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Design Officer

Date: Feb, 2012
Reports to (Job Title): Director, School of Planning
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Department: School of Planning


Main Campus


USG 10
35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

This position is accountable to the Director of the School. For operational matters pertaining to the Environment Design Studio, this position coordinates with the School Academic Services Manager,design area faculty, and Faculty of Environment staff.



A senior professional staff position that has responsibilities in teaching, advising, and administrative service to the School and University. Consistent with the duties that include full responsibility for courses, this position involves a simultaneous appointment as a Continuing Lecturer. Annual course teaching assignments will vary from 4 to 6 term courses per year depending upon other work load and the needs of the School. Teaching is assigned by the Director; it may involve some graduate course instruction but will be predominantly at the undergraduate level in areas associated with design, graphics, and computer graphics applications in design and professional practice. This position’s teaching responsibilities require the individual to hold a post graduate degree in an appropriate related subject area (eg., planning, architecture, landscape architecture, etc.)


Takes individual initiative to structure, develop, update, maintain and provide class room instruction in assigned courses. This includes the responsibility to maintain and enhance personal graphics and design skills (including knowledge and technical competence in computer application operations) consistent with these duties. The responsibility in teaching includes operating courses within the policies and procedures of the University, Faculty of Environment and the School, requiring professional achievement standards from students and dealing with any student appeals process.


This position may also assist the Director and School Academic Services Manager with liaison to the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, and other appropriate planning related agencies. It is helpful if this person is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.


May be called upon to provide graphic design assistance to the School as required for displays, layouts, computer and text literature. This position may provide consultation on design matters to School faculty, staff or students. In addition, this person serves as the liaison with the operational coordinator of the Faculty’s  Design Studio on behalf of the School.

Provides academic serviceduties by participating on School standing committees, School and Faculty meetings and may on occasion be called to be involved with committee duties elsewhere in the Faculty of Environment or the University.


Key Accountabilities:

A.   Teaching

Takes individual initiative to structure, develop, update, maintain and provide class room instruction in 4 to 6 term courses assigned annually by the Director. This includes responsibility for structure and content of the courses, the development and preparation of course projects, marking, examinations and overall grade determination. Duties may involve responsibility for field work aspects in some courses; field activity plans will be coordinated through School administration. Course operation may include responsibility for making arrangements for visiting experts to participate and for special facilities. This individual must know the applicable University policies and procedures.



B.   Advising

May serve as a sole advisor for Undergraduate Senior Honours Essay students -- primarily those involved in design. Advising includes supervision and grading of all aspects of a student’s work. Advising may also involve design related Master’s graduate students; this includes serving as a thesis examiner.

The Design Officer - Lecturer encourages, coordinates and directs individual students and student groups in design competitions. This position may also develop as part of work load special workshops or technical training programs consistent with design and graphics on approval of the Director.



C.    Academic Service -- Critic

Responsible for providing, on request of school faculty, advice and services as a critic of design, graphics, and presentation work in courses or other activities consistent with the goals and objectives of the School.



D.   Graphics and Design

Provides graphic design advice to School faculty and administration on an ad hoc basis where appropriate..



E.    Administration -- Planning Studio

Provides liaison with Faculty of Environment staff responsible for the operation and functioning of the Faculty Design Studio.



F.    Professional Liaison Responsibilities.

Maintain active membership with professional organizations including CIP, OPPI and urban design related groups. The Design Officer - Lecturer may participate and/or organize charrettes to increase the School’s profile in the local community and beyond, including those related to World Town Planning day, and will participate in speaking engagements upon request. This person may attend relevant conferences and workshops as a participant or presenter. Such activities requiring absences from campus are subject to Director’s approval via normal permission form submitted in advance.



G.   Other duties consistent with the position as assigned by the Director.

Position Requirements




MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
word excel powerpoint other

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