Studio Coordinator of Ceramics

Our Dream

To find an energetic and dynamic individual to join our team overseeing our ceramic studio. This person will be driven, like us, by a belief that the power of artmaking can change individuals and the world. We enjoy working with career-minded people ready to fully immerse themselves in the day-to-day operations of a world-class teaching, learning and art making program that encourages cross disciplinary exploration and learning. Ideal teammates will bring a passion for their own artistic practice, a passion for developing a practical knowledge of traditional and contemporary techniques, as well as a passion for understanding pedagogy and teaching practices.

About

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 Studio Coordinator of Ceramics supports the Artistic Director in two primary areas: the operation, maintenance, and technical aspects of the ceramics facility and administrative duties essential to the department’s programming. The Coordinator is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the day-to-day operations of the ceramics facilities; has direct responsibility for equipment upkeep and repair, implements safety and security protocols for labs; provides technical and educational assistance to residents, visiting artists, and workshop faculty and students. 

  • Studio Facility, Equipment, Supplies and Administrative Needs: Manage and supervise the studio facilities, equipment and supplies. Organize and maintain the studio in a clean and efficient manner on a day-to-day basis. Perform and document routine inspections and service maintenance of equipment, including upgrades and minor repairs. Purchase and organize supplies, maintain inventory, receive shipments and manage purchase orders. Manage administrative records, including operating within a budget, posting income, expenses and calculating estimates and budget requests.
  • Studio Safety & Security: Assure the safety of the studio, surrounding area, equipment and visitors. Train, supervise and support visitors of all ages, abilities and skill levels. While physical safety is the priority, this includes assuring a supportive culture that is welcoming and respectful of all. Specific responsibilities include security and safety policies and procedures for children and youth. While Studio Coordinators have primary responsibility for their assigned areas, all staff are responsible for safety and security on campus. 
  • Coordinate Workshops: Support the Artistic Director to develop workshop concepts and curriculum, assist with identifying faculty, edit descriptions, recruit students, orchestrate faculty and workshop logistics and monitor workshop evaluations.
  • Workshops & Demonstrations: Studio Coordinators are expected to actively teach and/or co-teach scheduled workshops and be available to assist workshops when needed. Studio Coordinators are expected to lead demonstrations and custom artmaking experiences as needed and to support artist-in-residence and visiting artists, as well as provide one-on-one mentoring. 
  • Training & Oversight of Interns/Volunteers: Support the recruitment, selection, training and oversight of assigned volunteers, teaching assistants and interns. Mentor artistic and professional development and monitor performance and adherence to organizational standards. 
  • Studio Relationship Ambassadors: Act as a goodwill ambassador, internally and externally, for the studio program, including encouraging positive Ranch relationships with faculty, workshop students, visiting artists, resident artists,  community members and funding partners. This will include, but is not limited to, recruiting alumni members, liaising with individual funders and underwriters, as well as supporting grants and preparing reports.
  • Special Projects and Programs: Studio Coordinators will be assigned both special projects and ongoing programs to support the overall success of the Ranch. These will include efforts that cross studio areas within the Ranch, and yet are a core responsibility within the role such as the Gallery, Visiting Artists, Anderson Ranch Editions, Critical Dialogue, Artists-In-Residence, Outreach and Internship Programs.

Expected Skills and Qualifications:  

  • Higher-education teaching experience in art, specifically ceramics.
  • Thorough knowledge and experience of how to maintain a ceramics facility.
  • Experience with and knowledge of contemporary ceramics  processes including:
    • Loading and firing electric, gas, soda and wood kilns
    • Mixing clay and glazes
    • Wheel throwing, handbuilding and casting slip techniques
    • Glazing and surface decoration techniques
    • Plaster mold making techniques
    • Electric pottery wheels and Kiln maintenance
  • Experience with and knowledge of the following equipment:
    • Soldner electric wheels
    • Clay extruders
    • Slab roller
    • Skutt electric kilns
    • Gas kilns
    • Wood kilns
  • Proven time-management skills, organizational skills, attention to detail, the ability to multitask, coordinate current and long-range projects and meet deadlines
  • A self starter with the ability to work both in a team setting as well as independently. Must be a strong and proactive communicator, both in verbal and written communication
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service under pressure and conflict resolution skills 
  • Strong computer skills and experience with standard software
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed 
  • Clear background check as appropriate to supervising children and youth 
  • Minimum BFA (MFA desired)

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. 
  • Studio coordinators are asked to periodically assist the Artistic Director in the fabrication of their work, not to interfere with overall job responsibilities. 
  • 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:

  • Work that includes moving objects up to 50 pounds.
  • The employee frequently is required to stand, walk and reach with hands and arms.
  • Typical tasks as required to actively teach and supervise art studios/facilities in a historic building space with uneven surfaces, stairs, gravel walkways, etc. 

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Classification: Regular Full-Time, Exempt
  • Reports to: Vice President, Artistic Affairs
  • Start Date: July 25, 2022
  • Location: Snowmass Village, CO
  • Base Salary: $45,000 – $47,000
  • Total Compensation Package Value (including housing/studio space): $68,000 – $70,000
  • Employer Housing Provided – On campus studio apartment 
  • Artistic Studio Space
  • Company paid medical insurance, option to add additional family
  • Company paid HSA contribution
  • Long and short-term disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid Time Off – Up to 22 days during first year of service
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Professional/continuing education support
  • Retirement plan/discretionary 403(b) match

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:

Submit complete application online at: andersonranch.slideroom.com 

Application materials to include:

  • Resume/CV
  • Letter of intent indicating potential and desire for the position
  • 10 images of current work
  • Three references and contact information

Applications are currently being accepted and the position will remain open until filled.

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

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