Parsons School of Design seeks a Full time Technician in the Parsons Making Center. The technician should have a strong command of existing art and design fabrication practices with the ability to learn new skills and technologies as needed. This position will work to implement support for curricula, policies, and facilities as it relates to the Parsons mission. They will support an ongoing commitment to developing and updating to environmentally sensitive practices. This is an administrative position, governed by a Local 1205 Teamsters union certification, that reports to the Associate Manager of the N2 General Shop.
Oversee the day-to day operations of Making Center facilities and equipment Provide and maintain a safe working environment for students, faculty and staff. Act as the primary operational lead and support to full- and part-time technicians when facilities managers are not on site. Daily safety supervision and enforcement of written policies for use of the Parsons making facilities by students, faculty, and staff. Routine maintenance and repair of facility tools and equipment including: hand/ power tools, woodworking, metalworking, ceramics equipment, sanding and finishing, pneumatic tools, CAD based tools and technology, textile related machinery, and other general tools and machines dedicated to fabrication and making. Maintain relationships with faculty and technicians within a work environment that services a broad range of students. Support faculty taught learning objectives during facility open working hours. Provide instructional support for use of tools and equipment. Assist with organization of process and material workshops. Must be responsible for staying current on traditional and digital equipment, tools, materials, and processes. Assist with scheduling and giving safety orientations and trainings Assist with inventory oversight and ordering of materials and supplies. Maintain a high level of cleanliness of the facilities and equipment Training and management of student workers.
Masters degree or Bachelor’s degree with significant experience in a related field. Flexible schedule- ability to work nights and weekends. The candidate should have extensive experience working with wood and metal-based practices in all or some of the following areas: furniture making, sculpture, product prototyping, hot metal working, cold metal working, jewelry and non-ferrous metal working, cold bending and steam bending wood, architectural or art installation Ability to perform routine maintenance and repair of facility tools and equipment. Assist with maintaining shop systems for workers and orientation scheduling, tool checkout, material store, and inventories. Robust knowledge of a variety of production and fabrication techniques; Be familiar with practices related to current design and art practice- including: fabrication, methodology and processes; experience and knowledge of working with a wide variety of materials. Strong ability to assist students working in an interdisciplinary manner from concept to fabrication. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, CAD based programs, and Google Docs. Assist with shop build projects and special Making Center initiatives as needed Proven track record of working well with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, professional training, and aesthetic sensibilities in a creative environment. Ability to develop and nurture individual student's abilities and a strong commitment to progressive art and design education. Highly organized with excellent customer service skills as well as clear written and verbal communication. A desire to learn new skills and processes related to Parsons Making Center initiatives.
Internal Number: 16022
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The New School, a leading university in downtown New York City, offers degree and nondegree academic programs in design, the social sciences, the liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. Students benefit from small classes, superior resources, and renowned faculty members who practice what they teach. Continuing education courses and public programs place the university at the center of New York’s cultural and intellectual life.