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Wood Studio Coordinator Opening Penland School of Craft

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We are looking for a new wood studio coor­di­na­tor to join our team at Penland.


Reports to: Studio Oper­a­tions Manager
Depart­ment: Programs
Employ­ment Status: Full-tim3
Super­vi­sion: Interns/​Studio assis­tants
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Start date: May 10, 2021
Last Updated: March 172021

Who We Are

Penland School of Craft is an inter­na­tional center for craft educa­tion offer­ing resi­den­tial work­shops, resi­den­cies, commu­nity educa­tion programs, and exhi­bi­tions. Located on 420 acres in the NC Moun­tains, Penland has 16 teach­ing studios and 57 historic and contem­po­rary build­ings. We are an equal oppor­tu­nity employer with a staff of 70. Penland oper­ates with a $44 million endow­ment and an annual oper­at­ing budget of $6 million. We are located about an hour north­east of Asheville, NC. Our mission supports indi­vid­ual and artis­tic growth through creative prac­tice and discovery. 

Commit­ment to Equity, Diver­sity, and Inclusion

We believe that equity, diver­sity, and inclu­sion are essen­tial to fulfill­ing our mission. We want to inspire and nurture the human spirit, and we value the perspec­tives and contri­bu­tions of all people. We want the Penland expe­ri­ence to include varied ideas, world views, and personal char­ac­ter­is­tics. Penland is commit­ted to being a commu­nity that welcomes and respects every­one regard­less of age, ability, ethnic­ity, race, reli­gion, philo­soph­i­cal or polit­i­cal beliefs, sexual orien­ta­tion, gender iden­tity or expres­sion, nation­al­ity, geographic origin, and socioe­co­nomic status. We are commit­ted to provid­ing an envi­ron­ment free of discrimination. 

Posi­tion Summary

The wood studio coor­di­na­tor reports directly to the studio oper­a­tions manager and over­sees the wood studio. The coor­di­na­tor works directly with the studio team and collab­o­ra­tively across the orga­ni­za­tion to support all program­ming and studio use through­out the year. This is accom­plished by assur­ing that the facil­i­ties and equip­ment are in good working order and by commu­ni­cat­ing with programs and instruc­tional staff to plan and support success­ful program­ming. The studio coor­di­na­tor is also respon­si­ble for budget plan­ning and track­ing, inven­tory manage­ment, process­ing purchase orders for mate­ri­als, tools, and equip­ment related to program­ming, and commu­ni­cat­ing and facil­i­tat­ing safety guide­lines and practices.

This is a tech­ni­cal, admin­is­tra­tive, and services-oriented position.

Primary Respon­si­bil­i­ties

Manages the studio space and equip­ment through­out the year for programs such as spring, summer, and fall work­shops; short-term resi­den­cies; demon­stra­tions, lectures, special events; commu­nity educa­tion, staff access, and occasional rentals.

Under the studio oper­a­tions manager’s direc­tion, works collab­o­ra­tively with the studio team and facil­i­ties staff to main­tain equip­ment and safety systems and manage hazardous waste disposal and mate­ri­als storage and handling.

Provides tech­ni­cal assis­tance and over­sight to instruc­tors, students, and staff as it relates to the demon­stra­tion and train­ing in the safe oper­a­tion of studio equip­ment and materials handling.

Supports the needs of instruc­tors before and during program­ming, includ­ing: assures good working order of tools and equip­ment; config­ures studio space; orders and stocks supplies and mate­ri­als as requested; researches and shares infor­ma­tion about local resources, as needed; serves as the point person for all studio-related ques­tions and concerns for the dura­tion of programming.

Coor­di­nates and manages the work­flow of program­ming changeovers (week­ends), includ­ing review­ing and coor­di­nat­ing program­ming needs upon instruc­tor arrival and conduct­ing onboard­ing for, and assign­ing tasks to, studio assis­tants or interns.

Trains and manages studio assis­tants and studio interns: estab­lishes and enforces safety stan­dards, oper­a­tional proce­dures, equip­ment usage guide­lines, and proce­dures for resale for mate­ri­als; works with studio assis­tants and interns to develop studio safety guide­lines; collab­o­rates with studio oper­a­tions manager to provide regular studio assis­tants check-ins for dura­tion of programming.

Works with the studio oper­a­tions manager to create an annual budget proposal for studio oper­at­ing and capital budgets; moni­tors projects, main­te­nance, and inven­tory to remain within the approved annual budget.

Supports the direc­tor of programs and programs manager as requested by provid­ing instruc­tor recom­men­da­tions, input on course topics, infor­ma­tion about the studio’s capac­ity for enroll­ment, and its ability to support various types of activities.

Collab­o­rates with and serves as a strong, effec­tive member of the studio team to assure and uphold consis­tency of safety and admin­is­tra­tive poli­cies and proce­dures across all Penland studios.

Performs addi­tional duties as assigned.


A general under­stand­ing of the craft field.

A bachelor’s degree with at least three years of rele­vant profes­sional studio expe­ri­ence; or equiv­a­lent combi­na­tion of educa­tion and experience.

In-depth knowl­edge of the equip­ment and tech­ni­cal processes to be used in the studio and the ability to trou­bleshoot and repair, or facil­i­tate service of, tools and equip­ment in the studio are required.

Knowl­edge of and commit­ment to health and safety as it applies to equip­ment oper­a­tion and mate­ri­als handling regulations.

Strong inter­per­sonal and customer service skills in keeping with Penland’s commit­ment to generos­ity. The indi­vid­ual must have excel­lent commu­ni­ca­tion skills (written and verbal) and be willing to handle sensi­tive and confidential situations.

Ability to work inde­pen­dently, proac­tively, and also collaboratively.

Orga­ni­za­tional and task manage­ment skills are required; prior expe­ri­ence with budget and/​or project manage­ment is desirable.

Expe­ri­ence and tech­ni­cal fluency with various soft­ware appli­ca­tions, includ­ing Microsoft Word and Excel, G Suite, and Mac/​Windows plat­forms. In addi­tion, profi­ciency in CAD CAM soft­ware as it relates to CNC oper­a­tions is required.

First Aid and CPR certi­fi­ca­tions are required and can be provided by Penland.

Phys­i­cal Demands

While perform­ing this job’s duties, the employee is regu­larly required to sit, work at a computer, and perform repet­i­tive tasks. The employee is frequently required to use hands to handle or touch objects, tools, or controls, talk fluently and hear. The employee is often required to stand, walk, and bend, and handle hazardous mate­ri­als. The employee must regu­larly lift and move objects weigh­ing up to 50 pounds or more, includ­ing the move­ment of sheet goods and the removal of trash and dust collec­tion weekly. Specific vision required by this job includes close vision. Evening and weekend work is some­times required by studio programming.


This is a full-time, year-round, benefits-eligible position.

Compen­sa­tion discus­sions are a part of the inter­view­ing process, but the start­ing wage for this posi­tion is $15.00 per hour for 35 hours per week and flexing up to 40 hours per week in the summer months. At 1890 budgeted hours per year, the start­ing annual salary is $28,350. Employ­ees at Penland enjoy attrac­tive bene­fits and a lively, creative work envi­ron­ment. Studio staff posi­tions also include a limited studio access benefit.

To Apply

The posi­tion will remain open until filled; however, the initial review of appli­ca­tions will consist of appli­ca­tions received by April 10, 2021. The sched­uled start date is May 10, 2021. Send cover letter, résumé, and contact infor­ma­tion for three refer­ences, address­ing rele­vant expe­ri­ence and inter­est in the posi­tion to Alyse Ostre­icher, Human Resources Manager, employment@​penland.​org. Please include Wood Studio Coor­di­na­tor as the subject of your email.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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