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Ceramics and Sculpture Assistant
Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon
Date Posted 01/13/2022
Faculty-Fine And Applied Arts-Other Fine & Applied Arts
Salary $14.45 - $15.70  USD Per Hour
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Ceramics and Sculpture Assistant

Salary : $14.45 - $15.70 Hourly

Location : Salem Campus. Salem, OR

Job Type : Part-Time Hourly

Division : General Education & Transfer Studies

Job Number : HR-Ceramics22

Closing : 1/27/2022 11:59 PM Pacific

Chemeketa is a proud Hispanic-Serving Institution that aspires to be an inclusive environment where we honor and value the unique contributions of our diverse students, employees, and community. We seek to foster cultural competence and pursue equitable solutions that support all students in achieving their educational goals. If you are interested in joining the work of the college to pursue a supportive and inclusive culture, we encourage you to apply.

  • The college is currently operating in a hybrid capacity, with many positions working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The college anticipates continuing to expand our on-campus presence.
  • All positions at Chemeketa are required to be available for work onsite as requested by the college.
  • Employees must maintain Oregon or Washington residency as a condition of employment.

Position Summary: The Ceramics and Sculpture Studio Assistants (two) are responsible for assisting faculty in the oversight, maintenance, and organization of Chemeketa Community College’s ceramics and sculpture facilities. The assistants provide instruction and technical support for faculty teaching in the facilities, assist with maintenance, and ensure safe operation of the lab space and related equipment and supplies. These positions facilitate and monitor open lab times, help tutor students in areas of difficulty, perform lab related tasks such as loading and unloading kilns, and keep the Department informed of supply inventory. This is a part-time hourly pool.

Terms of Employment:

  • Upon hire, must pass security inquiry which may include criminal and/or driving history; only information relevant to the position will be considered
  • Requires flexible work schedule to meet program needs, which may include evenings and/or weekends.
  • Requires the provision of official transcripts upon hire
  • Employees must maintain Oregon or Washington residency as a condition of employment.
  • Part-time hourly positions will not exceed 900 working hours per fiscal year

Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

  • Assist Faculty, Dean, and Program Chair in the oversight of ceramics and sculpture studio spaces, equipment, and supplies.
  • Work with ceramics and sculpture faculty to support classroom activities and coordinate open lab schedules.
  • Collaborate with work-study students assigned to Ceramics and Sculpture.
  • Work closely and cooperatively with faculty to prepare and set up labs according to their needs.
  • Mount rotating exhibitions of student work in display cases.
  • Maintain consistent and effective communication.

  • Monitor and maintain studios and equipment, making minor repairs and requesting major repairs when necessary.
  • Oversee access for those qualified to use the studio (students, volunteers, work study students, faculty, visitors, and staff).
  • Manage inventory and organize supplies.
  • Order supplies and arrange for pick-up and unloading of supplies as necessary.
  • Load and unload kilns.
  • Recycle clay on site with an industrial pug mill and package for use.
  • Prepare glazes and monitor usage.
  • Oversee plaster-casting facility.
  • Ensure safe studio practices are followed, including creating and posting signage.
  • Maintain a clean and safe studio space.
  • Review and maintain safety systems on a set schedule, including fire extinguishers and eye flush stations.
  • Provide routine safety inspections.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Institutional Expectations

  • Embraces diversity and actively collaborates effectively with a variety of students, staff and the public from diverse cultural, social, economic and educational backgrounds
  • Participates in recruitment and retention of students at an individual and institutional level in promotion of student success
  • Embraces, understands and uses appropriate technology tools to accomplish job functions
  • Provides high quality, effective service to internal and external customers through continuous improvement and adoption of lean office practices


Your application will be scored based on the minimum qualifications, core competencies, and preferred qualifications. Please address how your relevant experiences apply to these areas in your online application and supplemental attachments.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bilingual
  • College coursework in studio art or ceramics
  • General office, education, or art studio experience with substantial public contact and/or customer service experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Associate's Degree or Bachelor’s Degree with coursework in studio art, especially ceramics.
  • Knowledge of 2D and 3D art techniques, processes, and studio production.
  • Experience in clay and glaze mixing, kiln loading and firing, mold making, plaster casting, sculpture practices such as mixed media assemblage, and light fabrication.
  • Experience tutoring or training others, especially in the visual arts.
  • Experience supporting 3D media area equipment and materials.
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills.

Supplemental Information

*Please Note: As part of the first round of screening, the committee will conduct an anonymous review of the application materials and will not be able to view any personally identifiable information. Please be sure that your application is complete and thoroughly depicts how you meet the minimum qualifications, core competencies and preferred qualifications.

When applying for this position, you will be required to attach one or more of the following electronic documents:

  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcripts - An electronic copy of your academic transcript(s) from an accredited institution must be attached with your application. The transcript must demonstrate the minimum educational requirement for the position. If you have academic credentials from non-U.S. institutions, you will need to include an evaluation of your credentials

Required documents must be provided at the time of application. Please remove your social security number from your documents, including transcripts. Documents containing social security numbers will be considered incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Chemeketa makes employment decisions based solely on the candidate's demonstrated competencies as related to successful performance in the position.

Successful applicants for designated positions must successfully pass a background inquiry, which may include criminal, driving, credit and full background checks. Only information relevant to the position will be considered. An individual with negative information on their background inquiry will not necessarily be denied employment. Providing false information will result in rejection of an application, employment offer or dismissal

Applicants are eligible to use Veterans' Preference when applying with Chemeketa Community College in accordance with ORS 408.225, 408.230 and 408.235; and OAR 105-040-0010 and 105-040-0015. Preference will be given only if the applicant meets the minimum criteria of the position and electronically attach the required documentation at the time of application

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