The Glass Department, within the Division of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), seeks a collaborative, supportive staff technician to join its highly experimental and dynamic learning environment.
The Technician III will design, build, maintain, and repair complicated and diverse technical equipment, glass furnaces, and kilns required in the department and/or escalate to the appropriate vendor and/or consultant. Monitor and respond to glass furnace failure alarms. Instruct faculty and students in the safe and proper use of furnaces, kilns, machinery, general equipment, safety equipment, and supplies. Identify, research, evaluate and present recommendations on new and existing technology, equipment, and features for use in the department courses/labs. Provide advice and guidance on the technical and conceptual parameters of student projects.
Founded in 1877, RISD has earned an international reputation as a leader in art and design education. It is recognized for its renowned faculty of artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities, and the intensity of its studio-based approach to learning—an approach where critical thinking informs the making of works by hand. Approximately 2,500 students from around the world study at RISD, pursuing full-time bachelor's or master's degree programs in 19 fine arts, architecture, or design majors, complemented by essential study in the liberal arts.
The College is located in Providence, Rhode Island, which offers its own vibrant art scene and is conveniently located between two other major cultural centers: Boston and New York. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.
Job Qualifications Required:
Bachelors degree in appropriate technical discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience. Four to six years either professional or relevant student work experience in the Glass field or related field required. Ability to build and maintain to technical specifications.
Sensitivity to materials, process and precision. Excellent interpersonal communications skills, organizational and leadership skills required. Familiarity with both traditional and non traditional glass working techniques. Ability to work with a broad spectrum of students, visiting artists and faculty and their varied approaches and skill levels with glass.
Job Qualifications Preferred:
Previous glass furnace and equipment building and maintenance experience preferred.
Employment Type: Full-Time
Internal Number: 2069
About Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), founded in 1877, is a fine arts and design college located in Providence, Rhode Island. Enrolling about 2000 undergraduates and 400 graduate students from across the United States and 55 other countries, RISD offers 16 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate majors, and is ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top art and design schools in the United States. RISD’s rigorous education encourages creative experimentation and intellectual risk-taking, challenging students to question their approach to art making through critical thinking. There are over 90,000 works of art in the RISD Museum, which houses a collection of fine and decorative art objects. The first public galleries opened in 1893. The RISD Library is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country with more than 150,000 volumes and 380 periodical subscriptions which offer unusual depth and richness in the areas of architecture, art, design, and photography. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundament...al to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.