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Requisition Number 18-0032
Post Date 6/7/2018
Title Studio Arts Studio Manager
City Frederick
State MD

Under the direction of the Chair of Art & Archaeology Department and direct supervision of the Director of the Graduate Programs in Ceramic Arts, and Studio Arts Coordinator, the full-time Studio Arts Studio Manager assists undergraduate and graduate students, adjunct and full time faculty with day-to-day departmental operations and provides for a safe and well equipped environment in all instructional areas of the studio arts program.

The Studio Arts Studio Manager is responsible for overseeing the needs of the Studio Arts programs including the BA degree in Art with a studio art concentration, the BA degree in Art with an art education concentration, the minor in studio art, the Graduate Certificate in Ceramic Arts, the MA and the MFA in Ceramic Arts. Other responsibilities include management of the community arts program offerings in ceramics, drawing and painting including record keeping, registration, advertisement and public relations. The manager facilitates and promotes the educational and safety needs of faculty, students and the general public in connection with the studio art offerings of the College and maintains a financial record of income and expenses within the department budget.


Management (45%)

  • Manages of non-academic aspects of the Ceramics Program including accounting, advertising campaigns, maintaining an updated website, registration of workshop participants and maintaining updated mailing list;
  • Coordinate promotion and enrollment of community programs in ceramics, drawing and painting;
  • Manage art studio operations and procedures to ensure studios are equipped and prepared for classes, lectures and workshops;
  • Oversee the operation of program workshops;
  • Manage firing reservations for gas fired and electric fired kilns for faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, community arts programs;
  • Train students on safe equipment use in printmaking, painting/drawing studios, as well as, darkroom and photography/matt/framing studio, and ceramic arts studios;
  • Recruit, interview, select, train, supervise and evaluate student workers/interns, technicians and volunteers;
  • Coordinate work schedule for student workers;
  • Maintain inventories and order or formulate clays, glazes, and raw materials for ceramic studios;
  • Maintain supply inventories for printmaking, photography, drawing and painting studios;
  • Work with Studio Arts Coordinator and Director of the Graduate Ceramic Arts faculty to develop and monitor studio usage rules and procedures and safety;
  • Maintain art studios in compliance with environmental codes and OSHA standards for safety;
  • Manage MSDS information/documentation for materials in all studios;
  • Coordinate disposal of hazardous materials in conjunction with the campus chemical safety officer;
  • Generate work orders requesting movement of equipment and supplies, and attention from housekeeping team;
  • Inspect and arrange for routine maintenance and updating of all mechanical studio equipment and facilities in coordination with the Ceramic Arts Technical Coordinator;
  • Work with Ceramic Arts Technical Coordinator to assess repairs and maintenance and order parts as needed;
  • Oversee the Hodson Annex and Tatem Arts Center glaze labs;
  • Supervise the operation of machinery and safe use of glaze materials;
  • Manage all aspects of the following studios:

    * Tatem photographic – darkroom T301, technology classroom T216, and Carson Cottage photography studio

    * Tatem printmaking – design and printmaking studio T101

    * Tatem ceramic – wheel studio and classroom T1, sculpture studio T2, plaster lab T3, glaze mixing lab T4; materials storage T2A, kiln room T2B, clay mixing room T2C, clay storage T13

    * Tatem drawing/painting – drawing and painting studio T201, senior studio T19

    * Hodson Annex ceramic – graduate student studio space HO135, glaze technology lab HO139, outdoor kiln pavilion, materials storage areas HO130, second level studio HO234

  • Assist with implementation of long-term program plans;
  • Work with faculty to project and develop future requirements of studio facilities and classes;
  • Interact with adjunct faculty to facilitate communication concerning course/studio needs.

Administrative (30%)

  • Work closely with the Chair of Art and Archaeology, Studio Arts Coordinator and Director of the MA, MFA and Graduate Certificate in Ceramics;
  • Facilitate management of special projects, workshops and guest lectures;
  • Collect fees for workshops, tools and supply purchases;
  • Act as communication liaison between faculty and students, faculty and administration;
  • Maintain confidential records in accordance with College policies and legal requirements;
  • Maintain financial and administrative databases for all studio arts programs in accordance with budget requirements;
  • Organize and provide data for studio arts program annual reports;
  • Manage financial and equipment donations to art programs in conjunction with the Institutional Advancement office and maintain a record of donations and expenditures;
  • Gather sources for learning materials, textbooks, software, and equipment;
  • Serve as a purchasing agent for supplies and application of proper budget coding to invoices and in departmental financial records;
  • Obtain approval and initiate purchasing process for departmental needs;
  • Implement and facilitate adjunct faculty in-service programs in conjunction with Studio Arts Coordinator and Director of the Graduate Ceramic Arts Program;
  • Work with Office of Marketing and Communications to prepare annual program publicity, updating Internet web pages and other marketing materials;
  • Facilitate and maintain a photographic record of studio activities and special events;
  • Maintain social media sites for PR and recruitment purposes;
  • Work with Office of Marketing and Communications, IT and the Graduate School to create an online registration system for the community programs;

Mentoring and Support (25%)

  • Maintain an atmosphere of encouragement and support for students and faculty;
  • Work individually and with small groups of students to assist in the proper use of studio equipment at all levels of proficiency;
  • Prepare classroom and studios for workshop sessions, visiting artists, and semester long courses;
  • Work collaboratively with faculty and staff to identify students in need of additional instruction or supervision with materials and equipment;
  • Work closely with Disability Services Coordinator to accommodate specific student disability needs in line with confidentiality standards;
  • Address workshop participant needs by acting as a liaison between workshop participants, faculty;
  • Ensure information, notices and communications are distributed to adjunct faculty;
  • Conduct instructional sessions for faculty and student workers on kiln operation, glaze mixing, equipment operation, and other related activities with a focus on OSHA safety standards;
  • Conduct instructional sessions for faculty and student workers on safety issues applicable to the various studio environments;
  • Assist faculty and students in loading and firing of kilns;
  • Liaison with Frederick Community College, the Potters Guild of Frederick, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, and other community arts organizations;
  • Work with students to provide studio support for participation in community art exhibitions such as the annual Frederick Festival of the Arts;
  • Provide ongoing input to promote the growth and development of the studio arts department.
  • Perform other job-related duties as necessary.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Proven ability to work with and mentor students at all levels.
  • The position demands overall flexibility, on-demand critical thinking, the ability to multi-task, and excellent communication as well as organizational skills.
  • The candidate must be able to work outside of normal working hours.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of experience working in college art studios or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Experience at the college level as an aide to instruction preferred. Thorough understanding of MSDS standards and safety requirements is necessary.

Technology Skills

Knowledge of kiln technology with extensive experience operating manual and electronically controlled electric kilns for bisque and glaze firings. Technical expertise in firing gas and wood kilns in reduction atmospheres. Knowledge of clay and glaze chemistry, pugging and de-airing clay, and reclaiming and recycling studio clay and glazes. Knowledge of presses utilized in printmaking studio. Experience in digital and traditional photography, darkroom processes, scanning and image manipulation software, and html website edits.

Proficient in office productivity software such as Microsoft Office, power campus systems, Blackboard, Quicken, Adobe Creative Suite, internet applications, and art specific software applications. Experienced with financial and administrative databases, and art studio safety procedures. Fluent in current social media applications.

Language Skills

Exceptional language and written communication skills. Ability to effectively provide information and positively respond to questions from both external and internal customer inquiries in person, via email and by telephone. Able to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Able to write and interpret training materials, marketing materials, reports, and correspondence. Capable of speaking effectively before groups of students, faculty, staff, and other constituents.

Mathematical Skills

Analytical skills and ability to work with and apply mathematical concepts in a timely and accurate manner. Ability to use financial software applications and generate budgetary data for monitoring expenses and preparing annual reports.

Reasoning Ability

Able to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Able to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Able to hypothesize, draw conclusions, and support conclusion. Able to work in the theoretical arena and apply logic as appropriate. Ability to work in theoretical arena and apply logic as appropriate.

To Apply

Qualified candidates are invited to apply on-line via our electronic application which requires submission of a cover letter, resume and three professional references. When saving documents, all document titles related to your application should include your name and the job requisition number. (i.e. c.smith, 18-0032).

The electronic application is found at the end of the job description on the lower right hand side, "Apply On-line". If you need assistance with the on-line application process, please email or call (301) 696-3592.

Hood College is committed to diversity in its faculty and staff and subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible to work in the United States. An Equal Opportunity Employer/M/F/Vet/Disability

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592. For complete information on Hood College’s nondiscrimination policy, please visit

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