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Employment Opportunities

FRONT DESK RECEPTIONIST

The New York Studio School is seeking a part-time Receptionist. The successful applicant will have excellent telephone skills, be able to direct the flow of traffic in a complex and often fast-paced school environment, and be able to represent the organization in a courteous and professional manner. Flexibility with hours and ability to work days or evenings, including occasional weekends when needed, is especially valued. The Receptionist reports to the Facilities Manager.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Greet and appropriately direct all persons entering the School
  • Be familiar with the School’s Programs, conveying accurate information to persons making inquiries
  • Receive all parcel and messenger deliveries, immediately notifying the recipient
  • Distribute and display School event information and exhibition schedules
  • Operate the phone system in an efficient manner
  • Monitor side door entries, front door intercom, buzzer, and security monitors
  • Alert the Administrative or Facilities staff as needed of any issues
  • Assist with crowd control on lecture nights and at other School events
  • Close building, making rounds to ensure all persons have left
  • Carry out other duties as assigned

Starting pay:

$18/hour; evening shifts include an additional 10% differential

Benefits:

Sick/personal days, vacation, overtime pay for hours worked on legal holidays, opportunity to participate in School’s retirement program.

Hours:

Shifts at the School typically run from 8am to 3:30pm or 5:30pm; and from 3:30pm or 5:30pm to 1am.

Requirements:

  • Able to speak, read, and write in the English language.
  • Pleasant demeanor, excellent verbal and organization skills
  • Reception experience
  • Able to take direction and work as part of a team, as well as independently when necessary
  • Able to lift and carry 30 lbs.
  • Able to perform frequent bending, lifting, and walking, including climbing and descending stairs
  • Able to clear a background check
  • Able to work legally in the United States
  • Able to prioritize and complete work in a timely fashion
  • Able to work professionally and courteously in a fast-paced environment

Preferred qualifications:  

  • Experience working in a school setting
  • Experience working in a historic building
  • Security experience

Please submit cover letter and resume and names of three references as a single PDF to humanresources@nyss.org. No phone calls please.


STUDIO COORDINATOR

The New York Studio School, founded in 1964 by artists for artists, offers a variety of studio-centric academic programs—including a two-year MFA degree, a three-year Certificate and Virtual Certificate, intensive two-week Marathons, and a range of Evening & Weekend classes. Located in the historic Greenwich Village building that served as the original home of the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYSS is currently seeking a hard-working, self-motivated, hands-on individual to join its dedicated staff as Studio Coordinator.

The Studio Coordinator is a full-time position responsible for overseeing our incredible studio and classroom spaces; providing support to the Facilities Manager and general building operations; and collaborating with faculty members and students to ensure optimal working conditions for classes and independent projects. Preference will be given to applicants with a background in Sculpture and knowledge in workshops/fabrication. This is an ideal role for a working artist who would enjoy being part of vibrant community and assisting with the realization of all aspects of making at the School. The Studio Coordinator reports directly to the Facilities Manager, indirectly to the Dean and Associate Deans, and collaborates with all staff members, faculty members, and students to support the School’s mission and uphold the best studio and School environment possible

The New York Studio School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, family or marital status, or sexual orientation. The School is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

STUDIOS, SHARED SPACES & SCULPTURE DEPARTMENT

  • Daily rounds of all studios and shared spaces to maintain and improve functionality and operations
  • Attend to general upkeep and usability of all spaces
  • Oversee and perform routine cleaning, organizing and assigning of the studio spaces
  • Coordinate and maintain shops and materials for the Sculpture department
  • Instruct and guide students on armature fabrication, woodworking, and welding techniques
  • Recycling of clay using pug mill
  • Management of clay work to be fired/post firing
  • Loading/unloading, firing, and maintenance of ceramic kiln
  • Manage all equipment, including kilns, welding equipment, sinks, and traps
  • Inventory and order supplies for classes and department
  • Uphold strict policies for dust control and the safe use of tools and equipment, including training and monitoring working environments

FACULTY & STUDENT SERVICES

  • Proactive and frequent outreach/conversation with Faculty members and Students to ensure their needs are met in the building (supplies, building features, coordination of space use)
  • Orient and instruct students in proper studio etiquette, material usage, building policies and general safety and security
  • Oversee and train class monitors and tuition remission students

FACILITIES

  • Construction of setups for classes
  • Conduct regular inspections of premises, machinery, and tools, effecting necessary repairs
  • Manage storage areas and keep all common areas clear
  • Inspection of fire extinguishers and first aid stations
  • Drain valves and steam traps for boiler during heating season
  • Oversee contractors for maintenance on HVAC systems, inspection of fire suppression equipment
  • Operation of HVAC systems
  • Fill in for Front Desk (reception) staff when needed

GALLERY / PUBLIC PROGRAMS

  • Setup/breakdown for Lecture Series and for special events
  • Art handling, support for gallery installation, de-installation, and maintenance

Ideal Qualifications

  • Diplomacy, exceptional interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Versatility, patience, and solution-oriented mindset
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Experience and/or aptitude for working respectfully with students and people of diverse backgrounds
  • Independent professional judgment, good time management, and dedicated team player
  • Creative problem-solving skills and compassion in dealing with student and faculty issues
  • Highly organized and capable of creating systems that will enhance efficiency at all levels of studio management 
  • Experience working in a historic building preferred
  • Sculpture background/education preferred
  • Woodworking/carpentry
  • Use of power tools, including table saws
  • Knowledge of clay and clay production, including recycling
  • Knowledge of firing and maintaining kilns
  • Experience & competence in oxy-acetylene torches, arc welding and other machines and tools related to metal work
  • Knowledge of how to build a proper figure armature
  • Skill in various casting techniques from small heads to life-size figures; to teach students the basics in plaster mold making
  • Able to read and interpret documents such as safety manuals, MSDS and operating and maintenance procedures
  • Flexibility of schedule with ability to work weekend, evening, or possibly late-night hours as needed
  • Able to lift and carry 50 lbs
  • Able to perform frequent bending, lifting, and walking, including climbing and descending stairs frequently
  • Able to use ladders safely
  • Able to clear a background check and to work legally in the United States
  • NYC Fire Department Certificates of Fitness F-93 (Fireguard) & G-95 (Flammable Gasses, cutting/welding) (If not currently possessed, ability to attain once employed)

Compensation

This is a full-time position with a starting salary of approximately $50,000 – $55,000 with growth opportunity. The work schedule will typically be Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, with any exceptions to be discussed and agreed upon. NYSS offers a benefits package that includes health care coverage. The offices are located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, in a historic building that does not meet ADA compliant standards. The staff is presently working both onsite and remotely. This is an in-person, hands on position.

Application Instructions

To apply, please send as a single pdf: Cover Letter; Resume; names and contact details of at least three references to humanresources@nyss.org. No phone calls please. Please use the subject line “Your Name – STUDIO COORDINATOR.”

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. Two rounds of interviews are anticipated, to begin in June 2022. 


ASSISTANT CUSTODIAN

The New York Studio School seeks a part-time weekend Assistant Custodian. This position is responsible for the routine cleaning of the building. The Assistant Custodian will coordinate with the Custodian, and report to the Facilities Manager. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Cleaning of the entrance, offices, hallways, sidewalks, and other areas as needed
  • Daily detailed cleaning and restocking of bathrooms
  • Sanitizing touch surfaces
  • Trash removal
  • Sweeping and mopping floors
  • Snow shoveling and salt spreading
  • Inspection of building and reporting of necessary maintenance along with safety, sanitary or fire hazards
  • Move or rearrange chairs, tables, desks, furniture, and other equipment as directed
  • Other duties as assigned

Starting pay: $16.00/hr
Hours: Saturday and Sunday: 8am – 4pm
Flexibility of schedule and availability to work additional hours when needed is a plus.

Requirements:

  • Able to speak, read, and write in the English language.
  • Able to interpret and follow labeled uses of cleaning products
  • Able to take direction and work as part of a team, as well as independently
  • Able to lift and carry 50 lbs
  • Able to perform frequent bending, lifting and walking, including climbing and descending stairs frequently
  • Able to use ladders safely
  • Able to clear a background checkAble to work legally in the United States
  • Able to prioritize and complete work in a timely fashion
  • Able to work professionally and courteously

Must have a minimum 2 years custodial experience.
Experience in a historic building and/or working around art is preferred.

Interested candidates may apply here.

 

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