Parsons School of Design seeks a Full time Technician in the Parsons Making Center that will serve as a technician with a focus in the Wood shop facility for the Making Center. This person should have a strong command of fabrication practices related to both art and design practices. This position will work to implement support for curricula, policies, and facilities as it relates to the Parsons mission. They will support an ongoing commitment to developing and updating to environmentally sensitive practices. This is an administrative position, governed by a Local 1205 Teamsters union certification, that reports to the Making Center Facilities Manager for E4 Wood and Metal Shops
- Act as the primary operational lead and support to full- and part-time technicians when facilities managers are not on site. - Provide and maintain a safe working environment for students, faculty and staff. - Daily safety supervision and enforcement of written policies for use of the Parsons making facilities by students, faculty, and staff. - Maintain relationships with faculty and technicians within a work environment that services a broad range of students. - Support faculty taught learning objectives during facility open working hours. - Provide instructional support for use of tools and equipment. Assist with organization of process and material workshops. - Must be responsible for staying current with traditional and digital equipment, tools, materials, and processes. - Train and supervise student technicians in the Making Center. - Schedule student technicians. - Oversee wood shop organization and safety. - Assist in development of policy and procedure around appropriate use of the wood shop. - Assist in repair and maintenance of wood machinery. - Assist in developing learning tools to make wood shop processes more accessible. - Coordinate with faculty and staff to facilitate orientations and workshops. - Assist in research and outreach necessary for acquiring new equipment and technology.
- Master's degree or Bachelor’s degree with significant experience in a related field. Flexible schedule- ability to work nights and weekends. - Experience in and commitment to fostering a collaborative and inclusive work environment supporting a diverse range of practices and backgrounds. - Experience with advanced techniques with millwork, furniture production, and installations. - Familiarity with current design and art practice. - Experience and knowledge of working with a wide variety of materials. - Strong ability to assist students working in an interdisciplinary manner from concept to fabrication. - Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, CAD based programs, and Google Docs. - Proven track record of working well with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, professional training, and aesthetic sensibilities in a creative environment. - Ability to develop and nurture individual student's abilities and a strong commitment to progressive art and design education. - Highly organized with excellent customer service skills as well as clear written and verbal communication. - A desire to learn new skills and processes related to Parsons Making Center initiatives.
The New School, a leading university in downtown New York City, offers degree and nondegree academic programs in design, the social sciences, the liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. Students benefit from small classes, superior resources, and renowned faculty members who practice what they teach. Continuing education courses and public programs place the university at the center of New York’s cultural and intellectual life.