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Lyon College invites applications for an artist in residence with an emphasis on ceramic and three-dimensional visual art beginning August 2019. The position is an up to two-year, non-tenured teaching appointment. An MFA in ceramics or sculpture and a record of notable creative output is required. Responsibilities include maintaining regular studio practice, teaching ceramics and introduction to visual arts courses (four courses per year), maintaining the newly acquired Kilted Kiln studio space, and fostering artistic growth on campus and in the local community.  Additional responsibilities will include installation of exhibitions of two gallery spaces on campus and aiding the art program in recruitment of prospective students. Prior gallery experience preferred. An understanding of and desire to be at a small, selective liberal arts college is essential. Applicants must have strong professional experience and an active exhibition record. The artist in residence will be provided with studio space, on-campus housing, an exhibition opportunity, and salary. Extra income opportunity and community involvement is optional with teaching of community pottery workshops.

For full details, including how to apply, go to www.lyon.edu/employment and view the advertisement.

Lyon College is an equal opportunity employer.

The executive director is responsible for leading all facets of Northern Clay Center (NCC) operations that address the Center’s mission of advancing the ceramic arts for artists, learners, and the community through education, exhibitions, and artist services. This includes, but is not limited to, providing artistic vision, strategic planning, and organizational management. The executive director provides oversight and leadership for the Center’s three primary program areas (education, exhibitions, and artist services) within the overall policies established by the Board of Directors. The executive director works closely with senior staff members to realize the goals and objectives of NCC’s Strategic Framework designed and implemented in 2017. 

TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS 

The selected individual will be a charismatic leader who will pursue the Center’s Strategic Framework with enthusiasm and diligence. This individual will be knowledgeable about both historical and contemporary ceramics in the Midwest and the state of Minnesota, as well as trends in: ceramic arts education; fundraising; and audience participation. The individual will have the ability to balance short- and long-term priorities for the organization, and will possess strong business and leadership skills. They are a thoughtful risk-taker. They have the ability to read and interpret financials, as well as create and manage intricately detailed budgets. Interpersonal skills are key, given the Center’s myriad constituencies. This individual will be a clear and concise communicator who will work to maintain an environment of creative thinking, brainstorming, and collaboration with staff and the Board of Directors. The individual will also possess passion for the ceramic arts; they must be committed to quality in all they do; and they must have the ability to build trust, to solicit and listen to feedback, and to exercise decisiveness. 

Other Key Competencies Include: 

Leadership and Service: The ability to organize and motivate others to work toward a common goal and to embrace change, with attention to quality at the core of your efforts; the mindset of service to the organization and to the field of ceramics; and the ability to lead without ego or personal agenda. 

Project Management, Planning, and Organizing: The ability to identify and cultivate the resources and systems needed to obtain results; the capacity to prioritize tasks to establish appropriate courses of action. 

Diplomacy and Interpersonal Skills: The ability to embrace myriad points of view in a constructive way, to resolve conflict, to find a common ground for the array of stakeholders, and to treat individuals fairly. 

Collaboration and Accountability: The ability to build diverse and meaningful relationships, the confidence to accept responsibility for the consequences of both personal and professional actions, to follow through with commitments, and to learn from the past while planning mindfully for the future. 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Chair of Board and Board of Directors Full-time salaried, requiring schedule flexibility Business Manager Digital and Marketing Manager Coordinator of Artist Services and Storytelling Manager of Education and Studio Artist Programs Manager of Community Engagement Director of Galleries & Events 

Qualifications

Applicants must have at least a bachelor of arts or bachelor of fine arts degree; a master’s degree is preferred. A minimum of 10 years of management and administrative experience in a nonprofit, artist service organization, foundation, private entity, or academic institution is strongly encouraged, with five years in a leadership role. Applicants who have worked exclusively in the for-profit sector must demonstrate meaningful volunteer experience in and passion for mission-driven nonprofits. Excellent written and oral communication skills are a must, as is proficiency in Mac-based programs. Applicant must demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.

AREAS OF PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY

Strategic and Business Planning: 10% 

In consultation with the Board of Directors, the executive director:

Develops and follows the Center’s strategic framework, long- and short-term goals, and operating policies. 

Works with program heads to plan long-term program policies and strategies and current-year operational plans, and to resolve short-term issues as appropriate.

Program Administration: 20% 

The executive director:

Oversees programs, financial administration, fundraising and cultivating new donors, staff development and management, and public relations and external partnerships.

Exercises final authority over developing and approving the Center’s exhibition schedule, roster of artists represented in the sales gallery and included on the Center’s teaching roster, and the overall structure of education and artist services programs.

Approves all major NCC promotional materials and content, editorial publications (virtual and print), and external communications.

As appropriate: Directly develops and manages periodic special programs and projects, such as visiting artist and special lecture series, exhibitions and related educational content, and editing and designing publications.

Financial Administration: 20% 

The executive director:

Ensures that all resources of the organization—human, facility and equipment, and financial—are used as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Ensures adequacy and soundness of the Center’s financial structure and reporting systems, including development of annual and long-term operating and capital budgets.

Manages the analysis and production of monthly financials.

Participates in the annual audit process.

Fundraising and Development: 20%

The executive director oversees all fundraising activities: 

Develops and maintains relationships with NCC’s donor base.

Edits, and generates (as appropriate) content for all program-specific grant writing.

Prepares proposals for individual, foundation, corporate, and government sources of support for general operations.

Ensures that appropriate reports are provided to funders on schedule.

Human Resource Management and Development: 15%

The executive director:

Provides the conceptual and creative tone for the Center.

Creates a positive, productive, and collaborative climate for staff and volunteers through regular and effective communication.

Provides appropriate support and recognition for staff and volunteers.

Ensures proper human resource policies are in place, procedures are followed, and the organization’s staffing reflects programmatic needs and budget realities.

Board Development and Engagement: 5%

Assists the Board of Directors in developing and maintaining an effective board. The executive director serves as an ex-officio member of the board and on all board committees.

Identifies, cultivates, and assists in the recruitment of able and committed board and committee members who represent the broader community and whose skills, experience, interest, diversity, and capacity are a match for NCC.

Promotes the ongoing education and involvement of board members to maximize participation in their contribution toward NCC’s success and growth.

Communicates effectively with the board, provides timely and accurate information, and supports all board activities, including meetings and subcommittee meetings as necessary.

Community and Public Relations: 10% 

The executive director:

Represents the Center in the regional community and in the international clay community.

Promotes awareness of the organization as a valued arts resource.

As needed and appropriate, works with other organizations to meet the needs of NCC and the larger arts community.

Represents the Center in its relationships with funders, the community, various governmental agencies, professional societies, media, and other groups.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

This is a permanent, full-time salaried exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience, qualifications, performance, and NCC budget. Benefits include vacation and holiday pay, sick and safe time, a monthly benefits allowance, and a 403(b) plan. 

ABOUT NORTHERN CLAY CENTER

NCC has been an innovative cornerstone of 20th-century ceramics. In this spirit, the Center has continued to evolve as a guiding light, through an active exchange of fine craft dialogue that has surrounded our organization since its inception. Northern Clay Center has consistently advanced the ceramic arts for artists, learners, and the community through education, exhibitions, and artist services. Renowned for visionary leadership, compassionate teamwork, and unsurpassed hospitality, NCC is now seeking new executive leadership as Sarah Millfelt departs. Sarah’s efforts over her 20-year tenure have been critical to our continued growth and prosperity. The organization is well-positioned for the future. The successor will assume the helm of a dynamic, multi-faceted, financially sound organization with a passionately engaged board and a staff devoted to supporting an expansive horizon. We seek a new director who possesses the energetic combination of strategic thinking, creative vision, fiscal awareness, and compassionate collaboration to carry on our strategic goal of excellence in service to the ceramic arts.

TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter describing your interests and experience, a résumé that highlights a commitment to the arts and the communities they serve, and a list of three professional references and their contact information to: NCC’s Transition Committee, nccdirectorsearch@northernclaycenter.org. 

Northern Clay Center is an equal opportunity employer. 

Digital Marketing Intern – Position now open, applications due Monday, May 20, 2019 by 5 pm
Put your marketing skills to work while learning about SEO, content creation, and digital advertising campaigns.
Northern Clay Center seeks a current college or university student or recent graduate in marketing, business, or other relevant field to assist the Digital & Marketing Manager with search engine optimization research, social media and web traffic analysis, content creation, and digital advertising campaigns. This is a volunteer position that earns full-time adult education classes at Northern Clay Center. The intern will work 8 hours per week, during NCC’s office hours (Mon – Fri, 9 am – 5:30 pm) and the position is for a full academic term, with the potential to extend for further terms.
Applications are due Monday, May 20 by 5:30 pm.
Northern Clay Center is an equal opportunity employer.
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Clay Camp Assistants – Positions open for application early spring 2019
Northern Clay Center seeks college students and recent graduates, ages 18 and up, for our summer camp positions. Each summer, we provide opportunities for over 15 assistants to help run our camp programs and to gain classroom experience.
The Clay Camp Assistants will work closely with the education program head and clay camp teachers to provide classroom support for weekly summer clay camps at NCC.
Application deadline:
For priority consideration, apply by April 1. Applications will be considered as long as
space is available, through July 2018.
Northern Clay Center is an equal opportunity employer.
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Dona Turbes Summer Studio Internship — Accepting applications for 2019
The Dona Turbes Summer Studio Intern will work closely with the studio technicians to provide studio and classroom support for summer clay camps at NCC. The Intern will gain broad experience in the behind-the-scenes technical operations of a large community art center, including technical work and help with special events. In addition, s/he will have the opportunity to work as an assistant in the Clay Camp programs as described above.
Interns will be responsible for:
Preparing materials and supplies for weekly youth camps at NCC, including loading and unloading kilns
Leading by example through safe use of materials and equipment in the studio
Sorting and packing camper projects to prepare them for pick up
Other special projects as they arise
Intern Requirements:
Experience working with clay is essential. Interest in working with young people, or adult education, is helpful. Dependability, attention to detail, and strong interpersonal skills are a must.
Internship Duration:
The start and end dates of the internship are somewhat flexible. Preferred start date is June 3, 2019. Interns must be able to commit to at least 10 weeks from June 10 to August 16, 15 – 20 scheduled hours per week, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm. Specific dates will be discussed with interns.
Compensation: A stipend will be paid on a weekly basis, dependent on the number of weeks scheduled. The total of the stipend shall be no more than $1000.00. The intern will have studio access, and may also choose to enroll in a free NCC summer adult class, or have studio visits with one of our teaching artists. The intern may request limited days off for other obligations, travel, family time, etc.
Application deadline:
For priority consideration, applications must be received by April 5, 2019. The final deadline for internship applications is May 3. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. You may still apply for the assistantship after this deadline.
About the Internship:
Dona Turbes was a long-time staff member at Smith-Sharpe Fire Brick Supply, a Minneapolis-based refractory supply, founded in 1924.  She helped many potters and teachers across the country purchase kiln building materials and kiln furniture.  This internship is funded by SSFBS and contributions in honor of her memory.
TO APPLY
Your application should include:
  • A letter of interest describing your qualifications for the position and how you will benefit from a summer at NCC. Send your letter as a PDF.
  • A resume (not more than 1 page) outlining your clay and teaching experience. Send your resume as a PDF.
  • Contact information for 2 references who can speak to your clay experience and/or work ethic. Send your reference sheet as a PDF.
  • 3 images of current ceramic work. Submit images as JPEGs at 72 ppi.
Email your application to Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp at kylerudyk@northernclaycenter.org. Documents should be submitted as PDF files and images as JPEGs at 72 dpi. Applications may be mailed (with images on CD) to: Northern Clay Center, attn. Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp, 2424 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis, MN 55406.
All applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Please specify if you are interested in the Assistant or Intern position, or both. Applicants not offered the internship may be offered assistantships.
Northern Clay Center is an equal opportunity employer.

The Smithy Clay Studio is seeking a studio manager.  Candidate must have a BFA in ceramics or equivalent experience.  Candidate must have excellent communication and organizational skills, show initiative, and be able to work both independently and as part of a team.  Teaching experience and knowledge of wheel throwing and hand building techniques is preferred.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to: programming development, clay and glaze preparation, kiln firing and maintaining a safe studio environment.  A successful candidate will be compensated for teaching courses separately and in addition to the base salary.

Please send cover letter, resume, three references, and five images of your ceramic work to the Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main Street, Cooperstown NY  13326 or email to gallery@cooperstownart.com

Application Deadline:  June 1, 2019 

The Marks Project, Inc. (TMP) is looking for a technology-savvy paid junior research assistant for an 8-week training period in preparation for a staff position working independently within a small collaborative group. We are looking for a team member who will learn website quality control and become familiar with documented artists, research tools and approaches, the mission and ethics of TMP. The intern will assist our Database and Work Flow Manager. Preference is given to ceramists with an interest in the history of ceramics as well as its technical aspects and terminology. Applicant should have:

● Minimum 4 year degree: ceramics, art history, library science, and archival studies. 

● Good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, cloud storage with an 

    ability to develop research resources. 

● Work from home within 90-minute drive of Riverside, CT or Springfield, MA.

● Applicant must provide own high-speed internet access. 

To schedule an interview at the upcoming NCECA conference in Minneapolis or to apply:
Send your cover letter and resume including 

2 recent references and your contact information with phone number to: info@themarksproject.org Subject Line: “Request NCECA Interview”.  We’ll contact you to set up an interview. After May 2, 2019, Subject Line: Junior Research Application. 

TMP is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit publically supported by contributions.