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Studio Art Operations Manager

Hamilton is one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges. It is independent, highly selective, coeducational and residential. Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, Hamilton is today composed of 1,850 diverse and talented students from nearly all of the 50 states and approximately 40 countries. More information can be found at www.hamilton.edu/about.

Position Summary:

The Studio Art Technician and Operations Manager is responsible for the daily operations, equipment maintenance and oversight of safe work practices in the studios of the Art Department. This position supervises and executes the non-teaching activities of the department, and develops and implements best practice studio protocols as they relate to material handling, tools, equipment, fire safety, and personal protective equipment.

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and complete non-teaching activities in Ceramics, Drawing, Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking, and Photography. This includes but is not limited to the mixing of clay and glazes, loading and unloading of the gas and electric kilns.
  • Directly supervising students when welding, utilizing acid, encaustic, and all power tools in the woodshop. Monitoring the daily exchanging of chemistry in the darkroom, painting, and printmaking studios.
  • Responsible for maintaining the safe condition of studios and student material handling according to defined departmental standards insure a safe work environment for students and faculty.  This includes but is not limited to MSDS and PPE oversight and OHSA compliance standards at the beginning and end of each day.  Reports to the chair with recommendations and works with the Office of Environmental Protection, Safety & Sustainability regarding procedures and continuous improvement strategies.
  • Oversees the maintenance and repair of tools and equipment, and places work requests as necessary. Serves as Operations Manager for the Art Department, including best practice for fire safety. Monitors the inventory and insures proper receipt and storage of delivered materials.
  • Trains and oversees students in each art studio.  Develops and facilitates safety seminars including but not limited to the Sculpture Studio Safety Seminar and the Paint Handling Safety Seminar.
  • Responsible for the preparation of the gallery and exhibition/critique space in KTSA for the presentation of student artwork.

Qualifications:

Bachelor Degree Required.  MFA in Studio Art or related field preferred.  A minimum of two years experience or certification in mig-welding and maintaining, welding equipment, operating ceramic reduction gas and electric kilns.  Gallery preparation and welding permit experience preferred.  Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Project management skills, administrative skills, ability to multi-task, work independently, establish priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Strong written, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment with Faculty, the Physical Plant, the Director of Environmental Protection, Safety and Sustainability, and the Art Department Chair.
  • Ability to develop, promote, and maintain cooperative, professional, and respectful working relationships with employees, contractors, vendors, and other constituents of the college.  
  • Demonstrated ability to manage the operations of a large Studio Arts Facility. 
  • Ability to facilitate training and supervise student employees to insure compliance with written safety and work standards.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Safety Standards and OHSA regulations as it related to Studio Arts including but not limited to spray booth and safety/emergency station maintenance and fire safety protocol.
  • Knowledge and proficiency related to the safe operation and maintenance of the following equipment and machinery: hydraulic maintenance lifts, wood tools including but not limited to, the table saw, band saw, drill press, lathe, joiner, miter saw, dust collection unit, and hand tools such as dremel, drill, jigsaw, and sander. 
  • Ability to mix clay and glazes, search for an acquire specialty materials and parts, and maintain material and parts inventory in all studios.
  • Aptitude in Printmaking, Painting, and Drawing to maintain the facilities and materials utilized such as a paper cutter, hot plate, acid hood, kleen paint brush cleaning station, oil paints, papers, easels, donkeys, and still lives.
  • Knowledge of enlargers and darkroom materials such as fixer and developer to ensure the safe utilization, recycling, and disposal of chemistry.

Benefits

Please review Hamilton's Benefits Summary for more information.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send a resume, letter of interest and contact information for three professional references to apply@hamilton.edu. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Hamilton College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in all areas of the campus community.

Posted 06/23/2014

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