The Umbrella Arts Center

40 Stow Street
Concord, MA 01742
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Date Posted:
November 17, 2020

Region:
Eastern Massachusetts

Category:
Artistic/Programming

Type:
Part-Time

Ceramics Studio Technician

Description:
      The Umbrella Arts Center in Concord, MA is seeking a skilled ceramics staff member for our newly renovated and professionally upgraded ceramics studio. The Ceramics Studio Technician is responsible for the overall operation and daily maintenance of The Umbrella’s Ceramics Studio, facilitation of all ceramics programs, and support of all ceramics constituents.
     The Umbrella’s Ceramics Studio includes two classrooms, kiln room (1 gas, 1 soda, and 5 electric kilns), glaze room and all associated ceramics equipment, tools, and materials. The ceramics program, during COVID-19, consists of online classes, curbside pick up and drop-off of clay, greenware, and glaze work, and very limited capacity studio use under COVID-19 protocols for public health and safety. The Umbrella’s ceramics constituents consist of registered students, volunteers, 6 resident studio artists, and teaching faculty.    
     Responsibilities of the Ceramics Studio Technician generally include but are not limited to, operation of kilns, fabrication of glazes, clay reclaim, identifying studio maintenance, cleaning and organizing the ceramics facility, restocking supplies, ensuring studio safety, and generally ensuring that the overall studio is in top working order.
     The Ceramics Studio Technician, in consultation with the other members of the Education department, is expected to help implement and manage a robust ceramics program and consult on the ceramics curriculum as taught by the ceramics faculty for youth and adults. The Ceramics Technician helps to ensure that the program is meeting institutional and financial goals and accommodates constituent needs.    
     This is a temporary part-time, non-exempt position for 24 hours a week, during COVID-19. Optional teaching opportunities are available paid in addition to the above hours at an hourly rate commensurate with teaching experience or 50% of total tuition, if applicable.    
     SPECIAL NOTE: When The Umbrella’s Ceramics Studio is able to resume normal operations post-COVID-19 at a level consistent with historical precedent, The Umbrella will be seeking a full-time, 40 hour a week, salaried position, with competitive benefits package, under the title of Ceramics Program Manager. This part-time, temporary position is a great opportunity and holds the possibility for growth for the right candidate.    
Supervisor Structure: Reports to the Director of Education.    
See complete job description and details on job responsibilities at The Umbrella Arts Center
Qualifications:
  • Technical mastery to use and maintain all ceramic equipment: Gas, soda, and electric kilns, spay booth, potters wheels, pug mills, slab roller, extruder
  • Technical mastery and knowledge of: Multiple types of glazing and firing including cone 6 firing, reduction firing in cone 6 or cone 10, soda firing, earthenware firing, raku firing, mixing glazes and glaze chemistry, glaze application, clay body chemistry.
  • Clear understanding and awareness of health and safety precautions inherent in a ceramics studio with special attention paid to public safety
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the ceramics profession, ceramics facilities operation, and the ceramics arts in general
  • Experience with Bailey Kilns a plus
  • Ability to safely lift up to 50lbs.
  • Highly organized and creative thinker
  • Excellent communication skills
How To Apply:
Please send a resume and brief letter of interest to Jason Springer, Director of Education at education@theumbrellaarts.org. Qualified candidates will be contacted for Zoom based interviews. Three professional references will be due prior to an interview.
Apply by:
December 15, 2020
Salary:
$25
About this Organization:
The Umbrella Arts Center, is located at 40 Stow Street in downtown Concord. Our mission is to enrich lives and build a vibrant community through the arts. We inspire creativity, learning, and personal growth through education, performing and visual arts, cultural events, and community collaborations. Each year we engage, excite, and educate people of all ages – from toddlers to seniors – in the arts. Our performing arts and events draw thousands to our 344 Main stage theater and 100-seat black box theater. We present approximately 8 exhibitions per year including curated, juried, and non-juried exhibitions and works by local, regional, and national artists. Our popular Musketaquid arts and environment program links discovery of art with passion for nature. And, our community of 50 artists adds tremendous vitality and inspiration. For more information, please visit www.theumbrellaarts.org.