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Assistant Director, Printmedia Technical Facility


For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top four graduate fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman.

Position Summary


Serve the contemporary instructional needs of SAIC faculty and students by providing management of facilities and resources for teaching and learning. Implement services provided by the Printmedia Laboratory / Production Facilities that support the academic curricula of the Department. Strive to provide responsive, courteous, and efficient support to faculty and students.

Basic Function:

Leads the day-to-day management of and operations for the Printmedia Department Laboratory / Production Facilities. Manage budget and expenses related to studio maintenance and inventory. Provides instructional and technical assistance to students and faculty. Maintains studio equipment and inventory. Ensures safe working practices on all lab equipment and processes. Trains and supervises Graduate Lab Monitors, Undergraduate Lab Monitors.

About the SAIC Printmedia Community

The SAIC Printmedia community consists of ~700 Undergraduate students, 20 Graduate Students, and 15 Faculty. The Printmedia Facility is ~ 12,000 sq.Ft and supports all traditional and contemporary print processes. A detailed list of equipment and facilities can be found at

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Staff Management and Administration :

Provides Leadership to and directs the activities of the Offset Lab ManagerOversees the hiring and training of Printmedia Graduate and Undergraduate Student Workforce ensuing training, safe working practices and overseeing outgoing payroll operationsMaintains budget for all facility related expensesProcures and inventories departmental consumable suppliesWorks closely with Senior Administrative Director to forecast departmental facility expenses, plan and align future budgets Equipment and Facility Management :

Provides leadership, directs and supervises the operations of the Printmedia Department’s facilities and specialized resources on a day-to-day basis including but not limited toLithographyIntaglioScreen PrintingArtists BooksOffset Printing Lab + RisographComputer LabsDarkroomsOversees the physical maintenance of tools, equipment and associated resources. Implements daily preventative maintenance. Provides onsite problem solving equipment repair to ensure a high degree of functionality. Coordinates and schedules professional repair services when needed, including any existing service contracts.Develops and implements policies and procedures governing access, use and instructional services provided by the Printmedia Department.Implements and organizes safety programs. This includes, but is not limited to maintaining departmental MSDS, coordinating respirator fit tests and lock-out-tag out of equipment and spacesManages inventory of circulating tools, shop supplies and consumables.Advises department administrators of budget needs to maintain adequate levels of materials for instructional use, including faculty demonstrations for classesAttends departmental meetings to keep current of curricular goals and facility needsCorresponds and advises Material Source (student facing material sales division) on materials for saleCorresponds and advises facility operations (IRFM) of classroom and department facility needsCorresponds and advises SAIC Computer Resources and Information Technology (CRIT) of technology needs associated with the facilityTraining and Instruction :

Provides advanced instructional support, technical guidance and co-curricular collaboration to students and faculty using Printmedia department facilitiesKeeps current with curricular changes in the Printmedia department and collaborates with faculty and department chair(s) to adapt facility to the curriculumAssess student needs and recommend training and instructional services. Provides training and instructional services to individuals and classes as needed.Designs and organizes training activities related to facility equipmentTrains and mentors Student Employees who assist in the delivery of instructional services and co-curricular supportPartners with Chair, Faculty and Department administrators to align class schedules with resource capabilities and availabilityResearch and Development :

Keeps current of developments in contemporary processes and technologies that support the Printmedia Department curriculum. Makes recommendations to the Printmedia Chair for equipment acquisitionsPerforms research and assists in the development of proposals for future departmental facility needs, capital investmentsResearches and develops written materials for instructional guides and orientation documents for students and facultyQualifications

Education Considerations :

Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art or related field required - commensurate experience may be considered.Master's Degree or technical experience preferred.Technical Considerations :

Strong working knowledge of printmaking processes and press operation and maintenance requiredStrong Knowledge in three or more of the following areas is required: intaglio, lithography, screenprinting, bookbinding, digital offset printing, risographKnowledge in two or more of the following softwares: Microsoft Office / Google for Work, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe PhotoshopProfessional Experience Considerations:

Management and or/Administrative experience required.Teaching/Instructional experience preferred. Ability to assist and instruct students in the safe and conceptual construction of projects.Excellent communication and organizational skills.Experience maintaining a studio and facilities equipment in three or more of these areas:Lithography, Intaglio, Epson medium format Printers, Offset, Relief, Booking making equipment and RisographyApply online here.

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago