Operations Assistant

Our Dream

This role operates at the cross currents on several core functions including the Welcome Center, Guest Services, Operations and requires dependability, flexibility and adaptability. The successful candidate will take ownership of many of the day-to-day administrative activities in these departments, creating the foundation for the positive, supportive, creative culture that is the heart and soul of the Ranch. This role requires flexibility and availability on Sundays during the summer months, a keen eye for detail and a team player. We are looking for someone who enjoys supporting others in an administrative role and is happy to get involved in a wide variety of people and operations-related tasks.


Anderson Ranch Arts Center is a year-round visual-arts not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization with a 55-year history of providing transformative experiences that celebrate artists, art-making and creative dialog, at the intersection of craft and the global contemporary art world. Anderson Ranch brings together both aspiring and internationally renowned artists who come from across the country and around the world to test new ideas, explore new disciplines and techniques, hone their art-making skills, engage in meaningful dialog and connect with thought leaders in the artistic community.

Anderson Ranch’s campus is an artistic community nestled among the pristine peaks of the Rocky Mountains. The Ranch campus consists of 14 buildings providing 55,000 square feet of facilities including eight studio buildings, a gallery, a lecture hall, café, store, administrative offices, a student dormitory, as well as residential apartments and cabins. State-of-the-art equipment allows cross-disciplinary experimentation within the mediums of ceramics, woodworking, photography, digital fabrication, painting, sculpture and printmaking. The campus is an oasis of renovated 19th-century cabins and barns that sit alongside contemporary designed buildings, all within the renowned cultural and recreation communities of Aspen/Snowmass, CO, and the Roaring Fork Valley.

Anderson Ranch cultivates a culture of experimentation and collaboration, offering world-class art-making facilities and equipment across diverse mediums, experienced visiting faculty and access to the highest quality staff.

Our Mission

Anderson Ranch’s mission is to enrich lives with art, inspiration and community.

We achieve this by offering:

  • Workshops: Providing intensive 1-3-week workshops for artists of all levels and all ages that both improve technical art-making skills and provide transformative experiences for art makers.
  • Advanced Mentoring Programs: Offering three-year mentoring programs that advance artistic practice and careers in the arts.
  • Artist Residencies: Providing 5 and 10-week long juried Artists-in-Residence programs, which give emerging and mid-career professional artists the time, space and resources to develop new work using our world-class facilities.
  • Visiting Artist Experiences: Providing flexible and unique curated experiences to support established national and international artists seeking a retreat to experiment in new mediums or with new techniques and ideas, supported by our staff.
  • Anderson Ranch Editions: An artist’s workshop and print publisher program for hand-printed limited-edition lithographs, screen-prints and etchings by established artists.
  • Community Engagement: Hosting lectures, discussions, seminars and special events which build a community that appreciates, understands and supports art-making within the global contemporary art world and the human experience for both Anderson Ranch guests and the local community.

Our Work Culture

  • Changing Lives and Changing the World Through Art: We care about people and helping them improve their lives. We enable people to learn and grow, personally and professionally, in a challenging and supportive environment. We meet people where they are and help them reach their goals.
  • Culture of Diversity & Inclusion: We learn from diversity and it makes us stronger. At the center of our mission is helping people find their whole selves in their artistic practice. We strive to live the same values in our professional lives. That includes actively embracing diversity of age, race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental ability, as well as background and experience. We approach our work thoughtfully, learn from each other and share a commitment to inclusivity.
  • Rigor & Excellence: We provide the best possible experience for our community of guests, including faculty, interns, students, residents, visiting artists, volunteers, supporters and staff. We demand the best from ourselves and each other.
  • Culture of Critique: We believe in a “Culture of Critique” where we offer and receive honest feedback and support each other in learning and improving.
  • Culture of Results, Connectivity and Flexibility: We believe overachieving is better than overworking. We prioritize Anderson Ranch and get the job done 110% by being available when needed, by being open, working collaboratively, welcoming feedback and getting work done efficiently, effectively and on time. Once this is achieved, we enjoy the flexibility of where and when we work; we can pursue our passions, be it art-making, hobbies or special interests.

Position Summary

The Operations Assistant is one of the front line points of contact and the ability to represent Anderson Ranch with a high level of integrity and professionalism is critical for this position. This role requires organization, reliability and a positive attitude. This person will assist with operations and housing tasks on a daily basis and needs to establish the tone of friendliness, competence, and professionalism for the organization. The Operations Assistant has responsibility for ensuring guest arrival runs smoothly, assists with maintaining accurate records regarding housing and communications, monitors the scheduling of housekeeping and other administrative duties.

Core Responsibilities: 

  • Hospitality / Housing Coordination: Creates and distributes housing welcome packets. Greets and checks in guests on every Sunday throughout the summer. Assists with housing tracking, communications with contractors, staff and students, and weekly inspections. Maintains inventory of supplies related to housing and housekeeping. Assists with enforcing Ranch lodging guidelines, monitoring guest services email, handling complaints and coordinating special requests for all guests.
  • Business Safety: Assists with implementation of the Business Safety Plan including monitoring Program Participant Pre-Arrival Forms. Assists with answering the Ranch after hours on-call phone. Maintains business safety supply inventory. Helps with protocol creation, communication and monitoring.
  • Guest Services / Reception: Assists with maintaining the reception area and all administrative common areas in a clean and tidy manner at all times. Greets and directs visitors. Provides callers with general information. Anticipates, responds to and follows up on any guest or visitor requests. Assists with clerical duties. Orders, receives, stocks and distributes office supplies. Receives, sorts, and distributes incoming mail, both electronic and physical. Coordinates service for office equipment (phones, fax, printers, copier).
  • Administration Assistance: Contributes positively as part of a team, helping out with various administrative duties as required. Maintains institutional calendar and employee directory. Maintains operations and IT request forms in addition to assisting with requests. Access constituent records to obtain contact information or verify participation. Prepares staff updates. Coordinates the efforts to recognize and celebrate staff through birthdays, anniversaries, “peak & valley” moments. Plays a supporting role for the logistics of internal events and meetings.

Expected Skills and Qualifications:  

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to fairly resolve disputes and complaints.
  • Ability to keep confidential information secure and private.
  • Ability to follow directions and strong follow through.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.

Staff Community Responsibilities:

  • Community Outreach Leader: All staff members are expected to build and lead partnerships with community organizations as they relate to their area of responsibility, and to actively support the outreach efforts of other team members.
  • Engaged & Supportive Team Member: All staff are expected to support colleagues and engage in the programs and events of the Ranch by attending lectures, artist talks, fundraising events, and community wide events and being available to jump in and help make them a success.
  • Support Major Fundraising & Community Events: All staff are expected to support the major annual events that engage the public and fundraisers. These are “all hands on deck” efforts and all staff are expected to participate in ways outside their normal professional functions to make them a success from set-up, to execution, to tear down.
  • Professional & Personal Development: Continuing to learn and improve is a job requirement of all staff. Team members are expected to be growing, learning, and improving in their artistic and professional lives.
  • Brand Ambassador: All team members are expected to comport themselves in a manner that is fitting with the organization; represent the Ranch both on and off-campus, as well as online and on social media, keeping in mind that positivity and professionalism are respected and appreciated.

Other Duties

  • The descriptions above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed in this role. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the role.
  • All personnel are required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.
  • This role requires a flexible schedule including evening and weekend hours as needed, and particularly intense time demands in the summer months.
  • This job description may be changed or updated at any time throughout employment.

Physical Requirements:

  • Sedentary work that primarily involves sitting/standing.
  • Light work that includes moving objects up to 15 pounds.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Classification: Temporary Full-Time, Non-exempt (Opportunity for Regular Full-Time)
  • Reports to: Operations & HR Coordinator
  • Start Date: April/May, 2022
  • End Date: September, 30 2022
  • Compensation: $18-$22 per hour
  • Location: Snowmass Village, CO

Employment requires proof of complete Covid-19 vaccination as well as successfully passing the pre-employment background check.

All inquiries and conversations will remain strictly confidential.

NOTE: The above is an abbreviated representation of benefits defined in the Employee Handbook, which governs all employment terms. No other verbal or written exceptions to those terms are honored without a written directive by the President and Chief Executive Officer and signed by the Chair of the Board of Trustees.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to hr@andersonranch.org.

Anderson Ranch is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversifying its workforce.

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