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3-D Technical Supervisor - Visual and Media Arts

Apply now Job no: 492779
Work type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


Supervision of Facilities

Duties include maintenance and purchase of tools and equipment used in these areas. Daily and periodic inspections. Maintain a clean, safe and organized shop and storage areas. Coordinate, schedule and post shop hours. Maintain all modest housekeeping chores of the 3-D studio spaces.

Supervision of Work Study Students

Hire, train and supervise 5-7 work-study student employees who keep the shops open on the weekends and evening hours.  


Assist instructors with demonstrations of safe and proper use of tools, equipment, and processes. Assist students with processes and tools related to a variety of course projects and skill levels. Assist students with suggestions on materials, techniques, and procedures. Assist students with problem-solving. Assist instructors with class supplies and set-ups. 


Inventory, purchase, and stock consumables and materials for classes in Sculpture, Metals and 3-D Design. Collect funds for material purchases, when appropriate. Assist with researching and purchasing materials and equipment for the 3-D areas.  

Safety Coordinator for the Department of Visual and Media Arts

Keep the department in compliance with the university, state, and federal safety requirements through consultation/direction from the CLAS Safety Officer and the university's OSHA Officer. (Some training provided by the University.) Collect and dispose of the department’s hazardous waste, recycling of the painting areas mineral spirits, and purchasing and supplying first aid supplies throughout the building. Post 'after-hours' urgent care destinations and coordinate first-aid determinations during work hours.

Work Conditions

The 3-D shops and other work areas are semi-industrial.  There are a variety of power tools and hand tools for general use.  There are requirements for lifting materials weighing up to 50 pounds. The work environment can, at times, be noisy and dusty.

Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Minimum of at least two years’ practical work experience in a related position.
  • Demonstrated high degree of organizational and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle shifting priorities and a willingness to adapt and to learn new techniques is necessary.
  • Demonstrated ability to professionally communicate with students on a personal level and in classroom situations. Strong student-centered interpersonal skills with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Ability to drive a van and truck, make deliveries and pick up art and supplies as needed.
  • Demonstrated experience with the review and monitoring of budget and accounts.
  • Demonstrated experience with light electrical work and welding.
  • Demonstrated experience with troubleshooting skills.
  • Basic computer skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, or some college coursework
  • Professional experience and broad knowledge of sculpture, metalsmithing and woodshop equipment and processes.
  • Knowledge/maintenance of digital fabrication equipment

Work Schedule: Full Time - 12 months

Salary:  Commensurate with experience.

Department/Division:  The Dept. of Visual and Media Arts, located in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has five undergraduate majors in Art Education, Art History, Film and Video Production, Photography, and Studio Arts. See

Campus: Allendale, Michigan

Application Deadline Date:  Review of candidates will begin February, 2018, and all application materials must be received no later than March 11, 2018.

How to Apply:

Apply online at and select “Apply Now.” Include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. The online system will allow you to attach documents electronically. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.  If you have questions about the position, contact Professor Renee Zettle-Sterling at



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