Position Title: Chef 

Reports To: Culinary Director 

Location: Saugatuck, MI Position 

Classification: Seasonal, Full-Time, Non-Exempt 

Compensation: $13.65/hr 

Revised July 2021 

POSITION SUMMARY 

Ox-Bow School of Art is an 111-year old art school and artists’ residency whose kitchen has long been a backbone of its culture and operations. This seasonal Chef position prepares food for the Ox-Bow community, assists in meal planning, and upholds the highest standards of hygiene and sanitation in the kitchen. Working closely with the Head Chef and the kitchen team, the seasonal Chef will have the opportunity to offer their ideas on best practices and systems. They will also support our kitchen’s standards of locality and sustainability. The person in this seasonal, full-time position can either live on campus during working months or commute from a local residence. This position will run from mid-July to early-November, and will include evening and weekend hours. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

● Prepares foods based on selected menu including salad bar, soups, main courses, desserts, and baked goods

 ● Makes adjustments to food items to accommodate guests with allergies or specific diet concerns 

● Assists in tracking inventory of ingredients 

● Maintains order in food storage areas 

● Operates various kitchen appliances such as blender, mixer, food processor, oven, grill, stove tops, etc. 

● Works with meat, poultry, fish, other animal products 

● Has and continues to develop knife skills 

● Ensures beverage bar is adequately stocked and maintained 

● Ensures toast bar is adequately stocked and maintained 

● Ensures meals are ready on time 

● Serves food to guests 

● Receives and stocks bulk food deliveries 

● Properly stores and labels food 

● Cleans food preparation and service areas as determined by law and company policy, both through daily cleaning practice and deep cleaning projects 

● Cleans up after meal service, including dishwashing 

● Upholds the highest standards of hygiene in prep and service areas ● Attends and contributes to weekly meal planning meetings 

● Takes direction from manager on duty 

● Minor gardening support and compost pile management as assigned by manager on duty 

● Other tasks as assigned by manager on duty 

EDUCATION/JOB EXPERIENCE/CERTIFICATION 

1+ years experience in the food industry preferred 

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS 

● Knowledge of basic standard food preparation and storage techniques 

● Knowledgeable and dexterous using all manner of kitchen equipment 

● Skills and experience in preparing meals 

● Basic computational skills 

● Flexible working schedule preferred 

● Effective and clear communicator 

● Organized, optimistic, creative, tenacious 

● Must be able to lift up to 50 lb. and stand for long periods of time 

● A passion for the arts preferred 

● 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.



Position Title:  After Hours Safety Personnel

Reports to:  Campus Director

Location:  Saugatuck, Michigan

Position Classification: Seasonal, Full Time, Non-Exempt

Compensation:  $13.65/hr

Revised February 2021

POSITION SUMMARY

Ox-Bow School of Art is an 111-year old art school and artists’ residency. The primary role of the After Hours Personnel is to assist and respond to urgent, time sensitive, and emergency needs of the campus body during evening hours, when the administrative office is closed. The core purpose of this position is to provide campus with an after-hours point person who can assist with basic first aid, CPR, and emergency situations. The After Hours Personnel will be an ambassador for a healthy on-campus culture, both in a holistic sense and specifically in support of best practices regarding COVID-19 mitigation. They will also provide administrative and event-based support during evening hours. This is a residential position to live and work among a dedicated community of artists on Ox-Bow’s campus, and will run from mid-May through late-August.

This position requires working 5PM to 1AM as well as being available (on-call) via walkie talkie from 1AM to 7 AM. This is a residential position during scheduled working months, and full room and board as well as a studio space on campus are provided. Regular shift hours are paid hourly; and, if any incident occurring during the on-call hours requires attention, paid at time and ½ for hours worked over 40 hours per week.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Keep walkie-talkies charged, on and within earshot during work and on-call hours
  • Assist anyone who needs first aid attention
  • Get help from other staff members or emergency professionals when needed, including but not limited to the Campus Director, Campus Manager and Wellness Counselor
  • In an emergency, call 911 and begin CPR if needed
  • Assist anyone who may need emotional or mental first aid
  • Call for a wellness check when needed
  • Be a calming, open ear when someone is in need
  • Be a positive, supportive, visible presence on campus during evening work hours
  • Implement emergency protocol when necessary
  • Write up reports on all incidents or emergencies
  • Attend weekly check-ins with the Campus Director
  • Provide support with administrative and event-based tasks during working hours, as assigned by Campus Director

EDUCATION/JOB EXPERIENCE/CERTIFICATIONS

  • Trained in basic first aid and CPR (Ox-Bow will assist in providing this training); previous CPR certification a plus
  • Trained in emotional first aid (Ox-Bow will assist in getting this training)
  • Know and communicate Ox-Bow’s emergency & COVID mitigation protocols
  • Know and communicate campus rules and regulations
  • Be familiar with the grounds and facilities

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Must have excellent people and communication skills
  • Ability to work well and remain calm under pressure
  • Must be a team player and able to work independently
  • Must be innovative, resourceful, patient, and possess a strong sense of integrity and optimism
  • A passion for the arts and familiarity with artist communities is preferred

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.

Position Title:  Chef

Reports To:  Head Chef

Location:   Saugatuck, MI

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

Compensation:   $13.65/hr

Revised February 2021

POSITION SUMMARY
Ox-Bow School of Art is an 111-year old art school and artists’ residency whose kitchen has long been a backbone of its culture and operations. This seasonal Chef position prepares food for the Ox-Bow community, assists in meal planning, and upholds the highest standards of hygiene and sanitation in the kitchen. Working closely with the Head Chef and the kitchen team, the seasonal Chef will have the opportunity to offer their ideas on best practices and systems. They will also support our kitchen’s standards of locality and sustainability. The person in this seasonal, full-time position can either live on campus during working months or commute from a local residence. This position will run from mid-May to early-November, and will include evening and weekend hours.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Prepares foods based on selected menu including salad bar, soups, main courses, desserts, and baked goods
  • Makes adjustments to food items to accommodate guests with allergies or specific diet concerns
  • Assists in tracking inventory of ingredients
  • Maintains order in food storage areas
  • Operates various kitchen appliances such as blender, mixer, food processor, oven, grill, stove tops, etc.
  • Works with meat, poultry, fish, other animal products
  • Has and continues to develop knife skills
  • Ensures beverage bar is adequately stocked and maintained
  • Ensures toast bar is adequately stocked and maintained
  • Ensures meals are ready on time
  • Serves food to guests
  • Receives and stocks bulk food deliveries
  • Properly stores and labels food
  • Cleans food preparation and service areas as determined by law and company policy, both through daily cleaning practice and deep cleaning projects
  • Cleans up after meal service, including dishwashing
  • Upholds the highest standards of hygiene in prep and service areas
  • Attends and contributes to weekly meal planning meetings
  • Takes direction from manager on duty
  • Minor gardening support and compost pile management as assigned by manager on duty
  • Other tasks as assigned by manager on duty

EDUCATION/JOB EXPERIENCE/CERTIFICATION

1+ years experience in the food industry preferred

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge of basic standard food preparation and storage techniques
  • Knowledgeable and dexterous using all manner of kitchen equipment
  • Skills and experience in preparing meals
  • Basic computational skills
  • Flexible working schedule preferred
  • Effective and clear communicator
  • Organized, optimistic, creative, tenacious
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lb. and stand for long periods of time
  • A passion for the arts preferred
  • 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

Position Title:  Dishwasher/Prep Cook

Reports To:  Head Chef

Location:   Saugatuck, Michigan

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

Compensation:  
 $13.65/hr

Revised February 2021

POSITION SUMMARY
Ox-Bow School of Art is an 111-year old art school and artists’ residency whose kitchen has long been a backbone of its culture and operations. The Dishwasher/Prep Cook position supports the upkeep of excellent standards of hygiene and sanitation in Ox-Bow’s kitchen and provides food preparation support. The primary tasks of the person filling this position will be to do dishes, clean the kitchen, and clean communal dining campus areas per CDC-recommended standards. The Dishwasher/Prep Cook will also perform cooking prep work as assigned by the kitchen manager on duty. Working closely with the Head Chef and the kitchen team, the Dishwasher/Prep Cook will have the opportunity to offer their ideas on best cleanliness practices and systems. They will also support our kitchen’s standards of locality and sustainability by maintaining our campus gardens, chicken flock and compost. The person in this seasonal, full-time position can either live on campus during working months or commute from a local residence. This position will run from mid-May to mid-October, and will include evening and weekend hours.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Wash, dry, and store dishes/pots/pans
  • Clean food preparation areas as determined by law and company policy
  • Sweep and mop kitchen and dining areas
  • Clean floor mats
  • Wipe down counters/dining tables
  • Ensure beverage bar is adequately cleaned, stocked and maintained
  • Ensure toast bar/snack area is adequately cleaned, stocked and maintained
  • Take out trash, recycling and compost
  • Food prep work as assigned, such as chopping vegetables for the salad bar, preparing dressings, light butchering, other ingredient prep
  • Aid in retrieving and organizing incoming supply/ingredient shipments when needed
  • Assist in serving food to customers
  • Upkeep campus gardens, chicken flock and compost as assigned
  • Provide support for special events as assigned by Culinary Director

EDUCATION/JOB EXPERIENCE/CERTIFICATION

1+ years experience in the food industry preferred

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge of basic standard food preparation and storage techniques
  • Skills and interest in preparing meals a plus
  • Basic computational skills
  • Flexible working schedule necessary
  • Effective and clear communicator
  • Organized, optimistic, creative, tenacious
  • Must be able to travel to and from Ox-Bow Saugatuck campus and/or various vender locations in the West Michigan region
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lb. and stand for long periods of time
  • A passion for the arts preferred

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

Position Title:  Glass Studio Manager

Reports to:  Campus Manager

Location:  Saugatuck, Michigan

Position Classification: Seasonal, Full Time, Exempt

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

Revised February 2021

POSITION SUMMARY

Ox-Bow School of Art is an 111-year old art school and artists’ residency. The Glass Studio Manager at Ox-Bow oversees the technical and operational aspects of Ox-Bow’s glass studio, including day-to-day studio operations, and materials management for glass and sculpture classes and studio users. The Studio Manager will ensure a quality, 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 Sr. Director of Academic Programs to ensure an organized, cohesive working environment; and manages a small staff of glass assistants. This is a seasonal position from April through mid-October, specific 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.

This is a residential position during the scheduled working season.

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 each class
  • Repair and maintain tools and equipment as needed
  • Observe proper studio protocol, including sanitation processes
  • 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
  • Make short-term studio facilities improvements and develop a vision for long-term studio facilities goals
  • Personnel Management
    • Manage two glass studio support staff members
    • Set and maintain schedules for glass support staff
    • Provide guidance and delegate tasks to glass support staff
  • 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 classes for rental guests
  • Coordinate and support private studio rentals
  • Administrative / Support
    • 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
    • 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 glass or the equivalent with at least two years technician experience in a glass studio; MFA preferred
  • Technical qualifications include foundational glass skills using hot and kiln casting, cold shop, and glass blowing
  • Glass 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 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

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

Position Title:  Housekeeping Assistant

Reports To:  Housekeeping Manager

Location:   Saugatuck, MI

Position Classification: Seasonal, Full Time, Non-Exempt

Compensation:  $13.65/hr

Revised February 2021

POSITION SUMMARY
Ox-Bow School of Art is an 111-year old art school and artists’ residency. The Housekeeping Assistant position supports the upkeep of excellent standards of hygiene and sanitation throughout campus.  The primary tasks of the person filling this position will be to clean indoors campus facilities per CDC-recommended standards. The Housekeeping Assistant will have a careful eye for detail and aesthetic considerations, ensuring that Ox-Bow’s spaces are both functional and cheerful. Working closely with the Housekeeping Manager, the Assistant will have the opportunity to offer their ideas on best cleanliness practices and systems. The person in this seasonal, full-time position can either live on campus during working months or commute from a local residence. This position will run from mid-May to late-August, and may include evening and weekend hours.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Clean common areas, stairwells, hallways, bathrooms per CDC recommendations
  • Sweep, mop, wipe down surfaces
  • Turnover lodging spaces in between guests, including cabins and dorm rooms
  • Laundry
  • Take out trash
  • Organize costume closet
  • Clean windows and other cleaning detail work as assigned
  • Maintain an excellent level of aesthetic care and special touches for all student and guest spaces
  • Other housekeeping duties as assigned
  • Provide support for special events as assigned by Housekeeping Manager and Campus Director

EDUCATION/JOB EXPERIENCE/CERTIFICATION

  • Experience in housekeeping or related professional area

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • An eye for detail
  • Must be a team player, able to work independently as well as in a group
  • Must be innovative, reliable, patient, tenacious
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time, bend, and routinely lift housekeeping supplies and equipment weighing up to 40 lbs
  • Must be able to travel to and from Ox-Bow Saugatuck campus and/or various vender locations in the West Michigan region
  • A passion for the arts preferred

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 is building a photo archive! With over a century of students, artists, fellows, instructors, donors, and staff, we have quite a bit of history to collect. 

If you have any images, works created on our campus, or tangible memories you would like to share, this is the place. Please include all captions, credits, and year (if applicable). 

It is important for us at Ox-Bow to stay connect with our Alumni. We want to support and highlight your practice! Whether it has been one year or 20 years, we would love for you to take the time to tell us what you have been up to. The form below is a chance to fill in any news, highlights, or engagements you have coming up. It is also a chance to update contact info and let us know what you have been up to over the years. We look forward to hearing from you!

If you have any questions or trouble with the form please contact our Communications Assistant Ciera McKissick at cmckissick@ox-bow.org.

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency
Position Title:  Culinary Director
Reports to:  Executive Director
Location:  Ox-Bow’s Michigan Campus
Position Status:  Regular, Exempt, Salaried

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

Position Summary
Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency is a 111-year old summer art school and artists’ residency located in Saugatuck, Michigan whose kitchen has long been a backbone of its culture and operations. We are seeking an early to mid-career leader to assume the new position of Culinary Director to oversee the kitchen operations and expand its role in the school to contribute more strategically to its earned income and education goals. 

This position is responsible for meeting overarching targets and goals, personnel management and program development for the Ox-Bow kitchen. The Culinary Director will work with the senior management team to develop kitchen-led programs that contribute to the overall mission of the organization, including education initiatives on and off-site or online, institutional partnerships and earned income contributions. They will oversee the general operations of the kitchen by establishing a kitchen staff reporting structure, hire chefs and other kitchen staff, and delegate tasks as needed. They will work closely with Campus Director in establishing safety protocol for kitchen operations as well as developing policies that pertain to running and maintaining a healthy and safe food services division. They will be responsible for kitchen program budget oversight, including setting and meeting earned income and partnership goals with the support of the senior management team. The Culinary Director will work with the head chef to establish menus for student, resident and event dining.

This position requires a commute to campus and is ideal for a candidate living within a 40-mile radius.

Culinary Director Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 


Program Development

Work in consultation with the Executive Director and collaboration with the senior management team on a new vision for the kitchen as an integral ‘program’ at Ox-Bow. These programs will have earned or contributed income goals that the Culinary Director will be responsible to set and meet. 

This may include:

- Develop partnerships with other institutions for mentorship programs or other learning opportunities in the kitchen

- Develop culinary education programs on and off-campus or online

- Develop non-credit culinary public programming

- Develop earned income initiatives in addition to development events (as listed below)

Kitchen Management

-Provide leadership and management of the kitchen team including delegation as appropriate during Ox-Bow’s operations season of February 1 st through to November 30th. This includes, but is not limited to, summer and winter class intensives, residencies, rentals, and fundraising events.

-Provide leadership and encouragement to kitchen staff, cultivating an atmosphere of positivity and creativity. 

-Meet regularly with Campus Director, attend weekly senior management meetings, and hold regular department meetings where they communicate to staff pertinent program and operations information. 

-Oversee kitchen budget

-Set protocols for and oversee the maintenance of a safe, clean working environment, including repair and maintenance of kitchen equipment and appliances. 

-Maintain compliance with Allegan County Health Department's annual inspections.

-Maintain/repair/schedule service calls for all kitchen appliances. 

-Oversee kitchen closure at season’s end. 

-Be an active and positive presence in the kitchen, leading by example.

Personnel Management

-Provide support and oversight of the management of all kitchen personnel

-Provide on-going training and teaching to kitchen staff

-Work with the head chef to create an overarching staff schedule for all seasons and events

-Interview and hire new employees in collaboration with the Campus Director

 Events

-Work with Executive Director and Events Coordinator in the development of public events both on and off-campus for both fundraising and programming purposes

-In coordination with the Campus Director and Events Coordinator, plan for logistics of event rentals including food, and kitchen staffing

-In coordination with Campus Director, Events Coordinator, and Head Chef, support food needs for development and fundraising activities, developing menus, kitchen staffing schedules, etc.

Environmental / Physical:

-Work shifts may include nights and weekends

-Ability to lift 50 lbs

-Ability to work in a non-airconditioned kitchen

-May require travel to procure kitchen supplies and ingredients

Education/Job Experience/Certification:

-Culinary Arts or Hospitality Training preferred

-Experience as a senior, head or executive chef

-7+ years experience in the service industry

-3+ years experience in a senior management/leadership role

-Food Safety Manager Certification

-Background in education and/or cultural organizations and programming a plus


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
Position Title:  Admin Assistant
Reports to:  Executive Director
Location:  Ox-Bow’s Michigan Campus
Position Status:  Regular, Hourly, Non-Exempt
Compensation: $18.00/hour; benefits available

Position Summary
Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency is a 111-year old summer art school and artists’ residency located in Saugatuck, Michigan whose administrative staff helps support the day-to-day operations of its campus, programming, communications, finance and fundraising initiatives. We are looking to fill a new position, Administrative Assistant, who reports to the Executive Director via the Executive Assistant and will work both from their home-office and from our Michigan campus. The Administrative Assistant is currently allocated as a 3-day, 24-hours per week position with the potential to grow into a fulltime role. The successful candidate will be an emerging administrator with 2+ years of experience in office administration, preferably in the hospitality or culture sector, or a seasoned professional looking for a part-time position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Support several departments in the organization, managing a variety of clerical tasks including:

- Email and mailing list building and management

- Form building and management of point of sale (Wufoo, Zapier, Square and others)

- Database upkeep (re-formatting data, de-duping, etc.)

- Assistance with direct mail campaigns

- Archival data-entry and digital file upkeep

- Managing social media accounts (backend maintenance including answering and

forwarding inquiries)

- Maintaining financial data from development activities using spreadsheets and database to support accounting functions

- Administrative support for human resources tasks as needed

When on-site, provide basic office administration support such as:

- Fielding general calls and inquiries by phone and email in a professional and friendly

manner

- Manage mail distribution

- Ordering supplies and other inventory

- Other tasks as assigned

Environmental / Physical:

-May require local travel to complete assigned tasks

-On-site work will be in non-air conditioned facility


Qualifications:

-BA or equivalent

-2+ years in an administrative role, preference for academic, hospitality or cultural

administration

-Demonstrated skills in database management

-Experience in digital platforms

-Excellent organization and attention to detail

-Excellent communicator and listener

-Ability to work independently and take initiative

-Standard skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and adobe programs

-Flexibility

-Ability to prioritize tasks


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 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 direct any questions to Molly Markow mmarkow1@ox-bow.org. No calls or voicemails please.  

Art on the Meadow is a grant-funded community program that offers a variety of art-making and studio experiences through short-term workshops for families, teens, and adults on Ox-Bow’s campus. Community driven courses are taught by working artists from West Michigan and the greater Chicago area. We work to provide an intergenerational and accessible space for artists to cultivate new work and ideas, while connecting them to lasting creative resources in a rich, natural environment. 

Teaching artists from the West Michigan and the greater Chicago area are encouraged to submit workshop proposals to teach summer workshops at Ox-Bow during Summer 2021.

Proposals for our 2021 summer season are due on January 4, 2021!

Ox-bow has facilities to offer workshops in drawing, ceramics, papermaking, printmaking, metals, and glass, and will also consider proposals in a variety of disciplines, including sound, fiber, collage, performance, sculpture, art history, photo, film, new media, writing, craft, and interdisciplinary areas. To propose a workshop you will need the following information:

  • Faculty Name, email, phone number, website if available
  • CV, or Resume
  • Course Name
  • Preferred workshop dates
  • Length of workshop
  • Workshop Concepts and assignments 
  • Workshop Description (approximately 100 words)
  • Budget/Space/Equipment Information Ox-Bow has limited technological resources; please submit a list of equipment needed for your course (if outside of standard equipment) and plans on how you might address those needs.
  • 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.

Questions? Contact Claire Arctander, Campus Director, at carcta@ox-bow.org

Faculty from both SAIC and schools around the globe are encouraged to submit course proposals to teach at Ox-Bow for the summer and winter.

We accept course proposals on a rolling basis.


WINTER INTERIM SESSION, In-person or Online, January 2022, 2 weeks

Proposals for the Winter Interim Session should be for 2 week/3 credit courses only. 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:

  •   the Lutz, a group studio house available with 4 individual studio spaces
  •   the Haas Painting studio, which can accommodate up to 18 students (and can be used for courses other than painting)
  •   the Krehbiel Ceramics studio, which can accommodate up 12 students
  •   the 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 the 2 week session. 

 SUMMER SESSION, June - August, 2022

For the Summer Session we are looking for 2 week, 3-credit courses. 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
  •   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.
Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists' Residency