• Title

  • Technical Assistant III, Knitting

    Posted: 05/15/2022

    Job Summary

     

    Rhode Island School of Design is seeking a Technical Assistant III, Knitting, to join its Textiles department. The Textiles department offers a broad-based education in many aspects of fabric, fiber, and pattern, emphasizing a thorough understanding of the design process, structure, materials, and techniques. The faculty supports the development of students as artists and designers who will energize the field through personal vision and understanding of the larger artistic context of the discipline and with an awareness of the wider cultural and social context of their work.

     

    With a demonstrated commitment to centering inclusivity, diversity, and equity in executing key responsibilities, the Technical Assistant III, Knitting, oversees and maintains optimal operation and functioning of textile machinery and equipment and support courses through operation of industrial equipment to produce student files. This position is responsible for the safe and proper use, care, storage, and, as appropriate, disposal of machinery, general equipment, safety equipment, and supplies/materials and as appropriate, train and assist faculty and students, and others in the same.  Identify, research, evaluate, and present recommendations on new and existing technology, equipment, and features for use in assigned department courses and labs. 
    The Technical Assistant III, Knitting, provides guidance and assistance on technical parameters of student projects and supports a communication pathway between faculty and students on technical matters. It also designs, builds, maintains, and repairs complicated and diverse technical equipment required in the department and/or works with outside vendors to arrange for more complicated repairs. This position manages and maintains inventory, purchases stock materials, and supplies required to keep labs and courses operating smoothly and efficiently, reconciles receipts for materials and supplies in assigned areas of responsibility.

    Essential Functions

    • Oversee and maintain optimal operation and functioning of the following: industrial knitting machines and related CAD software, single- and double-bed knitting machines and related knitting equipment, knitting related sewing machines, industrial sergers and cone winders.  Keep related textile machinery and equipment in a neat and orderly manner.  Maintain computers and software connected to the machines.  Support courses through operation of industrial equipment to produce student files. Provide advice and guidance on the technical parameters of student projects. In collaboration with department technical staff oversee cleanliness and maintenance of communal spaces including, but not limited to, the Dye Lab, Finishing room, classrooms, hallways and off-site Department space. Communicate logistics as needed with Dept Head, Dept Coordinator, Dept Techs, faculty and Facilities, Public Safety and Environmental Health and Safety staff. 
    • Perform preventative maintenance to and minor repairs on machinery and equipment as required, such as scheduled lubrication and cleaning; arrange with outside vendors for repairs that cannot be done in the department.
    • Responsible for the safe and proper use, care, storage, and, as appropriate, disposal of machinery, general equipment, safety equipment, and supplies/materials and as appropriate, train and assist faculty and students, and others in the same.  Train and assist faculty and students in the implementation of the EPA hazardous materials standards.
    • Manage and maintain inventory, purchase stock materials and supplies required to keep labs and courses operating smoothly and efficiently, reconcile receipts for materials and supplies in assigned areas of responsibility. Develop and maintain a system of checking out and in equipment and supplies; track and chart supply usage and compile and report on the same; assist in budget development and review for the textile department by recording, updating, analyzing, tracking and reporting on all textile budget expenditures and financial transactions.  
    • Research and suggest improvements to, or modifications of, the facility, machines, equipment and tools. Design and/or construct specialized equipment or unique models as requested by faculty, department heads, or deans. 
    • Assist with physical setup of tools, materials, and spaces for classes.
    • Hire, train, schedule and supervise student monitors, building and fostering an environment of respect and inclusion. Ensure that studios and labs are sufficiently covered as needed for the textile department; monitor student time-cards, process and monitor paperwork on such transactions.

    Additional Functions:

    • Perform related assignments as directed by the supervisor.  (Miscellaneous duties can include, but are not limited to work orders, assisting with room preparation for critiques, assisting in the setup of department exhibitions at school gallery, assisting visiting artists in workshops, etc.)

    Knowledge/Skills/Experience

    • Previous knitting and CAD experience or equivalent technical experience.   
    • Sensitivity to materials and precision.  
    • Excellent interpersonal communications skills. 
    • Experience and knowledge of PC and/or Apple computer/s including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software.
    • Must be proficient with Google Apps (Drive, docs, gmail and calendar) and ability to adapt to new software.
    • Knowledge of textile techniques, experience with textile software.
    • Ability to work cooperatively with and be sensitive to the diverse populations of RISD’s community.    
    • Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts or equivalent combination of education and technical experience.  
    • Four to six years practical experience in the textile design or related field.  

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Supervisory or leadership experience. 
    Union

    Yes, Technical Association
    Work Schedule

    40 hours/week; 12 months/year
    Employment Status

    Full-Time; Non-Exempt
    Grade

    03/CT
    Documents Needed to Apply

    Resume (required)

    Cover Letter (required)
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    Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload all required documents.

     

    The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.

     

    RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.


     

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