Parsons School for Design, a division of The New School, seeks a Facilities Manager of Wood and Metal Shops for the Making Center. Parsons Making Center is a collection of more than 70,000 sq.ft. of labs, shops, studios, and open work spaces that provide curricular support for making across a broad range of mediums and disciplines, and supports experimentation and interdisciplinary collaboration. The Manager should be a personable, proactive, detail oriented individual who will become integral to the daily workings of the facilities within the Making Center. This is a fast paced dynamic environment that runs year round. The Facilities Manager will have direct interactions with students and faculty in support of curricular needs, and interface with university staff, vendors, and contractors in support of facility operations. This position reports to the Co-Director, Technical Operations of the Making Center, and has multiple direct reports, including the Associate Manager, N2 General Shop and the Assistant Manager, E4 Facilities.
Responsibilities: Oversee daily workings of the Making Center's E4 and N2 Shop Facilities (as assigned) including but not limited to E4 Wood Shop, E4 Metal Shop, N2 General Shop, and associated Open Work Areas, Tool/Equipment Checkouts, Material Store, and storage areas. Management of a team of full-time and part-time staff, and student workers, including hiring, training, scheduling, tasking, communications and coordination and/or providing emergency coverage for unexpected absences. Management of a fixed budget including tracking, planning, and prioritization of expenses related to inventories, schedules, projects, repairs, and improvements as it relates to the school’s overall curriculum. Directing decision making related to purchase of equipment and establishment of workflow to support pedagogical needs, working with academic leadership, faculty, and external entities. Coordinate staff support to assist with shows and installations, special initiatives, and facility improvement projects. Maintain policies and systems for checkout, material store, scheduling, record keeping, and inventories, in addition to generating macro and micro levels of usage data and statics – evaluating and updating these as needed. Organize calendars and communications for facilities: including creation of website updates, shop signage, safety orientations, technical/instructional documentation for labs/equipment, workshops, class demos, deliveries, special events, and modified holiday hours. Work across systems in the Making Center, connecting separate areas in order to streamline efficiency and communication; working directly with Making Center leadership in developing and implementing policies. Adapt to changes in the work environment; adjust approach and prioritize competing demands as necessary. Provide a high level of customer service, maintaining a positive and professional demeanor and attitude in all interactions with students, faculty, and staff. Cultivate a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming learning environment with productive and positive workplace relationships. Stay current with relevant technology and developments within the field. Serve on Parsons-wide committees as needed. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
A Bachelor's Degree and 3-5 years relevant or professional experience within the industry. Flexible schedule – ability to work non-traditional schedules that may include nights and weekends, in addition to schedule shifts with semester changes. Completion of university required staff trainings and necessary COF’s for all Making Center Facilities within the first 6 months of employment. Advanced knowledge of a variety of production and fabrication techniques in wood, metal, and other materials; Be familiar with practices related to current design and art practice – including: fabrication, furniture making, sculpture, product prototyping, hot metal working, cold metal working, jewelry and non-ferrous metal working, silversmithing, architectural or art installation. Ability to work safely with, and demonstrate proper use of, a wide array of hand tools, power tools, and machinery. Experience maintaining, repairing, and troubleshooting equipment/tools. Understanding of working in a cross-platform (Windows and macOS) environment. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Cloud, CAD based programs, and Google Drive. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, close attention to detail, and strong organizational and time management abilities. Proven track record of working well with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, with a strong ability to support students working in an interdisciplinary manner from concept to fabrication. A desire to learn new skills and processes related to Parsons Making Center initiatives. Additional duties as assigned by supervisor.
Master's Degree in a related art or design field is a plus. Familiarity with any of the following is a plus: CNC/digital fabrication equipment (including CNC plasma cutters, laser cutters, 3D printers, and CNC routers), vacuum forming, physical computing, ceramics, casting, finishes, plastics, foams, or fabrics. Knowledge of Webcheckout or comparable equipment management systems a plus. Experience with large-scale hardware and software deployments a plus.
Internal Number: 17670
About The New School
The New School, a leading university in downtown New York City, offers degree and nondegree academic programs in design, the social sciences, the liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. Students benefit from small classes, superior resources, and renowned faculty members who practice what they teach. Continuing education courses and public programs place the university at the center of New York’s cultural and intellectual life.