Program Manager, Designer-in-Residence Program

Austin Community College

Highland Campus, TX

ID: 7248046 (Ref.No. R-6088)
Posted: May 24, 2024

Job Description

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Austin Community College is a public two-year institution that serves a multicultural population of approximately 41,000 credit students each Fall and Spring semester.  We embrace our identity as a community college, as reflected in our mission statement.  We promote student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training, including appropriate applied baccalaureate degrees, in our service area.

As a community college committed to our mission, we seek to recruit and retain a workforce that:

  • Values intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching

  • Is attracted by the college's mission to promote equitable access to educational opportunities

  • Cares about student success and collaborates on strategies to facilitate success for populations including; first generation college students, low-income students, and students from underserved communities.

  • Focused on student academic achievement and postgraduate outcomes

  • Welcomes difference and models respectful interaction with others

  • Engages with the community both within and outside of ACC

Job Posting Title:

Program Manager, Designer-in-Residence Program

Job Description Summary:

This role will propel the early-stage business segment for the Fashion Incubator, supporting critical functions of community management, mentor recruitment, event calendar management, event planning, student internships, marketing support, and other duties as assigned. This role will be required to work closely with the Director of the Fashion Incubator on program direction and development and to support the cultivation of critical partnerships through programmatic excellence and execution.

Job Description:

Description of Duties and Tasks

  • Supervises, trains, coaches, directs, coordinates, and evaluates assigned personnel while adhering to organizational human resource policies and procedures, as well as related employment laws.
  • Serve as community manager for the Designer-in-Residence program as primary point of contact for participants, interns, contracted vendors, and guests
  • Maintain communications channels with brands access to Fashion Incubator content, news, events and other related information.
  • Engage in recruitment efforts for full time, part-time, contracted staff, mentors and volunteers to support a smooth execution of all related tasks.
  • Liaise with appropriate internal and external vendor teams to ensure delivery of critical resources to the Fashion Incubator
  • Set the Designer-in-Residence education and event calendar and provide timely materials for marketing efforts in close collaboration/consultation with the Instructional Coordinator and related marketing teams; designing and executing educational events for Designer-in-Residence programs and prospective students.
  • Evaluate student progress and provide clear, timely feedback reflecting program learning outcomes and departmental expectations in keeping with ACC Academic Master Plan and the department’s strategic initiatives.
  • Provide teaching and mentoring services to students in a manner which does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, political affiliation, or other protected categories. 
  • Provide marketing support with the preparation of copy, research, incubated and alumni brand assets for the purpose of prospective brand recruitment in partnership with appropriate college and partner media teams
  • Report at regular intervals with appropriate metrics to support recordkeeping and data on all prospective, current, and alumni participants.
  • Perform other related tasks as assigned by the Director.


  • Documentation and maintenance of operating procedures, processes, and archiving of legacy systems
  • Remain current in the field through a variety of professional development activities.
  • Understanding of manufacturing practices for fashion.
  • Marketing and commercially launching fashion products.
  • Project management.
  • Curriculum design techniques and elements.
  • Supervisory principles and practices.


  • Maintaining an established work schedule including some evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Effectively using interpersonal and communications skills, including tact and diplomacy.
  • Effectively using organizational and planning skills with attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Effectively using written and oral communication and advocacy skills.
  • Maintaining confidentiality of work-related information and materials.
  • Effectively using project management skills.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Effectively using leadership skills including a track record that reinforces the values of service, initiative, and collaboration.
  • Working collaboratively with internal and external constituents including faculty and staff members, investors, fashion leaders, community leaders, and public agencies.
  • Operate within the core values of the college.

Technology Skills

  • Use a variety of spreadsheet, word processing, database, and presentation software.
  • Use of an online learning management system such as Blackboard to develop and build course content and perform administrative duties (posting office hours, syllabi, etc.).

Required Work Experience

  • Two years related work experience.

Preferred Work Experience

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Office, Google Workspace, digital community management (eg. Slack), and video conferencing required. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, Project Management Software applications, and Gerber Technology are preferred, and will be expected to be acquired in the role. 

Required Education

  • Bachelor's degree.

Preferred Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Merchandising or related field. 

Physical Requirements

  • Work is performed in a standard office or similar environment.
  • Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, pushing, and pulling.
  • Occasional lifting of objects up to 10 pounds.


  • Supervise safe operation of unit. Facilitate safety inspections. Take reasonable and prudent actions to eliminate identified hazards. Ensure employees receive appropriate safety training and foster a workplace safety culture.

Salary Range

$64,116 - $80,145

Number of Openings:


Job Posting Close Date:

June 10, 2024

Clery Act

As required by the US Department of Education, employees are required to report violations under Title IX and, under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), select individuals are required to report crimes. If this position is identified as a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified, trained, and provided resources for reporting.


The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC at its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions of the job.