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This position is for the Danforth Campus in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.
The Instructional Technician will support teaching and creative activity in architecture, design, and art as part of a student-facing team. The technician will work with students and faculty to informally instruct them in process and craft across multiple shops and disciplines with a focus on wood, plastics, model building, and furniture construction. The technician will have primary responsibility for the safe day-to-day operation of the wood, plastic, and metal shop in Givens Hall, but will work across all shops and making spaces as needed. The Technician will create a welcoming environment in the shops and break down barriers for students with limited experience to appropriately use the shops, including individual instruction, process demonstration, and safety training. The Technician will use strong people management skills in the oversight of shop monitors and to foster a positive learning and making environment. This position reports to the Sam Fox School Facilities Manager.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide individual and group instruction and guidance in the use of shop tools, materials, and processes to support teaching and creative activity across the school.
Working in partnership with faculty, develop and implement student training and workshops specific to equipment/materials/techniques identified by a studio or class or identified as a broader academic need across the curriculum.
Work individually with students to help them learn skills and techniques needed to successfully undertake academic and co-curricular projects.
Work closely with the Assistant Facilities Manager to develop a plan for student safety and user training in Givens Hall shop.
Learn new practices/methodologies outside the School and offer related training to keep faculty and students current with emerging practices.
Organize and maintain a clean, safe shop in Givens Hall.
Hire, train, and manage student shop monitors to ensure safe use of the shop during open hours.
Maintain, implement, and evolve safety protocols.
Support Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) operations as needed in shop and building.
Maintain, repair, and/or replace machines, systems, and tools in shop as required.
Manage shop budget, oversee material, and tool inventory. Work with faculty to obtain and maintain supplies needed for classroom and shop operations.
Support facilities needs across the Sam Fox School. Work with the Facilities teams at peak times, such as move out and pre-orientation, to ensure that the school’s buildings are ready for upcoming academic cycles
BS, BA, BArch, BFA or other related degree and 1-2 years shop technician or equivalent experience.
Experience working with individuals that have a range of familiarity with shop facilities.
Demonstrated understanding of shop safety requirements and best practices.
MArch or MFA and experience working with students and faculty.
Supervisory skills desired.
Experience with architecture and/or design education.
Competency in woodworking with stationary power machines including sawing, planing, jointing, and drilling
Understanding of wood joinery
Expertise in wood finishes
Demonstrated ability to work at model and prototype scale in multiple materials
Demonstrated understanding of the importance of standards in safe shop operation
Some ability or willingness to acquire metalworking skills
Basic machine maintenance and trouble shooting skills
Familiarity with general chemical hazard safety
Understanding of basic electricity
Comfort working with computers
Some understanding or ability and desire to learn fundamentals of digital fabrication available in the Sam Fox School, including CNC router, laser cutters, 3D printers, and digital fabrication operating software
Ability to work independently to maintain an excellent facility in safety and operations
Ability to maintain and operate within budget
Ability to work in a diverse and youth-oriented dynamic environment
Ability to work collaboratively with architecture, art, and design faculty
Basic first aid
The hiring range for this position is $44,987 - $57,369 annually.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
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