30 Aug 2023


Sculpture and Painting Lab Manager

University of California, Riverside  Riverside, California, United States

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Job Description

Job Number 30662004
Full/Part Time Full Time
Schedule 8AM – 5PM
Salary $64,496 – $103,719

Position Information

Sculpture Area: Responsible for managing, supervising, technical instruction, safe operation, budget administration, security, use, and day-to-day functions of the Sculpture Lab, Metal Fabrication/Welding Lab, Mold Making Lab, Resource/Reference Area, along with each labs’ specialized equipment and tools, for the Sculpture Area of the Art department. Painting/Drawing Area: Responsible for directing, managing, supervising, technical instruction, budget administration, safe operation, and security of the studios/labs for the Department of Art Painting and Drawing Area.

This position works on campus 100% time.

The full salary range for the Sculpture and Painting Lab Manager is $64,496.38 – $103,718.76 annually. We base salary offers on a variety of considerations, such as education, licensure and certifications, experience, and other business and organizational needs.

Applicants must have current work authorization when accepting a UCR staff position. Currently, we are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa for staff.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is ten weeks after their first date of employment.


Education Requirements



  • Education and/or experience equivalent to an MFA



  • Minimum of 5 years of art laboratory/workshop experience and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience (e.g. BA and 1 year of art laboratory/workshop experience.)
  • Experience in working with a variety of electronic tools and materials, including sensors, interactive systems, motors, electronic systems, solar power, and computer-controlled equipment. Knowledge of the principles of analog and digital electronics; capability to communicate these principles to people with varying levels of understanding.


  • Experience running, programing, and maintaining a CNC Router.


Minimum Requirements

Accomplished at working in a stressful environment, with its fluctuating workload, frequent interruptions, and competing demands from students, faculty, teaching assistants, and staff, maintaining a positive, patient, and respectful attitude all the while.
Able to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with all demographic groups, from custodial staff to administrators.
Able to function in a working-shop environment, with its related noise, potential dangers, and occasional dust, fumes and smoke.
Excellent oral communication capability to instruct others about safety procedures and proper equipment and facility use.
Detailed knowledge of equipment, materials and processes needed to produce a variety of Painting, Drawing, and Art Installation projects.
Expertise with basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical systems to make major installations, minor repairs, or identify situations that require Facility Services intervention.
Ability to assert authority for maintaining safety standards as well as a clean working environment.
Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to purchase and change sculpture equipment when it is worn down or destroyed.
Ability to train and supervise student and lab personnel to insure the safe and proper use of equipment, machinery, tools, materials and processes used in the Sculpture facilities, including the supervision of student-performed clean-up and maintenance.
Accomplished negotiating skills for exchanging ideas, information, directions, and opinions with students, faculty and staff. Ability to formulate policies and procedures, along with decisions and solutions.
Demonstrated skill working with : wood, plastic, metal, wire, and ceramics.
Skills to lead a group or an individual to understand how machinery, tools, equipment and building materials work.
Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to purchase and change blades, belts, discs and bits for cutting, sawing and drilling equipment used in a working shop.
Ability to recognize when blades are dull and bits need to be replaced.
Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks according to changing needs, perform practical research and present clear recommendations, maintain an active professional role in the arts community, maintain currency in the Sculpture and Painting/Drawing concepts and processes through knowledge of work being produced in the international art world, assert authority to maintain safety standards and procedures including a clean and safe working environment, as well as protect against improper and deleterious use of equipment and facilities.
Working knowledge of standard forms and procedures to enable preparation of orders, arrange for services, perform inventories as needed, current technological advancements within the field of Sculpture and Painting, Drawing, and Art Installation, various methods of exhibition installation.
Ability to train and supervise students and teaching assistants, verifying hours worked and signing time sheets.
Ability to supervise and train students, student assistants, volunteers, and teaching assistants, organize work schedules, assign jobs, sign time sheets and verify hours worked.
Ability to delegate responsibility.
Use of computers for the following: control machinery and equipment; track inventories and monitor budget; develop policies and guidelines; conduct research on tools, methods and techniques for building sculptures. Ability to use establish, update, and maintain area social media.

Preferred Qualifications
Skill in business management: budget preparation, resource allocation to meet budgetary goals, for Sculpture and Painting and Drawing areas.

Ability to drive to off campus vendors and to the graduate facilities.

Working knowledge of first-aid, including CPR.

Demonstrated progressively responsible experience working in a laboratory and/or art studio.

Able to understand and interpret university forms, policies and procedures.

Additional Informations
In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities’ air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history, and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.


  • UC Riverside is proud to be ranked No. 12 among all U.S. universities, according to Money Magazine’s 2020 rankings, and among the top 1 percent of universities worldwide, according to the 2019-20 Center for World University rankings.
  • UC Riverside is the top university in the United States for social mobility. – U.S. News 2020
  • UCR is a member of the University Innovation Alliance, the leading national coalition of public research universities committed to improving student success for low-income, first-generation, and students of color.
  • Among top-tier universities, UC Riverside ranks No. 2 in financial aid. – Business Insider 2019
  • Ranked No. 2 in the world for research, UCR’s Department of Entomology maintains one of the largest collections of insect specimens the nation. – Center for World University Rankings
  • UCR’s distinguished faculty boasts 2 Nobel Laureates, and 13 members of the National Academies of Science and Medicine.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview


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Sculpture and Painting Lab Manager
University of California, Riverside
 Riverside, California, United States

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