Under general supervision and with latitude for independent judgment, the Fine Arts Operations Manager supports the efforts of the Fine Arts Department (including Painting, Drawing, Sculpture & Integrated Practices, Jewelry, Ceramics, and Printmaking) by providing safe, efficient and well maintained facilities, including the managing of a staff of eight technicians.
The successful candidate will oversee all Fine Arts facilities to ensure that best practices are implemented and followed. The Operations Manager will manage operating, lab fee and student worker budgets; liaise directly with the Institute's facilities team regarding capital request estimates and follow up on work orders and construction projects. Responsibilities will also include the organization of artwork shipping for thesis exhibitions and department events, and working with the department to develop digital-making opportunities for students.
Ensure that technicians train students and faculty on the proper use of equipment.
Liaise with Facilities and technicians on capital budgets, projects, and equipment upgrades.
Manage shop operating and student worker budgets.
Coordinate development of digital-fabrication equipment/facilities.
Oversee materials and equipment purchasing.
Coordinate equipment maintenance and repair schedules.
Supervise and support Fine Arts technicians.
Work with technicians to hire undergraduate and graduate students for work-study, student work, and graduate assistantship positions.
Create schedules for student employment, approve timesheets and manage timesheet issues on the student employment website.
Education: BA degree in art, design and/or tech-related field. Certification in metal machining or equivalent proof of competence.
Experience: Minimum five (5) years shop tech experience in a higher educational institution with full knowledge of wood and metal fabrication. A strong track record of managerial experience supervising staff in a university-level workshop environment is also required. Familiarity with Ceramics facilities and processes is a plus.
Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, technicians, staff and students alike
Expertise with the operation of all metalworking equipment, all common woodworking equipment, and common fabrication tools
Knowledge of shop safety and environmental health hazards, including emergency procedures
Knowledge of CAD and CNC software and tool operation
Knowledge of laser cutter operation
Capacity to build trust and cooperation across diverse communities
Ability to creatively problem-solve
Competence with budget management systems
Please submit your cover letter and resume. If you are selected for an interview, please be prepared to provide at least 5 References via our on-line reference tool system. At least 2 of your References must be, or have been, your direct managers.
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The mission of Pratt Institute is to educate artists and creative professionals to be responsible contributors to society. Pratt seeks to instill in all graduates aesthetic judgment, professional knowledge, collaborative skills, and technical expertise. With a firm grounding in the liberal arts and sciences, a Pratt education blends theory with creative application in preparing graduates to become leaders in their professions. Pratt enrolls a diverse group of highly talented and dedicated students, challenging them to achieve their full potential.