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2D Materials Resource Lab Technician/Foundations Studio Technician

Department: Art Design Film & Media
Reports to: Visual Arts Resource Lab Manager
Supervises: Work Study Students
Pay Grade: C, non-exempt
Compensation:: Commensurate with education and experience

Work Schedule:

34 weeks (17 weeks each fall and spring semester), 30 hours per week


Create an integrated and immersive educational experience embedding concepts and skills with humanities, sciences, critical & contextual studies in order to foster the development of a holistic and sustained practice.
The program is an integrated learning community with faculty from the departments of Art, Design, and Humanities & Sciences working together to provide students with research-led, and project-based learning. Faculty drawn from across art and design will work as part of a team representing the contemporary context of convergence and complexity. A range of practice and skills will be represented to offer students an experience in which discipline assumptions are exposed, explored, and questioned.

The resource labs at Cornish include: 3D Fabrication, Digital Media, Photo, Print & Book Arts, Drawing, Foundations, and the Art Studio Collectives (CMYK). Within the new programs, the purpose of the resource labs is to frame an environment where students can work with technicians across different fields. Working alongside faculty teams, the technicians will support project development via a weekly technical program of skills acquisition, fostering the development of an in-depth understanding of materials and digital/analog processes through experimentation, as well as understanding methodologies and professional protocols. By the end of their study, students will be equipped with the technical skills required to succeed outside the institution.

The Resource Lab Technicians are responsible for generating and maintaining a lab culture that is synchronistic with Cornish curriculum; that generates community; and student interest and participation. Working closely with the Visual Arts Resource Lab Manager and broader team the lab tech will develop and maintain a technical training program that supports programmatic needs and facilitates the development of student proficiencies in said lab. This role involves budget proposals, supervision of work-study students in the area, the programmatic development and maintenance of the lab, scheduling of all spaces there in, lab policy and protocol, health and safety, and the execution of ongoing technical workshops and individual support for students.


  1. Day-to-day management of the lab (30 hours per week – open access); keeping resource clean, organized and functional
  2. Ongoing weekly technical demonstrations and workshops and individual support of students
  3. Training in the safe use of all materials, tools and equipment in the lab
  4. Maintenance and development of the lab; keeping an up to date inventory of materials and replenishing as necessary.
  5. Perform administrative duties including monthly budget reports to be submitted to the Resource Lab Manager
  6. Facilitate a safe lab environment that encourages and supports a diverse range of studio practices
  7. Ensure a safe working environment and manage health & safety requirements in the lab;
  8. Schedule workshops and practicums in collaboration with the Faculty Studio Coordinators and the Resource Lab Manager
  9. Supervise work-study students in the lab and assign duties
  10. In collaboration with the Resource Lab Manager, ensure the continuous improvement of the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the lab
  11. Ensure a learning environment that offers practical and technical experiences in relationship to project work
  12. Participate in professional development activities, including training events, workshops, seminars and conferences, as recommended by the Resource Lab Manager
  13. Undertake any such other duties commensurate with the post as determined by the Resource Lab Manager
  14. Communicate with Resource Lab Manager about any Operations and Facilities matters
  15. Serves as a resource to the Art, Design & Film Programs and contributes to exhibitions, events, screenings, etc.;
  16. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Degree in Art, Design, related discipline or professional experience equivalent
  • 1 year of experience in a related role
  • Able to take initiative, work independently and collaboratively
  • A wide-ranging knowledge of 2D material based skills including but not limited to traditional use of oil and acrylic mediums, dry and wet drawing materials and tools, painting and drawing grounds, preparations and supports.
  • Knowledge of contemporary art and design practice and demonstrated experience of technical instruction
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely and compatibly with a diverse student body, faculty, staff and other colleagues
  • A commitment to education and student centered learning
  • Ability to prioritize, organize, and complete multiple tasks
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to effectively communicate with faculty, students, and staff
  • Certified in CPR and first aid (or capable of being certified)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in a not-for-profit environment
  • Experience working with figure drawing
  • Experience working with wax encaustic
  • Administrative experience and record keeping skills
  • Commitment to and experience in interdisciplinary + integrated environments
  • Experience working with student-led project-based learning
  • Experience teaching or assisting in an educational artistic setting
  • Valid WA state driver’s license, auto insurance and a safe driving record.
  • Problem solver with good troubleshooting skills
  • Able to deal with unexpected tasks and situations
  • Flexibility
  • Good organization skills
  • Open to learning and responsive to change
  • Interested in a culture of innovation
  • Adaptability, openness, curiosity
  • Good interpersonal skills and professionalism
  • Listening skills - facilitator

Application Procedures

For consideration please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Cornish College of the Arts
Human Resources
1000 Lenora Street
Seattle, WA 98121
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Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer intent on enriching the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is to create an intercultural learning environment comprised of people with varied experiences and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions.

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