Woodshop Manager

Downing Frames, Inc

Downing Frames is looking for an experienced Woodshop Manager who is detail-oriented, and a strategic problem solver to join our team. Specializing in custom-made, handmade frames, Downing Frames delivers top-tier products out of their Long Island City location.

You are a solid team player who is able to work and communicate effectively in a fast-paced, tight deadline environment. You must be a proven leader with proven management experience.


  • Dependable – more reliable than spontaneous

  • Adaptable/flexible – enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction

  • Innovative – prefers working in unconventional ways or on tasks that require creativity


  • 6 paid holidays per year for employees over 180 days, plus NY Paid Sick Time

  • Annual paid vacation days

  • 401(k) plan with variable employer matching after 12 months employed

  • Optional group health plan through Oscar

  • MTA pre-tax monthly unlimited travelcards available

  • 50% discount on all personal framing orders

$60,000 (Annual)



  • Oversee Woodshop production and daily operations

  • Keep staff on task, meet schedule requirements and maintain quality

  • Collaborate with management members to maintain workflow of products to move to the next steps in production

  • Develop and maintain equipment requirements to achieve growth targets over the near term and to improve safety and productivity

  • Stay current on equipment and technology available that meet the agreed investment criteria

  • Develop simple, real-time metrics to measure productivity and determine if the team is on schedule

  • Manage inventories and suppliers, ensuring quality standards on-time deliveries and cost targets are met

  • Participate in management discussions and planning sessions for the future success of the company

  • Train new team members and veteran employees

  • Discuss team and staff issues with HR as needed

  • Must lead by example

  • Oversee cleaning of the shop area



  • Strong leadership and problem-solving skills

  • Past experience with woodworking equipment a must

  • General knowledge of measurements and fractions

  • Understanding of woodworking equipment

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.

  • Flexibility to respond to unscheduled situations (worker absence or temporary re-assignment, machine repair/downtime)

  • Communicate effectively with their team and other colleagues

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume in PDF format only to nic@downingframes.com with the subject line Woodshop Manager. Do not submit a cover letter. Instead please tell us why you are interested in the position and why we should select you, highlighting any specific on the job experiences that make you stand out.

Please do not call the studio.

Posted on April 27