitation (20%):

Serve as lead designer and co-facilitator of monthly “Art of Leading Teams” workshops to build collaborative teaming skills in staff and faculty.

Develop and support additional community programming, for example reviving DTI’s “Institutional Change Partners” initiative: design and facilitate a cohort of staff and faculty leading institutional change projects, building collective capacity and sharing strategies for collaborative change-making.

Drawing from the work of the centers, generate shareable documentation and tools for project/process design, meeting design, collaborative facilitation strategies, and team building.

Other Functions

Cross-Unit Collaborative Support (10%):

Support additional efforts and initiatives of the Integrative Learning units (Wurtele, DTI, the Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, and the Narratives Project) as needed.

All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)

Master’s degree, 3-5 years relevant experience, and demonstrated expertise in group dynamics, process/project design, human-centered or participatory design, and/or organizational change management. Strong understanding of collaborative and human-centered design pedagogies within a liberal arts context.

Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience designing and facilitating team development work within a higher educational setting is a plus. College-level teaching experience and/or instructional support experience. Ability to collaborate across institutional silos.


Facilitation, process design, instructional coaching.

Additional Information

This position is a two-year, limited-term position, with the potential for longer appointment at the end of the term.

For the care and safety of our community, Smith College requires that all employees be vaccinated as a condition of employment and as such, the incumbent will be required to be immunized against COVID-19 on or before their first day of employment. Proof of vaccination status will be required. Individuals may seek medical or religious exemption with HR, but must do so prior to their arrival.

Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . Be sure you have provided all attachments before submitting your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

January 9, 2023

Compensation Grade:

Grade J

Position Type:

Fixed Term

About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 151B, it is the policy of Smith College to provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with a disability, unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship. The policy regarding requests for reasonable accommodation applies to all aspects of employment, including the application process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact our recruiting team at

Diversity and a culture of inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religions, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Working at Smith College 

Founded in 1871, Smith College is the nation's largest liberal arts college for women. The reputation of the College as one of the finest in the country holds strong because of the dedicated work of our staff, faculty, and administration. We are a diverse group bringing to our community different talents, perspectives, and experiences. Our strength arises from this diversity and is sustained by a community value of providing an outstanding educational environment for our nearly 2,700 students. Smith College is located in Northampton, a lively town of 30,000 in the Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts.

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