Ceramics Lab Technician

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Ceramics Lab Technician

Humboldt State University

Closes: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

(Job #18-79) Instructional Support Assistant III-10/12, Ceramics Lab Technician, $1,304-$2,291/month, depending on education and experience; appointments are generally made at the beginning of the salary range. This is a temporary, part- time (0.5 time base), 10/12 (work 10 months with pay and benefits over 12 months), benefitted, non-exempt position in the Department of Art.

Position Summary: Under the lead direction of the Art Department Chair, and with input from the ceramics faculty, the Ceramics Lab Technician is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Art Department ceramics lab, and for providing instructional support assistance to the Art Department ceramics faculty.

Duties: Routine duties for the Ceramics Lab Technician include:

  • Operating, repairing, and maintaining equipment, machinery, and tools
  • Implementing procedures to assure efficient and safe operation of the lab
  • Preparing chemicals, glazes, substances and/ other materials used to demonstrate techniques in the ceramic process
  • Maintaining proper storage of materials and supplies
  • Developing and implementing plans for maintaining security of materials, supplies and equipment
  • Solving problems related to location of materials and supplies related to amounts used and shelf life of materials
  • Responsive disposal of unsafe or hazardous materials
  • Consulting with faculty to discuss instructional needs and develops plan
  • Training and monitoring Student Assistants in equipment maintenance, gas and electric kiln firing, maintaining a safe and clean working environment, maintaining plaster area, glaze making, slip mixing, and kiln furniture maintenance
  • Monitoring lab inventories
  • Maintaining records of all lab related supplies and materials issued, used, and returned and makes reports
  • Procuring supplies
  • Preparing requisitions for equipment and supplies
  • Picking up materials from local vendors
  • Maintenance of budget record for ceramic area expenditures

    Minimum Qualifications: EITHER (1) Two years of experience performing a variety of support services for an instructional program involving such activities as preparing, producing, dispensing, or storing materials, supplies, and equipment. (One year of experience in ordering, purchasing, accounting, or clerical work related to technical materials, supplies, or equipment or in an office which provided similar services to a technical function or unit may be substituted for six months of experience.); OR (2) Two years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving the extensive use of ceramics materials, supplies, or equipment.

    Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    Knowledge of:
  • Procedures and practices relating to providing support services
  • Procedures and practices related to ordering and issue and inventory
  • All aspects of the ceramic medium including: firing gas and electric kilns, Raku firing process, glaze formulation, plaster process, slip making and casting process
  • Tool and equipment usage and maintenance

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Basic carpentry and welding skills required for equipment repairs
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel at a level enabling its use to maintain spreadsheet for basic bookkeeping - or the ability to quickly learn this skill

    Ability to:
  • Plan, organize, and follow schedules of activities
  • Make equipment repair and adjustments on electric and gas kilns and other associated equipment
  • Maintain records and project needs
  • Train, plan, and direct the work of others
  • Ability to establish and and maintain working relationships with staff, students and faculty from diverse backgrounds.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master of Fine Arts degree
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
  • Experience managing an academic ceramic arts medium studio facility

    Application Procedure: To apply, qualified candidates must electronically submit the following materials via Interfolio (link below):
  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for at least three professional references
  • HSU Employment History Form (HSU Employment History Form: https://forms.humboldt.edu/employment-history-form)

    CLICK HERE TO APPLY NOW: http://apply.interfolio.com/58814
    (NOTE: Download the HSU Employment History Form and save it as a PDF file prior to filling it out. If the form is filled out on line (accessed via a web browser), content WILL NOT be saved).

    Application Deadline: The deadline to submit application materials is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. To be notified in the event this recruitment re-opens for a subsequent review of applications, send an email to ca- [email protected] that includes the job number (18-79) and applicant's last name in the subject line of the message.

    HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and ad- ministration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

    HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply

    It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Evidence of required degree(s), certifications(s), or licenses(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. Incorrect or improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full-time activity. Part-time experience or education (or activities only part of which are qualifying) will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus, unless otherwise stated.

    A background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) must be completed satisfactorily as a condition of employment with the CSU. Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Adverse findings from a background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

    Compliance with the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 (EO 1083) is a condition of employ-ment. CSU employees in positions with duties that involve regular contact with children or positions which supervise such employees are designated as Mandated Reporters under CANRA and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in EO 1083. Upon appointment to this position, the successful candidate(s) will be notified of and required to acknowledge their CANRA reporting status.

    Additionally, all CSU staff and faculty receive training annually on their obligations in responding to and reporting incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. You will be notified by email when you are required to take this mandated training.

    New faculty employees hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2017 are subject to a 10-year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits. Staff employees covered under bargaining agreements 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, C99, E99, M80 and M9 hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2018 are subject to a 10-year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits

    If accommodations need to be made during the recruitment and interview process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 826-3626 or [email protected]

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    Posted: 12/14/2018
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