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Rana Siegel

Ox-Bow Campus Manager

Location: Saugatuck, Michigan

Position Classification: Seasonal, Full Time, Exempt, Salaried

Compensation: $25hr, prorated to 75% schedule plus comprehensive benefits package provided; Daily Meals Provided

POSITION SUMMARY: Ox-Bow School of Art is an 113-year old art school and artists’ residency. Functioning at the intersection of studio management, operations, and campus community support, this role encompasses a variety of tasks which support multiple campus areas to keep holistic day-to-day operations running smoothly. The Campus Manager works closely with the Campus Director to develop and implement best operational practices at Ox-Bow. The Campus Manager provides supervision to studio managers and supports physical studio needs. The Campus Manager works across areas on campus including the office, studios, maintenance, housekeeping and grounds work. The Campus Manager is a campus-based ambassador for Ox-Bow, and will express enthusiasm and knowledge regarding Ox-Bow’s operations and programming. This is a 75% time position, schedule to be determined by the Campus Director. Schedule may include weekend and/or evening hours.

This position is ideal for candidates within a 40-mile commuting radius. Limited on-site housing is available for candidates beyond that range; some overnights on campus are required.



● Participates as a member of the campus management team

● Attends weekly campus management meetings

● Provides supervision to junior staff in direct supervisor’s absence

● Directly supervises studio managers, guiding weekly studio management meetings and performing regular studio budget check-ins

● Under the guidance of the Campus Director, works in collaboration with the Facilities Manager and Operations Manager to direct and oversee all campus set-up and close-down processes

● Serves as Studio Manager for the Painting and Clute studios, coordinating with faculty in those areas to order supplies and set-up facilities as necessary

Operational Support

● Works with Campus Director to develop streamlined, sustainable operational processes

● Assist Campus Director with check-ins, orientations and campus tours as assigned

● Works alongside housekeeping staff as needed to ensure all cabins, dormitories, bathrooms, common areas, and meeting rooms are clean and orderly

● Assists in general maintenance tasks and repairs

● Acts as first point of facilities support for studio buildings and equipment; coordinates with Studio and Facilities Managers as necessary to ensure seamless function of studio facilities

● Oversees additional projects as assigned by the Campus Director

Administration Support

● Supports Campus Director as assigned

● Assists in the office as needed, including supporting programming

● Maintains set office hours as assigned, including some reception desk hours

● Oversees studio budgets, maintenance, preparation, and turnover for the Clute and Painting studios

● Tracks general Campus Department budget expenses; participates in annual budgeting process

Campus Life Support

● Assists in supporting students, fellows, faculty, residents and visiting artists; including conflict mediation

● Acts as Title IX intake person

● Provides assistance with on-campus development events including Friday Night Open Studios and Summer Benefit

● Oversees annual on-campus staff projects; including t-shirt design, Fourth of July parade, and Burial capstone creation

● In collaboration with Campus Director and campus support staff, develop and carry out initiatives to enhance the on-campus experience for participants

● Help determine, implement and communicate campus rules and protocols, including COVID-19 mitigation guidelines


● BFA degree or equivalent experience

● Experience in personnel management, leadership and visioning

● Customer service, hospitality and/or teaching experience preferred

● Familiarity with Google suite, Microsoft Office suite, and Creative Suite preferred


  • Ability to work with a wide-range of skill levels, personalities, and backgrounds
  • Must have excellent people skills; possess excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • Strong organizational skills
  • 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
  • Strong leadership skills; adept at participating in a leadership team
  • A passion for the arts and familiarity with artists’ communities is preferred


  • Must be able to stand, bend, and routinely lift studio supplies and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to traverse uneven terrain including stairs
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors in high heat and humidity
  • Ability to work around potentially hazardous materials and loud noise
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment correctly for most of the day while organizational COVID-19 safety protocols are in place
  • Ability to work nights and weekends
  • Must be able to travel to and from Ox-Bow Saugatuck campus and/or various vender locations in the West Michigan region

* This position involves being on-call during non-working hours in varying capacities, depending on the season, particularly in regard to urgent facilities matters and student emergencies. Some interaction with hazardous materials may occur.

Submit a completed application via submittable You will be directed to our main page; click the position(s) and follow the instructions. Resumes/CVs and Cover Letters are preferred. If you have any questions regarding the position or application process, please contact Rana Siegel, Director of Administration and Human Resources at For more information about Ox-Bow School of Art, visit

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.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Saugatuck, MI