The Department of Art and Art History Studio Art Technician supports teaching and creative activities related to the department's studio spaces and equipment, including installation, maintenance and oversight. The Studio Art Technician is responsible for maintaining a safe, organized, and clean environment for students to create thoughtful and innovative works of art. The technician will a) present teaching demonstrations and assist art faculty with the regular operation and maintenance of the studios, equipment (including digital), and chemicals in 3-dimensional media (including sculpture), photography, printmaking, painting and drawing; and b) assist the Staniar Gallery Director with operation and exhibition installation.
Essential and Related Functions:
- Assists in the teaching mission of the department and enables productive and safe faculty and student creative activities: Presents teaching demonstrations and instructs faculty and students in the proper use of equipment in studio spaces. Assists students with course projects and independent study projects.
- Effectively manages department equipment and studios in a cost-effective manner within a prescribed budget: Assists department faculty and staff with ordering, unpacking, and inventorying supplies and maintaining storage.
- Maintains, supports and coordinates department equipment and studio spaces, including the repair of all tools, equipment and machinery. Evaluates and identifies opportunities for improvement in current equipment.
- Assists faculty with original creative projects. Supports new and visiting faculty and coordinates with other academic departments and programs that use department spaces.
- Maintains and supports departmental spaces: Works closely with the Chemical Hygiene Officer to implement the Chemical Hygiene Plan for departmental spaces. Develops, maintains, and implements standard operating procedures for studio equipment and the disposal of hazardous waste. Evaluates operating procedures against national, state, and local standards. Develops, maintains, and implements procedures for routine maintenance of equipment. Provides technical expertise to the art community with regard to health and safety issues and directs inquiries to appropriate resources. Ensures that faculty and staff are properly trained in health and safety procedures prior to working in studio spaces and with subsequent training sessions as necessary. Implements, reviews, and oversees the department safety guidelines and works with the Director of Environmental Health and Safety. Assists with any studio safety improvements. Assists with chemical spill clean-up and hazardous waste removal.
- Additional related duties as assigned.
B.A. or B.S. and relevant experience, MFA preferred. Knowledge of the materials commonly used in the creation of art works. Demonstrated skill in various methods of carpentry and construction involved in 3-dimensional media, including the operation of machinery. Skill in using computer software (spreadsheets, databases, etc.). Diverse working knowledge of studio practices preferred. Experience in managing spaces and equipment, including assessing repairs and maintenance of equipment. Valid driver's license and safe driving record. Heavy workload requires the incumbent to be detail-oriented, have the ability to multi-task, and possess strong organizational skills. Must be a self-starter and have the ability to work independently, as well as to communicate and interact effectively in a professional, confidential, and courteous manner with faculty, staff and students. Should be able to work with frequent interruptions and manage multiple projects, priorities and deadlines.Required Competencies:
- Strategic Thinking - Keeps the University’s strategic objectives in mind when developing and contributing to plans and initiatives for own work group. Is able to explain the link between team goals and the University’s strategic direction to work group. Makes informed decisions based on a clear understanding of the impact and consequences involved. Considers key financial factors (e.g., budget, revenue, resources) when making decisions.
- Change Adaptability - Stays focused on own work and responsibilities in a changing work environment. Is able to quickly reprioritize to ensure resources (e.g., work group members, systems, tools, etc.) are in place to achieve change objectives. Responds positively and is supportive of change initiatives.
- Communication and Networking - Articulates thoughts clearly and is able to offer logical arguments to gain acceptance of an idea in a positive manner. Consistently communicates to work group and/or supervisor ensuring that everybody is well informed. Proactively builds informal networks at own level and uses them to drive results within own work group.
- Drive for Results - Seeks to identify specific improvements or opportunities to combine duplicate efforts to increase efficiency. Takes personal responsibility for seeing tasks and assignments through to completion. Sets high standards for work/deadlines and demonstrates a drive to deliver quality work within the allotted time.
- Self Development and Motivating Others - Establishes productive working relationships by actively participating in meetings and activities. Listens carefully, encourages and accepts other points of view. Seeks work group input and encourages their participation and involvement. Stays informed on events, trends and other developments in own field of work (e.g., regulations, policies, standards and practices).
Type: Full-time, 12 Month, With Benefits
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all‐inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.