University City Arts League: Ceramic Studio Coordinator Job Opportunity

University City Arts League: Ceramic Studio Coordinator Job Opportunity

This Deadline Expired: Friday, July 9, 2021

UCAL is looking for a community-minded ceramicist with an in-depth knowledge of ceramic studio functions to join a small team dedicated to arts education. This position is 10 hours per week with a flexible schedule, at $20 an hour. Join a great creative community and gain access to a much-loved artistic space!

Ceramic Studio Coordinator job description:

The Ceramic Studio Coordinator is responsible for fostering an open and inclusive community surrounding the UCAL ceramic studio by providing a physical space that is clean, safe, well organized, and welcoming. The Ceramic Studio Coordinator provides support to the adult education, after school program, and community outreach through managing and organizing the ceramic studio in an efficient and effective manner. The Ceramic Studio Coordinator will work directly under the Executive Director and collaboratively with the Program Manager, Director of Community Arts, and the Development Assistant. This position is 10 hours per week with a flexible schedule, at $20 an hour.

About the University City Arts League (UCAL):

The University City Arts League (UCAL) is a trusted provider of arts education and creative opportunities for West Philadelphia residents of all ages, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and socioeconomic status.

Founded in 1967 by a handful of West Philadelphia artists, art lovers and interested neighbors and housed in a vibrant yellow and purple Victorian twin home located at 4226 Spruce Street, the University City Arts League is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of children, families and adults through the arts.

Responsibilities:

Administration
-working with the Program Manager and Director of Community Arts, provide logistic support to teaching artists, which includes adult, after school, and community art classes
-supervise/manage volunteers to maintain day-to-day studio operations
-communicate with the studio community, including students, teachers, and volunteers, to maintain transparency, troubleshoot, and provide customer service
-conduct first-day orientations for each session (fall 1, fall 2, winter, spring 1, spring 2, summer) to go over studio rules.
-distribute beginning and end of session emails to students
-create adult ceramic class surveys for each session
-purchase and inventory, including clay, glaze chemical, tool kits, equipment parts, and others as needed
-train new volunteers and mentor student interns as needed
-attend weekly staff meetings
-organize volunteers for twice a year major studio clean up
-plan fall and spring session special topic workshops

Ceramic related
-troubleshoot any ceramic related issues, including glaze, slip, and oxide problems
maintain and fix kilns and equipment, including throwing wheels, slab roller, and pug mill
-Demonstrate best practices for safe material handling and shared studio space, while ensuring said practices are followed by all in the community
reclaim/pug clay as needed
-monitor kiln firing schedule to ensure timely turnaround of fired work
-fire kilns as needed
-receive ceramic supply delivery and restock

Facilities
-construction/build structure, shelves, etc. as needed
-keep track of student roster for each session to organize student shelf space
-maintain sediment trap to ensure a functional plumbing system
-ensure the studio’s cleanliness through monitoring the volunteers’ completion of their weekly tasks

Qualifications:

Administration
-strong organizational skills
-attention to detail
-efficient with time management
-strong interpersonal and personnel management skills
-clear and precise communication skills
-general computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive, and others as needed
-able to foresee future needs by looking at current numbers and trends

Ceramic related
knowledge of:
-loading, firing, maintaining, and fixing electric kilns
-maintaining and fixing throwing wheels, slab roller, and pug mill.
-reclaim/pugging clay

in-depth knowledge of:
-ceramic studio operation
-all means of making in clay including throwing, hand building, mold making, and -slip casting
-glaze calculation and composition
-glaze making

Other
-must be able to repeatedly lift 50+ pounds
-general/basic construction skills

To apply

Please send a resume and cover letter (single pdf document preferred, but don’t sweat it if you can’t) to jobs@ucartsleague.org by Friday, July 9th. Feel free to include why you love to make and share art and if you have any connection to UCAL or community art centers like it.

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