• Design Director - Chaco

    Job Locations US-MI-Rockford
    Job Function
    Product - Brand
    Min. Exp.(Yrs)
    Full Time
  • General Function


    Chaco is an iconic outdoor brand with market leadership in performance sandals, a high growth business in closed-toe performance and lifestyle footwear, and a dynamic accessories offering. The brand has achieved several consecutive years of industry-leading growth by creating remarkable connections with a tribe of loyal consumers known as ChacoNation.


    The Design Director is responsible for the design vision and strategy for all of the brand’s categories; communicates creative vision and direction to key stakeholders.

    Primary Duties

    • Directs the brand’s design team or a category design team and manages design resources.
    • Researches market and fashion trends in order to design new product that will sell.
    • Performs all specifications for design packages from beginning to end.
    • Designs and develops market appropriate footwear within project development guidelines.
    • Partner with product leadership to set brand-appropriate creative direction for the season.
    • Ensures that patterns, construction and outsole blueprints are in line with design with overseas factories for production.
    • Informs Marketing of all key selling features and benefits of finished products.
    • Performs duties consistent with the company’s AAP/EEO goals and policies.
    • Performs other duties as required/assigned by manager.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

    • Bachelor’s degree in design or equivalent work experience
    • 6+ years footwear design experience.
    • Strategic thinking and visioning; understands product relevance, positioning, timing and collections. Proven track record of developing and executing large, strategic and vision led programs / transformations.
    • Strong presentation and communication skills (verbal, written, visual, listening)—inclusive of executive audiences.
    • Proven ability to build strong relationships and get things done in a matrix-oriented environment—inclusive of leading & influencing leaders
    • Skills within illustration, whether this being freehand or computer aided (Illustrator/Photoshop/3D)
    • Proficient with personal computers.
    • Good organization skills and strong attention to detail.
    • Ability to meet deadlines.


    Normal office environment.  International and domestic travel.

    Committed to a diverse workforce, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled).


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