Temporary Studio Technician California College of the Arts
The Studio Technician will work as part of the studio staff to oversee the making facilities located on CCA's Oakland Campus. Studios include metal shop, wood shop, plaster room, foundry, forge, glass, and jewelry/metal arts facilities. This individual will ensure safe equipment operations, guide students and faculty in fabrication skills and techniques, and maintains, repairs, and operates shop equipment as directed. The Studio Technician will foster a positive learning environment, through patience, excellent communication skills and expertise in making techniques. As required, this position will support all fabrication facilities at CCA on our campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, including model shop, furniture, metal, rapid prototyping, ceramics, painting/drawing, printmaking, and textiles.
This is a temporary position. Work hours will vary and will include regular weekend and evening hours. Flexibility in shifts and hours as needed.
Studio Oversight and Maintenance- 65% Monitors the operation of instructional studios (including the metal shop, woodshop, plaster room, foundry, forge, glass, and jewelry/metal arts facilities). Repairs and maintains shop equipment as directed. Takes initiative to repair equipment, notifies supervisor of shop and studio needs. Cleans and organizes studio to impeccably maintain a safe and effective teaching and learning environment. Functionally supervises open studio hours, including work study and instructional assistants on duty. Follows protocol to direct students in emotional and/or physical distress to appropriate resources. Maintains the professional appearance of the college by providing a role model for ethical and safety standards. As directed, assists the academic programs with special events such as exhibitions, visiting artist lectures or residencies, orientations, open house, tours, etc. Helps train and supervise student shop monitors; Assists in follow-through of enforcing departmental and college procedures. As directed, delivers mandatory Safety Orientation and Safety Test for 3D courses, as directed. Responsible for notifying supervisor of unsafe studio practices. Monitors student competence using dangerous shop equipment and alerts supervisor of unsafe practices undertaken by faculty. Directs students in emotional and/or physical distress to appropriate resources. Maintains the professional appearance of the college by providing a role model for ethical and safety standards.
Academic Support - 30% Serves as an instructional resource. Provides technical assistance and support to the academic program. Reinforces studio best practices with students and faculty. Leads instruction by example in promoting a safe, professional, and nurturing learning environment for all faculty and students. Supports faculty teaching demonstrations and supports in studio courses as requested.
Administration - 5% Maintain shops page on the CCA portal, as requested. Aids in management of material inventory and supplies. Functionally supervise work-study and instructional assistants on duty during shift.
Additional Duties Offers technical oversight and back-up support for other CCA studios, including but not limited to sculpture, printmaking, backlot, and wood. Participates in institutional committees and program meetings; as assigned. Additional duties as required.
Education/Experience Must be able to demonstrate the experience and education required to perform duties described.
3+ years experience with studio tools such as but not limited to: table saw, band saw, sanding machines, routers, hand tools, welding tools, sewing machines, etc.
2+ years working in an university level academic making studio or similar.
Excellent attention to details, Excellent punctuality.
Working artist preferred.
Technical Knowledge Technical expertise in carpentry and basic construction expected, including working knowledge and skill with hand, power tools, some knowledge of digital fabrication, casting or welding is a plus.
Familiarity with a broad range of physical materials and proficiency in multiple approaches to making is expected. Knowledge of safety, health issues as they apply to artistic materials and regulations for safety will be needed.
Must possess a valid California driver's license.
Interpersonal Skills Strong work ethic; ability to work independently and proactively. Must demonstrate competence, reliability, and honesty.
Committed to quality of service, ability to establish and maintain positive and cooperative working relationships.
Positive attitude with roll-up your sleeves initiative required.
Ability to work in a culturally-competent manner, preferably with experience working with diverse groups.
Physical Requirements Ability to perform the physical work requiring manual dexterity, agility, strength and coordination to safely and effectively perform all of required duties, including ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
This job requires long periods of sitting, standing, or repetitive tasks.
Must possess a valid California driver's license.
Additional Locations San Francisco
Application Instructions Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume, as well as state salary history and requirements. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Recommended document file formats are Word or PDF. If there are multiple attachments, we recommend compressing/zipping your files into a zip format file. There is also a place in the application for you to provide a link to large documents. Please submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions.
Application Deadline For staff positions, screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.
EEO Statement As an educational and cultural institution, California College of the Arts has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, with special attention to supporting groups historically underrepresented in higher education.
We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability.
California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.
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Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent art college with 21 undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing. The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, curatorial practice, design, design strategy, film, fine arts, visual and critical studies, and writing. Through these programs, the college has created a d...ynamic and interdisciplinary environment. Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students.