Woodshop Supervisor

Art Job Description

Job Summary

Responsible for technical assistance in woodshop operations for the Department of Art, including tool and equipment maintenance and inventory control. Train and supervise work by students, faculty, and staff. Participate in cross-team projects. Support the operation and mission of the department. This is an academic year position.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Essential Functions

Woodshop Operations and Technical Support (70%):

Maintain a clean, safe, and well-organized shop that is ready for use. Assist students, faculty, and staff to design and construct wood projects, ensuring proper and safe tool and equipment usage. In conjunction with faculty and staff, create workshops for students, faculty, and staff in the woodshop. Maintain, repair, or coordinate the repair of woodshop equipment. Manage inventories of wood and woodshop tools and supplies. Maintain sawdust collection system and organize waste collections. Work collaboratively with departmental staff and other making spaces on campus.

Exhibition Assistance (15%):

Provide general project and exhibition consultation and support for student exhibitions during the academic year. Assist students with designing and constructing armatures, supports, brackets, and other related wooden components for the exhibition and display of artwork in classrooms and departmental galleries. As necessary, assist students with safely hanging work.

General Departmental Support (15%):

General work with faculty to creatively envision space, for example making task-specific supports or assisting with spatial reorganization of classrooms. Design and build cabinets and fixtures as needed for the department. Design and build support devices, pedestals, and other custom hanging elements for art exhibitions. Maintain organization of departmental storage areas.

Other Functions

All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)

Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience. Experience working collaboratively and/or in an academic setting desired. Position requires fluency with current safety standards, as applicable to woodshop operation. Proven experience working well with diverse groups and evidence of ability to learn new technologies and approaches. Experience or aptitude, as well as interest in working with students of varying skill levels.

Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.


Extensive knowledge of both hand tools and power tools (including table saw, band saw, planer, lathe, drill press, jointer, router, sander). Experience operating CNC router highly desirable (the CNC router is managed in conjunction with the Imaging Center). Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and patron service skills are essential. Must be team-oriented, flexible, and able to work in a rapidly changing environment.

Additional Information

Physical Requirements: Ability to safely lift up to 50lb. Manual dexterity as needed to operate and maintain tools and equipment. Work in a dusty environment with loud noise created by machinery.

Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . You may combine your resume and cover letter into a single file or attach multiple files to your application, but BE SURE you have provided all attachments BEFORE SUBMITTING your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

June 14, 2021

Compensation Grade:

Grade M Non-exempt

Position Type:


About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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