For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top four graduate fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world-as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman.
Serve the contemporary instructional needs of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) faculty and students by providing technical instruction for resources and management of facilities. Determine and design services provided by the Contemporary Practices (CP), Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO) and 280 Woodshop facilities to support curriculum. Keeps current of contemporary technological advancements and advises faculty accordingly. Strive to provide responsive, courteous, and efficient support to faculty, students and staff. Implement and sustain extensive health and safety programs associated with the administration of woodworking facilities.
Administers, supervises and directs the operations of the 280 Woodshop, Sharp Instructional Shop (CP) and Sullivan Fabrication Studio (AIADO) fabrication facilities and specialized resources on a day-to-day basis. Functions as a technical advisor to student and staff communities. Supervises and provides leadership to the Assistant’s Director 280 Woodshop, Sharp Instructional Shop (CP) and Sullivan Fabrication Studio (AIADO). Provides logistical, structural and long range planning support to Executive Director, Fabrication and Instructional Resources. Ensures safe working practices for all fabrication equipment, materials and processes and manage relevant compliance programs. Anticipates and recommends changes in instructional services to support curricular developments.
Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art or related field and/or equivalent experience required. Must have a strong working knowledge of a variety of materials, methods, fabrication tools and equipment. Advanced knowledge in the following areas is required: wood fabrication, digital fabrication methods (laser cutting, 3D printing, CAM, CAD). Must have competency in mold making, wood fabrication, and soft construction (woven and sewn structures).
Must have extensive instructional or supervisory experience in educational and/or industrial facilities. Teaching/instructional experience preferred. Strong managerial skills, including the ability to supervise and schedule staff, implement policies and procedures, order materials and maintain budget. Must be proficient with office and productivity software such as Microsoft Word and Excel, Google Business Suite, etc. Excellent communication, organizational and problem solving skills with the ability to address the artistic concerns of students, faculty and staff. Experience repairing shop tools and equipment.
Preferred: Working knowledge and experience using Rhino, Maya or related 3D modeling software.
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