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Department of Visual & Dramatic Arts
Studio Manager/Chief Preparator

Manages the daily operations of the department’s art studios and fabrication lab. S/he supervises and maintains all machinery, and instructs users on safety and proper protocols while technically supporting a wide variety of creative projects. To this end, the Studio Manager/Chief Preparator works closely with the faculty in providing specialized studio/laboratory/facility technical services and assistance in the use of materials, equipment, and facilities in a safe manner. As chief preparator, this position also oversees the installation/de-installation of the department's exhibitions and ensures that artwork is held to the industry standard. The Studio Manager/Chief Preparator will be responsible to supervise any temporary, on-call preparators.

Ideal candidates should have extensive skills and experience in a maker space facility, art exhibition space and/or construction/fabrication shop and experience in instructing others in the use of power tools and welding techniques.

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, exempt position with a salary of $56,000.

Essential Functions

Responsible for the day to day operations of the lab, workshop, studio or maker space and all equipment, materials and machinery

Coordinates the availability of funds and oversees Sculpture, Painting and Drawing budgets

Develops, implements, follows and trains on applicable safety standards and practices to ensure a safe environment

Provides continuity, expertise and supervision to students assisting them to resolve technical problems, equipment use, and understand available resources, equipment, machinery and materials

Responsible for the lab equipment / materials and supplies including cleanliness, maintenance, organization, operation, inventory (life cycle and replacement schedule} and procurement

Supervises student workers

Works with IT to generate and load specialty software, as applicable

Manages the operations and procedures of the art studios

Ensures compliance with environmental codes and MSDS information/documentation for materials

Establishes and manages vendor contracts and procurement

Manages the departmental studio and workshop facilities

Manages the expenditures of each studio component

Working in concert with the exhibition curator and other staff facilitates the installation of artwork and installations

Ensures artwork handling is held to industry standards

Performs all other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in art or related field
  • Three years of experience in a maker space facility, art exhibition space shop, or construction fabrication shop
  • Experience instructing others in the use of power tools and welding techniques
  • Valid Texas Driver’s License (or the ability to obtain within 30 days of employment) required with no more than three moving violations in the past 36 months and no convictions or deferred dispositions for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) within the past 5 years.
  • Skills required:
    • Proficiency with applicable specialized software, equipment, tools, machinery and materials
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Inventory and scheduling experience
    • Strong organizing and time management skills
    • Prior experience and knowledge in safety protocols and maintenance of specialized lab equipment
    • Ability to work independently with a wide range of faculty, staff, students and visitors
    • Ability to use, train, maintain, and troubleshoot shop equipment
    • Metal working (variety of welding techniques), wood working (use of bandsaw, table saw, belt sander), and fabrication techniques
    • Hands-on experience and training in industry-standard art preparations, installation and art handling practices

Preferred Qualifications

  • B.A. or higher in studio art, art education, or art conversation/preservation
  • Experience working with faculty and students at the university level
  • First aid and CPR
  • Rice experience
  • Skills preferred:
  • Experience with fabrication technology through manufacturer's training and research (CNC mill, 3D printers, laser cutters)

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