Studio Manager, First Year & Youth Programs

California College of the Arts

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Studio Manager, First Year & Youth Programs


San Francisco

The First Year & Youth Programs Studio Manager provides general support and oversight in the teaching and learning spaces used by the First Year Program and CCA Youth Programs for middle and high school students in summer semester. This manager partners with over 40 faculty, the day shift First Year Studio Manager, and the First Year Studio Operations Manager to ensure consistency in curricular outcomes and to demonstrate and uphold best practices in professional studio culture to create an open, accessible, and safe learning environment for all users. Familiarity with a broad range of physical materials and proficiency in multiple approaches to making art will be expected. The First Year & Youth Programs Studio Manager possesses a working knowledge of art history, traditional fabrication methods, and an interest in pursuing contemporary developments in the fields of art, design, and architecture.

During the fall and spring semesters, the First Year & Youth Programs Studio Manager is an evening shift position, working from Monday through Thursday from 2pm-10pm and Sunday 12pm-8pm. They are the primary supervisor of the First Year Shops and Studios from 4pm-10pm, supervising 5-10+ studio monitors to create an open, accessible, and safe learning environment. The First Year & Youth Programs Studio Manager is responsible for the maintenance and safe operation of all tools and equipment in their studios, and for ensuring and enforcing the safe use of materials according to College policy and environmental regulations. The Studio Manager interacts with 400+ students, shaping their 4 year CCA educational journey. In partnership with the daytime First Year Studio Manager, assists in coordinating budget planning, inventory management, and purchase orders for the materials, supplies, and equipment that support all First Year courses and future studio needs.


  • The compensation for this position is $32.00/hour


  • Supervises, trains and monitors a team of 15+ student workers and 10 instructional assistants.

  • Responsible for implementing policies and procedures ensuring health, life, and safety in the studio.

  • Delivers orientations to students, staff, and faculty on specific tools and techniques.

  • Collaborates with the Studio Operations Manager for First Year and Fine Arts (SOM - FYFA) to manage complex vendor relationships and sourcing materials for academic needs supporting classes for 400+ students.

  • Plans, presents, and executes the First Year Studio budget, including materials, supplies, and equipment.

  • Collaborates with Youth Programs academic program staff, instructors, and CCA partners to support safe, efficient, and inclusive use of the shops and studios by YASP and Pre-College students.


  • Works with faculty and administrative staff leadership to assess and provide appropriate support to the First Year Program & Youth Programs that meets instructional needs, allocates instructional space and resources equitably, and provides a quality teaching and learning environment.

  • Holds faculty and students accountable to safety standards and to studio policies and procedures. Provides primary oversight to ensure understanding of safe use of shop equipment. Creates and delivers general and tool-specific safety orientations.

  • Proactively communicates with users as an instructional resource and assists with solving technical problems.

  • Collaborates with faculty on course projects to plan necessary support; provides feedback on large curriculum projects.

  • Supports Youth Programs extra-curricular workshops and creates skillshares, as schedule allows.


  • Oversees use of First Year & Youth Programs instructional studio facilities and ensures a well-maintained and safe environment.

  • Identifies and executes facility improvements to ensure alignment with curricular needs.

  • Partners with the Facilities & Operations team as needed for mutual support and overall supervision.

  • Maintains and repairs shop equipment to ensure a safe and effective studio environment.

  • Delivers a mandatory Safety Orientation for all CORE 3D courses and appropriate youth program courses.

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


  • Participates in institutional committees and program meetings; as assigned, participates, contributes or leads team projects, special events, and outings related to the shops and studios at CCA

  • Manages students in distress.

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

  • Performs additional duties as required.


Education & Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or 3 years equivalent professional experience in art, design, or related field.

  • 3 years of working experience.

Administrative & Management Experience

  • Confident in using independent judgment in decision-making.

  • Experience managing a team and working with students preferred

  • Proven success developing relationships across organizations.

Specialized Knowledge & Skills

  • Familiarity with a broad range of materials; proficiency in multiple approaches to making art will be expected.

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

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

  • Comfort working with hand and power tools and troubleshooting equipment and repairs.

Interpersonal Skills

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

  • Strong work ethic; ability to work independently and proactively.

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

  • Must demonstrate competence, reliability, and honesty.

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Posted on January 26