Gap Inc. Athleta Design Academy in San Francisco, California

Athleta Design Academy


San Francisco, California 94105

JOB#: 201593 DATE POSTED:May. 19, 2017

JOB STATUS: Full-time

Athleta is creating a new breed of premium, authentically active and fashion-fueled apparel for a life in motion. Our mission is to ignite a community of active, healthy confident girls who empower each other to realize their limitless potential.

We're looking for people who find inspiration in the same things we do. Like community. Participation. Empowering others. Working as a team. Never forgetting that work isn't work without a little play - and, of course, being a part of something bigger. At Athleta we’re always reaching for amazing - and that challenge is what fuels us!

Power of She

At Athleta our mission is to ignite a community of active, healthy, confident women and girls who empower each other to realize their limitless potential.

Since the beginning, we’ve been inspired by everything women and girls are capable of, whether they’re serious athletes or just getting into fitness. We started this company because we recognized that women were underserved in sports. It was hard to find apparel that fit right and worked for women’s bodies and needs. As women athletes ourselves, we set out to create what we were looking for and redefine the modern way of dressing. It’s all about premium quality, total performance, feminine style and the versatility we need for our entire active lifestyle, from work to workout to weekend. Fast forward to the present and we’re proud to be pioneers in an industry that is now thriving, giving women so many more choices for what they love to do.

Athleta was born in Sonoma County, created by athletes (mostly women) who love the great outdoors. We believe that being fit and active makes life richer and bigger than it could possibly be otherwise. And we’ve seen firsthand how fitness nourishes the mind, body and heart, and opens up new worlds for us. Most importantly, what we have learned along this journey is that alone we are strong, but united we thrive. Our more than 130 stores have become hubs for their communities to meet, inspire and ignite each other into realizing their limitless potential. For all women and girls, no matter our body types or sports ability, there is no end to what is possible when we join together.

At Athleta we’re always reaching for amazing - and that challenge is what fuels us.

Academy Overview

The Athleta Academy is a 8-month curated experience for the top design talent entering the business of Performance Apparel Design. The paid program integrates talent into our creative teams while providing conceptual, technical, behavioral, and leadership development. Pending business needs and individual skills, the Academy member may stay within the same category team or transition to another category. You will work shoulder-to-shoulder within our design team learning our aesthetic and product lifecycle. We strive to discover and develop the very best creative minds in the industry. Our goal is to place Athleta Academy participants into dedicated fulltime Assistant Designer jobs within the 8 month duration. This Academy opportunity is a salaried position and is eligible for full company benefits.

As a member within the Design and Product Development functions, you will join a team of designers to help with the concept, design, and execution of Athleta product to be sold thru our catalog, website and retail stores. Your overarching goal will be to aid in successfully combining performance with fashion in our products as well as to balance process and creativity in your practice.


  • Prepares basic flat sketch designs for knit tops and sweaters.

  • Assists with basic specification of product.

  • Assists with color BOMs

  • Attends fitting sessions with manager; make revisions to sketch and design package as needed.

  • May assist in researching the local market.

  • Responsible for administration and follow up of product design process to include preparation of technical packages and presentation boards, understanding of PDM process, email correspondence, etc.

  • Responsible for trimming supplies and/or working with Trim Department to keep abreast of current ideas.


  • Basic computer knowledge; ability to learn how to design through new/advanced technology (e.g., on-line spec program).

  • Basic product and fabric knowledge.

  • Basic understanding of garment construction.

  • Basic design and color sense.

  • Ability to perform basic flat sketches.

  • Basic organizational and communication skills.

  • Basic computer knowledge.

  • College degree in Fashion Design or related field preferred.

  • One + year design experience (may include summer jobs, internships, etc.)

  • Must provide access to portfolio (portfolio link and/or attachments) for consideration