Glass Studio Manager
Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency
Position Title: Glass Studio Manager
Reports to: Campus Manager
Location: Saugatuck, Michigan
Position Classification: Seasonal, Full Time, Exempt
Compensation: $40,000 annually, prorated for seasonal schedule
Revised February 2021
Ox-Bow School of Art is an 111-year old art school and artists’ residency. The Glass Studio Manager at Ox-Bow oversees the technical and operational aspects of Ox-Bow’s glass studio, including day-to-day studio operations, and materials management for glass and sculpture classes and studio users. The Studio Manager will ensure a quality, supportive learning environment for a range of skill levels and cultivate a community of learners. The Studio Manager is expected to build and maintain effective relationships with students, studio members and faculty to gain their respect and trust; engage strong communication skills; and be an enthusiastic ambassador of and ensure positive perception of Ox-Bow. The Studio Manager will work directly with the Campus Manager, Campus Director and Sr. Director of Academic Programs to ensure an organized, cohesive working environment; and manages a small staff of glass assistants. This is a seasonal position from April through mid-October, specific schedule to be determined by the Campus Director. Schedule may include weekend and/or evening hours. After a season or more of excellent performance, there is an opportunity for this position to expand into a longer work season and acquire benefits.
This is a residential position during the scheduled working season.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Physical Studio and Supply Management
- General oversight of glass studio
- Open and close studio at the beginning and end of the academic season
- Set up equipment and studio prior to each class
- Repair and maintain tools and equipment as needed
- Observe proper studio protocol, including sanitation processes
- Maintain appropriate quantity of glass, equipment and tools for each course
- Oversight of all glass furnace and annealing oven operations, including electric and propane fired equipment
- Charges the glass furnace in the evening, offs the glory holes, brings down the annealers each evening
- Pops the lids on the cooling annealing ovens, brings up the ovens for the day, sweeps the floor, and lights the glory holes each morning
- Create any safety or information signage and install in studio
- Maintain a safe, clean, and organized studio
- Make short-term studio facilities improvements and develop a vision for long-term studio facilities goals
- Personnel Management
- Manage two glass studio support staff members
- Set and maintain schedules for glass support staff
- Provide guidance and delegate tasks to glass support staff
- Faculty / Student Assistance
- Prior to each class, communicate with instructors about individual class needs
- Order supplies for studio and classes as necessary
- Orient faculty, teaching assistants, rental guests, and students on use of equipment, studio policies and procedures
- Be available to instructors for class support
- Post and maintain set Studio Manager hours
- Teach private classes for rental guests
- Coordinate and support private studio rentals
- Administrative / Support
- Manage glass studio budget
- Maintain written physical inventory of all supplies and equipment
- Maintain written documentation of studio processes and procedures
- Write end-of-season report assessing functionality of studio, studio budget, procedures, class success, and any recommendations for next season
- Produce art items for promotional and fundraising purposes as assigned
- Other project- and event-based support as determined by the Campus Manager and Campus Director; including but not limited to office, housekeeping, maintenance, and hospitality support
- BFA in glass or the equivalent with at least two years technician experience in a glass studio; MFA preferred
- Technical qualifications include foundational glass skills using hot and kiln casting, cold shop, and glass blowing
- Glass studio management and/or teaching experience preferred
SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Ability to work with a wide-range of skill levels, personalities, and backgrounds and modify technical and operational strategies to optimize learning experience
- Must have excellent people skills; possess excellent communication skills – written and verbal
- Strong organizational skills with regard to studio inventories, Materials Safety Data Sheets and general studio safety
- Must be a team player able to work independently as well as in a group
- Must be innovative, resourceful, patient, and a strong sense of integrity
- Must be able to stand, bend, and routinely lift studio materials and equipment weighing up to 75 lbs.
- Must be able to travel to and from Ox-Bow Saugatuck campus and/or various vender locations in the West Michigan region
Working At Ox-Bow
Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, founded in 1910, offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers. Our campus is nestled on a peninsular interdunal wetland in Saugatuck, MI. With programs that target degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow builds a supportive frame in which artists can push their practices in new directions. Ox-Bow’s community is expansive and ever-evolving. Working at Ox-Bow is a unique experience. Our staff consists of both year-round and seasonal positions. Some staff live on campus during their working months, while others commute or work remotely both within the state of Michigan and beyond.
Working at Ox-Bow is working at the intersection of education, hospitality and culture. Together we seek to create a welcoming environment that nurtures the creative process while building community across generations, career stages, disciplines and identities. With over 100 years of arts education behind us, we have a vast community of alumni, including staff, students, resident artists, faculty, and community supporters, who love and care for Ox-Bow. Working at Ox-Bow is to become part of that community, and help sustain a historic non-profit arts organization for current and future generations of artists and art lovers.
At Ox-Bow we have a vision to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, lend their creativity, and work in support of an evolving, yet historic, art school. We pride ourselves on thinking and acting creatively, and recognize that part of what makes us a unique place for both our staff and students, is the talent and dedication of our employees.
Ox-Bow is committed to diversity and inclusion, we believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and national origin and work to reflect that in our classrooms, programming, faculty, staff and board.
Equal Opportunity Employment
Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. Ox-Bow does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices.