Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency

Position Title: Director of Finance and Administration

Reports To: Executive Director

Position Classification: Regular, Exempt, Salaried

Location: Main Office, Douglas/Saugatuck, Michigan

Compensation: $80,000 starting salary; benefit package provided

Position Summary:

Ox-Bow School of Art is currently seeking a Director of Finance and Administration to lead the financial and administrative evolution of a growing, historic fine-arts non-profit. Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with all members of the senior management team and members of the Board of Directors, the Director of Finance and Administration will define the process and implement the infrastructure/systems needed to support organizational growth and stabilization over the next five to 10 years. They will build and manage effective and streamlined administrative/financial systems, including financial, accounting, legal, information technology (IT), human resources (HR), and physical infrastructure.

As a member of the senior management team, the Director of Finance and Administration will be involved in strategic planning, evaluation, and professional development initiatives. They will be pivotal in supporting ongoing initiatives that include expanding earned income streams, right-sizing facilities and evaluating and updating policies and technology. The right candidate loves researching innovative solutions and is capable of being decisive in their recommendations.

Duties include: managing an accounting administrator providing oversight of accounts payable, receivable and payroll; administration of the investment portfolio; preparation of financial statements and financial analysis; grant and scholarship accounting, and overseeing annual audits. The Director of Finance and Administration’s human resource responsibilities include, but are not limited to, personnel file management; benefit administration; policy development; documentation and grievances.

The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated experience managing finance for non-profits with budgets over 1.5M; a track-record of establishing and managing best practices; a passion for HR and leading that department with compassion; thrive in dynamic work environments; expertise in establishing priorities and time management; and an innovative mindset. The right candidate has excellent communication skills and is capable of mentoring staff in financial literacy and HR procedures. They will be exceptional at motivating staff, board and donors in support of the organization and its financial and administrative health.

The Director of Finance and Administration is focused on the stability of Ox-Bow and its capacity to execute its program, sustain its operations and deliver on its mission. All members of Ox-Bow’s team should be comfortable speaking fluently, authentically and passionately about Ox-Bow’s history, mission, impact and potential.

This is a full-time exempt position reporting to Ox-Bow’s Executive Director. The position can operate remotely but will require a frequent presence on campus and in the main office in Saugatuck/Douglas, MI.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Financial Management

  • Maintain and establish accuracy of accounting policies and procedures
  • Review and approve preparation and finalization of monthly and annual financial reporting materials and metrics for Ox-Bow’s board of directors.
  • Oversee budgeting and financial forecasting
  • Coordinate fiscal information for grant application and reporting
  • Monitor the financial position of the organization including the current fiscal status and forecast of future positions
  • Ensure necessary filing for financial and operation paperwork and filing systems are maintained and up to date
  • Work with Academic Programs Director and SAIC on enrollment, financial aid, SAIC held endowed funds
  • Track donor restricted funds and work with senior management to ensure funds are used in accordance with their restrictions
  • Works in conjunction with a CPA firm to prepare non-profit tax documents submitted to local and federal government agency and is responsible for their accuracy; oversee audit with support of accounting administrator
  • Support development activities through effective financial reporting, tracking and event support
  • Manage one  accounting administrator (32 hours/week) whose primary responsibilities include day to day completion of accounts payable and accounts receivable; month end closing tasks; bi-weekly payroll including PTO and independent contractor tracking; preparing for and coordinating audit fieldwork; plus other tasks/projects as assigned
  • Hire and retain support staff as needed in the future.

Human Resources

  • Monitor HR regulatory changes and ensure compliance
  • Serve as Title IX Coordinator to investigate, coordinate, and report per Title IX regulations
  • Research and oversee management of fringe benefit packages and necessary reporting provided by Ox-Bow, including 401K plan and employee benefit programs
  • Oversee generation of employment offers and seasonal employment agreements
  • Work with senior management team to monitor and regularly update employee handbook

Administrative Leadership and Management

  • Serve as a business partner to the ED on the organization’s financial, budgeting, and administrative processes—including HR, payroll, and benefits functions—with an eye to continuously developing and improving systems.
  • Lead Ox-Bow’s technical staff to design an IT plan for the future, and implement it successfully to meet IT needs (hardware and software) as the organization grows.
  • Maintain liability insurance policies and related paperwork
  • Define and maintain procedures for record retention
  • Proactive approach to administrative improvements
  • Manage system maintenance (phone system, security)
  • Manage contracts and payments with utilities providers
  • Monitor capital improvements

Qualifications

The director of finance and administration will have at least five to eight years of professional experience, including managing the finance and administration of a mid-sized organization, preferably a non-profit, with a budget between $1.5 million to $5 million. They will have experience creating and driving the analytic framework for planning and managing organizational change in a highly entrepreneurial organization. A preference for experience in arts or education non-profits and a passion for the arts.

Education/Job Experience/Certification

  • Bachelor’s degree (MA/MBA preferred) in Business, Management, or Finance or equivalent experience
  • Excellent people skills, with experience collaborating in a multidisciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team
  • Demonstrated experience in financial management and accounting, ideally in the nonprofit sector
  • Experience should include legal, audit, compliance, budget, and resource development
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities, proposing new ways of creating efficiencies, and guiding investment in people and systems
  • Proven effectiveness leading professionals in finance and accounting
  • Technologically savvy, with an ability to point to examples of having worked with IT staff to develop and implement new processes and systems that increased efficiency
  • Flexible and a self-starter; able to multitask while also being highly detail-oriented.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to Ox-Bow’s mission.

Knowledge

  • Proficient with Excel, QuickBooks or accounting products
  • Microsoft Office Suite, and Google suite of products
  • Knowledge of fundraising database platforms, preferably Salsa

Environmental / Physical:

  • Travel required for the job

Special Qualifications:

  • Ability to work independently and across project teams with a strong attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly organized and motivated
  • Proven leadership
  • Positive & optimistic outlook
  • Expert problem solver who thrives under pressure
  • A strategic but detail -oriented thinker with a sense of humor
  • Must have the ability to multitask, and communicate effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization, SAIC, and outside vendors and funders.
  • Must be innovative, resourceful, patient, and a strong sense of integrity.
  • Comfortable in a work environment that embraces creative risks
  • Demonstrated passion for the arts

Working At Ox-Bow

Ox-Bow School of Art, founded in 1910, offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers. Our campus is nestled on a peninsular interdunal wetland in Saugatuck, MI. With programs that target degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow builds a supportive frame in which artists can push their practices in new directions. Ox-Bow’s community is expansive and ever-evolving. Working at Ox-Bow is a unique experience. Our staff consists of both year-round and seasonal positions. Some staff live on campus during their working months, while others commute or work remotely both within the state of Michigan and beyond.

Working at Ox-Bow is working at the intersection of education, hospitality and culture. Together we seek to create a welcoming environment that nurtures the creative process while building community across generations, career stages, disciplines and identities. With over 100 years of arts education behind us, we have a vast community of alumni, including staff, students, resident artists, faculty, and community supporters, who love and care for Ox-Bow. Working at Ox-Bow is to become part of that community, and help sustain a historic non-profit arts organization for current and future generations of artists and art lovers.

At Ox-Bow we have a vision to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, lend their creativity, and work in support of an evolving, yet historic, art school. We pride ourselves on thinking and acting creatively, and recognize that part of what makes us a unique place for both our staff and students, is the talent and dedication of our employees.

Ox-Bow is committed to diversity and inclusion, we believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and national origin and work to reflect that in our classrooms, programming, faculty, staff and board.

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.

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency

Position Title: Gallery and Retail Manager

Reports To: Executive Director

Position Classification: Regular, Exempt, Salaried

Location: Main Office, Douglas/Saugatuck, Michigan

Compensation: $60,000 starting salary; benefit package provided

Position Summary:

Ox-Bow School of Art is currently seeking a Gallery and Retail Manager with a unique vision for art and craft focused retail in Douglas, Michigan. Under the direction of, and working closely with, the Executive Director, as well as the Events and Programming teams, the Gallery and Retail Manager will oversee the development of a unique small gallery and retail program at Ox-Bow’s new head office and programming space, Ox-Bow House at 137 Center Street in Douglas, Michigan. The project is a new but critical resource for the organization, both in terms of income and interface with both the local community and tourism.

The successful candidate will have a unique vision for retail, with a solid knowledge of and appreciation for functional art, craft and design, artisanal goods and gift items that support and enhance the same. The candidate will be able to demonstrate that vision with clear examples of inspiration, and a sense for developing something unique to the area that appeals to both tourists and local residents and reflects Ox-Bow’s mission, history and contemporary programs. Applicants should have experience as a buyer or a similar role developing a retail program. Experience working specifically with artists or artisans is preferred.

The Gallery and Retail Manager should have strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated experience managing a retail program, including identifying and working with distributors, inventory management, consignment outreach and contracts and merchandizing and display; is at ease with a range of constituents from artists to customers; comfortable in the role of salesperson and arts advocate; have a track record of developing an artistic or aesthetic program of some kind; and experience managing a small staff. The right candidate is organized, detail oriented, creative, thoughtful, resourceful and a quick thinker. They are flexible and responsive, able to work independently, but also with and for leaders of other departments.

The right candidate is also capable of playing a key role in public relations for the organization, speaking fluently, authentically and passionately about Ox-Bow’s history, mission, impact and potential. They understand the role this new department plays in supporting Ox-Bow’s mission by both representing its spirit through thoughtfully curated retail, and building a robust earned income program that contributes to the organization’s bottom line.

The Gallery and Retail Manager will be responsible for meeting annual sales goals, and building the program over time, including support staff. They will oversee both on-site and on-line sales, as well as interface with Ox-Bow’s on-campus retail by collaborating on inventory management. The position is growth-oriented with salary reflecting that overtime.

In addition to retail, the position will oversee management of the programming happening at 137 Center Street, including managing contractors, in-coming and out-going shipment of artwork, program execution (setting up and operating AV, receptions), storage, and other practical matters pertaining to operating talks, screenings, performances, workshops and other events.

While the Gallery and Retail Manager should be able to demonstrate a curatorial vision for retail, the role is not responsible for curation of the on-site gallery. They will however, be part of a team that develops programs and other outreach around the shared goals of Ox-Bow House.

This is a full-time exempt position reporting to Ox-Bow’s Executive Director. The position requires a fulltime presence on location at 137 Center Street, Douglas, MI.  It is ideal for a candidate living within a 40-mile commuting radius.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop vision for retail program that combines wholesale merchandise and consignment art, design and artisanal goods
  • Research and build relationships with distributors
  • Research and build relationships with artists, local/regional artisans and designers
  • Manage ordering and inventory
  • Manage and make sales, both on-site and on-line, including shipping to customers
  • Merchandising and display in a dynamic environment
  • Work with the Communications team in developing marketing materials
  • Develop events that bridge Ox-Bow’s mission with the retail program
  • Manage practical execution of on-site programs including artist talks, workshops, receptions and other events
  • Work collaboratively across a dynamic organization with a variety of teams, including senior management, development and events, and programing
  • Align a retail strategy and associated financial goals with the organization’s mission and brand identity
  • Build a retail program with growth in mind, with the goal of overseeing a small retail team by 2023
  • Oversee contractors as determined by Executive Director


Education / Job Experience / Certification

  • 5+ years in retail or gallery management, with responsibility as buyer
  • Experienced sales person
  • Preference for experience in the visual arts, for- or non-profit
  • Preference for experience in specialty retail
  • Demonstrated success in developing a creative vision
  • Demonstrated success working with artists, designers or craftspeople in a programmatic or retail environment
  • 3+ years experience managing staff
  • 3+ years experience in program management
  • Fluency in inventory management
  • Fluency in POS systems


Knowledge

  • Proficient with Excel, Microsoft Office Suite, and Google suite of products
  • Proficient in Square or similar POS systems


Environmental / Physical:

  • Work shifts may include nights and weekends
  • Travel required for the job
  • Must be able to stand, bend, and routinely lift merchandise inventory, artwork and equipment weighing up to 40 lbs
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to traverse uneven terrain including stairs
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment correctly for most of the day while organizational COVID-19 safety protocols are in place


Special Qualifications:

  • Ability to work independently and across project teams with a strong attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, ability to translate contemporary art to diverse audience
  • Highly organized and motivated
  • Positive & optimistic outlook
  • Proven skills and attention to detail
  • Creative, out-of-the-box thinker
  • Finds inspiration in the distinctive or idiosyncratic
  • Comfortable taking creative risks
  • Thrives in dynamic environments
  • Resilient & flexible project manager
  • Passionate about the arts


Working At Ox-Bow

Ox-Bow School of Art, founded in 1910, offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers. Our campus is nestled on a peninsular interdunal wetland in Saugatuck, MI. With programs that target degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow builds a supportive frame in which artists can push their practices in new directions. Ox-Bow’s community is expansive and ever-evolving. Working at Ox-Bow is a unique experience. Our staff consists of both year-round and seasonal positions. Some staff live on campus during their working months, while others commute or work remotely both within the state of Michigan and beyond.

Working at Ox-Bow is working at the intersection of education, hospitality and culture. Together we seek to create a welcoming environment that nurtures the creative process while building community across generations, career stages, disciplines and identities. With over 100 years of arts education behind us, we have a vast community of alumni, including staff, students, resident artists, faculty, and community supporters, who love and care for Ox-Bow. Working at Ox-Bow is to become part of that community, and help sustain a historic non-profit arts organization for current and future generations of artists and art lovers.

At Ox-Bow we have a vision to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, lend their creativity, and work in support of an evolving, yet historic, art school. We pride ourselves on thinking and acting creatively, and recognize that part of what makes us a unique place for both our staff and students, is the talent and dedication of our employees.

Ox-Bow is committed to diversity and inclusion, we believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and national origin and work to reflect that in our classrooms, programming, faculty, staff and board.


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.

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency

Position Title:  Print and New Media Studio Manager

Reports to:  Campus Manager

Location:  Saugatuck, Michigan

Position Classification: Seasonal, Full Time, Exempt, Salaried

Compensation:   $40,000 annually, prorated for seasonal schedule

Revised May 2022

POSITION SUMMARY

Ox-Bow School of Art is an 112-year old art school and artists’ residency. The Print and New Media Studio Manager at Ox-Bow oversees the technical and operational aspects of Ox-Bow’s printmaking and new media studio, including day-to-day studio operations and materials management for classes and studio members. The Studio Manager will ensure a supportive learning environment for a range of skill levels and cultivate a community of learners. The Studio Manager is expected to build and maintain effective relationships with students, studio members and faculty to gain their respect and trust; engage strong communication skills; and be an enthusiastic ambassador of and ensure positive perception of Ox-Bow. The Studio Manager will work directly with the Campus Manager, Campus Director and  Director of Academic Programs to ensure an organized, cohesive working environment. This is a seasonal position, schedule to be determined by the Campus Director. Schedule may include weekend and/or evening hours. After a season or more of excellent performance, there is an opportunity for this position to expand into a longer work season and acquire benefits.

Targeted working season for 2022 is early June through early November; exact dates to be determined.

This is a residential position during the scheduled working season. On-site room and board is provided.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Physical Studio and Supply Management
  • General oversight of print and new media studio
  • Open and close studio at the beginning and end of the academic season
  • Set up equipment and studio prior to each class
  • Repair and maintain tools and equipment as needed
  • Maintain a system for checkout and inventory of digital equipment
  • Observe proper studio protocol, including sanitation processes
  • Create any safety or information signage and install in studio
  • Maintain a safe, clean, and organized studio
  • Make short-term studio facilities improvements and develop a vision for long-term studio facilities goals
  • Faculty / Student Assistance
  • Prior to each class, communicate with instructors about individual class needs
  • Order supplies for studio and classes as necessary
  • Orient faculty, teaching assistants, rental guests and students on use of equipment, studio policies and procedures
  • Be available to instructors for class support
  • Post and maintain set Studio Manager hours
  • Teach private workshops for rental guests
  • Coordinate and support private studio rentals
  • Administrative / Support
    • Manage print 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
    • Provide technical support for computers, printers, AV equipment and the like in new media lab and campus offices
    • Produce art items for promotional and fundraising purposes as assigned
    • Other project- and event-based support as determined by the Campus Manager and Campus Director; including but not limited to office, housekeeping, maintenance, and hospitality support

EDUCATION/JOB EXPERIENCE/CERTIFICATIONS

  • BFA in art or the equivalent with at least two years technician experience in a print and new media studio preferred; MFA preferred
  • Experience with a range of printmaking processes (etching, letterpress, monotype, lithography, screen printing and relief printing processes)
  • Experience with new media equipment (digital printers, Adobe Suite) preferred
  • Print studio management and/or teaching experience preferred

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
  • Must be a team player able to work independently as well as in a group
  • Must be innovative, resourceful, patient, and have a strong sense of integrity
  • A passion for the arts preferred

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Must be able to stand, bend, and routinely lift studio supplies and equipment weighing up to 75 lbs
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to traverse uneven terrain including stairs
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors in high heat and humidity
  • Ability to work around potentially hazardous materials and loud noise
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment correctly for most of the day while organizational COVID-19 safety protocols are in place
  • Ability to work nights and weekends
  • Must be able to travel to and from Ox-Bow Saugatuck campus and/or various vender locations in the West Michigan region

Working At Ox-Bow

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, founded in 1910, offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers. Our campus is nestled on a peninsular interdunal wetland in Saugatuck, MI. With programs that target degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow builds a supportive frame in which artists can push their practices in new directions. Ox-Bow’s community is expansive and ever-evolving. Working at Ox-Bow is a unique experience. Our staff consists of both year-round and seasonal positions. Some staff live on campus during their working months, while others commute or work remotely both within the state of Michigan and beyond.

Working at Ox-Bow is working at the intersection of education, hospitality and culture. Together we seek to create a welcoming environment that nurtures the creative process while building community across generations, career stages, disciplines and identities. With over 100 years of arts education behind us, we have a vast community of alumni, including staff, students, resident artists, faculty, and community supporters, who love and care for Ox-Bow. Working at Ox-Bow is to become part of that community, and help sustain a historic non-profit arts organization for current and future generations of artists and art lovers.

At Ox-Bow we have a vision to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, lend their creativity, and work in support of an evolving, yet historic, art school. We pride ourselves on thinking and acting creatively, and recognize that part of what makes us a unique place for both our staff and students, is the talent and dedication of our employees.

Ox-Bow is committed to diversity and inclusion, we believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and national origin and work to reflect that in our classrooms, programming, faculty, staff and board.

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.

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency
Revised January 2022

Position Title:  Hospitality Team Member

Reports To:  Culinary Director

Location:  Saugatuck, Michigan

Position Classification: Seasonal, Full Time, Non-Exempt, Salaried

Compensation:   $600 / week


POSITION SUMMARY

Hospitality is the genuine desire to take care of your guests and anticipate their needs.   The kitchen at Ox-Bow not only serves food to our campus, we serve care to our community.

The Hospitality Team Members prepare food for the Ox-Bow community, assist in meal planning, help build and maintain our garden and facilities, and provide an overall atmosphere of care. Working closely with the kitchen Hospitality Team, this position has the unique opportunity to share their ideas and collaborate on all things involving the intersection of food and art.

In addition to serving 3 meals a day during the academic sessions, expanded non-academic programming activities will also need to have Hospitality Kitchen service and support.  As Hospitality Kitchen Service is required 7 days a week for many weeks in a row, schedules could see the opportunity for a 4 day work week and/or evening hours. This is a seasonal position from mid-April through mid-October, specific schedule to be determined by the Culinary Director.  The goal of the kitchen is to work symbiotically in order to best accomplish our shared goals and provide a healthy work/life balance.

This position is ideal for candidates within a 40 mile commuting radius. Limited on-site housing is available for candidates beyond that range.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Prepares foods based on menu including salads, soups, sides, main courses, desserts, and baked goods
  • Makes mindful accommodations to serve guests with allergies or specific diet concerns
  • Maintains and assists in order, inventory, and cleanliness of preparation and food storage areas
  • Safe operation of kitchen equipment and tools
  • Works with meat, poultry, fish, other animal products
  • Ensures maintenance of and cleanliness of all service areas
  • Maintains sense of urgency to ensure timely delivery of meals
  • Positive service and guest interactions
  • Receives and stocks bulk order deliveries
  • Properly stores and labels food
  • Daily ongoing cleaning including dishwashing
  • Professionalism in conduct and collaboration with coworkers
  • Attends and contributes to periodic meetings
  • Openly takes direction and feedback from Hospitality Team
  • Gardening maintenance and compost management
  • Provides support for special events and guest collaborations
  • Active in communication in-person and on electronic platforms
  • Contributes to collective creativity projects and community agreements
  • Other tasks as assigned by Hospitality Management Team


EDUCATION/JOB EXPERIENCE/CERTIFICATION

Experience and passion for food and art is preferred.


SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge of basic standard food preparation and storage practices
  • Knowledgeable in usage of kitchen equipment
  • Experience in preparing meals
  • Essential basic computer skills
  • Effective and professional communicator
  • Must be able to travel to and from Ox-Bow Saugatuck campus and/or various vender locations in the West Michigan region


Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to lift and carry or otherwise move 50lbs regularly
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to traverse uneven terrain
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors in high heat and humidity
  • Ability to work around potentially hazardous materials and loud noise
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment correctly for most of the day
  • Ability to work nights and weekends
  • Occasional travel required for this position


Working At Ox-Bow

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, founded in 1910, offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers. Our campus is nestled on a peninsular interdunal wetland in Saugatuck, MI. With programs that target degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow builds a supportive frame in which artists can push their practices in new directions. Ox-Bow’s community is expansive and ever-evolving. Working at Ox-Bow is a unique experience. Our staff consists of both year-round and seasonal positions. Some staff live on campus during their working months, while others commute or work remotely both within the state of Michigan and beyond.

Working at Ox-Bow is working at the intersection of education, hospitality and culture. Together we seek to create a welcoming environment that nurtures the creative process while building community across generations, career stages, disciplines and identities. With over 100 years of arts education behind us, we have a vast community of alumni, including staff, students, resident artists, faculty, and community supporters, who love and care for Ox-Bow. Working at Ox-Bow is to become part of that community, and help sustain a historic non-profit arts organization for current and future generations of artists and art lovers.

At Ox-Bow we have a vision to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, lend their creativity, and work in support of an evolving, yet historic, art school. We pride ourselves on thinking and acting creatively, and recognize that part of what makes us a unique place for both our staff and students, is the talent and dedication of our employees.

Ox-Bow is committed to diversity and inclusion, we believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and national origin and work to reflect that in our classrooms, programming, faculty, staff and board.


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.

Take a dip in swooning sentimentality, introduce an androgynous caricature to the pastoral, and wield your taste for style, decor, and craft during Ox-Bow’s 3-week Intensive, CAMP. Students can participate in a variety of courses that celebrate humor, improvisation within an aesthetic, and explore the variants of sophistication within ourselves. Apply now, the code word is: MAGIC

Students who enroll in CAMP will receive a unique, interdisciplinary experience of Ox-Bow where they select two courses to enroll in and alternate back and forth between those two studios. For-credit completion of CAMP awards the student 6 credits. CAMP is open to any participant over 18, requires enrollment in two courses, and participation in the virtual pre-session meetings. Applications are required. Awarded students will receive a scholarship toward an enrollment in CAMP.

Dates and Commitment: July 15 - August 6, 2022

Applications are required and awarded students will automatically receive a scholarship toward their enrollment in 3-week intensive.

Once awarded, students will work with Ox-Bow's registrar to register in two of the following courses:

  • CERAMICS: Clay Makerspace with Ling Chun
  • GLASS: Glass Transformations: Mold Making in the Hot Shop with Victoria Ahmadizadeh-Melendez
  • PAINTING: Inflatables: Paint Skins with Claire Ashley & Vincent Tiley
  • METALS: Inflating Steel: Thermo-Pneumatic-Hyper-Forming with Jessee Rose Crane & Mike Rossi
  • SPECIAL: Party as Form with Alex Chitty & Kelly Lloyd

Faculty are encouraged to submit course proposals to teach at Ox-Bow for the summer and winter.

We are currently taking proposals for our Summer 2023 and Winter 2023 season. We are no longer in need for proposals for 2022.

SUMMER SESSION, June - August

Proposals for the Summer Session can be for 1-, 2-, or 3-week classes. Ox-Bow has 6 main studio areas-- painting and drawing, ceramics, papermaking, printmaking, metals, and glass, but will consider proposals in a variety of disciplines, including sound, fiber, performance, sculpture, art history, photo, film, new media, writing, visual and critical studies, and interdisciplinary areas.

To propose a course you will need the following information:

  •  Faculty Name, email, phone number, website if available
  •  CV, or Resume (an MFA is required to teach a for-credit class at Ox-Bow)
  •  Course Name
  •  Session for which you are proposing
  •  Course Description paragraph should be in the following format: 100 words addressing overall concept, 100 words addressing artist and readings, and 25 words addressing assignments and projects.
  •  Not required but recommended—documentation of faculty and student work, may be in the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, jpg, gif, mp3, mp4, tiff, png, mov. If this is included, please note that the program will automatically alphabetize your files so please name them accordingly. Please provide a documentation list which indicates the artist (Self or Student), title if known, media, etc.


WINTER SESSION, January

Proposals for the Winter Session are for 2-week classes. During the winter session, courses that are most successful engage the landscape and the winter weather. Ox-Bow has limited studio facilities available. Studios available for use are:

  • Lutz, a group studio house available with 4 individual studio spaces
  • Haas Painting studio, which can accommodate up to 18 students (and can be used for courses other than painting)
  • Krehbiel Ceramics studio, which can accommodate up 12 students
  • Print studio, with Screenprinting, Etching, Lithography capacity, accommodates 12
  •  New Media Space, accommodates 12

Ox-Bow is also hosting online classes for the upcoming Winter session. If you have an idea best suited for online learning, please select "online" in the session category. These classes meet via Zoom everyday during a 2-week session. 

Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists' Residency