Print Studio Technician

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Oct 12, 2022
Jan 05, 2023
Full Time
Print Studio Technician, School of Art The George Mason University School of Art, within the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA), seeks highly qualified candidates to fill the position of Print Studio Technician. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment. About the Position:The Print Studio Technician supports students and faculty by managing and maintaining the printmaking, papermaking, and graphic arts studios. Facilities in affiliated studios include analog and digital equipment, etching presses, risograph machines, dark room and washout stations for screen printing, a Hollander paper beater, a Glowforge laser cutter, and Vandercook Universal I press and supporting letterpress equipment and type.The Print Studio Tech is responsible for the day-to-day smooth and safe operation of the print studio, papermaking studio, and darkroom with their attendant equipment and supplies, inventory of materials, and managing student workers. The Print Studio Tech will support the academic and creative goals of faculty and student users, this includes providing technical support services to faculty and students, including conducting technical training and workshops.George Mason University is focusing on sustainable and green processes in the Printmaking, Papermaking, and Letterpress studios. The Print Studio Tech will help faculty further these goals by transitioning particular print processes and maintaining a regular papermaking schedule in the studio.The position requires the collegiality and interpersonal skills needed to work with faculty and students as part of a team in an open, community-focused print and paper-making studio.Responsibilities:Supervision, leadership and development of staff. Work effectively with all faculty, staff and students to comply with national safety standards;Demonstrated ability to effectively monitor programs and practices. Perform walk-throughs inspections of all studio spaces at the beginning and end of each day;Maintain operational readiness of all printmaking and letterpress studios including their physical space, equipment and tools;Manage the organization, storage and distribution of consumable materials used by students and faculty, as needed for instruction and research; andSchedule biweekly papermaking sessions; demonstrate and train students and staff in various papermaking techniques; monitor stock and schedule papermaking in response.Required Qualifications:Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking, Book Arts, or Graphic Design; or equivalent combination of education and experience;Demonstrated experience working in a visual arts shop environment or facility;Advanced level skills in most, if not all, traditional print media - relief, intaglio, and screen printing as well as related digital applications; andWorking knowledge of papermaking - e.g. sheet forming, pulp preparation, care and maintenance of equipment.Preferred Qualifications:Familiarity with letterpress printing and with a laser cutter; andBuilding and construction skills are an asset as we are constantly working to improve our studio environment to better fit our students and the developing equipment in printmaking.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education. Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create. If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at! George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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