Digital Design Commons Technologist

Location
Connecticut, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted
Mar 12, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand.

Position Details

The Digital Design Commons Technologist directs and manages the technical infrastructure of the Digital Design Studio ( DDS ) and Digital Design Commons ( DDC ), supports curricular digital projects, and facilitates work created by students for classes and faculty in their teaching in the arts.

DDS is an existing facility that has been in use since 2015 and primarily used by the Studio Art Program. DDC is a new facility in the process of development, and will serve all the arts departments – Theater, Dance, Music, as well as Studio Art.

The position combines technical administration with hands-on technical instruction in an arts context. The technologist will organize and coordinate monthly training workshops and group demonstrations on arts-related digital technology and software for the larger campus community.

The Technologist will report to the Dean of Arts and Humanities in consultation with a CFA Faculty Oversight Committee.

Principal Responsibilities:

DIGITAL PROJECT SUPPORT :

Facilitates faculty and student use of digital applications that are central to the conduct of Arts curricula, including but not limited to: photographic editing, compositing, and output; 3-D modeling and 3-D printing; performance documentation and editing; and digital design computer programs

Provides technology, presentation and exhibition assistance, particularly for Senior Thesis students (i.e., mounted output, multimedia logistics)

STUDIO AND CLASSROOM SUPPORT :
Performs and oversees maintenance of DDS and DDC based equipment, including cameras, microphones, projectors, computers, inkjet printers, 3-d printers, computer milling, laser cutters, and scanners

Manages the operation of the facilities including budgeting

Trains and supervises student monitors to maintain 7/day-a-week operation

Manages digital equipment check out

Tracks industry developments and recommends the purchase of new and/or updated technologies

COLLABORATION :

Coordinates day-to-day operations in the DDS and DDC with the CFA Faculty Oversight Committee

Collaborates with DDC Sherman Fairchild Professor of Practice

Works closely with Wesleyan’s Information Technology staff to coordinate image management and deployment, software licensing, and computer support

Maintains facility budget in coordination with supervisor and CFA Faculty Oversight committee


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 1 year related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
Experience in digital fabrication
Fluency in Adobe Suite including Adobe Premier (or equivalent), and at least one 3-D modeling program
Ability to learn new applications and skills and keep up to date on changing technologies and individual student and faculty needs
Demonstrated ability to foster an inclusive learning environment
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students
Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact openly with individuals of different backgrounds


Preferred Qualifications

BA or advanced degree in an arts related field
Experience in maintaining a digital facility
Experience with Rapid prototyping tools such as Laser Cutter and 3D Printers
Proficiency in Rhino3D (or equivalent)
Proficiency in audio recording software (Avid Pro Tools; Logic Pro X)
Proficiency in interactive design software (Qlab; Isadora)


Special Instructions to Applicants

Application Close Date is May 2, 2021


Additional Information

Any and all offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of a pre-employment background check screening to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University



Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Alison Williams, Vice President for Equity & Inclusion/ Title IX Officer, 860-685-3927, awilliams@wesleyan.edu.

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