Technical Coordinator

Updated: 14 days ago
Deadline: 08 $57,628 - $78,270 per year; Will remain open until filled.

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits .

This position is a part of the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA).

Location - North campus

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Department summary

The Fine Art Division brings together the Departments of Art & Design, Drama and Music.  Art & Design combines a breadth and depth of teaching, research, and creative endeavor which supports collaborations in design thinking, hands-on studio practice, and critical visual and historical analysis.

Position summary

Reporting to the Gallery Manager, Fine Arts Building Gallery in the Department of Art & Design, the Technical Coordinator is responsible for providing technical support to the Department of Art & Design. The Technical Coordinator works closely with the Gallery Manager to support the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture (HADVC) in managing digital visual collections and equipment in the Visual Resource Centre (VRC) and HADVC Classrooms, and to support the FAB Gallery with the public presentation of exhibitions by professional artists/designers, staff, students and distinguished guests. The Technical Coordinator supports faculty-developed curriculum and research in the Visual Resource Centre (VRC) and provides hands-on technical support for the coordination of exhibition installation, preparation, events, receptions and maintenance in the FAB Gallery and other departmental and non-department venues. The incumbent advises on digital image display and technology, installs and demonstrates the operation of regular and extra required audio visual equipment, facilitates basic video production, and digitizes materials.

Duties

  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of the Visual Resource Centre and maintains the equipment in the History of Art, Design & Visual Culture classrooms.
  • Assists academic faculty in the production, use and integration of digital and analogue materials and equipment for teaching and research.
  • Provides hands-on technical support and coordination of exhibition installation, gallery preparation and facility maintenance within FAB Gallery and other public display spaces.
  • Facilitates professional and efficient transitions between gallery exhibitions through appropriate planning, scheduling and executing preparation of exhibition spaces, attending to walls, fixtures, packing, crating, storage, maintenance and cleaning between exhibitions.
  • Serves as Audio Visual technical specialist and applies research and knowledge of digital media and Audio Visual equipment within the gallery, classroom, and exhibition environment.
  • Leads and Upholds Occupational Health and Safety and WHMIS policies on the premises (VRC & FAB Gallery); stocks and administers PPE, safety and first aid supplies.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in fine art, art history, and/or design (BFA, BDes or BA) and related experience, such as post secondary education in museum studies, arts administration, or equivalent professional experience in gallery, museum, or digital/media art technologies (2-4 years is desirable).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in order to provide clear instructions, guidance and other information and support across units. Ability to work well within a team / shared resources environment.
  • Strong time management, attention to detail, and ability to determine priorities.
  • Specialized skills in art and gallery preparation, maintenance and facility operating standards including: basic carpentry, lighting, prep and production of walls for display, digital technology and electronic image display (screens, projectors, and other media arts technologies).
  • Adaptable, agile and technologically savvy; advanced capability with MS Office, Adobe Suite and Google Applications
  • Demonstrated understanding of the importance of creating equitable, diverse, and inclusive practices in an educational environment.

Preferred Qualification

  • Graduate Degree (MA, MFA, MDes) in fine art, art history, and/or design
  • Experience teaching or mentoring students at the post-secondary level
  • Training and experience working with tools (powered and manual), working at heights, and in classroom / fine art studio environments.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of construction techniques, operation and maintenance of manual and power tools.
  • Current First Aid & CPR certification, forklift driving experience and certification is an asset

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.


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