Operations Manager

Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute is seeking an Operations Manager who is a creative problem-solver with excellent communication and organizational skills to support the efforts of the Fine Arts Department by providing safe, efficient, and well-maintained facilities, including managing a staff of eight technicians. The successful candidate will have hands-on experience in woodworking and metalworking and will oversee all Fine Arts shops and studios including Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Jewelry, Ceramics, and Printmaking facilities, to ensure that best practices are implemented and followed. If you can demonstrate the ability to successfully manage shops and studios, have experience handling budgets, and supervising staff in a university-level workshop environment, then we want to hear from you!

Responsibilities

Key Essential Duties include the following:

  • Ensure that technicians train students and faculty on the proper use of equipment

  • Liaise with Facilities and technicians on capital budgets, projects, and equipment upgrades

  • Manage shop operating and student worker budgets

  • Coordinate development of digital-fabrication equipment/facilities

  • Oversee materials and equipment purchasing

  • Coordinate equipment maintenance and repair schedules

  • Supervise and support Fine Arts technicians

  • Work with technicians to hire undergraduate and graduate students for work-study, student work, and graduate assistantship positions

  • Create schedules for student employment, approve timesheets and manage timesheet issues on the student employment website

Requirements

Qualifications

Education: BA degree in art, design, and/or tech-related field. Certification in metal machining or equivalent proof of competence.

Experience: Five (5) years of shop tech experience in a higher educational institution with full knowledge of wood and metal fabrication. A strong track record of managerial experience supervising staff in a university-level workshop environment is also required. Familiarity with Ceramics facilities and processes is a plus.

Skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, technicians, staff, and students alike

  • Expertise with the operation of all metalworking equipment, all common woodworking equipment, and common fabrication tools

  • Knowledge of shop safety and environmental health hazards, including emergency procedures

  • Knowledge of CAD and CNC software and tool operation

  • Knowledge of laser cutter operation

  • Capacity to build trust and cooperation across diverse communities

  • Ability to creatively problem-solve

  • Competence with budget management systems

How to Apply

Application Instructions

Please submit your cover letter and resume. If you are selected for an interview, please be prepared to provide at least 5 References via our on-line reference tool system. At least 2 of your References must be, or have been, your direct managers.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, marital or domestic partnership status, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression, age, disability, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pratt Institute recognizes and values the benefits of a diverse workforce.

Posted on April 2