Head of Design for a leading Institute

UMENCO is recruiting a Head of Design for a leading Institute for design and creative industies offering students innovative approaches to education.

Brand Story

UMENCO is recruiting a Head of Design for a leading Institute for design and creative industries offering students innovative approaches to education. The Institute fosters a learning and teaching culture that values scholarship, critical reflection, diversity and equality.

The Institute focuses on nurturing creativity, sustainability, leadership and entrepreneurship, enabling students to develop skills for continuous learning throughout their lives. Furthermore, it empowers graduates to employ cutting-edge technologies to further industry engagement, foster equitable business practices and grow the economy of the design industry.

Role Overview

As Head of Design, you will work with the Executive Management team at the Institute. The candidate will require strong managerial leadership and extensive knowledge/experience of contemporary and innovative design practice. The role includes working collaboratively with the executive team to oversee all learning and teaching at the Institute. The ideal candidate will contribute by identifying critical opportunities for growth, fostering a student-centred environment, developing strategic industry links (locally and globally) while promoting excellence, inclusivity and innovation.

You will work collaboratively to ensure the high quality and consistent delivery of educational programs. You will work collaboratively with the marketing and recruitment team to promote the Institute’s portfolio of courses and build student enrolment and subsequent retention. You will actively participate in teaching and learning activities aligned to your area of professional expertise, be open to partake in academic professional development opportunities, as well as prepare and contribute to lesson plans for design subjects. The ideal candidate will be commercially focused and experienced in managing and leading events.

You will present with 5+ years of industry experience in a design-related discipline and an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 8 or Higher (Bachelor with Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma). International experience preferred.


Melbourne, Australia


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