Studio Art Technician at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA

Studio Art Technician in Ceramics at the University of ArkansasStudio Art Technician at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA
Posted: February 2013 (Continuous)

Job description
The Department of Art at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville seeks applications for a Studio Art Technician to begin August 2013. The position is a 9-month and full-time position with benefits, and is a three-year position with possibility to renew. The successful candidate will have experience supervising shop facilities to include the organization, maintenance, repair, and purchase of equipment and tools, managing budgets, training and supervising shop monitors and students, and coordinating with faculty. The Department of Art is especially interested in candidates who have completed their MFA in Studio Art and who have instructed courses at the university level, as there will be an opportunity for the candidate to teach one course per semester.

Job duties
Oversee the technical operations of the wood shop, metal shop, foundry, and ceramic studios. Train and supervise graduate assistants and work-study personnel and coordinate shop monitor schedule with graduate students and faculty. Responsible for coordinating department safety concerns to ensure studio, faculty, and staff compliance with Environmental Health & Safety, EPA, and OSHA regulations. Provide woodshop safety training to students, coordinating with Foundations faculty, and test students in the safe use of equipment and the proper handling/storage of materials. Organize and maintain inventory of tools and equipment in classroom and shop facilities. Repair equipment, submit work orders as needed, and keep all tools in safe working order. Purchase needed supplies for safety, equipment repair, and maintenance of 3D shops and classrooms. Coordinate supply orders, track expenditures for bulk materials, and manage 3D replacement parts/equipment budget. Work with department faculty on special projects as needed to organize, repair, and maintain all labs. Teaching courses beyond the regular workweek is possible for additional income. 

Minimum requirements
- MFA in Studio Art
- Excellent organizational and communication skills, especially for working with students in an educational environment.
- Knowledge of operation and maintenance of sculpture and ceramics equipment.
- Must demonstrate skills in wood and metal fabrication, basic electrical and plumbing repairs.
- Phone and computer skills essential.
- Current driver’s license is required.
- Must be able to lift 50lbs.

Preferred qualifications
Experience in foundry, and wood and metal fabrication. Experience maintaining gas and electric kilns. Ability to solve a range of unique technical problems with creative solutions is ideal for this position. Past experience facilitating workshops and leading technical demonstrations is desirable. 

Application instructions
- Visit You will be asked to login or create a login. Once you have logged in, please follow these instructions. Instructions will also be posted in SlideRoom as you are applying.
- Submit online: Two multi-page PDF documents.
- The first multi-page PDF document should include letter of application, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three references, and supplemental information addressing professional work or teaching experience (statement of teaching philosophy, artist statement, and syllabi of courses taught).
- The second multi-page PDF document should include a portfolio of 10 images of professional creative work and 10 images of student work, to include descriptions (title, date, medium, dimensions).
- No physical media are requested nor will be returned.
- Deadline: March 15, 2013 or until position is filled.

About the employer
The University: The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, is the state’s flagship campus, with 19,000 undergraduates and 4000 graduate students.

The Department of Art has five degree programs MFA in Studio Art, BFA in Studio Art or Art Education and BA in Studio Art or Art History with more than 400 majors in the areas of Art History, Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Visual Design.

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