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Employment Type:
Part time
Job Category:
Manager - Shops/Safety
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Columbia University | New York, NY
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Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Academic Administration, Visual Art Program and consulting with the Area Head for the Sculpture Discipline, the Manager - Shops/Safety oversees the safe operation and management of the Visual Arts Metal, Wood, and Ceramics shops. This position supervises the Assistant Director of Shops and Safety for Visual Arts, a part-time Undergraduate Shops Assistant, and 6-10 graduate student shop monitors/ fellows. The incumbent oversees maintenance of all equipment, develops training programs for students in the safe usage of equipment and chemicals, and develops and teaches workshops on use of the equipment.

Manages all aspects of the Visual Arts Metal, Wood, and Ceramics shops. Consults with the Areas Head for the Sculpture Discipline.

Ensures OSHA and CU fire and safety standards are communicated and met in the Shops. This includes developing and coordinating training workshops, rules and regulations for students, staff and faculty in undergraduate and graduate classes.

Manages safe usage of various specialized equipment in the Shops by offering general and specific training classes for all adjunct faculty, undergraduate and graduate students at the start of each semester, and as needed throughout the year.

Manages the operation and maintenance of all equipment in the steel, wood, laser, and clay sculpture shops; replaces or repairs equipment when needed; makes recommendations for upgrades and advises on replacing equipment when needed. Manages budget for shop improvements and material supplies.

Coordinates frequent servicing of necessary equipment through outside vendors.

Develops and provides continuing in-depth technical safety training programs and supervision for 6-10 graduate students in their positions as evening and weekend shop monitors.

Designs and conducts wood, metal, mold making, and laser-cutting workshops for students to ensure appropriate use of materials and equipment.

Develops and teaches graduate workshops series throughout the fall semester for advanced shop techniques and practices not covered in sculpture electives curriculum.

Manages security for the Shops including student authorization records and swipe access system for access to and use of the shops, ensuring that only students who have completed training have shop access.

Creates and maintains clear signage about safe use of equipment and guidelines for use of the shops.

Researches and recommends ongoing improvements to the shops to ensure best practices are developed.

Maintains and improves existing tool and materials storage.

Manages the use of the Prentis laser cutter, administering trainings and facilitating a weekly schedule of sign-up hours for student work. Manages frequent calibration and maintenance on this specialized piece of equipment.

Manages the ordering and stocking of all shops equipment, materials, and consumables for functioning of the shops and sculpture classes. Tracks sculpture class budgets from course fees.

Consults regularly with MFA students on sculpture/fabrication issues ensuring safe practices and use of materials. Specifically, with projects for open studios, end-of-semester undergraduate shows, first year, and thesis exhibitions.

Coordinates with CU Facilities and CU Public Safety on shop upgrades and relevant changes to building infrastructure. Planning, organizing, and supervising various projects.

Meets with Columbia EH&S regularly concerning the state of the shops, the management of various hazards, and conducting assessments.

Has or will undergo training for G60 (Torch) and A-35 (Compressed Air) certificates of fitness through NYFD if needed.

Advises and supports the upcoming move of the Shops from Prentis Hall to the Nash Building.

Other appropriate duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications for Grade

Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant BA or equivalent experience required. Three years of related visual arts program shop experience required. Additional Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications

Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant Working knowledge of all aspects of shop usage and maintenance essential. Experience in running safety training workshops, and knowledge of OSHA and workshop safety protocols required. Technical competence in operation of all typical visual arts equipment required. Complete knowledge of metal and wood shop materials and procedures required. Must be able to service most machines. Excellent oral and written communication skills and organizational skills required. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST ATTACH A COVER LETTER AND A RÉSUMÉ. APPLICATIONS WITHOUT THESE TWO DOCUMENTS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Special Instructions Preferred Qualifications MFA preferred. Essential Functions Additional Essential Functions (Limit to 3950 characters.) Special Indications

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