Job Title: Ceramics Studio Technician
Salary: $15.50 per hour
Hours: 15 hours/week
Benefits: Use of ceramics facilities; sick leave
Reports to: Ceramics Program Director
This position oversees the technical and operational aspects of the Center’s Ceramics Studio, including day-to-day studio operations, firings, and materials management for ceramics classes and studio members. Builds and maintains effective relationships with students, studio members and faculty to gain their respect and trust. Utilizes strong communication skills to ensure positive perception of Sonoma Community Center. Works directly with the Ceramics Program Director to ensure an organized, cohesive working environment.
• Manage and direct daily studio operations
• Fire gas and electric reduction and oxidation kilns
• Manage kiln firing schedule
• Maintain equipment such as kilns, slab rollers, tables, and wheels; coordinate repair of equipment as needed
• Mix glazes and clay; reclaim clay
• Maintain functional, clean and safe studio environment
• Order and procure supplies and materials; track inventory
• Work with the management to identify and implement studio upgrades
• Assist Ceramics Program Director with miscellaneous administrative tasks
• Perform other duties as assigned by Ceramics Program Director
BFA in ceramics or the equivalent with at least two years technician experience in a ceramics studio; strong organizational skills with regard to studio inventories, Materials Safety Data Sheets and general studio safety; solid technical background with experience firing and repairing gas and electric kilns; working knowledge of gas and electrical safety; management experience; customer focus; strong interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills; ability to work well with diverse groups of people; basic computer skills (Word, Excel); and the ability to stand, bend, and routinely lift studio materials and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs.
The person hired for this position will be evaluated no less than once each year prior. The basis for evaluation will consist of rating each of the above criteria and other performance information as determined appropriate by the Executive Director. A good performance evaluation does not guarantee a pay raise, because pay raise increases may not occur every year, nor is it a promise of continued employment.