Rhode Island School of Design seeks a Technical Assistant III to
join its Illustration Department. The department offers students a
broad-based curriculum aimed at bringing forth dynamic and
evocative message-making. Illustration explores the poetic
relationship between ideas and images to encourage the most
eloquent and incisive pictorial solutions to visual communication
problems. Our students are diverse, coming from a wide range of
geographic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds, representing
all forms of diversity. We seek a culturally competent candidate
whose professional practice aligns with the principles of social
equity and inclusion, environmental and climate justice, and equal
access to resources and opportunities.
The Technical Assistant III trains and assists faculty and students
in the safe and proper use of department machinery, general
equipment, safety equipment, and supplies. The successful candidate
applies relevant knowledge to the maintenance and repair of
complicated and varied technical equipment used in the Illustration
Department. The position also provides advice and guidance on the
technical parameters of student projects and manages work-study
students employed in departmental shops. Additional
responsibilities include installing several professional exhibits
in the Illustration Studies Building (ISB) Gallery annually,
scheduling and facilitating the cycle of senior group shows.
- Achieves appropriate competence-level regarding the
Illustration Department’s health, safety, and hazardous waste
management issues. Trains and assists faculty and students in the
implementation of the EPA’s hazardous materials standards, and in
general operation at optimum safety levels. Required to use
appropriate safety equipment. Maintains ‘Right-To-Know’ stations.
Reports repeated violations to office of EHS. Assists coordinator
in the distribution and collection of studio use agreements.
Responsible for enforcing the terms outlined in the
- Maintains all illustration, painting, and related equipment and
machinery in all locations in a neat and orderly manner. Completes
physical setup of tools, materials, and spaces for classes and
preparation of multi-use rooms. Performs preventative maintenance
to – and minor repairs on – machinery and equipment as required,
such as scheduled inspection, lubrication, and cleaning. Inspects,
repairs, and maintains electromechanical paintbrush cleaning
stations. Arranges with outside vendors for repairs that cannot be
done in the department.
- Trains and assists faculty, students, and others in the proper
use of machinery, safety equipment, and supplies, and in following
- Hires, trains and supervises Illustration department shop
monitors with an emphasis on safety. Schedules full shop coverage
with well-trained monitors.
- Provides advice and guidance on the technical parameters of
- Researches and suggests improvements to – or modifications of –
the facility, machines, equipment, materials, and tools.
- Designs and/or constructs specialized equipment or unique
models as requested by faculty, department heads, or deans.
- Designs and/or oversees installations in the Illustration
gallery. Hires, trains, schedules, and supervises student
installation assistants. Designs and facilitates graphic
communications for gallery exhibitions.
- Orders supplies, maintains proper inventory levels, and
monitors departmental expenditures in consultation with the
department head. Maintains system to check-in and check-out
equipment and supplies.
Bachelor’s degree in appropriate technical discipline or equivalent
combination of education and experience. Four to six years
practical experience in the illustration and/or painting field with
an ability to envision and manage the installation of gallery
displays. Ability to stay current with applicable new developments
and emerging technologies, techniques, artists/practitioners, and
trends in contemporary art. Excellent interpersonal communication
skills. Understanding of environmental health and safety issues as
they relate to illustration, illustration materials, and studio
equipment. Basic woodworking skills and proficiency with power and
hand tools used in ISB shop. Proficient in Microsoft Excel. Ability
to track, monitor and forecast inventory and budgetary needs. No
prior teaching required.
40 hours per week
Full-Time, Non-exempt (hourly)
Documents Needed to Apply:
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload
all required documents.
The successful candidate will be required to meet our
pre-employment background screening requirements.
For certain positions, RISD is currently supporting remote work
arrangements due to the pandemic. When work resumes in person,
employees are expected to perform work on campus.
RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its
learning community and integral to an art and design education. We
welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute
to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal
Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard
to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability,
veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,
genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by
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