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Northern Clay Facilities and Studio Program Mgr Position, Summer Interns

Published July 17, 2013

Reports To:    Education and Studio Program Head
Hours:    40 hours per week on average, full-time exempt salaried position, on a schedule to be determined, including some fixed hours, some flexible hours, some evening and weekends.
Preferred Start Date:    September 1, 2013

Applications accepted immediately.

This position is  responsible for Northern Clay Center’s building and equipment, the classroom and studio facilities as they support the education and outreach programs, and for the regular operations of the Studio Program.  It involves direct work with the physical plant and the work flow of the education program; management of contractors for specific technical and mechanical services; budgeting for equipment, supplies and facility maintenance; design, development, and management of the studio artist program; and oversight of the materials maintenance and building maintenance positions. The Facilities and Studio Program Manager is an integral part of the community-centered environment at NCC.

Teaching Studio Facilities (estimated 50% of time)

  • Coordinate and plan, with education program head and director, schedules and budgets for all education support functions, including:  organizing and ordering supplies, scheduling firings, planning and managing major equipment additions such as kilns, wheels, etc.
  • Ensure appropriate set-up of classrooms and staging areas, fire work, and provide other support as needed, for all education program activities, including regular classes, visiting artist workshops and residencies, outreach programs, and some special programs
  • Oversee work of building maintenance and materials maintenance staff
  • Maintain and repair, and build, as needed, studio equipment such as electric and gas kilns, wheels, ware and storage racks, etc.
  • Assist, as needed, during artist residencies with firing, provision of materials, space and storage, scheduling of kilns, and hosting events
  • Studio Artist Program & Facilities (estimated 30% of time)
  • Design, develop and supervise the operations of the studio artists program at the Center in accordance to the long-term strategic plans as developed by the Education and Studio Program Head and Director, and approved by Board of Directors
  • Provide administrative support to the Studio Program, including overseeing studio advertising and rentals, communication with artists and conflict resolution
  • Provide thorough orientation to facility and equipment for new resident studio artists and fellowship artists, and teaching artists
  • Maintain records of studio artist firings, glaze and other material usage

Building Facilities (estimated 20% of time)

  • Ensure weekly, monthly and annual maintenance of facility, serving as primary liaison and contract reviewer with roofing, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, snow plowing and other similar contractors; facilitate minor plumbing and electrical repairs
  • Maintain security systems and keys

Other tasks as assigned

This is a permanent, full-time, salaried, exempt position.  The salary for this position is based on 40 hours per week. Pay is commensurate with experience and performance.  Compensation includes a studio space and kiln access at the Clay Center.  This position requires the employee to be available to work on an occasionally flexible schedule, including some weekends.

Applicant Must:

  • Have a strong background and demonstrated experience in loading and firing kilns, and be able to manage, from start to finish, all forms of high and low-temperature firings (gas, electric, soda, raku).
  • Be physically fit, and able to lift and carry substantial weight.
  • Be able to work with a variety of people, and respond evenly to a range of questions from students, studio artists, teaching artists, and the general public.
  • Be able and willing to work on a flexible schedule.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in ceramics; a master’s degree is preferred.
  • Have strong management and administrative skills (including budgeting).
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills.

In addition to the above requirements, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated in previous employed positions the knowledge of and ability to perform kiln repairs and wheel repairs; experience in light construction; and knowledge of and experience in equipment maintenance, such as lighting, plumbing, and small equipment.

Please send a cover letter describing interests and experience, a résumé, salary history, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references to Dustin Yager, Education and Studio Program Head, at

Northern Clay Center is an equal opportunity employer.

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