All students interested in taking summer classes at Ox-Bow are encouraged to apply for the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship is a juried award based on application images and questions. Applications will only be accepted online and are due February 20, 2019. The scholarship provides partial funding for both for-credit and non-credit courses. If you have any questions about the application form or process, please fill free to contact our office at 1.800.318.3019 or ox-bow@saic.edu.

Fall residents are given the time, solitude, and focus often unavailable to so many working artists. Each fall approximately 35 artists and 6 writers participate in the residency creating a community of engaged peers. At Ox-Bow, artists can enjoy 24-hour access to their studios, and an inspirational setting, free from the expectations of commercial and academic demands. The works on paper studio (printmaking and clean space) is available to all residents. Three studios are dedicated specifically to writers. The fall is also an ideal time to propose group or collaborative work. Please complete the application below. If you have any questions, contact us at 1.800.318.3019.  


Please note, the fall residency is open to all artists not currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program.

Fall residents are given the time, solitude, and focus often unavailable to so many working artists and writers. Each fall approximately 35 artists and 6 writers participate in the residency creating a community of engaged peers. At Ox-Bow, artists can enjoy 24-hour access to their studios, and an inspirational setting, free from the expectations of commercial and academic demands. Three studios are dedicated specifically to writers. The fall is also an ideal time to propose group or collaborative work. Please complete the application below. If you have any questions, contact us at 1.800.318.3019.  

Please note, the fall residency is open to all artists not currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program.

Thank you for your interest in the Glass Studio Technician Position at Ox-Bow, School of Art and Artists’ Residency. Please provide a CV/résumé, cover letter indicating your interest and qualifications for this position, 10 images of your work and an image list. Please save files as PDFs. Applications are due by Friday, March 1, 2019, Midnight CST.


Position Title:  Glass Studio Technician

Reports to:  Academic Director 

Location:  Saugatuck, Michigan

Position Status:  Seasonal, Full Time, Exempt

Revised February 2019


POSITION SUMMARY

The Glass Studio Technician at Ox-Bow, School of Art and Artists’ residency oversees the technical and operational aspects of Ox-Bow’s open-air glass studio, including day-to-day studio operations, and materials management for glass and sculpture classes and studio members. The studio technician will ensure a quality, supportive learning environment for a range of skill levels and cultivate a community of learners. The studio technician is expected to build and maintain effective relationships with students, studio members and faculty to gain their respect and trust; utilize strong communication skills; and, be an enthusiastic ambassador of and ensure positive perception of Ox-Bow. This is a residential position and the technician will work directly with the Academic, Campus, and Program Directors to ensure an organized, cohesive working environment.  


POSITION TIMELINE

Late April through late-August


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Physical Studio and Supply Management
    • General oversight of glass studio
    • Open and close studio at the beginning and end of the academic season
    • Set up equipment and studio prior to new student orientation (Sunday) for each class
    • Repair and maintain tools and equipment as needed (including electrical, gas pipe and controller repairs)
    • Observe proper studio protocol
    • Maintain appropriate quantity of glass, equipment and tools for each course 
    • Oversight of all glass furnace and annealing oven operations, including electric and propane fired equipment
    • Charges the glass furnace in the evening, offs the glory holes, brings down the annealers each evening
    • Pops the lids on the cooling annealing ovens, brings up the ovens for the day, sweeps the floor, and lights the glory holes each morning
    • Create any safety or information signage and install in studio
    • Maintain a safe, clean, and organized studio
  • Faculty / Student Assistance
    • Prior to each class, communicate with instructors about individual class needs.
    • Orient faculty and teaching assistants on use of equipment, studio policies and procedures.
    • Be available to instructors for class needs.
    • Post glass technician hours in studio.
  • Administrative
    • Manage glass studio budget.
    • Maintain written physical inventory of all supplies and equipment.
    • Maintain written documentation of studio processes and procedures.
    • Write end-of-season report assessing functionality of studio, studio budget, procedures, class success, and any recommendations for next season.


EDUCATION/JOB EXPERIENCE/CERTIFICATIONS

  • BFA in glass or the equivalent with at least two years technician experience in a glass studio.
  • Preferred qualifications include foundational glass skills using hot and kiln casting, cold shop, and glass blowing.
  • The studio is outdoors and exposed to the elements.


SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to work with a wide-range of skill levels, personalities, and backgrounds and modify technical and operational strategies to optimize learning experience.
  • Must have excellent people skills; possess excellent communication skills – written and verbal.
  • Strong organizational skills with regard to studio inventories, Materials Safety Data Sheets and general studio safety.
  • Ability to repair studio equipment; including electrical, gas pipe and controller repairs. 
  • Must be a team player able to work independently as well as in a group.
  • Must be innovative, resourceful, patient, and a strong sense of integrity.
  • Must be able to stand, bend, and routinely lift studio materials and equipment weighing up to 75 lbs.
  • Must be able to travel to and from Ox-Bow Saugatuck campus and/or various vender locations in the West Michigan region.


Equal Opportunity Employment 

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. Ox-Bow does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices. 

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Position Title:  Campus Director

Reports to:  Executive Director 

Location:  Saugatuck, MI 

Position Status:  Regular, Full Time, Exempt

The Campus Director is responsible for overseeing Ox-Bow’s campus operations, including: housing, campus orientations, housekeeping, grounds and maintenance and the Ox-Bow Kitchen. The Campus Director position, rooted in hospitality, requires flexibility, the ability to work well and remain calm under pressure. The Campus Director works collaboratively with the Program Director, Academic Director and Development Director to support programs and fundraising efforts through smooth campus operations. The Campus Director resides at Ox-Bow during any and all overnight programming, including winter session, campus rentals, the core summer season and during the fall Artist and Writer’s Residency. During our shoulder seasons, the Campus Director is expected to live in the local commuting area, which extends 45-50 miles from Saugatuck. 


Primary Duties and Responsibilities 

Management 

● Participates in the collective Ox-Bow vision and communicates that vision to staff on campus.

● Provides leadership to staff and students in developing an inclusive community environment based upon the recognition of student rights and academic goals to foster learning and growth.

● Serves as the primary manager of all crisis and conduct matters for residential life on campus. Delegates cases to the Academic Director in classroom mediation, including (involving) students and faculty.

● Serves as a Title IX investigator.

● Supervises the following positions: Head Chef, Facilities Manager, Head of Housekeeping, Campus Office Assistant, and the Volunteer Coordinator. 

● Occasional travel may be required, not limited to conferences and visits to Chicago office. 

● Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director


Student Life 

● Manages campus housing

● Respond to student behavior that is inappropriate and in violation of campus policies and procedures, such as behavior which endangers the health and safety of residents and behavior which results in damage to property.

● Act as a mediator in conflict situations when needed (i.e. roommate conflicts, staff conflicts, artists-in-residence, noise disruptions, etc.).

● Develop and facilitates an all-campus orientation.

● Maintains health resources for students and guests; responds to any concerns as necessary. 


Facilities and Operations 

● Maintains the Campus budget; budget oversight; and, provides input from campus operations, facilities and kitchen for budget development.

● Manages campus opening and closing procedures 

● Provides meal counts to kitchen for academic sessions.

● Coordination of meals for campus rentals and special event catering.

● Overseeing campus turnover and general janitorial services 

● Oversees and works closely with the Facilities Manager to maintain buildings, grounds, and environmental stewardship

● Coordinates Friday Night Open Studios and other campus events as determined by the Executive Director 

● Oversees Campus store

● Manages Campus art collection and archives 


Special Knowledge and Qualifications

● Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred. 

● Ability to lead, motivate and direct reports.

● Ability to communicate with all levels of staff and participants; customer-oriented.

● Must demonstrate ability for independent decision-making, judgment, and discretion in responding to problems on campus and when responding to duty/crisis calls.

● Proficient with Excel, Microsoft Office Suite, and the Google suite of products.

● Experience in arts, non-profit or educational administration or hospitality management or demonstrated operational excellence. 

● Highly organized and motivated.

● Artist or knowledge of and passion for contemporary art preferred. 

● Facilitate off-season public programs on campus. 


Equal Opportunity Employment

Ox-Bow is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. Ox-Bow does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices.
 Please submit a cover letter and CV. Please save files as PDFs.

 

 Thank you for your interest in the Administrative Assistant Position at Ox-Bow, School of Art and Artists’ Residency. Please provide a CV/résumé and cover letter indicating your interest and qualifications for this position. Please save files as PDFs. Applications are due by Friday, March 1, 2019, Midnight CST.


Position Title:  Administrative Assistant

Reports to:  Campus Director/Assistant Program Director

Location:  Chicago, Illinois/Saugatuck, Michigan

Position Status:  Full Time, Exempt 

Office location timeline: (November-April Chicago, IL office, April-October Saugatuck, MI campus)


POSITION SUMMARY

The administrative assistant provides organizational and administrative support to both our Chicago, IL and Saugatuck, MI offices. During the main programming season (April-October) the administrative assistant resides on the Saugatuck, MI campus and works among a dedicated community of artists. The administrative assistant works directly with the Campus Director to ensure an organized, cohesive working environment; provides general office support; runs the on-campus store; coordinates Art on the Meadow day workshops; sets up the bi-weekly Friday Night Open Studio auction; coordinates fellowship student tasks. The administrative assistant is expected to build and maintain effective relationships with students, studio members and faculty to gain their respect and trust; utilizes strong communication skills; be an enthusiastic ambassador and ensure positive perception of Ox-Bow.  

During the shoulder season (November-April), the administrative assistant provides general organizational and administrative office support; as well as programming and development office support; in the Chicago office. 

The position requires a flexible 40 hour per week schedule, with work ranging from daytime to evening and weekend hours.  


PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Saugatuck)

General Administrative Support

  • Coordinate office activities as necessary
  • Field general calls and questions
  • Make weekly bank deposits and assist with the organization of bookkeeping procedures; communicate and collaborate information with Ox-Bow’s accountant
  • Check and deliver Ox-Bow’s mail on a daily basis  
  • Assist with weekly orientations
  • Assist with weekly registration
  • Check and restock first aid kits and stations

Events Support

  • Assist in coordinating responsibilities associated with Friday night open studios and auctions
  • Oversee and organize gallery shows
  • Assist with other campus events and fundraisers as necessary

Programming Support

  • Assist the Campus Director in all aspects of administering Ox-Bow’s academic sessions
  • Schedule faculty travel to and from airport as well as bus station pick-ups
  • Aid in the photographic documentation of summer programs and activities
  • Manage daily Ox-Shop inventory and accounts
  • Oversee all Ox-Shop transactions and maintain proper financial records, including records of sales and deposits
  • Take registrations for the Art on the Meadow program, provide supply lists to students

Personnel Management

  • Manage Fellowship students working in the office
  • Create Fellowship student schedules and approve timecards


PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Chicago)

General Administrative Support

  • Field general calls and questions
  • Retrieve and deliver Ox-Bow’s mail 
  • Scan and email invoices and correspondence to appropriate staff members

Development Support in Conjunction with Development Director

  • Manage donor data, ensure data integrity, and complete database maintenance
  • Assist in preparation of annual fund mailing; receipt management; and, payment processing
  • Assist with grant applications and reporting requirements
  • Provide administrative support for fundraising events as necessary

Programming Support in Conjunction with Program Director

  • Assist with winter and summer course registration
  • Assist with panel reviews
  • Assist with fall residency program
  • Assist with organizing/editing course catalog information

Education/Job Experience/Certification

  • BA or BFA degree required
  • Experience in personnel management preferred
  • Must have customer service and cash handling experience

Special Knowledge and Qualifications

  • Proficient in MS Office and database management
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite preferred
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiar with camera equipment
  • Must be able to travel to and from Ox-Bow Saugatuck campus and/or various vender locations in the West Michigan region.


Equal Opportunity Employment

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. Ox-Bow does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices.

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