Part-Time Ceramics Studio Manager

Gallery One is looking for an Part-Time Ceramics Studio Manager to join their team. 

This unique position oversees all aspects of Gallery One’s community ceramics studio. This is an excellent opportunity for an artist with a growing studio and professional practice in ceramics and a passion for community and teaching. The Studio Manager reports to the Executive Director, works with the full team in developing a class schedule for kids and adults, participates in community events and outreach, and gets to work with an incredible staff, board, and volunteers to advance our mission to provide access to the visual arts to a heartfelt community connected through the arts.

Qualifications
– an above average knowledge of ceramics processes, equipment
– teaching experience with both youth and adults
– must be a team player with good communication skills
– a required background check (WATCH report)
– independent art practice to complement position
– passionate about inclusivity and community

Duties & Responsibilities

Program Development and Coordination

In conjunction with the Executive Director and team, assess program needs, develop, expand, and evaluate education programs for youth and adults; assist in developing and implementing relevant policies and procedures. Revise and monitor activities to determine consistency with program goals. Promote equity and social justice in all areas of the position and Gallery One activities.

Administration
Train and oversee work of volunteers and student employees in the ceramics studio. Coordinate ceramic activities with other Gallery functional areas. Assist in fundraising activities when needed, specifically those that are ceramics focused such as the Planter Sale and Soup Line including production and coordination of products. Other duties as arranged.

Art Education

In conjunction with CSA teaching staff, develop curriculum for multiple ceramics classes using State identified goals. Coordinate, plan and teach two art after school classes for three quarters and 4 summer art camps with potential to teach additional classes if more hours are desired. Assess student progress, ensure students are involved in activities suited to their abilities and interests while encouraging individual development. Coordinate and facilitate adult workshops and programs in clay with option to teach. Mentor students when requested.

Studio Operations
Manage kiln firings, coordinate firing schedule with studio artists, instructors, and staff. Maintain a clean and well-organized working environment. Keep accurate inventory of clay/ glazes/ equipment. Maintain and order supplies for classes and projects, etc. Mix glazes and reclaim clay as needed. Assist in keeping users informed of policies and costs. Provide health and safety guidelines to all users.

Physical Requirements
Must be able to lift and carry or otherwise move 50 pounds occasionally and additional physical requirements for maintaining a ceramics studio, loading and unloading kilns, mixing and moving clay, etc.

Benefits

  • 20 hours/week (must be available weekends and some evenings) with opportunities for more hours.
  • Non-exempt position
  • Compensation: $18.30/hr through Dec 31 with an opportunity for an increase January 1
  • PTO and a $200/ month health stipend after 6 months
  • Discounts on Gallery One classes and merchandise
  • Regular performance and wage review
  • 24 hour access to small studio space (156 sq ft) and unlimited firings of personal work and one exhibit of artwork
  • Opportunities to contract and teach additional workshops. Compensation for contract work is $33/hr or greater

To Apply

Submit a letter of interest explaining why you believe you are a great candidate for this position with a resume of experience, when you can begin, and 5-10 images or a website of your work to director@gallery-one.org with [YOUR NAME]: Ceramics Studio Manager in subject line. Position open until filled.

About the studio
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The Gallery One ceramics studio is one of its kind in central Washington, offering opportunities for all ages to explore ceramics. In addition to classes for all ages, the studio is available for emerging and professional artists through our punch card program where artists can make, fire and glaze their works for a small fee. Private classes are also available.

About the studio:
– 1,000 square feet
– three electric kilns that fire to cone 6 (two medium, one test)
– stoneware clay body available for sale
– studio glazes for cone 6 firing
– 10 pottery wheels
– one slab roller
– tools available for use during classes and drop-ins

About Gallery One
Gallery One Visual Arts Center is dedicated to the creation, exhibition, and appreciation of visual arts in central Washington State. The gallery and our offices are located in the beautiful historical Stewart building in downtown Ellensburg.  It is a charming location in an area full of shops and restaurants.  Gallery One takes pride in fostering community cohesion and arts appreciation. It is the focal point for artists, art patrons, students, community members, and tourists to interact with the visual arts in central Washington.  The gallery has enjoyed strong and steady growth in our content, offerings, patronage and community support.  We expect this to increase and believe adding marketing talent will ensure it.  More about Gallery One can be found on our website:  https://www.gallery-one.org/

Gallery One is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military status.