Position: Chair of Ceramics Department
Supervisor: Director of KIA School
Classification: Full time, Exempt preferred
The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a nonprofit art museum and school. Since 1924, the institute has offered art classes, exhibitions, lectures, events, activities and a permanent collection. The KIA’s mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts in West Michigan. We believe the visual arts are for everyone. They inspire, fulfill, and transform. The Kirk Newman Art School is a leading community-based art school in Michigan with over 3,000 students per year. The ceramics department has three studios, two designated glaze studios and nine kilns. There are nine part time faculty and approximately 500 ceramics students per year.
Summary of Position:
Teaching and administration skills will be used in this position. The chair of the ceramics department will teach classes in ceramics. The following department will be under their supervision: ceramics and glass. Administration skills include maintenance of equipment, supply inventory, course descriptions and supervision of part-time faculty and technicians.
- Teaches two classes during both the 12-week terms and the 6 and 8-week terms. These classes will have regular attendance, proper preparation for lectures, presentations, demonstrations, and discussions.
- Make sure the workplace, team, project, and learning environment is for everyone to model the KIA’s DEAI values and goals. Align department with institutional goals.
- Be responsible for organization of studio space and equipment in all ceramic studios and outside courtyard, keeping all studios and outside courtyard under his supervision neat and clean.
- Plans programs, including new programs, classes, workshops, new techniques and technologies.
- Recruit new students and faculty.
- Organizes one nationally recognized workshop in ceramics per year.
- Works with residents from the Post Baccalaureate Program to train them in studio management and guide their artistic development. Participate in resident’s critiques.
- Prepares written information about classes in correct format for Sightlines, website, brochures and news releases for use by the Director of the School.
- Orders necessary materials and equipment as budgeted for areas under supervision.
- Prepares an annual updated inventory of studio equipment including condition report.
- Prepares budget requests for each upcoming year, considering future space needs, equipment, personnel, materials and program requirements. The entire program should be considered with “fresh eyes” each year.
- Supervises part-time faculty and technicians in the ceramic department and provides recommendations for appointment to these jobs to the Director of the School.
- Oversees the Children’s/Youth and Glass Departments.
- Attends appropriate faculty, staff and committee meetings.
- Assists with and participates in the annual Holiday Sale. Coordinates members of the departments and oversees that area of the sale. Coordinates the Holiday Sale Project night and the creation of the project.
- Assists with all school fund-raisers such as Hands-On, School Open House and the KNAS Arts Fair booth.
- Gatherers and organizes work for student and other exhibits; helps with installations, catalogue preparation and other areas of unique capability.
- Model excellent teamwork and leadership skills. Develop strong team-oriented relationships and partnerships with direct reports, colleagues, and the entire organization.
- Work collaboratively with the Director of the Kirk Newman Art School and other team members to leverage the unique strengths of the KIA.
- Maintains all kilns including the Anagama.
- Oversees the firing of all kilns.
- Other duties as assigned by the Director of KIA School.
- Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics, or equivalent experience, along with sound knowledge of teaching.
- Experience supervising personnel (volunteer and staff), program and budget development, project management, and planning skills along with an ability to meet deadlines are necessary.
- Very strong oral communication and written communication skills.
- Sensitivity for the confidential nature of materials/information processed.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Commitment to contributing to a work culture that is inclusive, equitable, and antiracist.
- Entrepreneurial, creative, self-starter with initiative.
- A collegial spirit and cooperative approach that facilitates working closely with others.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to work well and collaborate effectively with staff in a team-based environment and with a wide range of audiences including students, volunteers, educators, donors, members, the general public, and other constituencies.
- Demonstrated commitment to learner-centered strategies that activate diversity, equity, access, and inclusion initiatives.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.
Physical Job Requirements:
While performing this job, the employee will be required to sit, stand, walk, reach, lift/move up to 50 lbs occasionally, do close work with a computer monitor and perform repetitive hand movements. Employees are required to be able to have written and verbal conversations.
This position is potentially a full-time, non-exempt position offering the following benefits: health, dental, 403(b) retirement matching, vacation time and sick time. The KIA is an equal opportunity, equal access employer that is fully committed to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in the workplace.