Assistant Director of Logan Center Shops
University Staff Opportunities, Posting #JR12284
AI Logan Center Shop
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts provides an environment that catalyzes creative inquiry and supports the arts practice and scholarship of our students, faculty, and staff often in partnership with the broader community. The 180,000-square-foot multidisciplinary University arts center is designed to facilitate creative production across the artistic spectrum. With classroom and performance spaces supporting a full range of disciplines—theater, cinema, dance, music, creative writing, and visual art—the Logan Center houses a 474-seat performance hall, a 100-seat proscenium theater, a public art gallery, a 150-seat black box theater, a 129-seat film screening room, the performance penthouse, woodworking, metal, and costume shops, a café, and more than 90 individual rehearsal rooms, workshops, studios, and classrooms. The Logan Center also partners with a number of south side and citywide artists and arts organizations to create sustained partnerships between the University and the City. The Logan Center Shop is a vibrant community space that supports wood- metal- and other forms of fabrication across a diverse range of disciplines, including, but not limited to: scenic design, set construction, sculpture, stretcher and panel building, mold making, ceramics, furniture making, and prototyping. The shop is used by both College and Graduate students who are taking a range of classes in theater and performance and visual arts, creating work as part of their MFA or BA programs, and participating in a vibrant co-curricular arts community. In addition, faculty and community partners also use the shop to support their own research and artistic projects. The shop team consists of students and professional staff working side-by-side to provide a safe and supportive creative environment. The shops offer in-person and virtual instructional programming such as: safety trainings, technical demonstrations, artist talks, and student-led workshops. In addition, the shop plays an integral role in supporting the Logan Exhibitions Program, by providing training to a team of student and contract preparators, and supervising the construction of custom display systems. Finally, the shop provides technical and logistical support to visual arts studios across the Logan Center.
Reporting to the Senior Director of Arts Technologies for the Logan Center and working closely with faculty and students - particularly in the Department of Visual Arts and Theater and Performance Studies - the Assistant Director of Logan Center Shops (AD) has overall responsibility for the Logan Center Shops and related visual arts and fabrication facilities. This includes managing shop resources, spaces, and supplies; tool maintenance and procurement; the material re-sale program; and visual arts facilities improvements. The AD mentors and trains students in the use of shop resources. The AD leads a series of non-credit bearing student workshops, and develops and delivers in-person and virtual equipment training and safety programs for students and faculty. In addition, the AD shares supervisory responsibility for the Shop Manager and Exhibitions Preparator, and oversees a team of student shop staff. Project responsibilities include the installation and occasional fabrication of elements for Logan Center exhibits; fabricating classroom and studio equipment; and collaborating with faculty, colleagues, and partners on various research and artistic projects. The AD is a key member of the Logan Center Arts Technologies team, and works closely with the Associate Director of Programs and Student Affairs in the Department of Visual Arts, the Technical Director of Theater and Performance Studies, the Logan Center Director of Operations and Facilities, and the Logan Center Exhibitions team.
- Manages the Logan Center Shop and coordinates schedules to support faculty and student success across DOVA, TAPS, and related co-curricular programs.
- Working closely with TAPS and DOVA, coordinates shop schedule including hours of operation, usage by various theater productions, student artists, classes, and student organizations. Ensures appropriate staffing levels to support the safe use of shop.
- Manages woodworking, metal, and other shop tools and resources. Ensures that shop equipment is properly maintained in good working order and adequate for curricular and co-curricular needs. Arranges for outside service as needed.
- In coordination with DoVA, manages and supports studio resources outside of the shops including but not limited to: kiln house, ceramics studio, etching press, solvent wash, exhaust hoods, studio equipment, and studio art supplies.
- Maintains accurate inventory and maintenance records, and insurance coverage as necessary, on tools, equipment and other shop resources.
- Provides management oversight of shop material supply and resale operations for use in the shop and for DOVA and TAPS courses and co-curricular activities.
- Works closely with faculty and students to recommend, research, and order new or replacement equipment as dictated by curricular and co-curricular needs.
- Mentors and advises students and other shop users.
- Supports the curricular and co-curricular work of students. Mentors and advises students on proper use of tools, set and prop construction, sculpture, welding and metal fabrication, and woodworking.
- Serves as primary liaison with student organizations that would like to use the shop for co-curricular projects and coordinates their use when space is available.
- Through supervision, programming, policies, and workshops, fosters a shop culture of mutual support, inclusion, creativity, safety, and respect.
- Develops and delivers a Training and Safety Program for Students and Faculty.
- With Shop Manager/Exhibitions Preparator, leads and/or coordinates regularly scheduled workshops for students and faculty on proper handling and safety concerns for wood and metal working equipment, welding equipment, often scheduled during class time.
- Creates and administers a student evaluation and authorization system to approve students for use of tools and equipment in the shop.
- Working closely with the University Office of Safety and Environmental Affairs, ensures that appropriate safety standards and OSHA regulations are followed. Maintains MSDS database and safety gear used in the shop.
- Works with the University Office of Safety and Environmental Affairs to develop, deliver, and maintain a first aid plan.
- Hires, trains, supervises and evaluates Logan Center Shop Staff.
- With the Logan Exhibitions Curator, supervises the Shop Manager and Exhibitions Preparator. Conducts regular performance reviews, authorizes work schedule and time off, and supports professional development.
- With the TAPS Technical Director and Shop Manager, supervises student and over hire staff.
- Governs and delivers occasional fabrications for Logan Center Exhibitions, Visual Arts classrooms, Logan Center presentations, and faculty and University and community partner projects.
- With Shop Manager/Exhibitions Preparator, serves on LCE project team as dictated by exhibition requirements.
- Advises and consults on faculty and partnership projects utilizing shop resources.
- Designs and builds custom visual arts studio equipment and storage when it cannot be purchased.
- Serve as lead fabricator on special projects, with the support of Shop Manager/Exhibitions Preparator, student staff, and freelance professionals.
- Responsible for training office staff on office procedures and compliance protocols. Coordinates special projects.
- Works independently to manage the construction of props and their assembly for stage productions and rehearsals.
- Guides maintenance of inventory of props, technical equipment, tools, and/or stock supplies. Uses in-depth knowledge and experience to manage scene shops and backstage areas.
- Performs other related work as needed.
Minimum Required Qualifications include:
- Education: Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
- Work Experience: Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.
For more information about this position, please visit the application website.