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Requisition Number 17-0080
Post Date 12/13/2017
Title Ceramic Arts Technical Coordinator
City Frederick
State MD

Under the Chair of the Art & Archaeology Department and direct supervision of the Studio Arts Coordinator and Director of the Ceramic Arts Program, the Ceramic Arts Technical Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the technical needs of the Graduate Ceramic Arts programs including the M.F.A, the M.A., the Graduate Certificate in Ceramic Arts, the undergraduate studio arts concentration focus in ceramic arts, and the ceramic arts courses for the minor in studio art. The Technical Coordinator is responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of the ceramic arts equipment, and assists and instructs undergraduate and graduate students, adjunct and full time faculty in firing kilns, and with technical aspects of the ceramic arts program including departmental operations, safety, and environmental issues in all instructional areas, including the Kiln Pavilion, Hodson Ceramic Arts Center, and the Tatem Arts Center ceramic arts studios.


Teaching (50%)

  • Provide graduate students with technical advice in order to expand the horizons of their research and personal goals;
  • Bring worldwide ceramic research and ceramic engineering experience within reach of our students;
  • Provide instruction regarding the science involved in the production of ceramic art to the forefront of student awareness;
  • Mentor and advise seniors in the technical aspects of ceramic arts;
  • Facilitate graduate and undergraduate interaction and cooperation in creative techniques, firings and technical research;
  • Work individually and with small groups of students to assist students at all levels of proficiency in the proper use of studio equipment;
  • Maintain an atmosphere of encouragement and support for students and faculty;
  • Facilitate trouble shooting and be prepared to deal with student needs and concerns;
  • Work collaboratively with faculty and staff to identify students in need of additional instruction or supervision with materials and equipment;
  • Assist students in firing of kilns.

Health and Safety (30%)

  • Work with Studio Arts Coordinator and faculty to develop and monitor studio usage rules and procedures;
  • Technical advisor on all matters relating to MSDS information/documentation and hazardous materials handling;
  • Generate work orders as needed;
  • Oversee the safety and maintenance of the ceramic arts equipment consisting of 3 gas kilns, 5 gas burners, 7 electric kilns, potters wheels, 2 pug mills, and 1 ball mill;
  • Manage technical aspects of the following studios;
    • Tatem ceramic – wheel studio and classroom T1, sculpture studio T2, glaze application lab T3, kiln room T2B, clay storage and mixing room T2C
    • Hodson ceramic – graduate student studio space HO135, glaze technology lab HO139, outdoor kiln yard, materials storage areas HO130
  • Conduct instructional sessions for faculty and student workers on safety issues applicable to the various studio environments.

Administrative (20%)

  • Assist with implementation of long-term program goals;
  • Research and generate projections of equipment requirements and budgetary implications;
  • Work with program director to project and develop future requirements of studio facilities and classes.


To successfully perform this job, an individual must be able to complete 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

Advanced degree in ceramic engineering or MFA in Ceramic Arts and four years experience working in college art studios or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Thorough understanding of MSDS standards and safety requirements is a 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.

Language Skills

Strong oral 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

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.

To Apply

Qualified candidates are invited to apply on-line via our electronic application which requires submission of a cover letter, résumé 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, 17-0080).

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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