Parsons School for Design, a division of The New School, seeks an Assistant Manager of the Wet Shop 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. This is a fast paced dynamic environment that runs year round. The Assistant Manager will have direct interactions with students and faculty in support of curricular needs, and interface with university staff, vendors, and contractors in support of facility operations. This is an exempt administrative position that reports to the Facilities Manager, Wood & Metal of the Making Center, and has multiple direct reports.
The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.
- Oversee daily workings of Making Center Wet Shop Facilities, including but not limited to Satellite Store Support; Tool/Equipment Checkout; Kiln Room; Open Work Areas; and Storage Spaces. - 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, supply ordering, vendor communication, and prioritization of expenses related to inventories, schedules, projects, and repairs. - Work with the Facilities Manager on the following: - Facility improvement projects, shows and installations, and special initiatives as needed. - Analyzing usage data and team insights to make recommendations regarding: - Hardware/software purchase 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, 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. - Create back end content/resources including creation and approval of shop-specific website updates, shop signage. - Adapt to changes in the work environment; adjust approach and prioritizes 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 an equitable, just and inclusive learning environment with productive and positive workplace relationships. - Stay current with relevant technology and developments within the field. - Serve on Parsons and MC committees as needed. - Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
- A Bachelor's Degree and significant 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. - Gain knowledge of recycling clay with a Peter Pugger mill within the first 6 months within position. - Advanced knowledge of a variety of clay, plaster, and ceramics processes, including various casting methodologies, hand building techniques in clay, throwing on the wheel, plaster jiggering, slip casting, and glazing, with full comprehensive experience loading/unloading, and programming kilns. - Ability to work in Google Docs and some knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite. Understanding of working in a cross-platform (Windows and macOS) environment. - 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.
- Knowledge of Webcheckout or comparable equipment management systems a plus. - Experience with large-scale hardware and software deployments a plus. - Familiarity with any of the following is a plus: woodworking, metal working, CNC/digital fabrication equipment (including CNC plasma cutters, laser cutters, 3D printers, and CNC routers), vacuum forming, physical computing, ceramics, casting, finishes, plastics, foams, or fabrics.
Internal Number: 19493
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.