Work at Jacobs

February 18, 2021 | 4:41 pm

The Jacobs Institute was founded on the idea of creating a cross-disciplinary design community, providing hands-on experience and approach to design education. Our faculty, staff, and student workers come from a myriad of individual backgrounds that contribute to the dynamic culture of Jacobs Hall and our Makerspace as a whole. Each member of our small team works closely with one another, making Jacobs Hall a true collaborative experience from behind the scenes to the classroom.

If you’re interested in being part of what we are creating at the Jacobs Institute, we encourage you to explore the opportunities listed below.

Jacobs Institute Lecturer Pool

Our lecturer pool offers candidates with design expertise and a passion for teaching an opportunity to mentor students at the intersection of design and technology and in dialogue with the resources of the Jacobs Institute. Those with expertise in Computer Science and User Interface Design are particularly encouraged to apply, though we welcome applications relevant to all aspects of our curriculum.

Apply here

Master of Design (MDes) Lecturer Pool

The Master of Design program at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley is generating an applicant pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach fall and spring semester courses, as well as summer courses and special topics workshops, should an opening arise.

Apply here

Student Positions + GSI/Readers

From working in our Makerspace to graphic design, there are a number of ways students can get involved at Jacobs Hall. Visit the Student Roles page for a full list of opportunities, including information on GSI and Reader Roles, current open positions, and how to apply.


Staff Positions

Director of Academic Affairs

May 19, 2022

The Director of Academic Affairs will join a collaborative and supportive environment at the UC Berkeley College of Engineering Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation.  We are looking for a leader to play an essential leadership role advancing the overall academic mission of the Institute’s curricular and cocurricular programs, including the Master of Design program. Candidates with academic and student affairs experience in undergraduate and graduate programs encouraged.

Academic Administration and Curriculum Planning

  • Works with faculty leadership on curricular planning each semester, identifying needs and opportunities for course offerings. 
  • Works with Faculty Directors and Executive Director to fill teaching positions, through recruiting senate faculty to teach, and hiring lecturers and GSIs. 
  • Reviews course evaluations, reviews exceptional requests for course or degree requirements from students, and provides input to faculty leadership and MDes Education Committee on proposed changes to curriculum.

Student Services 

  • With support from student services staff, develops and implements excellent student services programs unique to each student population, including academic, and co-curricular programming. 
  • Is responsible for overall student experience, and works to ensure a positive culture for JIDI students, and to achieve high program satisfaction among current students. Proactively creates policies and programs to support a diverse and inclusive student body. 
  • Supervises two career staff and student workers. 

Program Marketing, Outreach, and Student Recruitment 

  • Develops recruitment programs, events, materials, and outreach services to engage potential students. 

Graduate Admissions 

  • With faculty leadership, oversees and manages the MDes admissions program.  Works with faculty to set graduate admissions targets and policies. Actively works to recruit a diverse pool of applicants with a range of life, academic, and professional backgrounds. 

To apply and see the full job description, go to and search for Job ID #4576U.


Senior Director of External Relations

May 19, 2022

The Senior Director of External Relations will join a collaborative and supportive environment at the UC Berkeley College of Engineering Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation.  We are looking for a trailblazer to lead the Jacobs Institute’s external relations inclusive of marketing & communications, corporate relations, international partnerships, events and program development and coordination. Candidates with outstanding external relations experience in academic settings encouraged. 

Outreach, Marketing & Communications 

  • Designs, develops and implements communication, marketing and public program strategies that align with and advance the strategic vision and mission of the Jacobs Institute (JIDI). 
  • Develops and manages the Institute’s brand identity, including voices, brands, and style guides for JIDI and the Masters program; builds and maintains brand across all communications and collateral, for all programs, activities, and services. 
  • Leads content planning, production, and management for Institute social media, website newsletter, publications (e.g. compendiums of MDes student work), commencement program, and other public-facing materials and special projects. 
  • Quickly and appropriately identifies, addresses, and mitigates unforeseen and / or rapidly unfolding events that may negatively impact relationships between the campus and various constituencies, keeping senior management appropriately advised and notified.

International and Corporate Partnerships 

  • Works with Institute and College leadership to develop annual strategy for opportunity development and revenue targets. Employing entrepreneurial spirit and creativity, proactively seeks and pursues industry partnerships & programs with both short- and long-term horizons. Build and maintain a network of industry partners. Liaises regularly with College of Engineering Development Office. 
  • Manages and sets goals for MDes Director of Career Development. 

Program & Event Coordination 

  • Designs, develops, and implements short and long-term strategic plans, programs, events, and activities. Continuously evaluates programs for success within Institute’s goals, making recommendations for new programs, adjustments to existing programs, or the sunsetting of activities that no longer benefit the Institute. Events serve a wide range of audiences, including: various lecture series, semester design showcases, biannual Industry Advisory Board meetings, open houses and community events such as Cal Day, homecoming, other workshops, recruitment and yield events. 
  • Manages and sets goals for Administrative Officer and manages contributions from other staff. 

To apply and see the full job description, go to and search for Job ID #6300U.