Art/Design Lab Coordinator

Position Overview

The Department of Visual Art seeks a full-time Art/Design Lab Coordinator for Expanded Media, Photo Lab, Painting/Drawing, Foundations and to assist in the wood (Common Shop) and technology (VAST Lab) shops. 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 Lab, Expanded Media, and Painting/Drawing/foundations Labs as well as providing support to the 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. Assist in other studio areas, the department, or on committees (department or University) as requested or assigned.

Job Description

20% - VAST lab / Common Shop
  • 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.

20% - Painting/Drawing/foundations Labs
  • 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

35% - Expanded Media Labs
  • 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

20% - Photo Lab
  • Reconcile purchases and monitor budget
  • Inventory and supervise checkout of equipment
  • Organize and maintain photo studio and equipment
  • Provide technical demonstrations to students and faculty in set up and use of equipment

5% - 4th floor studios
  • provide oversight for 4th floor graduate and undergraduate studios
  • supervise cleanliness of common areas
  • organize semester and yearly clean outs.

Position Requirements


Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor of Fine Art or equivalency and 3-year experience with methods and materials used in photo or digital fabrication
  2. One year experience with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
  3. Demonstrated experience with 3D modeling software, as evidenced by application materials
  4. Demonstrated Experience with documenting 2D and 3D artwork, as evidenced by application materials
  5. Experience with fine art, design, and/or creative environments as demonstrated by application materials
  6. Strong communication and organizational skills as evidenced by application materials
  7. Demonstrated experience working independently to meet multiple deadlines as evidenced by letter of application.

Preferred Qualifications

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

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete online application will include:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume/CV
  • List of three references

Apply online and submit a letter describing your qualifications for this position. Only complete applications will be considered.
  • Review of applications begins Thursday, April 25, 2024 and continues until a qualified pool of applicants is received. To ensure consideration, apply before the application review date.

Contact Information to Applicants

Visual Art Department

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with experience

Work Schedule

40 hours per week Mon - Fri

Application Review Begins

Thursday April 25, 2024

Anticipated Start Date

Monday July 1, 2024

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  27555BR
  • Department:  Visual Art
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Assignment:  On-Site
  • Reg/Temp:  Regular
  • Employee Class:  U-Unclassified Professional Staff
  • Review Begins:  25-Apr-2024

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