This position works closely with students and assists the wood working professor in providing both theoretical and technical instruction during classes and open shop hours; aids students in the development of their projects, and promotes safe shop practices. The Technician finds creative ways to improve the shop facility in terms of aesthetics, function and safety, and maintains an active creative studio practice in view of wood working students. Additional duties include management and maintenance of the shop facility on a day-to-day basis, supervision of 2 student workers, and completion of tasks in the Paul Creative Arts Center.
Applicants are asked to submit 20 images of personal work, including student work if available, in a PDF format.
This position is best suited to self-motivated individuals with strong creative problem solving, interpersonal, and organizational skills; a mechanical inclination is also needed. The ability to independently identify areas for improvement (relating to safety, function, appearance, ease-of-use), create a solution, and implement the solution is essential. Extensive experience in the use of a wide variety of wood working equipment, as well as a working knowledge of the history of fine art and contemporary art theory, are also required. Extensive maintenance experience is not necessarily required, though the ability to quickly and independently learn these skills as needed is important.
An MFA in furniture, sculpture, or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred. This position has the ability to strongly impact the student's educational goals, so experience working with and/or instructing undergraduate students in a 3-dimensional artistic medium, or a desire to do so, is preferable. Experience with, and/or knowledge of, non-wood materials and equipment (e.g. metal fabrication, casting, plastic, etc) is also a plus. The ability to modify existing objects and creatively fabricate jigs and/or replacement machine parts would be beneficial.
Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.
Salary Range: $48,000-52,000
The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.
The University of New Hampshire is a major research institution, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is convenient to New Hampshire's lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs.