Art Assistant in Sculpture

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Position type: part-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Other, Academic Affairs

The Art Assistant’s primary role is to assist the sculpture professor with class activities and the day-to-day operations of the Sculpture Lab, and ensure the safe student use of the facility on nights and weekends. The Art Assistant helps students with technical issues on projects, maintains equipment and materials, orders supplies, and cleans the Sculpture Lab as necessary. Sculpture classes currently emphasize steel fabrication, woodworking, moldmaking, and mixed media processes.

This is a one year position, from approximately mid-August to early May, with the possibility of renewal for a second year (contingent upon favorable evaluations). This is a 25-hour per week, limited benefits eligible position.

Job Duties:
• Assists the sculpture professor with class activities and the day-to-day operations of the Sculpture Lab.
• Oversees safe student use of equipment in the Sculpture Lab during classes and on nights and weekends.
• Repairs and maintains tools as needed.
• Keeps an inventory of supplies, and orders and purchases new supplies as needed.
• Coordinates with the facilities staff about maintenance issues that need to be addressed in the Sculpture Lab.
• Keeps the Sculpture Lab clean and well ordered.
• Photographs student projects as needed.
• Must be punctual for class sessions, monitor hours, and meetings, and responds in a timely fashion to emails related to position responsibilities.
• Must exhibit professionalism and serve as a role model in the classroom.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art
• Familiarity with a range of sculpture-related equipment and media, including welding, woodworking, mold-making, etc., and have an understanding of, and concern for equipment and material safety
• Must be dependable, have a strong work ethic, and possess good communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have experience with 3-D printing, CNC milling, and be experienced with 3D modeling programs such as Rhinoceros; however, candidates lacking this background will still be considered for the position.

Physical Demands:
1. Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds.
2. Ability to move equipment around.
3. Use of proper safety equipment for head, eyes, hands, and body protection.
4. Exposure to chemicals and tools such as saws, routers, grinders, welders, plasma cutters, a robotic milling system, and pressurized cylinders.

Work Type: 
part-time

Application Instructions: 
To apply, please submit the following required documents - 
1) A cover letter, which addresses all of the following questions in one or two pages.
-Why are you interested in this position?
-What makes you a strong candidate for this position? Please tell us about about your relevant educational background and past experience. 
-What aspects of this position interest you most? Why?
-What are your long-term goals? Where do you see yourself in five years?
-Why do you make art?
-Please also tell us about your familiarity with and/or interest in digital fabrication processes involving Rhinoceros, 3D printing, and CNC milling. 

2) A resume, outlining all of your employment history, including art-related and non-art-related work. Please be sure to list all artistic activities including exhibitions, awards and recognitions received, other art-related engagements participated in, and any extracurricular activities. 

3) A portfolio consisting of 10 to 20 JPEG images, and a document that lists the title, year completed, materials, and dimensions for each work of art. Please email the JPEGs and document to Joseph Meiser, Associate Professor of Art, at joseph.meiser@bucknell.edu. Alternatively, if you have a website portfolio then please include a link to it in your cover letter. 


About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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