Art/Design Lab Coordinator

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS


Visual Art

Position Overview

The Department of Visual Art seeks a full time Art/Design Lab Coordinator to assist with student and faculty use and safety monitoring in the (VAST) technology lab, (Common Shop) wood shop, and provide faculty support and studio equipment maintenance for the Photo Lab, Expanded Media, and Painting studios. The successful candidate must have the ability to work independently, and with a diverse group of people. Requires a flexible schedule to include Saturdays and some evenings.

Under the general direction of the Department Chair, and in consultation with area faculty and staff, the Art Lab Coordinator is responsible for the full range of duties associated with the operation, coordination, and instructional support services of the Photo studio, Expanded Media, and Painting studios as well as providing support to VAST Lab and Common Shop.

The Art Lab Coordinator will analyze, troubleshoot, and perform skilled repair and maintenance of equipment; design, fabricate, and construct equipment; provide comprehensive technical assistance and instructions on safe equipment operation to faculty, staff, and students; order, and maintain inventories of lab equipment and supplies; and independently plan and supervise the work of GTA instructional support hours and student hourlies, being directly responsible for hiring, scheduling, training, and evaluation. Serve other studio areas, the department, or on committees (department or University) as requested or assigned.

Job Description

VAST lab / Common Shop 50%
• Assist area Coordinators with monitoring safety practices, appropriate tool, machinery, and equipment usage and maintenance.
• Assist students with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop as well as a variety of 3D modeling software.
• Assist students with a variety of creative projects that would typically include: wood fabrication, laser cutting, 3-D scanning, 3-D printing, and CNC Routers).
• Assist with material sales.

 Painting studios 10%
-Coordinate with EHS on proper disposal of equipment and supplies
-Instruct/train faculty and students in safety procedures.
-Supervise and train Graduate Teaching Assistant staff

Expanded Media studios 20%
-Order repair parts, equipment, tools, materials and supplies
-Manage, coordinate and schedule lab/studio
-Supervise and train Graduate Teaching Assistant staff
-Hire, train, assign and supervise student hourly employees

Photo Lab 20%
-Reconcile purchases and monitor budget
-Inventory and supervise checkout of equipment
-Organize and maintain photo studio and equipment
-Assist students and faculty

Required Qualifications

•    BFA or equivalency and 3-year experience with methods and materials used in photo or digital fabrication
•    One year experience with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
•    Demonstrated experience with 3D modeling software
•    Experience with fine art, design, and/or creative environments as demonstrated by application materials
•    Strong communication and organizational skills as evidenced by application materials
•    Demonstrated experience working independently to meet multiple deadlines as evidenced by letter of application.

Preferred Qualifications

•    Experience with digital fabrication tools; CNC machine, 3-D printers, Lasor cutters, etc.
•    Knowledge of photo processes
•    A demonstrated desire to learn new skills and to attend continuing education classes in pertinent disciplines
•    Familiarity with budgeting and purchasing systems at the university level
•    MFA in related field
•    Knowledge of general wood shop equipment and safety practices as demonstrated by application materials.

Contact Information to Applicants

Marshall Maude

Additional Candidate Instruction

A complete application will include a cover letter detailing how you meet the required qualifications, a current resume/CV, and a list of 3 professional references.  Review of applications begins on 09/13/21. To ensure consideration, apply before the application review date.

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $41,299

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Anticipated Start Date


Primary Campus

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Employee Class

U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Work Schedule

40 hours/week

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Work Location Assignment



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