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For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the
world’s most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts
graduate program consistently ranking among the top four graduate fine arts programs in the nation by U.S.
News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class
resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries and state-of-the-art facilities.
SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create
the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as
Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick
Cave, and LeRoy Neiman.
Serve the contemporary instructional needs of SAIC faculty and students by providing management of
facilities and resources for teaching and learning. Implement services provided by the Printmedia Laboratory
/ Production Facilities that support the academic curricula of the Department. Strive to provide responsive,
courteous, and efficient support to faculty and students.
Leads the day-to-day management of and operations for the Printmedia Department Laboratory / Production
Facilities. Manage budget and expenses related to studio maintenance and inventory. Provides instructional
and technical assistance to students and faculty. Maintains studio equipment and inventory. Ensures safe
working practices on all lab equipment and processes. Trains and supervises Graduate Lab Monitors,
Undergraduate Lab Monitors.
About the SAIC Printmedia Community
The SAIC Printmedia community consists of ~700 Undergraduate students, 20 Graduate Students, and 15
Faculty. The Printmedia Facility is ~ 12,000 sq.Ft and supports all traditional and contemporary print
processes. A detailed list of equipment and facilities can be found
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Staff Management and Administration :
• Provides Leadership to and directs the activities of the Offset Lab Manager
• Oversees the hiring and training of Printmedia Graduate and Undergraduate Student Workforce
ensuing training, safe working practices and overseeing outgoing payroll operations
• Maintains budget for all facility related expenses
• Procures and inventories departmental consumable supplies
• Works closely with Senior Administrative Director to forecast departmental facility expenses, plan
and align future budgets
Equipment and Facility Management :
• Provides leadership, directs and supervises the operations of the Printmedia Department’s facilities
and specialized resources on a day-to-day basis including but not limited to
o Screen Printing
o Artists Books
o Offset Printing Lab + Risograph
o Computer Labs
• Oversees the physical maintenance of tools, equipment and associated resources. Implements daily
preventative maintenance. Provides onsite problem solving equipment repair to ensure a high
degree of functionality. Coordinates and schedules professional repair services when needed,
including any existing service contracts.
• Develops and implements policies and procedures governing access, use and instructional services
provided by the Printmedia Department.
• Implements and organizes safety programs. This includes, but is not limited to maintaining
departmental MSDS, coordinating respirator fit tests and lock-out-tag out of equipment and spaces
• Manages inventory of circulating tools, shop supplies and consumables.
• Advises department administrators of budget needs to maintain adequate levels of materials for
instructional use, including faculty demonstrations for classes
• Attends departmental meetings to keep current of curricular goals and facility needs
• Corresponds and advises Material Source (student facing material sales division) on materials for
• Corresponds and advises facility operations (IRFM) of classroom and department facility needs
• Corresponds and advises SAIC Computer Resources and Information Technology (CRIT) of
technology needs associated with the facility
Training and Instruction:
• Provides advanced instructional support, technical guidance and co-curricular collaboration to
students and faculty using Printmedia department facilities
• Keeps current with curricular changes in the Printmedia department and collaborates with faculty
and department chair(s) to adapt facility to the curriculum
• Assess student needs and recommend training and instructional services. Provides training and
instructional services to individuals and classes as needed.
• Designs and organizes training activities related to facility equipment
• Trains and mentors Student Employees who assist in the delivery of instructional services and co-
• Partners with Chair, Faculty and Department administrators to align class schedules with resource
capabilities and availability
Research and Development :
• Keeps current of developments in contemporary processes and technologies that support the
Printmedia Department curriculum. Makes recommendations to the Printmedia Chair for equipment
• Performs research and assists in the development of proposals for future departmental facility needs,
• Researches and develops written materials for instructional guides and orientation documents for
students and faculty
Education Considerations :
• Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art or related field required – commensurate experience may be
• Master’s Degree or technical experience preferred.
Technical Considerations :
• Strong working knowledge of printmaking processes and press operation and maintenance required
• Strong Knowledge in three or more of the following areas is required: intaglio, lithography,
screenprinting, bookbinding, digital offset printing, risograph
• Knowledge in two or more of the following softwares: Microsoft Office / Google for Work, Adobe
Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
Professional Experience Considerations:
• Management and or/Administrative experience required.
• Teaching/Instructional experience preferred. Ability to assist and instruct students in the safe and
conceptual construction of projects.
• Excellent communication and organizational skills.
• Experience maintaining a studio and facilities equipment in three or more of these areas:
Lithography, Intaglio, Epson medium format Printers, Offset, Relief, Booking making equipment and
We offer a competitive, comprehensive benefits package:
• 5+ weeks of paid time off
• Paid holidays (up to 14 days)
• Medical, dental, and vision insurance
• Generous parental, caregiver, and medical leave benefits
• Competitive retirement plan (up to 9% matching contribution)
• Tuition remission and Tuition Exchange Program
• Great employee discounts
• Complimentary general admission to participating cultural institutions
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