Fine Arts Studio Tech Spec- EXTENDED

Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 22, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Primary Function

The primary function of this position is the safe operation and educational soundness of numerous studios in the School of Art and Design for the production of both 2D and 3D artwork. In consultation with the Director and the faculty, the FAS Tech Specialist will work with students and faculty in the safe use and maintenance of equipment and in the appropriateness of equipment to resolve aesthetic issues in art making. In consultation with faculty, this position will make recommendations on and assist in the acquisition of new or replacement equipment and in long- and short-range planning for the efficient use of studio spaces relevant to equipment needs. The FAS Tech Specialist may also teach periodically as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally)

a. Monitor students and equipment during set open hours in which the woodshop can be utilized by all students in the School of Art and Design for discipline specific needs. Duties include assuring that students are using equipment safely, making certain that equipment is running properly to allow for safe use, and helping students with technical problems related to class specific projects.
b. Maintaining equipment in the woodshop, sculpture studios, Sycamore Road Annex woodshop and Fourth Street woodshop studios. This includes monitoring the quality of and changing perishable machine parts such as blades, sanding belts, grinding wheels, etc. Other maintenance needs include making sure machines are running properly, replacing broken parts or machine engines when practical, and procuring the materials related to equipment maintenance.
c. The supervision and delegation of duties to graduate assistants assigned to the sculpture or woodshop areas.
d. Extensive safety training on the proper use of all woodshop-related equipment for all students enrolled in the School of Art and Design Foundation Program. This includes a woodshop-related project during which time this position works closely with students addressing the students’ safety and technical needs for 2-3 weeks of class time.
e. Obtaining and maintaining basic OSHA and BLS 10-hour certification training.
f. Inventory management for School of Art and Design equipment ranging from furniture to computers to discipline-specific materials.
g. Heavy lifting and moving related to inventory management as well as the optimization of various workspaces.
h. Procuring materials and equipment for use in several different disciplines—most
commonly Foundations, Drawing, Sculpture and Painting.
I. Coordinating efforts with University staff and trades to meet the needs of the School of Art and Design including, but not limited to, large-scale moves, purging inventory, hazardous waste disposal, and general building maintenance. Additional duties may be assigned as needed.

Minimum Required Qualifications for this position

1. Two years experience repairing hand and power tools

Specialty Factors (Additional Required Qualifications)

Demonstrated work experience in using a wide range of equipment including woodshop, sculpture, and printshop equipment.

Education and Experience Preferred

• Ability to manage work time effectively and with little supervision to ensure preparedness and project completion.
• Demonstrated initiative to go above and beyond minimum assigned duties.

List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the performance of this position.

• Demonstrated competence in verbal communication, particularly the ability to present information, ideas, directions, etc. in a clear and concise manner.
• Ability to work effectively with co-workers and supervisors to achieve the goals of the program
• Demonstrated professionalism as related to the field.

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Minimum Pay Rate (Hourly or Monthly)
Hiring Rate Information

Actual hiring rate is commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity; position includes a robust benefits package to eligible applicants.

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Special Instructions to Applicants
  • Fully complete the Education and Work History sections of the application. Be specific on your entire work history, including employment dates and duties for all positions held. Applicable part-time work experience will be considered toward qualifying for this position, however, it will be converted to a full-time equivalency to determine combined length of experience.
  • If you have education and/or training in excess of what is required, we encourage you to upload your unofficial transcripts.
  • Please upload a short statement of no more than one page outlining why you are interested in this job.
  • Please upload a list of three current work references with contact information (name and email address) with your application.
  • After the posting has closed, your submission will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the classification, including any specialty factors associated with this particular position.
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  • ALL QUALIFIED CANDIDATES WILL BE SCHEDULED TO COME TO THE NIU DEKALB CAMPUS TO TAKE A STATE UNIVERSITIES CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION . At the time of testing, you will be required to present a photo ID. NOTE : If you have previously tested for this classification and wish to rewrite the exam to improve your score and register position, please contact the Civil Service Testing Office by the posting deadline.
  • Required documentation noted in the posting such as driver’s license, licensures, or certifications MUST be presented at the time of examination.
  • If eligible for Veteran’s Preference Points, DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256 paperwork reflecting an Honorable Discharge MUST be uploaded to this application in order to receive the maximum eligible points on the Civil Service examination.
  • After testing of all qualified applicants has been completed for this position, the names with the top three scores will be referred to the hiring department for interview.
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  • Please click Human Resource Services – Benefits for detailed information about Northern Illinois University’s benefits package.
  • Employment is contingent upon your passing a criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

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Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have two years of professional work experience repairing hand and power tools?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. Please provide the name of the employer and the dates of employment where you gained this experience. Please note that this information must be verified on an NIU application and/or resume.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have demonstrated work experience in using a wide range of equipment including woodshop, sculpture, and printshop equipment?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. Please provide the name of the employer and the dates of employment where you gained this experience. Please note that this information must be verified on an NIU application and/or resume.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Did you upload a short statement of no more than one page outlining why you are interested in this job?
    • Yes
    • No
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. List of at least 3 References
  3. Letter of Interest
Optional Documents
  1. Military Discharge Documents ONLY (DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256)

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