Studio Art Assistant – Art, Design and Music Department (Part-time)

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Job summary:
This position provides technical support for the Department of Art, Design, and Music in the College of Arts and Sciences. This is a part-time (20 hours/week), 12-month staff position that reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and works closely with the Executive Director and Studio Art faculty in the department. This position is not exempt from provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is eligible to earn overtime pay for hours worked above 40 in a single work week. This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

Essential duties and responsibilities include:
• Maintain woodshop, metal work, and pottery equipment
• Assist in the development of shop safety standards, including inventory & storage of materials and training students on equipment operation
• Assist in building shop organization elements like carts, shelves, and other items that help keep our studios safe and cared for
• Oversee/supervise open studio hours
• This position involves occasional evening and weekend duties, such as assisting in kiln firings

Non-essential duties:
Other duties and special projects may be assigned to meet department and/or university needs.

Experience, knowledge and skills required:
• Experience working in a wood shop with other people of varying skill levels
• Experience operating a variety of wood shop equipment (e.g., table saw, radial arm miter saw, bandsaw, drill press, sanders, blast cabinet, drills, nail guns, angle grinders, and various hand tools)
• Ability to move heavy objects, including 50-100lb bags of raw materials, full sheets of plywood, firebricks, firewood, etc.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills and experience interacting with multiple constituencies (faculty, staff, students)
• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to handle multiple competing tasks and demands and changing priorities
• Possess a strong, self-driven work ethic that includes taking initiative and seeing assignments through to completion with attention to detail
• Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Ability to accept direction on assignments and respond appropriately to feedback
• Commitment to the University’s inclusive mission
• Bachelor’s degree in studio art or the equivalent in experience and education

Queens offers comprehensive benefits to eligible employees, including: medical, dental and vision insurance, domestic partner benefits, defined contribution (matching) and supplemental 403(b) retirement plans, vacation and generous paid holidays, tuition remission and tuition exchange, Queens- paid life insurance, supplemental life insurance, dependent life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, flexible spending accounts (medical, dependent care, Health Savings Account), sick leave and long-term disability leave, paid parental leave, FMLA leave when eligible, reduced cost meals at Morrison Dining Hall, employee assistance program (EAP), free access to the Levine Center, wellness programs. In addition, employees may choose benefits such as pet insurance, critical care insurance and legal assistance.

Physical requirements (with or without reasonable accommodation)
• Remain in a stationary position, most of the time
• Exchange accurate information with co-workers and clients, frequently
• Read reports, create presentations, use a computer system, most of the time
• Communicate with co‐workers, clients and vendors, most of the time
• Write, type, and use the computer, telephone, copier, and other office equipment systems, most of the time
• Move about inside the workspace to access resources and office equipment, and attend meetings across campus, regularly
• Exert moderate force to move objects, occasionally
• Think critically, concentrate on the task at hand, and respond quickly to changes in conditions, most of the time

Work conditions:
• Work in office environment, involving contact with faculty, staff, students, service providers and vendors
• Work has deadlines, multiple interruptions, high volume and may be stressful at times
• The nature of this position’s responsibilities requires an on-campus presence

The above description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of this positions, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Rather, they are intended to describe the general nature of this position.

Queens University of Charlotte is an equal opportunity employer and is firmly committed to supporting and celebrating all forms of diversity. Queens does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, national origin, disability, political beliefs, veteran status, genetic information or any characteristic protected by law in the administration of its educational and admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, employment and hiring policies, or other University-administered programs.

Any individual with a disability who needs any reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act to apply for a position or otherwise to participate in Queens’ job search/selection process should contact the Director of Human Resources at 704.337.2222.

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