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Full-time ,
submitted by
Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford

Shop Manager/Lead Fabricator

Position Overview:

Floating Museum is seeking an experienced Shop Manager/Lead Fabricator to join our team. The Shop Manager/Lead Fabricator will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Floating Museum studio and will support the work of the Floating Museum’s creative art fabrication projects working closely with the team’s co-executive directors and studio assistants. The permanent location of the Floating Museum studio facility will be under renovation starting in June of 2024; the Shop Manager will lead the setup and organization of the temporary facilities in partnership with the Floating Museum co-directors as well as help design and organize the permanent studio facility in anticipation of the completion of the renovation project in summer/fall of 2025.

An ideal candidate will have relevant experience working on large-scale artwork fabrication projects, be a team player, be comfortable taking a lead role and training studio assistants on tool and studio operation protocols, and communicating with various team members and collaborators in person and via email.

Key Responsibilities:

Plan and execute a wide range of sculptural art projects in close communication with the co-executive directors and collaborating artists.Train, manage, and mentor studio assistants in wood and metal fabrication skill-building Routine tool maintenance and purchasing Regular organization of shop facilities layoutResearch prices and procure material resources, locally or onlineWorkforce training Shop planning Developing safety procedures BudgetingMaintaining an organized, clean, and tidy workspace

Preferred Experience/Qualifications:

  • Experience with art fabrication
  • Experience with fine art crating/crate fabrication
  • Experience working as a manager/mentor
  • Wood and metal shop fabrication skills
  • Digital fabrication skills
  • 3D modeling and CAD
  • Proven track record of leading and managing large-scale fabrication projects

About Floating Museum:

Floating Museum is an innovative arts organization dedicated to exploring the intricate connections between art, community, architecture, and public institutions. Through site-responsive art, design, and programming, we strive to unearth the vast potential within these relationships while taking into consideration the infrastructure, history, and aesthetics of the spaces we engage with. Our mission is to inspire creativity, foster inclusivity, and promote cultural engagement in our ever-evolving urban landscapes.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume, a cover letter outlining their relevant experience and qualifications, and references to Bianca Marks ( Please include “Shop Manager/Lead Fabricator Application - [Your Name]” in the subject line.

Floating Museum is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds and experiences.

Job Type: Permanent
Compensation: $50,000-$60,000
Location: Chicago, IL