Parsons School for Design, a division of The New School, seeks an Assistant Manager in Textiles and Soft Construction for the Making Center. Parsons Making Center is a collection of more than 70,000 sq.ft. of labs, shops, studios, and open work spaces that provide curricular support for making across a broad range of mediums and disciplines, and supports experimentation and interdisciplinary collaboration. The Assistant Manager should be a personable, proactive, detail oriented individual who will become integral to the daily workings of the facilities within the Making Center, with the ability to learn new skills and technologies as needed. This is a fast paced dynamic environment that runs year round. The Assistant Manager will interface with students, faculty, and staff to support multiple processes and resources for all users in a range of making spaces. This is an exempt administrative position, that reports to the Associate Director of Sewing, Textiles, and Soft Construction.
Responsibilities: Oversee daily workings of Making Center Facilities (as assigned) including but not limited to Satellite Store Support; Tool/Equipment Checkout; Machine Knitting Lab and Studio (analog and digital), Weaving Studio, Dye Lab, Embroidery Hub, and Shoe Studio. Management of full-time and part-time technicians, and student workers, including interviewing, hiring, training, scheduling, tracking accountability, task assignment, scheduling/attending team and one on one meetings, and coordination and/or providing emergency coverage for unexpected absences. Management of a fixed budget including tracking, planning, and prioritization of expenses related to inventories, schedules, projects, and repairs. Work with the Associate Director on the following: Facility improvement projects, shows and installations, and special initiatives as needed. Hardware/software purchase recommendations as they pertain to the curriculum Maintaining policies and systems for checkout, satellite store, scheduling, record keeping, and inventories, in addition to generating macro and micro levels of usage data and statics – evaluating and updating these as needed. Organize calendars and communications for facilities: including creation of website updates, shop signage, safety orientations and associated scripts, technical/instructional documentation for labs/equipment, workshops, class demos, deliveries, special events, and modified holiday hours. Work across systems in the Making Center, connecting separate areas in order to streamline efficiency and communication Adapt to changes in the work environment; adjust approach and prioritize competing demands as necessary. Provide a high level of customer service, maintaining a positive and professional demeanor and attitude in all interactions with students, faculty, and staff. Cultivate a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming learning environment with productive and positive workplace relationships. Research and stay current with relevant technology and developments within the digital and analog textiles field. Support digital textile machines and communicate with vendors. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
A Bachelor's Degree and 3-5 years relevant or professional experience within the industry. Flexible schedule – ability to work non-traditional schedules that may include nights and weekends, in addition to schedule shifts with semester changes. Completion of university required staff trainings and necessary COF’s for all Making Center Facilities within the first 6 months of employment. Become proficient in Webcheckout or current equipment management system within the first 6 months within position. Advanced knowledge of working across materials and fabrication techniques, with full comprehensive experience in some or all of the following: knit analog and digital fabrication techniques, woven analog and digital fabrication techniques, natural dyeing, industrial sewing and garment construction, digital embroidery, fiber art and embellishment techniques. Full technical knowledge of assembling, maintaining, repairing, and troubleshooting machines/tools in the relevant areas. Desire and ability to learn new machines/tools as needed to expand across areas. Understanding of working in a cross-platform (Windows and macOS) environment and familiarity with Adobe Creative Cloud and Google Drive. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, close attention to detail, and strong organizational and time management abilities. Proven track record of working well with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, with a strong ability to support students working in an interdisciplinary manner from concept to fabrication. A desire to learn new skills and processes related to Parsons Making Center initiatives.
Experience supervising a team a plus. Formal knowledge of textile science a plus. Experience working with living materials a plus. Experience working with sustainable, local, or closed loop systems in the industry a plus. Knowledge of Webcheckout or comparable equipment management systems a plus. Experience with large-scale hardware and software deployments a plus.
Internal Number: 18493
About The New School
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.