Search Firm Opportunities

Iowa State University periodically partners with a variety of Search Firms for some searches. Applicants who wish to be considered for these positions must apply via the Search Firms application instructions below.

Emergency Management Director

Iowa State University (ISU), a place where adventurous minds are encouraged to accomplish amazing things, is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. As a land-grant institution and the largest university in the state, ISU is a global and culturally diverse institution committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment—diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State University, these values are translated into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The University expects that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in ISU’s Principles of Community. Big 12 Conference sports and a tradition of cultural and popular performances make campus life an adventure to remember. Iowa State University is located in Ames, a community of 67,000 situated 30 minutes north of the state capital of Des Moines and was recently voted as the number one “Best College Town in America” by and among the “Top 10 Best Places to Live in America.”


The Position

Reporting to the assistant vice president of environmental health and safety, the emergency management director is a professional, administrative, and supervisory leader responsible for directing and managing all aspects of the emergency management program. This includes all phases of emergency management (prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery) as well as Fire and Life Safety.

This influential position helps to ensure that mission critical functions within the university community are prepared to operate during, and efficiently recover after a crisis, disaster, or incident. The director will perform administrative and operational tasks, implementing and administering the requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA section 304) and the management of professional staff and student employees.

The scope of work requires a broad professional and comprehensive knowledge of emergency management, business continuity, emergency operations planning, local hazard mitigation planning, emergency operations center readiness, disaster recovery, fire and life safety operations and an ability to effectively work across all levels of the University.


A master’s degree from accredited college/university and seven years of progressively responsible managerial or supervisory experience in emergency management, preparedness, business continuity or related experience. Experience in civil defense, police, fire and/or equivalent combination of training and experience will also be considered.

This position serves at the pleasure of the University administration and is exempt from certain P&S policies.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin February 16th, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at hjl@spelmanjohnson, com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

Department Chair of Interior Design

Iowa State University (ISU) seeks candidates for the position of chair for the Department of Interior Design in the College of Design. The chair is the designated officer of the department and is responsible for leadership and oversight of central departmental administrative operations. As a dynamic and accomplished leader, the chair must articulate a mission for the department within both disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts. The successful candidate must have a passion for design education and professional commitment to excellence that supports all three dimensions of the land-grant mission: education, research/creative inquiry, and outreach. The chair must also demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion among students, staff, and faculty. The candidate will possess the supervisory and leadership skills needed to lead and advance a diverse community of accomplished teachers and scholars.


The Department of Interior Design offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design (BFA), a Master of Arts in Interior Design (MA), a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design (MFA), and an interdisciplinary double degree with the Department of Architecture (MA-MArch). The department also offers experiential learning in immersive study abroad programs, a professional internship program, many interdisciplinary initiatives, and strategic collaborations with other highly ranked colleges and departments.



An advanced / post-professional degree in interior design, interior architecture, architecture, or equivalent
Scholarly and/or professional credentials that meet the standards for tenure in the College of Design at Iowa State University
A clear understanding of interior design professional practice
A successful record of academic or professional experience


The ideal candidate for the next chair of the Department of Interior Design is someone who values innovation and discovery, understands the interior design practice and aspirations, is an effective and responsive communicator, is a consensus-builder and collaborator, demonstrates competencies in successful budget planning and expertise in organizational and personnel management, and will advocate on behalf of the department with alumni and industry. In this capacity, the chair serves at the pleasure of the dean of the College of Design.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • A successful demonstration of leadership experience.
  • Experience with supervision and management of faculty and staff.
  • Involvement in professional associations at national and/or international levels.
  • A successful record of professional and/or academic accomplishments in interior design and/or other related fields (e.g., academic and/or professional recognition).
  • Evidence of diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.

Application Instructions

Review of applicants will begin January 20, 2023 and will continue as needed until a pool of qualified applicants is identified.

Contact Information for Applicants

For information concerning this position, or to make a nomination, please contact: Seda McKilligan,

Search Committee Chair for Chair of the Department of Interior Design