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Department: Visible Futures Lab
Job Type: Full-Time
Available From: Jul 8, 2021
Reports To: Lab Director

POSITION OVERVIEW: Manage evening operations of Visible Futures Lab



Administrative Duties :

  • Maintain lab operating hours from 4 pm to 11 pm M-F.
  • Develop workflows, policies, and procedures for the lab and its equipment.
  • Assist with and oversee special events, projects, presentations, artist in residency (AiR), and exhibitions.
  • Assist Director with training and managing staff including the prototyping specialist, lab assistant, and student workers.
  • Maintain tool and materials inventory.
  • Create material and machine forecasts to assist with lab direction, planning, and budgeting.
  • Update website content and assist with social media deployment.


Technical Duties :

  • Perform maintenance and keep lab facilities, equipment, and workstations in working order.
  • Maintain a safe environment by keeping workspaces clean, approving materials used within the lab, and overseeing proper use of lab equipment.
  • Supervise, guide, and assist graduate students, artists in residence, staff, and faculty on lab policies, safety procedures, and the proper and safe usage of fabrication equipment, shop tools, techniques, and their applications.
  • Assist students, artists in residence, staff, and faculty with new media projects including physical computing, electronics, programming, and virtual reality equipment.
  • Assist students with the software and hardware necessary to operate tools and equipment.
  • Operate tools including CNC (Computer Numerical Control) devices, 3D printers, 3D scanners, VR equipment, laser cutters, vinyl printer/cutters, sewing and embroidery machines, table saw, band saw, vertical mill, lathe, acrylic bender, and soldering tools.
  • Learn and test new equipment to share and train other staff members.
  • Develop prototypes, new techniques, and examples which demonstrate the capabilities of lab resources and equipment.
  • Provide support, mentorship, and expertise for graduate students with project planning, design, and fabrication best practices.



  • College Degree in art, design, or technology-based fields.
  • Minimum 3 years of shop and/or fabrication & digital fabrication experience.
  • Portfolio demonstrating an ability to create working, complex, and diversified projects.
  • Previous management experience or equivalent.
  • Experience in working with a variety of materials and digital and analog fabrication tools.
  • 2D & 3D CAD and CAM software proficiency.
  • Experience with electronics design and microcontroller including Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and basic programming preferred.
  • Experience with new media/technology tools including virtual reality equipment is preferred.
  • Ability to learn new technology and workflows in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to interact with all levels of administrative staff, faculty, students, visitors, and prospective students.
  • Detail-oriented, strong organizational skills, the ability to work independently, troubleshoot technical issues and maintain focus while handling multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Safety Minded.

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers, and creative professionals for nearly seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world.

To apply for this position, please click on the link here.

No walk-ins or phone calls, please.

The School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity and inclusion is a core principle of the College. SVA enjoys a community that represents a significant number of historically underrepresented communities, ethnic and religious backgrounds, gender identities, diverse abilities, and foreign countries, and all are encouraged to apply.