Instructional Technician 2 at UW: 3D4M (Ceramics) / Employment

February 22, 2023

Organization Name: School of Art + Art History + Design, University of Washington

Organization Location: Seattle, WA

Type: Employment

Fee: Free


The School of Art + Art History + Design (SoA+AH+D) engages and educates students in essential issues of visual history and literacy, the creative process and visual communication, and innovative and socially responsible design. We work closely with leaders in the arts, academic and business communities to ensure that our students understand the role that this education will play in their future success as professionals and global citizens. SoA+AH+D has approximately 40 faculty and 23 staff members serving approximately 600 undergraduate and 60 graduate students plus more than 1,000 non-majors enrolled in our courses. We are seeking highly qualified candidates to fulfill the role of Instructional Technician 2 supporting ceramics within the 3D4M (3-Dimensional Forum) program. The salary range for this position is $3584 – $4793 per month.

Instructional Technicians in the 3D4M (ceramics + glass + sculpture) program provide academic and research support to the faculty and students. This support includes in-class technical demonstrations, maintaining facilities and equipment, and overall health and safety of facilities, equipment, and respective users. This position provides primary support to the students in the ceramics focus within the 3D4M program. This full-time position shares responsibilities within the 3D4M program with two Instructional Technician 2s in sculpture and glass (full-time and part-time, respectively). This is a staff position that is technical in nature and is not an academic faculty or instructor position.

The position of Instructional Technician 2: 3D4M (Ceramics) is multifaceted and requires excellent technical skills, organizational skills, effective prioritization and time management, a high degree of professionalism and sensitivity to diverse cultures and strong written and verbal communication skills. The position will interact with a constantly shifting body of approximately 45 undergraduate majors, six graduate students, three full-time faculty and numerous quarterly and annual lecturers. In addition, the position supports over 150 introductory students per year. The position is highly collaborative with the faculty to carry out curricular goals for the program. There will be professional development opportunities to expand your technical skillset with emerging technologies and processes.

The 3D4M program has facilities located approximately one mile apart in the main campus Art building and at the Ceramic and Metal Arts building (CMA) that fall under the responsibility of the Instructional Technician 2: 3D4M, Ceramics. Classes are offered all three of the four quarters of the academic year at both the Art Building and the CMA Building.

The School’s commitment to diversity extends to the recruitment of faculty, staff, and students who exhibit a dedication to creative and academic excellence and who demonstrate the ability to work with a diverse spectrum of populations. The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint click here.

– Work in highly collaborative manner with Faculty and Administration to plan curricular support, equipment needs, space adjustments, and maintain a health and safe learning environment.
– Utilize strong interpersonal skills to communicate complex technical and health + safety information effectively with less- or non-technical users, often under pressure, while maintaining a positive and cooperative attitude. Supports student learning via varied modalities: technical workshops and demonstrations, creation and development of technical instructional materials and manuals, and technical studio and classroom support.
– Ceramics equipment maintenance, supervision and repair including, but not limited to: 30 electric potter’s wheels, 7 gas kilns, 20 electric kilns, 1 clay mixer, 2 slab rollers, 4 extruders, spray equipment, miscellaneous power tools (drills, saws, grinders, etc)
– Maintains equipment inventory; develops and manages a checkout system and policies for equipment including documentation and training for student use; Organizes equipment storage and assist in space planning/redesign proposals for leadership.
– Utilize knowledge of technical ceramic processes, methods and materials for glaze formulation, clay formulations, and a variety of kiln firing processes, etc.
– Oversees equipment check-out or distribution of course supplies/materials.
– Maintains and evaluate equipment, materials, and tools to make purchase recommendations; Orders course-related materials and supplies; Assists the Program Chair in budget tracking for course fee purchases and updating/applying revised or new course fee, Collaborates with students, faculty and staff in writing Student Technology Fee (STF) grant proposals for new equipment.
– General maintenance and upkeep of ceramics instructional areas, studios, and gallery; demonstrate proper usage and up-keep to users; work with UW Facilities to address standard facilities issues in addition to major repairs or remodeling.
– Serves as health + safety officer in area of responsibility utilizing knowledge of health and safety concerns specific to ceramics and 3-dimensional fabrication processes and materials; teach safe handling of equipment and materials; maintain area for cleanliness and safety; Serve on School’s Health + Safety Committee; ensure equipment and space users know safety guidelines and enforce safety protocols as necessary; maintain laboratory safety plans and safe storage of chemicals.
– Directs and trains student staff as needed
– Other duties as assigned

This position reports directly to the SoA+AH+D Administrator and works in a highly collaborative manner with the Chair and Faculty in the 3D4M program. This position frequently interacts with staff, especially the other seven instructional technicians, as well as faculty, undergraduate and graduate students within the SoA+AH+D. The person in this position is expected to foster effective, positive, and inclusive communication with all these constituents. This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, creative, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. This is a staff position that is technical in nature and is not an academic faculty or instructor position.

A Bachelor’s Degree in art OR two years of college course work in ceramics AND two years experience in ceramics or sculpture fabrication processes, tools, and equipment OR equivalent education/experience.

– Bachelor’s Degree in Art with an emphasis on Ceramics.
– Demonstrated knowledge of ceramic processes, methods, and materials. Primarily, technical proficiency in glaze formulation, clay formulation, and different types of kiln firing.
– Extensive understanding of health and safety concerns specific to 3-Dimensional fabrication processes and materials.
– Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work with a diverse group of people with tact, diplomacy, discretion, and sensitivity.
– Ability to manage multiple responsibilities under pressure and remain highly adaptable to changing priorities in a high-volume academic setting.
– Effective and efficient in organizing tasks and projects.
– Ability to quickly learn and apply new or unfamiliar technologies.
– Excellent written/oral communication skills.
– Knowledge of email applications, word processing and spreadsheet software, MS Office or similar applications).
– Demonstrated dedication to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
– Ability to safely operate forklifts and/or drive university vehicles as needed.
– Working experience in a similar shop facility in an educational institution.
– Basic carpentry, electrical and gas plumbing skills.

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