Studio Operations Manager – First Year / Sculpture

California College of the Arts

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Studio Operations Manager for First Year and Sculpture is responsible for oversight and management of the teaching and learning spaces that support First Year and Fine Arts students on the Oakland campus. Partnering with over 40 faculty, the Studio Operations Manager ensures consistency in curricular outcomes. Familiarity with a broad range of physical materials and proficiency in multiple approaches to making and problem-solving processes will be expected. Demonstrates and upholds best practices in professional studio culture for all users. The Studio Operations Manager possesses a working knowledge of art history, traditional fabrication methods, and interest in pursuing contemporary developments in art, architecture, and design.

The Studio Operations Manager supervises the 2-4 full-time Studio Management staff and 2-4 part-time Studio Technicians to create an open, accessible, and safe learning environment.

This person is responsible for managing the First Year classrooms within which are taught painting, drawing, sculpture and 3D design. Experience with a student population is key. The Studio Operations Manager interacts with 400+ students, shaping their 4 year CCA educational journey. This person is responsible for ensuring safe and appropriate operation and use of all tools, equipment, and materials in the First Year and Sculpture Studios. They coordinate with staff and faculty to ensure consistent delivery of safety and operational policies and procedures across all campus shops . The Studio Operations Manager is responsible for budget planning, including sourcing materials, supplies and equipment to support courses and future studio needs. Knowledge of regulations for health, life, and safety as they apply to artistic materials is required.



Management and oversight of the Oakland First Year and Sculpture Studios: First Year Woodshop and Plaster Room, Sculpture Woodshop, Sculpture Plaster Room, Metal Shop, Foundry and Forge.

Supervision and training of Studio Managers, Assistant Studio Managers, part-time Studio Technicians, and student workers in Sculpture and First Year studios.

Works with Studio Managers to develop and maintain systems and policies for safety, access, and management of the First Year and Sculpture Studios.

Manages content, scheduling and delivery of safety orientations and shop reservations, ensuring that safety rules and shop policies are consistently communicated and applied in Sculpture and First Year Studios.

Collaborates with Fabrication Studio Operations Manager and Model Shop Manager to schedule shop reservations, coordinate course needs, assure consistent safety and orientation content delivery for all San Francisco-based First Year courses.

Solely responsible for planning, presenting, and executing the First Year Studio budget, including materials, supplies, and equipment.

Leadership team member for shops and studios, responsible for creating and implementing policies and procedures ensuring health, life, and safety in the shops.

Independently manages complex vendor relationships and sources materials for academic needs supporting classes for 400+ students.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT: 20 % of time

Instructional resource; teaches staff, students and faculty to use equipment and solve technical problems.

Develops and delivers workshops and demonstrations for specific tools and techniques in the First Year Studios and Sculpture; collaborates with Fabrication Studio Operations Manager, Studio Manager for First Year and Studio Manager for Sculpture to assure studio-to-studio consistency.

Uses independent judgment to set staffing needs and coordinate schedules for over 40 faculty holding courses in the First Year Studios.

Holds faculty accountable for teaching safety standards and holds primary oversight for ensuring student understanding of shop equipment.


Manages the operation of First Year instructional studio facilities (including the wood shop, plaster room, printmaking, and painting and drawing studios) and ensures a well-maintained and safe environment.

Coordinates with Instructional Fabrication team to create and ensure consistent delivery of safety and operations policies and procedures across all campus shops.

Identifies and executes facility improvements to ensure alignment with curricular needs and long-term institutional planning goals.

Directs team to maintain and repair shop equipment to ensure safe and effective studio environment.

Creates system for and maintains up-to-date orientation manuals and safety training for student work-study monitors, students, faculty, and Instructional Assistants.

Non-Essential Job Function(s): 5% time

Partners with colleagues, students and faculty on studio safety and sustainability initiatives.

Manages students in distress.

Offers technical oversight and back-up support for other CCA studios, including but not limited to sculpture, printmaking,, and wood.

Serves as a member of the College’s Emergency Response Team.

Performs additional duties as required.

Supervisory Responsibility

This person has direct supervision of 2-5 full time employees and 2-5 part-time employees.


Education & Professional Qualifications

BA or equivalent professional experience required.

5 years of leadership experience, preferably in a studio environment.

Practicing artist, designer, or craftsperson.

Administrative & Management Experience

3 years of direct supervisory and administrative experience.

Confident using independent judgement in decision making.

Leadership experience, proven success developing relationships across organizations.

Highly developed organizational and task management skills; strong verbal and written communication skills.

Two years of budget management experience required, comfortable planning and executing annual operating budgets and capital improvements.

Experience managing a team and working with students preferred

Specialized Knowledge & Skills

Familiarity with a broad range of physical materials; proficiency in multiple approaches to art and design problem-solving and construction will be expected.

Knowledge of and commitment to health and safety as they apply to artistic materials and regulations.

Familiarity using a variety of software applications including Word and Excel, Adobe Suite, G Suite and Mac/Apple proficiency.

Technical expertise in woodworking and construction required, including a thorough working knowledge the use and maintenance of hand and power tools.

Digital fabrication experience preferred.

Interpersonal Skills

Ability to work in a culturally-competent manner with diverse groups.

Strong work ethic; ability to work independently and proactively.

Must demonstrate competence, reliability, and honesty.

Proven success establishing and maintaining positive and cooperative working relationships; commitment to quality of service

Working Conditions

This position is currently scheduled to work Monday through Friday, 9:00 to 5:00. Must be able to occasionally work nights and/or during weekends.

This position primarily works in a studio office environment with oversight of multiple facilities and personnel across the Oakland campus.

Requires occasional trips to San Francisco campus or offsite.

This job requires long periods of sitting, standing, or repetitive tasks.

Noise levels are moderate to loud.

Physical Requirements

Must possess ability to safely perform the physical work required of all duties, including manual dexterity, agility, strength and coordination..

Ability to lift 50 lbs.

Must possess a valid California driver’s license, a clean driving record, and be able to operate a full-sized pickup truck

Ability to operate material handling equipment, such as personnel lifts and powered industrial trucks.

How to Apply

Location: Oakland

Additional Locations: San Francisco

Application Instructions

Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Recommended document file formats are Word or PDF. If there are multiple attachments, we recommend compressing/zipping your files into a zip format file. There is also a place in the application for you to provide a link to large documents. Please submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions.

Application Deadline

For staff positions, screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

EEO Statement

As an educational and cultural institution, California College of the Arts has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, with special attention to supporting groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability.

California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.


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Posted on July 8