The Department of Art and Art History Studio Art Technician assists in the teaching mission of the department and enables productive and safe faculty and student creative activities. The 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 department of Art and Art History is committed to the development of an inclusive environment and we strive to advance diverse perspectives and approaches in carrying out the mission of Washington and Lee University.
STATUS: Full-time, 12 Month, With Benefits WORK HOURS: 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday, occasional nights and weekend hours FLSA: Exempt MINIMUM PAY: $56,863 annually
Essential and Related Functions:
Assists art faculty with the regular operation and maintenance of the studios, equipment (including digital), and chemicals and supplies in 3-dimensional media (including sculpture), design, photography, printmaking, painting and drawing.
Effectively manages department equipment and studios in a cost-effective manner within a prescribed budget.
Assists with Staniar Gallery operation including: intake, handling, and shipping of artwork for exhibitions, hanging and lighting exhibitions, design and mailing of exhibition cards, programming for visiting artists, and maintaining Staniar Gallery storage area.
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. This includes maintenance of specialized equipment in two digital labs including large-format printers and scanners. Maintains photography equipment inventory and coordinates check-out of equipment to students. Evaluates and identifies opportunities for improvement in current equipment.
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.
Assists faculty with original creative projects. Supports new and visiting faculty and coordinates with other academic departments and programs that use department 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.
Possibly teaches one or two courses per year if qualified (MFA preferred), and according to departmental needs.
Additional related duties as assigned.
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).
B.A., B.F.A. or B.S. and relevant experience, MFA preferred. Diverse working knowledge of studio art methods, materials, and practices in 2D and 3D art media. Experience in managing studio art spaces and equipment, including assessing repairs and maintenance of equipment preferred. Art handling or installation experience a plus. Skill in using computer software (spreadsheets, databases, Adobe CS.) as well as experience with specialized digital art equipment and techniques. 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.
Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.
Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
Standing: Remaining upright on the feet, particularly for sustained periods of time.
Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized. This factor is important if the amount and kind of climbing required exceeds that required for ordinary locomotion.
Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full use of the lower extremities and back muscles.
Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires the substantial use of the upper extremities and back muscles.
The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (as in typical office or administrative work).
The worker is subject to hazards: Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals.
Types of Work:
Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Please submit cover letter, resume, list of three professional references with contact information, and the online application forms.
Review of applications will begin August 1, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
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.
Statement of Commitment to Diversity
Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.
About Washington and Lee University
Washington and Lee University is an independent liberal arts university founded in 1749, named for an early benefactor (George Washington) and an innovative president (Robert E. Lee). The campus is a national historical landmark, the city offers small-town charm, and the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains provide unparalleled surroundings. Students govern themselves in a community based on trust and honor. The faculty of teacher-scholars pursues a student-oriented approach to scholarship and nurtures lifelong relationships with the pupils. The curriculum blends traditional liberal arts and sciences with pre-professional programs in business, journalism and law. W&L prepares graduates for a life of learning, achievement, leadership, service and engaged citizenship in a global society.
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