Safety and Technical Assistant

Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
May 21, 2021
Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Safety and Technical Assistant
Whitman College


Located in the historic community of Walla Walla, Whitman's beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually dynamic, diverse, and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty and 1,500 students. With an endowment exceeding $700 million, fiercely loyal alumni, exceptional students, and accomplished faculty and staff, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence ranking as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

Whitman College is building a diverse academic community and especially encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the college's learning environment. Whitman College is an EEO employer.

Position Purpose
Under the direction of the Studio Art faculty and the campus Safety Coordinator, the Safety and Technical Assistant provides support for maintaining a clean, organized, safe and effective studio art facility. This is a 9 month position (1560 annual hours).

Principle Accountabilities

1) Maintain and provide upkeep for the studio art labs, the FCVA gallery, exhibition spaces, and senior studios.

2) Monitor and coordinate art department work study students.

3) Manage a safe working environment, which includes oversight of student use of power tools. Assist professors in maintenance of safety equipment. Assist professors in cataloguing and maintaining proper storage use and disposal of hazardous materials. Maintain proper hazardous materials signage.

4) Maintain tool inventory and supervise safe use of power tools in the wood and metal shop.

5) Assist the Art Faculty with departmental tasks including the display of student work, management of models, preparation of artlabs for classes, order, pickup and deliver studio art materials and supplies.

6) Supervise and assist studio art faculty and students in the use of3D tech, digital technologies, specifically the CNC router.

Required knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Basic technical mechanical skills should include: wood working, CNC operations, metal fabrication, welding, cutting, use of basic hand tools and power tools, and digital processes etc.
  • Ability to perform the basic technical tasks associated with studio art processes, including digital processes and maintain a broad range of tools and equipment.
  • Strong organizational and communications skills. This person will need to work closely with students, faculty, and a range of support people throughout campus and in the community in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Basic understanding and sensitivity to the needs of a thriving studio art program.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to manage unsupervised time well.

B.F.A. or B.A. or commensurate experience required

Application review

Application review will begin on June 20, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Start date

August 1, 2021

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