Fine Arts Shop Supervisor


JOB TITLE: Fine Arts Shop Supervisor

DEPARTMENT:  School of Art, Fine Arts

REPORTS TO:  Program Director, School of Art


Reporting to the Fine Arts Program Director in the School of Art, the shop supervisor meets regularly with the Fine Arts Program Director to forward the university mission and program curriculum. This position is responsible for the safe operation and proper functioning of the Fine Arts facilities, classrooms, and painting and sculpture student studios; supporting students and faculty; serving as an instructional resource; maintaining and supervising safety policy and OSHA compliance of Fine Arts facilities; repairing tools & equipment; assisting with resale; supervising Fine Arts work study; and assisting with events.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Consults regularly with the Program Director to align Fine Arts classrooms/studios/shops design, needs and maintenance with Fine Arts curriculum and instruction.
  • Reinforces classroom instruction by serving as an instructional resource, aiding and advising students on solving technical problems.
  • Nourishes a culture of making, innovation, and experimentation.
  • Nurtures and manages Fine Arts student work-study force.
  • Manages Anderson Woodshop, Furness Metals Shop, Plaster Shop and Foundry.
  • Manages, maintains and oversees Fine Arts Painting, Sculpture and first year classrooms, and studios.

Student & Faculty Support

  • Assists faculty with the preparation of class materials.
  • Performs general assistance and workshops to faculty in the classroom or shops as needed.
  • Answers student questions pertaining to proper equipment usage and technical processes when faculty are not present.

Shop and Facility Maintenance

  • Repairs and maintains studio tools, and equipment. Coordinates the service of equipment with outside contractors when necessary.
  • Researches and acquires new and replacement equipment and materials when necessary. Maintains classrooms, equipment and shop capabilities to support Fine Arts curriculum
  • Submits work orders and communicate with facilities on issues relating to building infrastructure (plumbing, electrical, HVAC, etc.).
  • Maintains the hygiene of the classrooms, shops and studios by overseeing regular and proper sanitary practices on the part of students, facilities & the housekeeping staff. Verifies routine maintenance of filtration systems on the part of facilities & outside contractors.
  • Maintains the general appearance and organization of Fine Arts facilities. Ensures classrooms, individual studios and facilities are prepared for instructional use.
  • Works with Program Director and coordinators to research, budget, propose, plan & oversee studio renovations.
  • Facilitates and supervise end of term student cleanup of Painting and Sculpture individual studios and storage areas.

Safety & OSHA Compliance

  • Maintains studios and are OSHA compliant.
  • Establishes and maintain a culture that promotes the safe use of all facilities, equipment and materials.
  • Delivers studio guidelines & safety orientation to classes at the beginning of each semester.
  • Works with faculty and student monitors to ensure safe and proper usage of studio equipment, handling, storage and disposal of hazardous chemicals, and usage of personal protective equipment on the part of all students.
  • Monitors shops usage through safety training and consultation.
  • Maintains and updates SDS sheets; properly displays them for easy access in the case of an emergency.
  • Follows safety protocols in the case of an emergency

Supervision of Work Study Staff

  • Recruits, hires, trains, schedules and supervises work study students and student monitors.


  • Assists with the operation of the resale.
  • Consults with faculty and university bookstore to coordinate the purchase of materials for projects and restock demonstration materials.
  • Assists with an annual inventory list to the Finance Department.
  • Manages shop related budget items, inventory and purchasing. Orders and maintains sufficient levels of materials and supplies needed for general shop operation.

Special Events

  • Assists with School of Art events including visiting artist lectures & critiques, workshops and exhibitions.
  • Assists in preparing exhibition spaces and installing for School of Art exhibitions.
  • Assists other areas as assigned.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions.  Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.


  • BFA Sculpture required, MFA Sculpture preferred


  • Two years managing wood shop, metal shop and foundry with MFA
  • Three years managing wood shop, metal shop and foundry with BFA
  • OSHA trained and certified

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:


  • Detailed knowledge of safe usage of all sculpture facilities, equipment and supplies
  • Working knowledge of all techniques used for making contemporary sculpture including: metal fabrication (all welding processes, cold bending, basic forging and finishing), foundry, woodworking, mold making, casting, modeling and carving. Should be familiar with stretcher, strainer and panel building for painters.
  • Be able to work as a team with faculty and other shop supervisors on campus.
  • Good interpersonal skills for student training and consultation
  • Strong organizational, recordkeeping and administrative skills.
  • Ability to work independently, setting priorities and with good follow through


  • Experience with video, sound, CNC router, 3D modeling

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Supervises student workers who support shop operations.

About The University:

University of the Arts’ mission is simple: to advance human creativity. Established in 1876, UArts believes creativity is the most essential skill for success in today’s society and has educated generations of groundbreaking artists, performers, designers and creative leaders for more than 141 years.  After being granted university status in 1987, University of the Arts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance, theater and writing. It now features 30 undergraduate arts majors, 15 graduate programs and the nation’s first PhD program in Creativity. UArts is also home to innovative centers across disciplines, including the Center for Immersive Media, Lightbox Film Center, Philadelphia Art Alliance and Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. Learn more about UArts.

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