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Studio Arts


Studio Art Technical Director and Sculpture Assistant

Reed College, founded in 1908 in Portland, Oregon, is one of the country’s leading liberal arts and sciences colleges, providing an intellectually rigorous undergraduate experience. Reed College is devoted to the intrinsic value of intellectual pursuit and is governed by the highest standards of scholarly practice, critical thought, and creativity. The goal of the Reed education is that students learn and demonstrate rigor and independence in their habits of thought, inquiry and expression. We seek a dynamic Studio Art Department Technical Director and Sculpture Assistant to join our institution.

Position Summary
The Technical Director and Sculpture Assistant serves two main functions: In the role of Studio Art Department support, this role oversees the studio art building and facilities, including the maintenance of the sculpture facilities, art gallery, and studios. S/he supports the faculty in arranging visiting artists, visiting lectures, installs thesis and department exhibitions when needed. In the role of Sculpture Assistant, s/he supervises students using Art Department tools and machinery and properly maintains equipment and workspace with a primary focus on the sculpture facility. S/he oversees ceramics staff and student workers in the maintenance of the studio building and the sculpture facilities. Ensuring the safety of staff and students in the Art Department is a major focus of this work.

This is a full-time, exempt position, working 37.5 hours per week with a regular work schedule of 8:30 am to 5 pm. During approximately four weeks each semester, this role will work extended hours from 7 pm to 10 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, in order to build stretcher frames with Painting students. Starting pay is $54,000 per year. Reed College offers a benefits package that is unparalleled. Benefits include comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution, retiree medical plan, college tuition assistance for employees’ children, paid holidays, paid vacation and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse and discounted TriMet bus passes.

Essential Functions

Department Support:

  • Oversees the maintenance of the studio art building, including the gallery, to assure art work is hung properly, stored properly, and that studios are safe and working well.
  • Coordinates gallery use and exhibition space within the Art building.
  • Supports the faculty in arranging visiting artists, visiting lectures, thesis and qualifying exams and exhibitions when needed.
  • Oversees thesis exhibition design and construction. Oversees the showing of student work in Vollum, the Performing Arts Building and other locations on campus as needed.
  • Purchases supplies for studio art courses as needed; records and keeps a record of all purchases.
  • Provides studio art faculty and students assistance with critique installations in the gallery as needed.
  • Maintains and sets up projection space, including the moving of tables and chairs for lectures or seminars.
  • Oversees and works with student workers and/or ceramics staff to maintain classrooms, thesis studios, halls and student lounge.
  • Oversees and works with student workers and/or ceramics staff in the maintenance of the gallery space, including patching and painting the walls and/or making work orders to Physical Plant.
  • Oversees student workers and ceramics staff in general tasks in the art building.

Sculpture Support:

  • Assists the faculty primarily in sculpture classes (281, 282, 381, 365) during class times; supervises the students as they are using the tools and machinery to construct art projects during open shop times.
  • Assists all faculty in the training of students to use the computer aided design tools, including the CNC router and laser cutter.
  • Assists faculty when doing demonstrations on fabrication or casting processes.
  • Assists painting faculty cutting stretcher bars and making stretcher frames for paintings, and meets with painting class at least four times per semester.
  • Assists other faculty when access to sculpture facility is needed.
  • Trains and oversees all students in all sculpture classes in safe and OSHA compliant usage of tools and machinery, including table saw, chop saw, planer, joiner, sander, mortiser, radial arm saw, band saw, drill press, welder, metal band saw, metal grinder and other related tools. Reviews each student’s technical abilities with faculty member.
  • Trains and oversees thesis students in safe and OSHA compliant usage of tools as needed. Reviews each student’s technical abilities with faculty member.
  • Monitors and oversees the students at all times while they are using tools and machinery to ensure compliance with safety standards and efficiency in operations.
  • Immediately discontinues operation on any piece of equipment for any student who refuses to comply with safety standards. Reports the infraction to art department faculty to determine how and when to allow the student to resume operations.
  • Applies first aid in the event of an accident; maintain certification in CPR and first aid. Attends safety meetings at the college and keeps studio compliant with safety regulations.
  • Ensures that only students currently enrolled in relevant studio art courses and thesis students use the shop, and that these students use the shop only for class projects.
  • Performs maintenance on tools, machinery, and other equipment on a regular basis; prepares recommendations for outside maintenance and/or replacement of equipment. Makes small-scale improvements to the shops and studios as needed.
  • Locates, selects, and requisitions parts, tools and supplies for sculpture; completes required paperwork and tool inventory.
  • Maintains an updated sign out sheet of all hand tools being used by students.
  • Secures all power tools and handtools at the end of each day.
  • Maintains sculpture work areas in a clean, neat and orderly manner; cleans up the shop and sculpture studio at the end of each day and does a thorough clean up at least twice weekly. Oversees student worker and/or studio assistant to maintain woodshop and welding shed monthly.
  • Provides students in all sculpture classes with assistance in installation of their work for critiques.

Education and Experience Required

  • Master’s Degree in Fine Arts is preferred, or any combination of experience and education which provides the skills, knowledge, and ability required to perform the work.
  • Knowledge of fine arts wood and metal fabrication and multimedia installation is required.
  • Five years’ work experience in a sculpture or other fine arts studio is required.
  • Experience teaching students is required.
  • Leadership experience (i.e. directly managing the work of other full-time employees) is preferred
  • First Aid and CPR certification is required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Organizational, communication and budgetary skills
  • Knowledge of the fine arts, especially sculpture, painting and printmaking, and multimedia installation
  • Ability to effectively instruct and supervise students in a fabrication studio environment
  • Ability to use and train students in the use of computer aided design tools such as a CNC router
  • Knowledge of wood and metal fabrication, particularly as applied to art projects
  • Knowledge of the use of hand tools, small power tools, and other job related equipment
  • Ability to read and understand technical information
  • Ability to identify and mitigate hazards and use safety precautions
  • Ability to apply CPR and first aid and to remain calm and in control in the event of an accident
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty and other staff.


To Apply

Address a Letter of Introduction (including a link to your work), your resume and a Reed Application for Employment to Geraldine Ondrizek, Professor of Art. Email these application materials to Cathy D’Ambrosia, Department Assistant at cathylee@reed.edu. In your letter, answer the question “How would this position at Reed College fit with your long-term professional goals?” The deadline for applying is October 1, however you are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be considered as they are submitted. Ideally, this position would begin on December 2, 2013.

Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from women, members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.

Deadline: October 1, 2013