Studio Operations Manager - Digital

California College of the Arts

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Studio Operations Manager - Digital


San Francisco

The Digital Studio Operations Manager is responsible for the management and administration of the Digital Tools Studio on the San Francisco campus, working closely with faculty and staff to support students in digital tool use. The Digital Studio Operations Manager reports to the Associate Director of Studio Operations at CCA, working to guide, develop and manage daily shop and studio operations of the Rapid Prototyping Studio as well as supervisory management of the Hybrid Lab and Fashion Studio while demonstrating and upholding positive and professional studio culture at CCA.

The Digital Studio Operations Manager manages 3 full-time studio managers and assists in managing 2-4 Graduate Student Assistants and 20+ studio monitors to create an open, accessible and safe learning environment. This person is responsible for coordinating content and delivery of Digital Studio Orientations and ensuring that safety regulations and shop policies are applied consistently and correctly across the Digital Tools operation. Experience with a student population is key, as the Digital Studio Operations Manager interacts with 600+ diverse students. This person maintains and ensures the safe operation of equipment for laser cutting, CNC router and 3D printing, provides user support and training, and is the primary administrator of the checkout and reservation system for the use of digital fabrication equipment. This position is responsible for partnering with the Architectural Division’s Digital Craft Lab by supporting the use, maintenance, and repair of their curricular equipment, including a Kuka Robot System and 3D Clay Printers.

The Digital Studio Operations Manager is responsible for budget planning, including sourcing materials, supplies and equipment to support courses and future studio needs, which includes keeping abreast of a rapidly changing technology marketplace to make certain the studios have the correct equipment. Knowledge of regulations for health, life, and safety as they apply to computerized manufacturing and fabrication operations in wood, metal, and plastics is required.


  • The range for this position is $70,000 - $71,962.02


  • Direct Management and oversight of day-to-day operations of Rapid Prototyping Studio; supervisory oversight of Hybrid Lab and Fashion Studio.

  • Management of 3 full-time union-eligible staff: Digital Studio Manager, Hybrid Lab Studio Manager, and Fashion Studio Manager, who are the front-line support for all of the spaces mentioned above.

  • Develops and maintains systems and policies for safety, access, scheduling and management of Digital Tools at CCA.

  • Administers studio reservation system using WebCheckout software.

  • Supervises 3-4 Graduate Studio Assistants and 20+ student shop monitors.

  • Manages content, scheduling and delivery of safety orientations, ensuring that safety rules and shop policies are consistently communicated and applied in all digital tools studios.

  • Manages 3D printing services within the Rapid Prototyping Studio including inventory and maintenance.

  • Works with the Associate Director of Studio Operations for planning, presenting, and executing of the Digital Tools Studio budget, including materials, supplies, and equipment.

  • Assists with long- and short-term equipment planning; researches proposed equipment purchases, works with College partners and vendors on quotes and specifications for proposed purchases, interfaces with Facilities and Operations to ensure that all equipment is safely and appropriately installed.


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

  • Develops and delivers workshops and demonstrations for specialty techniques and tool use.

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

  • Assists in college wide initiatives for campus planning; coordinates with colleagues, Deans, program chairs, and faculty to ensure academic stability through CCA campus unification process.


  • Supervises and assists studio managers in routine and major equipment maintenance and service. Ensures that an adequate inventory of tools and parts are on hand for in-house repair and service.

  • Maintains service contracts on equipment, communicates and manages contractors and technicians.

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

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

  • Implements and manages policies and procedures for hazardous materials handling, orientation and studio policies to ensure shops and studios are safe and effective learning environments.

  • Acts as a contributing team member of the Studio Operations unit; participates in mutual support and collaboration with all levels of studio staff to the benefit of the CCA Studios and the College as a whole.

Non-Essential Job Function(s) - 5%

  • Offers technical oversight and back-up support for other CCA studios, including but not limited to, Fabrication and First Year/Fine Arts.

  • Manages students in distress.

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

  • Performs additional duties as required.



Education & Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree required.

  • 3 years experience in computerized, shop and studio tools. Must have working knowledge of equipment, processes, fabrication and assembly techniques.

  • Practicing artist, designer, or craftsperson preferred.

Administrative & Management Experience

  • 3+ years of management and/or leadership experience in art, design and/or higher education.

  • Confident using independent judgment 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, as well as tracking purchases.

  • Experience managing a team and working with students is preferred.

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Posted on January 20