Studio & Gallery Technician
Studio & Gallery Technician
May 14, 2019
Amherst College invites applications for the Studio & Gallery Technician position. The Studio & Gallery Technician is a full time, year round position, job group and level PT-2. Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell Grant recipients; 45 percent of our students identify as domestic students of color. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.
Central to the success and function of the studio and gallery program, the Studio & Gallery Technician works closely with staff, students, and faculty to facilitate teaching, provide technical support, and oversee a safe working environment. In addition, the Technician designs and installs gallery exhibitions; maintains, assesses and distributes all studio equipment; supervises and instructs students in wood shop and welding areas; oversees the safely storage all hazardous waste materials.
Equally central to the responsibilities is the oversight of the Eli Marsh Gallery. The Technician manages all exhibitions working with faculty, student, and visiting artists, as well as shippers and galleries to ensure the safe delivery and return of works of art; coordinates gallery operations and security; and trains and supervises exhibition monitors. Takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College’s efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
Summary of Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
- Studio Oversight - Printmaking, Sculpture, Painting, Drawing, Swing, Honors Thesis, and Artist-in-Residence Studios, as well as other studio, program, and exhibit spaces. Provide technical training and guidance for studio courses and a projects. Supervise equipment-use for students. Work with students in studios, primarily in metal and wood shops. Maintain equipment, perform upgrades, maintain track lighting systems, maintain inventory of all equipment. Prepare spaces for Summer Program participants and coordinate calendar-based studio needs during Summer Program activities. Calculate studio supply costs, provide record keeping.
- Eli Marsh Gallery Exhibitions Oversight - Design, receive, prepare, install, and light exhibits. De-install, pack, and coordinate exhibits for return. Introduce installation practices and techniques students and assist with installation practices. Provide training and oversight and maintain all installation materials and gallery equipment. Coordinate with Faculty Exhibit and Visiting Lecturer Coordinator, artists, galleries, and art handlers. Manage the alarming, and securing and coordinating gallery security. Manage calendar for the gallery.
- Health and Safety - Coordinate Health and Safety training sessions, provide training workshops on the proper use of power tools, perform daily inspections and take corrective action, maintain studio satellite accumulation areas, maintain all safety equipment and first aid stations.
- BA or BFA, 1 – 3 years of related experience
- High degree of skill in carpentry and welding
- Good computer skills
- Hot Work certificate and understanding of health and safety issues
- Commitment to or experience working with a diverse community
- Successful completion of pre-employment physical and lift test
- Occasional flexible work schedule to include evenings and/or weekends for gallery installations/de-installations
- Casting and printing experience preferred
- MFA preferred
Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
ABOUT AMHERST COLLEGE
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college’s community is composed of about 1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college’s scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum, Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!