Digital Tools Studio Manager California College of the Arts
Reporting to the Associate Director of Instructional Fabrication (ADIF), the Digital Tools Studio Technician (ST) is responsible for the management of digital tools on the Oakland campus to support safe, accessible, inclusive, and compliant studio teaching and learning environments. The focus of this position is to manage the Oakland digital tools equipment, both dispersed and consolidated, playing a key role in shaping and integrating technology into the instructional fabrication resources of the Fine Arts division. This position will be responsible for understanding the established and experimental technologies on the market and work with key stakeholders to develop state of the art digital fabrication resources to complement the existing ones supported by CCA. The ST will work as part of the studio staff to provide instructional assistance and technical support to all studio programs with curricular needs related to digital fabrication, programming, and electronics.
STUDIO OPERATIONS: 55% Manages the operation of Digital Tools instructional studio facilities, consolidated and dispersed on the Oakland campus: Potterbot, Two Ember 3D Printers, Two vinyl cutters (new addition), Ceramics decal printer, Transparency printer, Desktop 3D scanner (new addition), Oakland Fab Lab and ensures a well-maintained and safe environment.
Provides technical assistance and support to the instructional program; leads by example in promoting a safe, professional, and nurturing learning environment for all faculty and students.
Manages the maintenance, operations, and repairs of all studio equipment, tools, and furniture. Upholds repair routine schedule according to procedures established by program or by manufacturer. Keeps record of equipment maintenance and repair. Build relationships with service technicians and maintain service contracts when appropriate.
Maintains safe working environment; enforces safety procedures including hazard communication and secondary labeling programs; updates and maintains Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
Directs students in emotional and/or physical distress to appropriate resources. Maintains the professional appearance of the college by providing a role model for ethical and safety standards.
Creates system for and maintains up-to-date orientation manuals and safety training for student work-study monitors, students, faculty, and Instructional Assistants.
Coordinate with CCA's Education Technology Department to support all software, computer station, and AV needs in the Digital Tools Studio.
Build a system for, order and prepare materials for resale, demonstration techniques, and/or to carry out the artistic design process.
Assist and advise students on solving technical problems related to their coursework. Demonstrate standard best practices for CAD/CAM workflow and operation of CNC equipment.
Under the guidance of the ADIF, this person is responsible for administering the Digital Tools studio budget, procurement processes, supervising part time and temporary staff.
MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION: 20% Recruit, hire, train, and indirectly supervise student lab monitors to assist in supporting all Digital Tools Studio needs. Support this team to maintain an organized & welcoming resource that encourages experimentation, education, and the sharing of new ideas.
In consultation with the ADIF, prepares and manages annual operating budget and capital requests, including, equipment repair and acquisition and facility enhancements. Manages procurement of goods and services.
With ADIF support envisions, plans, and executes shop and studio space improvement, renovation, equipment installation, replacement, and repair.
Maintains Digital Tools studio's website page on the CCA Portal, trains supervised staff on portal management, and assists other studio managers with Portal issues as requested by the ADIF.
Serves as a member of the College's Emergency Response Team.
PROGRAM SUPPORT: 25% Provides leadership and support to the instructional programs, working with key stakeholders to continually develop and align goals of the facilities with the curriculum for the students.
Serves as a key stakeholder on the Digital Tools steering committee to guide the further integration of Digital Tools into the fabrication spaces.
Keep abreast of developments in emerging digital fabrication technologies.
Plays a leadership role in in the 3D and digital portion of the digital courses as an instructional resource; Advises students on solving technical problems, purchases and/or prepares materials used to demonstrate techniques and/or carry out implementation of artistic processes.
Instructs team to develop and deliver a mandatory Safety Orientation and Safety Test for all Oakland digital tools
Maintains all digital tools equipment calendars and staff schedules
Non-Essential Job Function(s) Offers technical oversight and back-up support for other CCA studios, including but not limited to sculpture, printmaking, first year, and wood.
Participates in institutional committees and program meetings; as assigned, participates, contributes or leads team projects such as Maker Faire, CCA Spring Faire, special events and outings related to the shops and studios at CCA.
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Application Deadline For staff positions, screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.
EEO Statement As an educational and cultural institution, California College of the Arts has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, with special attention to supporting groups historically underrepresented in higher education.
We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability.
California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.
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Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent art college with 21 undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing. The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, curatorial practice, design, design strategy, film, fine arts, visual and critical studies, and writing. Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment. Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students.
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