Utah State University

Design Instructor

City Price Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(5/23/2022 11:30 AM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Teaching (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
19 Hours per week
College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Outdoor Products & Technical Educ
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with qualifications/experience


Utah State University Eastern (Price) offers a half-time position as the Design Instructor in support of the Rural Technology Strategic Workforce Initiative (SWI). As part of USU’s mission to make its academic programs accessible throughout the state, the position will be physically located at the USU Eastern (Price), Utah and support the surrounding areas.

Under the director of the Associate Department Chair for Aviation and Technical Education (AVTE), the Design Instructor assists in the planning and implementation of the FutureINdesign (FIND) Young Adult (YA) Rural Technology program. The position works with internal and external entities within USU Eastern’s service area to align design training with high priority needs in response to business and industry partners. The position prioritizes and allocates design instruction in working as part of the high school to post-secondary rural technology pathways.

The Design Instructor is part of the Technology Rural Career Pathway program, as implemented by USU Eastern in collaboration with area schools and industry partner FIND. The Design Instructor will assist in the execution of the program by providing content expertise as needed and serving as a role model for students enrolled in the training. The Design Instructor position will work in a team approach with other designers and STEM educators on a variety of projects and assignments. The ideal candidate is a creative, proactive individual with critical thinking skills who is able to process, react to, and solve problems in a timely manner. The Design Instructor is responsible for creating clean, easy-to-use, and on-brand designs for websites and software experiences. The Design Instructor is a direct member of the Young Adults team. We prioritize people with a great attitude who will work well with our existing team. This position involves a wide range of technologies and will likely require the individual to add to their existing skill set.


  • Concept and design layouts for websites, banner ads, mobile applications, print collateral, advertising, tradeshow materials and kiosks, packaging, PowerPoint presentations, etc.
  • Collaborates with creative, account services, production, and other extended team members during creative development.
  • Efficiently manage a continuous flow of small design projects.
  • Communicates clearly, concisely, and constantly with FIND YA program facilitator regarding all projects.
  • Ensures the quality and accuracy of files prepared prior to the proofing portion of process.
  • Participate in student outreach and program recruitment.
  • Work with additional rural high schools to ensure they can implement the Technology Rural Career Pathway to allow for program expansion.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associate of Science degree in design or a communication-based discipline related to design.
  • Two or more years of documented industry or free-lance design experience.
  • Broad knowledge of design principles in varied media and application.
  • Practice and skills in working with youth (16 to 19-years) who are seeking knowledge and experiences related to design as a career pathway.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and business/industry leaders.
  • Proven digital, graphic designing production experiences.
  • Possess strong conceptual skills, high level sense of design, layout and typography, a broad thinker able to offer a variety of design solutions.
  • Expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Up to date with industry leading software and technologies (such as: In Design, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Photoshop.
  • Experience with HTML, WordPress, and motion graphics is a plus.
  • Experience creating designs for websites, particularly in an e-commerce realm.
  • Evidence of work in responsive design (mobile/tablet/desktop responsive scaling).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or work towards in a design-based area of study.
  • State or regional experience with technical education program development.
  • Experience as an instructional supervisory at a post-secondary institution.
  • Travel Expectation: The Design Instructor is expected to sometimes travel for meetings, conferences, and program supervision. A valid driver’s license is required. Use of a USU vehicle is encouraged but use of a personal vehicle for travel may be allowed. Travel can vary from three to ten nights outside the community per year. USU travel policy will be used to reimburse for university required travel.
  • Residency Requirement: As a condition of employment as the Design Instructor at the USU Eastern campus, the instructor is required to live within the geographic areas of Price within three months of his or her hire date and maintain residency throughout their employment.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application
  3. Teaching Philosophy to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with qualifications/experience


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

Background Information:
USU Eastern (Price) is developing rapidly within USU’s Statewide Campus system. At USU Eastern, students earn industry-aligned, technical education certificates, and degrees at the associate baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral level via face-to-face instruction and distance education technologies (e.g. online courses and interactive video conferencing). Visit https://eastern.usu.edu/ for more information.
Price, the commercial and cultural epicenter of Castle Country, has a resident population of 12,000 and is the largest community in Carbon County. The economy is largely fueled by energy production related industries, health care, and education. As the gateway to red rock country and many national parks, Price attracts outdoor enthusiasts seeking mountain biking, hiking, touring and river rafting opportunities. Price has a state-of-the-art hospital, city recreation center, and an excellent public school and charter school system. Visit https://www.pricecityutah.com/ for more information.


The position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the Design Instructor. The CTE Design Instructor will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other related duties as assigned by the Associate Department Chair or appropriate administrator. Utah State University reserves the right to update, revise or change this job description and related duties at any time.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 04/18/2022


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