Furniture Studio Manager

California College of the Arts San Bruno, CA 2019-05-23
San Francisco

The Furniture Studio Manager is responsible for the teaching and learning spaces that support students in woodworking. Partnering with faculty, the Studio Manager ensures consistency in curricular outcomes for woodworking courses. Familiarity with a broad range of physical materials and proficiency in multiple approaches to woodworking will be expected. Knowledge of health and safety regulations as they apply to artistic materials is required. The Furniture Studio Manager must possess a working knowledge of multiple fabrication methods, be able to demonstrate and uphold best practices in professional studio culture for all users, and collaboratively work as a team member with other Studio Managers in supervising all fabrication spaces.

The Furniture Studio Manager supervises 2 teaching assistants and 8+ studio monitors to create an open, accessible and safe learning environment. Experience with a diverse student population is key. This person maintains and ensures the safe operation of all supplies, machines, and equipment in the Furniture Machine Shop and Furniture Bench Room, as well as the supplies and equipment needed to support all woodworking courses. As part of the SF Shops Studio Manager team, the Furniture Studio Manager will also assist with the supervision and operation of the other fabrication spaces, including Tool Center, Model Shop, Metal Shop, Sanding & Finishing Room, and Paint & Casting Room, as needed.


Management & Administration:
  • Independently manages a team of 2 teaching assistants and 8+ work study studio monitors.
  • Responsible for implementing and enforcing policies and procedures ensuring health, life, and safety in the studio for all students, staff, and faculty.
  • Trains and monitors student workers in studio/shop tasks; additional training in tool maintenance (waxing, lubricating).
  • Monitors consumables inventory (saw blades, sanding supplies and safety equipment).
  • Delivers orientations to students, staff and faculty on specific tools and techniques in all fabrication spaces.
  • Supports visiting artists and Furniture Department exhibitions on and off campus, including the Wornick Furniture Award and Furniture Senior Show
  • Responsible for management and oversight of annual budget for Furniture Studio operations.

Academic Support:
  • Instructional resource; teaches staff and students to use materials and solve technical problems.
  • Creates and delivers orientations for specific tools and techniques.
  • Approaches faculty to determine course projects to determine necessary shop support; provides feedback on curriculum projects.
  • Teaching and instructing on student projects.
  • Travels with class to select and pick out hardwoods.
  • Coordinates and supports large projects and their demands on the shops.
  • May be called upon to travel with faculty and students to International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City; and to support student participation in Association of Woodworking and Furnishing Suppliers convention.

Studio Operations:
  • Manages the operation of the instructional studio facilities of the Furniture Program and ensures a well-maintained and safe environment.
  • Orders class materials on behalf of the program; handles internal wood resale when large donations occur.
  • Identifies and executes facility improvements to ensure alignment with curricular needs; researches and provides support for capital equipment improvement purchases along with practice of deaccessioning equipment.
  • Maintains and ensures the safe operation of all machines and equipment in the Furniture Machine Shop and Furniture Bench Room, including the dust collection systems.
  • Delivers a mandatory Safety Orientation and Safety Test for all studio users.
  • Creates system for and maintains up-to-date orientation manuals and safety training for student work-study monitors, students, and faculty.
  • Supervises Senior Furniture studios.
  • Participates in institutional committees and program meetings; as assigned, participates, contributes or leads team projects within the Instructional Fabrication department.
  • Manages students in distress.
  • Offers technical oversight and back-up support for other CCA studios, including but not limited to Sculpture, Printmaking, 2D, and Model/Metal Shops.
  • Serves as a member of the College's Emergency Response Team.
  • Performs additional duties as required.

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field and/or equivalent working experience required.

Administrative & Management Experience
  • Confident using independent judgement in decision making.
  • Experience managing a team and working with students preferred
  • Proven success developing relationships across organizations.
  • Developed organizational and task management skills; strong, oral and written communication skills.

Specialized Knowledge & Skills
  • Familiarity with a broad range of materials; proficiency in multiple approaches to making art will be expected.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to health and safety as they apply to artistic materials and regulations.
  • Familiarity using a variety of software applications including Word and Excel. G Suite and Mac/Apple proficiency.
  • Comfortable working with hand/power tools as well as troubleshooting equipment and repairs.

Interpersonal Skills
  • Proven success establishing and maintaining positive and cooperative working relationships; commitment to quality of service.
  • Strong work ethic; ability to work independently and proactively.
  • Ability to work in a culturally-competent manner with diverse groups.
  • Must demonstrate competence, reliability, and honesty.

Working Conditions:
  • This position is currently scheduled to work Monday through Friday. Must be able to occasionally work nights and/or during weekends.
  • This position primarily works in a climate controlled studio.
  • This job requires long periods of sitting, standing, or repetitive tasks.
  • Noise levels are moderate

Physical Requirements:
  • Must possess ability to safely perform the physical work required of all duties, including manual dexterity, agility, strength and coordination.
  • May be required to operate aerial work platforms and powered lift equipment.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must possess a valid California driver's license.

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Application Instructions
Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Recommended document file formats are Word or PDF. If there are multiple attachments, we recommend compressing/zipping your files into a zip format file. There is also a place in the application for you to provide a link to large documents. Please submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions.

Application Deadline
For staff positions, screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

EEO Statement
As an educational and cultural institution, California College of the Arts has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, with special attention to supporting groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability.

California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

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