Director of Fabrication Studios

Cleveland Institute of Art

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The Cleveland Institute of Art is seeking a qualified individual to fill a full-time position as Director of Fabrication Studios. The Director will manage the administrative and operational functions of the Fabrication Studios (Wood Shop, Metals Shop, Plastics Shop, Plaster/Stone Room, Plastic Shop, Machining Shop, Oil Clay Room, Spray Paint Booth, and Spray Mount Room), creating an environment that encourages safe shop practices that can be incorporated into a curriculum of contemporary art making and design. This position reports directly to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA).

  • Ensure safe and accessible workspaces within the Fabrication Studios. Establish and enforce all safety and other policies for specific tools and equipment.

  • Schedule, supervise and, provide support to the Technical Specialists and Work Study students.

  • Manage the operating and staffing budgets for the Fabrication Studios.

  • Manage and operate the Fabrication Studios Supply Story and Vending Machine.

  • Assist faculty and staff in other departments with:

o Arrangement of space and equipment in the Fabrication Studios.

o Planning as needed in other departmental areas to ensure maximum usability and safety. Work with VPAA, Facilities, and faculty with regard to these concerns in the planning of renovations to the Fabrication Studios.

o Purchasing materials for classes and research projects.

o In-house fabricating for items (such as shelving and pedestals) when available and as requested.

  • Work with the Facilities department to address environmental, health & safety (EHS) issues and documentation in all fabrication areas. Manage the required EHS training for all Technical Specialists, work study students, and faculty who teach classes in the shops and provide assistance and/or guidelines for studio areas of the school.

  • Plan workshops for students, faculty, and staff, including by not limited to, Safety Labs for student safety training, and support the Technical Specialists in administering these workshops.

  • Coordinate with the Director of Continuing Education + Community Outreach to develop and run classes/workshops out of the Fabrication Studios.

  • Work with Institutional Advancement to develop donor relationships.

  • Work with the Director of Career Center to develop relationships with outside employers for internship and employment opportunities for students and alumni.

  • Assist Marketing by identifying opportunities to document the student experience and art making as it occurs in Fabrication Studios.

  • Identify opportunities for improvement and organization within the Fabrication Studios to improve the student experience and facilitate student research and art making.

  • Develop and maintain a Procedural Checklist for daily, weekly, monthly and yearly operations and maintenance of the shops and equipment.

  • Oversee/manage the Fabrication Studios web portal on

  • Provide annual reports on the shops for the VPAA, and other reports as requested by the administration

  • Work with faculty and the Registrar to ensure that the shop schedule accommodates the needs of faculty and students.

  • As needed and available, assist students on projects or aspects thereof which are beyond the abilities of the Technical Specialists.

  • Serve on institutional committees as needed, including but not limited to the Health & Safety Committee.

  • Proficiency in woodworking, metal fabrication, and plastic fabrication

  • Proficiency with health and safety regulations regarding shop practices and equipment

  • Ability to relate to a diversity of students, faculty, and constituents

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Ability to manage a budget

  • Ability to run CNC equipment

  • Ability to maintain, fix, and repair equipment

  • Project management skills

Minimum qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of experience working in a fabrication shop environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Exceptional skills in woodworking, metal fabrication, and/or plastic fabrication

  • Undergraduate degree in a related field, certification in related field, or equivalent experience

How to Apply

Review of applications is scheduled to begin July 22, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Please send resume with cover letter including salary requirements to:

Human Resources

Cleveland Institute of Art

11610 Euclid Ave

Cleveland, OH 44106

Job Code: DFS

Fax: 216.754.4320

No phone calls please

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Background check authorizations will be required for finalists. The Institute offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

The Cleveland Institute of Art is located in University Circle, close to the Case Western Reserve University campus, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Sculpture Center. The city of Cleveland’s location in Northeast Ohio affords easy access to Toronto, Chicago, New York City, and Boston.

Cleveland Institute of Art is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, and to the principles that promote inclusion.

Posted on July 15