Monday, 8 August 2016

job posting: Baltimore Clayworks

Baltimore Clayworks is hiring a Studio and Programs Director.  Deadline September 1st.

This position is responsible for overseeing the development and management of Baltimore Clayworks studio and artist programs. This is both a management and administrative position. The position is responsible for supervising the Education Coordinator, Springboard, Residency and Wood Kiln programs and developing and managing onsite programs and classes for adults, and for administering evaluation for such programs, and hiring and managing of teaching artists. The position requires demonstrated abilities to work effectively with a wide variety of people, excellent time and detail management skills, communication skills, and extensive knowledge of and interest in ceramic arts and artist services. This position will ensure Baltimore Clayworks’ studio is functioning at optimal capacity and efficiency.

About the Organization:

As Maryland’s only 501(c)3 non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the ceramic arts, Baltimore Clayworks provides essential programs and services to local, national and international artists, both from its campus in northwest Baltimore and in the community sites throughout the metropolitan area. Currently it operates four essential program areas: education, exhibitions, community arts and artist residency program. Clayworks’ stated core values are artist-centeredness, inclusivity, excellence, integrity and joy. Clayworks’ mission is to develop, promote and sustain an artist-centered community, which provides exceptional artistic, educational and collaborative programs in the ceramic art.
Reporting: Reports to Executive Director, works in collaboration with Facilities Manager

Essential Functions:

Studio Program

  • Oversee Baltimore Clayworks’ Artists program, including designing, developing and supervising the operations of the resident artist and associate artist programs in accordance to the long-term strategic plans in collaboration with Baltimore Clayworks’ Director and the Board of Trustees.
  • Make recommendations for advancement and growth of said program.
  • Provide administrative support to the Studio Program, including overseeing studio and education advertising and rentals, kiln rentals, studio clean up, communication with artists and conflict resolution.
  • Maintain a maximum occupancy in studios at all times in accordance with appropriate review, jury or enrollment procedures.
  • Work with the Executive Director on improving and strengthening jury process, including brainstorming guest jurors, reviewing application process and facilitating jury.
  • In collaboration with Education Coordinator and Facilities Manager, provide thorough orientation to facility, equipment and Baltimore for new resident, fellowship, and teaching artists.
  • Manage Education Coordinator and studio intern.
  • Develop and coordinate (in collaboration with the shop, and exhibition coordinator) visiting artist and other special workshops in conjunction with the adult education program, community arts, exhibitions, and events.
  • Orient artists to Baltimore Clayworks procedures regarding firing kilns, mixing clay, using raw materials, building access, etc.
  • Run annual trainings and refresher for all artists and staff.
  • Work with Facilities Manager to anticipate and oversee all repairs, maintenance, and capital improvements to major equipment and facilities in the education and studio program areas, including electrical, plumbing, structural, etc., with advisement from Executive and Finance Directors, and technical staff.
  • As needed assist with artist recruitment and wood kiln program.
  • Design, develop, manage (in collaboration with community arts and education staff) special education convenings, collaborations and partnerships, conducted both internally and externally.


  • Provide overall vision and pedagogy for adult education and artist programs. Design adult classes and workshops quarterly (winter/spring/summer/fall sessions).
    Develop recommendations for and oversee actual long-term strategic plans for onsite adult education programs for Baltimore Clayworks, in consultation with Executive Director and Board of Directors.
  • Create annual goals for onsite classes and workshops. Provide reports to director on progress of goals on a quarterly basis.
  • With Baltimore Clayworks Leadership team develop cross-program initiatives and classes.
  • Design, develop and supervise the operations of regular education programs in the Mt. Washington Studio.
  • Supervise Work Exchange Program.
  • In collaboration with Executive Director supervise Education Coordinator and Wood Kiln Manager and meet with staff to set annual goals and facilitate performance reviews.
  • Work with Facilities Manager to upkeep equipment and ensure fully functional studio.
  • Communicate with students and teachers.
  • Program professional development opportunities for students and teachers.
  • Represent Baltimore Clayworks as necessary at conferences, workshops and public events
  • Enforce procedures for student and studio artist access.
  • Coordinate with other Baltimore Clayworks program staff on special events and use of classroom space; maintain schedule for classrooms in coordination with Children’s Program Coordinator and Education Coordinator.
  • Other: Assist with exhibition openings and events; organize and implement workshops and volunteer recruitment for studio clean up and open studio, maintain inventory of tools and clay for re-sale; other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Attributes and Skills:

  • Strong knowledge and experience in arts education.
  • MFA in ceramic arts or equivalent work experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership capacity.
  • Experience managing the teaching of craft and background in ceramic arts.
  • Excellent communication skills – verbal as well as written
  • Computer knowledge- Microsoft Excel and Word. Prior receipt software and database experience is a plus.
  • Knowledge of 501(c)3 organizations is a plus but not required.
  • Problem solving.
  • Time management.
  • Team player.
  • Demonstrated excellent people skills
  • Must be able to lift and move up to 50lbs.
  • Flexible schedule, some nights and weekends required.

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