Director of Production & Technology Facilities (71101)
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Internal Number: 3438416
Director of Production & Technology Facilities (71101)
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Description: The School of Architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NYC, is seeking to appoint an experienced Director of Production & Technology Facilities who has extensive knowledge of digital manufacturing platforms, wood and metal fabrication, and other advanced form-making technologies. The candidate we welcome into this position will apply their background in shop tech experience in Higher Ed for both their administrative and technical duties. The successful candidate will also provide direct oversight of seven (7) shops: wood shop, laser shop, 3D print shop, metal shop, robotics, and the CNC shop. They will be charged with establishing and enforcing safety protocols according to EPA and OSHA guidelines; hiring, training, and supervising technicians and student monitors; and guiding students and faculty in model making (entire classes and individuals). The position requires collegial and collaborative interactions with the School of Architecture dean, chairs, and coordinators and requires someone who can also advise on innovative new platforms and processes that respond to the curriculum, and serve accreditation requirements.
Pratt Institute gives the creative leaders of tomorrow the knowledge and experience to make a better world. A top-ranked college with opportunities in art, design, architecture, liberal arts and sciences, and information studies, Pratt offers nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Institute's impact expands beyond its 25-acre residential campus in Brooklyn to cutting-edge facilities throughout the borough, an additional historic building and public gallery in Manhattan, as well as an extension campus, PrattMWP College of Art and Design in Utica, New York. Since its founding in 1887, Pratt has prioritized diversity and inclusion, welcoming students from all walks of life while developing and sustaining pathways to more equitable workplaces and careers. Today, Pratt and its exceptional faculty pride themselves on being academically excellent as well as adaptable to both in-person and online learning. Pratt students are part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary, research- and inquiry-based education that prepares them for professional and personal success in creative fields and with the goal of contributing to a more just and sustainable world. With a long-held commitment to the communities of New York, Pratt offers a variety of programs for local pre-college and continuing education students in the Pratt Center for Community Development, the Center for Art, Design and Community Engagement, the Pratt Center K-12, and the School for Continuing and Professional Studies. The value of a Pratt education is evident in its graduates' diverse and thriving careers, where their designs, art, work, and environments have reimagined our world. In over 75 countries across the globe, Pratt's 61,000 alumni are advancing the creative economy and making a positive impact through their remarkable work and research.
On a typical day you will be required to:
Supervise and support the School of Architecture technicians. Ensure that technicians train students and faculty on the proper use of equipment
Maintaining and stocking the shops/ repair of digital hardware and machinery; Establishing and enforcing safety protocols according to EPA and OSHA guidelines; Hiring, training, and supervising student monitors; and guiding students in model making (entire classes and individuals)
Liaise with Facilities and technicians on capital budgets, projects, and equipment upgrades. Coordinate equipment maintenance and repair schedules
Qualifications: Education: BA degree in art, design, and/or tech-related field.
Experience: Five (5) years of shop tech experience in a higher educational institution with full knowledge of digital manufacturing platforms, wood and metal fabrication. Functional knowledge of the associated software platforms around these processes. A strong track record of managerial experience supervising staff in a university-level workshop environment is also required.
Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, technicians, staff, and students alike
Expertise with the operation of all metalworking equipment, all common woodworking equipment, and common fabrication tools
Knowledge of shop safety and environmental health hazards, including emergency procedures
Knowledge of CAD and CNC software and tool operation
Knowledge of laser cutter operation
Capacity to build trust and cooperation across diverse communities
Interest in/experience of research-led design
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