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3D Studio Manager

Willamette University
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jul 25, 2022

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant
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3D Studio Manager

Posting Number: R0004466
Location: Portland Campus

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Position Summary:
The Studio Manager provides oversight, maintenance and support for the Shops at Glass, a teaching, learning and making center. The collective studios support six primary materials - wood, plaster, metal, clay, sewing/fibers, and digital fabrication with facilities, tools and technical expertise for course work and independent projects for all constituents of the College.

The Studio Manager works collaboratively with the Head of Sculpture, departmental faculty and students to envision growth, new fabrication materials and methods, as well as potential research that supports a contemporary creative practice.

In consultation with the Sculpture Head, departmental faculty, Community Education staff and faculty, the Studio Manager develops short and long range plans, budgets and implementation strategies for resource allocation, material management and the potential for external partnerships and opportunities that may benefit the institution and student learning.

The duties for the Glass Studios include: instruction in Health and Safety, safe and shared studio practices, training for the safe operation and use of power and hand tools, basic and advanced techniques in Woodworking, Metal Fabrication, Ceramic and Glass (limited) Fabrication, Plaster/Mold-making, Sewing basics, and competency in the Digital Fabrication lab.

The Studio Manager supervises, trains and schedules Tech positions, Student workstudy, Safety monitors and works collaboratively with the Department Head, faculty and facility staff in insuring that policies and procedures are published, posted, enforced and practiced to model a safe and productive shared shop culture and environment.

As the primary caretaker of the Woodshop, this position will also provide instruction in the safe operation of power and hand tools, basic and advanced woodworking techniques, advanced joinery techniques and finishing processes.
Strong communication and supervisory skill are required as well as expertise in one or more fabrication areas and some skills and knowledge for all Studio areas.

Workhours will be scheduled around curricular needs and class demands and may involve weekend hours, evening hours or other flexible scheduling.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Works with all classes in the facility, assisting the faculty in delivering their curriculum
  • Maintains safe, clean and organized shop and workspace environments
  • Keeps an inventory and back stock of needed supplies and tools based on faculty syllabi and timely requests
  • In collaboration with the Sculpture Head oversees budget and anticipates, plans and develops needs assessment with faculty leaders and the Dean's Office
  • Develops a schedule of regular equipment maintenance, replacement and repair and supervises techs in the implementation of that schedule
  • Develops a culture of safety, shared responsibility for studio maintenance, use of safety equipment and knowledge of materials and their potential for long/short term disease, toxicity or physical consequences
  • Supervises shop use during open lab times and provides support in the absence of studio techs/workstudy
  • Provides class demonstrations and assist in individual projects and general problem solving within the facility
  • Develops a tool use/check out system and materials acquisition/allocation system
  • Performs maintenance duties such as cleaning, safe waste disposal, material restock and related tasks
  • Other duties as assigned

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with a wide variety of applicable processes, materials, equipment and tools
  • Strong interpersonal communication and management skills
  • Ability to give and receive direction and communicate effectively with a diverse population of students, faculty and staff
  • Proactive, self-motivated, energetic, problem­ solving and aware of various learning styles and modes of critical thinking
  • Strong aptitude for equipment maintenance and repair
  • Excellent supervisory and organizational skills
  • Understanding of institutional/industrial health and safety issues and developing policies, protocols and procedures
  • Strong commitment to creating and supporting a positive, collaborative and creative community within and beyond the Glass Shops.
  • Knowledge and interest in new, emerging and traditional technologies that support the Studios and expand creative explorations for the PNCA community
  • Computer competency in Microsoft Office (primarily Word and Excel) and some experience with Creative Suite, 3D rendering software and CAD programs
  • Ability to reside in Oregon by the first day of employment or otherwise perform work primarily in Oregon

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Fine Art Degree
  • Experience collaborating or partnering with external agencies or vendors
  • Developing or prototyping entrepreneurial ventures
  • Collaboration with industry

Salary: $22.62 per hour

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as received and will continue until the position is filled.

All University positions require that candidates submit to a criminal conviction record check prior to hire. Conviction does not automatically preclude candidates from being hired. Nature of conviction will be considered relative to the duties of the position.

You will need to upload the following documents as part of your application materials in the "My Experience" section labeled Resume:
  • Cover letter addressing the required/desired qualifications and presenting any other applicant characteristics which deserve emphasis
  • Current Resume

​Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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