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Studio Coordinator of Furniture Design & Woodworking Ander­son Ranch Arts Center

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The Studio Coor­di­na­tor of Furni­ture Design & Wood­work­ing will take owner­ship of the studio facil­ity, equip­ment and supplies; provid­ing hands-on support for learn­ing and art making at the highest level.
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Our Dream: To find an ener­getic and dynamic indi­vid­ual to join our team over­see­ing a beau­ti­ful wood­work­ing machine shop and work­shop studio with a history dating back to Sam Maloof. This person will be driven, like us, by a belief that the power of artmak­ing can change indi­vid­u­als and the world. We enjoy working with career-minded people ready to fully immerse them­selves in the day-to-day oper­a­tions of a world-class teach­ing, learn­ing and art making program that encour­ages cross disci­pli­nary explo­ration and learn­ing. Ideal team­mates will bring a passion for their own artis­tic prac­tice, a passion for devel­op­ing a prac­ti­cal knowl­edge of tradi­tional and contem­po­rary tech­niques, as well as a passion for under­stand­ing peda­gogy and teaching practices. 

Posi­tion Summary: Studio Coor­di­na­tor of Furni­ture Design & Wood­work­ing will take owner­ship of the studio facil­ity, equip­ment and supplies; setting a stan­dard for a world-class art envi­ron­ment. They will act as a host to visit­ing faculty, students and indi­vid­ual artists while provid­ing hands-on support for learn­ing and art making at the highest level. They will monitor faculty, work­shops and studio use to assure the highest quality and safest possi­ble expe­ri­ence. Studio Coor­di­na­tors are expected to assist with coor­di­nat­ing programs and to both teach and lead demon­stra­tions. They are expected to act as an ambas­sador and spokesper­son for their program area, promot­ing work­shop regis­tra­tion, support­ing faculty, resi­dents and visit­ing artists, and culti­vat­ing alumni and funder relationships. 

Core Respon­si­bil­i­ties:

● Studio Facil­ity, Equip­ment, Supplies, and Admin­is­tra­tive Needs: Manage and super­vise the studio facil­i­ties, equip­ment and supplies. Orga­nize and main­tain the studio in a clean and effi­cient manner on a day-to-day basis. Perform and docu­ment routine inspec­tions and service main­te­nance of equip­ment, includ­ing upgrades and minor repairs. Purchase and orga­nize supplies, main­tain inven­tory, receive ship­ments and manage purchase orders. Manage admin­is­tra­tive records, includ­ing oper­at­ing within a budget, posting income, expenses and calcu­lat­ing esti­mates and budget requests.

● Studio Safety & Secu­rity: Assure the safety of the studio, surround­ing area, equip­ment and visi­tors. Train, super­vise and support visi­tors of all ages, abil­i­ties and skill levels. While phys­i­cal safety is the prior­ity, this includes assur­ing a support­ive culture that is welcom­ing and respect­ful of all. Specific respon­si­bil­i­ties include secu­rity and safety poli­cies and proce­dures for chil­dren and youth. While Studio Coor­di­na­tors have primary respon­si­bil­ity for their assigned areas, all staff are respon­si­ble for safety and secu­rity on campus. 

● Coor­di­nate Work­shops: Support the Artis­tic Direc­tor to develop work­shop concepts and curricu­lum, assist with iden­ti­fy­ing faculty, edit descrip­tions, recruit students, orches­trate faculty and work­shop logis­tics and monitor workshop evaluations.

● Work­shops & Demon­stra­tions: Studio Coor­di­na­tors are expected to actively teach and/​or co-teach sched­uled work­shops and be avail­able to assist work­shops when needed. Studio Coor­di­na­tors are expected to lead demon­stra­tions and custom artmak­ing expe­ri­ences as needed and to support artist-in-resi­dence and visit­ing artists, as well as provide one-on-one mentoring. 

● Train­ing & Over­sight of Interns/​Volunteers: Support the recruit­ment, selec­tion, train­ing and over­sight of assigned volun­teers, teach­ing assis­tants and interns. Train in shop safety, equip­ment, machines, mentor artis­tic and profes­sional devel­op­ment, and monitor perfor­mance and adher­ence to organizational standards. 

● Studio Rela­tion­ship Ambas­sadors: Act as a good­will ambas­sador, inter­nally and exter­nally, for the studio program, includ­ing manag­ing Ranch rela­tion­ships with faculty, work­shop students, visit­ing artists, commu­nity members and funding part­ners. This will include, but is not limited to, recruit­ing alumni members, liais­ing with indi­vid­ual funders and under­writ­ers, as well as support­ing grants and preparing reports.

● Special Projects and Programs: Studio Coor­di­na­tors will be assigned both special projects and ongoing programs to support the overall success of the Ranch. These will include efforts that cross studio areas within the Ranch, and yet are a core respon­si­bil­ity within the role such as the Gallery, Visit­ing Artists, Ander­son Ranch Editions, Crit­i­cal Dialogue, Artists-In-Resi­dence, Outreach and Internship Programs.