The Glass Department, within the Division of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), seeks a collaborative, supportive staff technician to join its highly experimental and dynamic learning environment.
The Technician III will design, build, maintain, and repair complicated and diverse technical equipment, glass furnaces, and kilns required in the department and/or escalate to the appropriate vendor and/or consultant. Monitor and respond to glass furnace failure alarms. Instruct faculty and students in the safe and proper use of furnaces, kilns, machinery, general equipment, safety equipment, and supplies. Identify, research, evaluate and present recommendations on new and existing technology, equipment, and features for use in the department courses/labs. Provide advice and guidance on the technical and conceptual parameters of student projects.
Founded in 1877, RISD has earned an international reputation as a leader in art and design education. It is recognized for its renowned faculty of artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities, and the intensity of its studio-based approach to learning-an approach where critical thinking informs the making of works by hand. Approximately 2,500 students from around the world study at RISD, pursuing full-time bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in 19 fine arts, architecture, or design majors, complemented by essential study in the liberal arts.
The College is located in Providence, Rhode Island, which offers its own vibrant art scene and is conveniently located between two other major cultural centers: Boston and New York. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.