Assistant Glass Studio Coordinator
WheatonArts is seeking a highly motivated, creative, and energetic Assistant Studio Coordinator for a one-year appointment (with the potential to renew). Reporting to the Glass Studio Coordinator, the Assistant Studio Coordinator supports the day-to-day management and maintenance of the Glass Studio, including the hot shop, cold shop, kiln casting, and flameworking areas. The Assistant Studio Coordinator works with the Glass Studio Coordinator and other Glass Studio staff to facilitate the needs of visiting artists, special projects, educational programming, renters, and the production team.
The Assistant Studio Coordinator is part of an international creative community and is encouraged to cultivate their studio practice with access to hot glass and private studio space. The Assistant Studio Coordinator will also have the opportunity to design and prototype production items. The Assistant Studio Coordinator must be able to work weekends and at night as needed and have abundant flexibility, patience, good communication skills, and a sense of humor. Adaptability, multi-tasking, follow-through, and a willingness to be a hands-on team member are a must. Work hours fluctuate, with availability on weekends, some evenings, and during special events required.
This is a part-time hourly position, starting between $16 and $18/hour, commensurate with experience, with up to 30 hours a week. The successful candidate will receive ample access to the Glass Studio, personal studio space, and a room in shared housing can be provided if needed. Benefits include paid sick/personal time and paid holidays. Admission to most events is free. Staff also receive a 20% discount in the Museum Stores and on classes and workshops. Artistic staff may also exhibit at the annual Festival of Fine Craft at no charge.
● Minimum of a BFA in glass or equivalent professional experience, Master’s degree or comparable experience is preferred
● Experience and proficiency in glassblowing, hot casting, and cold working
● Excellent communication skills; Ability to work with artists, instructors, studio users, the general public and peers in a pleasant, helpful, and efficient manner
● Knowledge of GB4, GB5 Watlow and Paragon controllers is a plus
● Detail-oriented, with the ability to self-start and multi-task
● Experience working in a hot, humid environment
● Positive attitude, desire to learn, and be a team player
● Ability to work independently and as part of a team; strong collaboration skills
● Good problem-solving abilities
● Must be able to stand, bend and lift 50lbs
● Flexibility in hours with availability on weekends, evenings, and special events
Supports Studio Coordinator in day-to-day studio operations, including:
● Charging the furnace/cycling annealers
● Basic equipment maintenance and repairs
● Working with the production team to fabricate the studio product line
● Assisting visiting artists, renters and facilitating special projects
● Maintaining, stocking, and organizing guest artist housing, receiving visitors arriving outside of studio hours.
● Opening and closing studio and overseeing daily clean-up and equipment light-up and shut-down
● Narration for demonstrations, ability to engage and describe the processes of glassmaking to the public
● Team leader with studio assistants/production
● On-call for studio-related emergencies and available nights and weekends
● Maintain a safe working environment and follow all institutional policies
● Support other tasks as needed
Please email a resume and cover letter (in the body of the email is fine) for consideration by June 15, 2023 to:
Please put “Assistant Studio Coordinator Application” in the subject line. PDFs are preferred.
Deadline to Apply: Thursday, June 15, 2023
With a history spanning over five decades, WheatonArts has earned regional, national, and international recognition for its unique collections and programs. The Museum of American Glass is at the heart of the Center, housing the most comprehensive collection of glass produced in America. The Creative Glass Fellowship Program, a 40-year-old international artist residency program, has hosted more than 375 Fellows in one of the nation’s first public-access, amphitheater-style hot glass studios. Regionally, the Down Jersey Folklife Center has provided multicultural, multigenerational programs serving more than 55 ethnic and cultural groups throughout South Jersey. Programs within the glass and pottery studios reflect a dynamic community of resident and guest artists.
WheatonArts is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Women, non-binary, and POC candidates are encouraged to apply.