The Sculpture and Ceramics Studio manager oversees Chestnut Street general access to wood, metal shop facilities, ceramic area, tool room and A&T tool room. Working closely with the Director of BFA Studios, maintains of the Sculpture/Ceramics and A&T department facilities and equipment. Promotes and maintains safe working environment. Provides technical assistance and training to all students and faculty.
Supervise and maintain general access wood and metal shop facilities. Maintain sculpture and ceramic sculpture studio areas.
Oversee the day-to-day operation of the equipment and tool room. Maintain equipment and assure availability for student use. Develop and coordinate processes and procedures for tool and equipment checkout. Maintain an inventory tracking system for all equipment and assets. Develops and maintains consistent area guidelines, and enforces equipment use and checkout policies.
Works with tool room supervisor to hire, train and supervise student workers.
Trains and teaches students and faculty in the operation, use and safety procedures of wood and metal shops, power and hand tools, and sewing machines. Oversee student workers to ensure compliance with all tool, equipment, and overall facility safety guidelines.
Provides in-class instruction and support for students during wood and metal shop classes.
Assist faculty and students with loading, firing, and unloading of kilns. Provide training to students on the safe operation of ceramic kilns. Assist students and faculty with mixing of glaze and slip for class needs.
Train students and faculty on the use of CNC equipment. Maintain CNC equipment and perform needed upgrades and maintenance. Train students and faculty on the safe use of the spray booth. Maintain the spray booth in working order and manage spray booth log.
Provide technical assistance to faculty in all SFAI degree and non-degree programs, including: community education, young artist program, and other summer session programs.
1. Maintains safe work environment. Develop and maintain department safety procedures including equipment use, hazard communication and secondary container labeling programs. Update and maintain material safety data sheets (SDS).
2. Provide and document safety training for faculty, staff, students, and student workers.
3. Works closely with facilities department in the pick up and tracking documents of hazardous waste for sculpture/ceramics. Coordinates with facilities on maintaining all labeling and waste systems in accordance with OSHA and County of San Francisco regulations.
4. Provide instruction, technical advice, and assistance to faculty and students on the use of department equipment, facilities and materials. Inform regular and part-time faculty of changes in safety procedures and information.
Monitor equipment performance. Maintain and repair a wide variety of wood and metal shop tools, as well as ceramic and sculpture related equipment also sewing equipment. Ensure that equipment in need of repair is appropriately handled.
Have a general understanding of electrical, plumbing, HVAC and other mechanical systems as related to the maintenance and repair of large equipment. Be able to trouble shoot and problem solve in a busy studio environment.
Maintain inventory and procurement of materials, tools, supplies, and safety equipment (PPE) for the following areas: Metal shop, wood shop, sewing, general tool room hardware, ceramics, mold making, and AT&T.
Implement and monitor policies for efficient space-use, cleaning and safety of facilities and equipment for all sculpture/ceramic sculpture studio and shop areas.
BA/BFA and two years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education an experience.
Substantial wood and metal shop experience required; experience using large power tools
Knowledge of hazards in and safe work practices for wood, metal, ceramics, and mold making
Experience in other 3-D processes including: ceramics, firing of gas and electric kilns; mold-making and casting
Knowledge and proper use of sewing equipment and techniques
Knowledge of CNC processes and programs and experience in the safe operation of laser cutters and other CNC equipment
High level of mechanical skills as related to equipment and studio management
Mature individual with even temper and good communication skills including the ability to work well with staff, students, faculty and artists of the SFAI community
Proven commitment to learning and researching necessary and new technologies to support priorities as determined by Department Chair, faculty, and Director of BFA Studios
Basic knowledge of Adobe creative suite, Microsoft outlook, and excel
Physical ability to lift, manipulate and organize a range of sculpture materials
Additional Salary Information: This is a temporary, full-time opening. Estimate position will last 5-10 weeks
About San Francisco Art Institute
Founded in 1871, the San Francisco Art Institute is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious schools of higher education in contemporary art. We boast an illustrious list of faculty and alumni in all areas of focus. Most importantly, we have consistently held fast to a core philosophy of fostering creativity and critical thinking in an open, experimental, and interdisciplinary environment. At SFAI, we educate artists who will become the creative leaders of their generation. SFAI is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to achieving greater diversity among faculty, staff, student body, and leadership. Individuals who identify as people of color, mixed-race, women, genderqueer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and disabled or differently-abled are strongly encouraged to apply for open staff and faculty positions.