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Studio Manager

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Arts and Museum Administration
Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Job Summary

Supports faculty and students in studio art making practice. Oversees art centered operations for all classroom and individual studios in the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies. This position manages three studio locations, staffing and equipment needs. Locations include multi-use and exhibition space as well as classrooms, individual studios for faculty and students. Must have experience working with a variety of materials as well as digital based experience. Management skills are a must! This position supervises two staff positions and reports to the Director of Administration. Works closely with studio faculty and graduate students.

Consults on graduate proposals for dissertations with an artistic practice that includes students from Film and Visual Studies (FVS) and Critical Media Practice (CMP). Offers guidance that including space allocation, materials and equipment requirements.
Establishes required orientation and training for Instructional support staff and students using all department resources. Travels, as needed, to three locations to support visiting artists, faculty, graduate and thesis students. Works with department staff to provide required materials and technology for exhibition and installation.

Position Description


Works with studio faculty to identify course locations. Identifies maintenance requirements and potential expansion of studio resources for the department. Reaches out to studio faculty in advance of classes to identify materials required for pedagogy and curricular needs. Provides advance orientation to new and visiting faculty to ensure that instructional plans can be supported by departmental resources. Coordinates with Manager of Film/Video Equipment to determine best practices for equipment rental to studio classes. Initiates conversation with instructors in planning end-of semester Open Studios, works with Coordinators to identify locations and protocols when necessary. Works with faculty to schedule Solomon and Sert Fellow's visiting artists for classroom visits and other student interactions. Identifies materials required for artist installations at the Department's three studio sites; is responsible for inventorying and securing materials.


There will be overlap in the four studio positions, team work and coordination is a must. This position manages Studio and Woodshop Coordinator regarding staff schedules, questions, materials and space issues. Develops protocol and orientation for studio instructional support, graduate students and staff. Identifies training opportunities with staff. Working with the Coordinators, identifies studio and logistical needs for visiting faculty working in studios. Hires TA for Digital Classroom and Fabrication Lab and oversees the instructional support they provide. Works with departmental IT staff for setup, maintenance, and updates to computer workstations, printers, scanners used by studio classes.


Create annual budgets for materials, maintenance and replacement of equipment in the Carpenter Center studios and 92 Seattle. Identify budget priorities and University resources to supplement studio needs for students when need be. Works with the Finance Director when submitting requests.


Oversee space requests and calendaring for the Carpenter Center, Linden and 92 Seattle. Identify and assign staff support if necessary. Work with faculty to identify teaching location, where and what their material needs are for courses.


Interfaces with Office for Physical Resources and Planning (OPRP) and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) to identify and schedule building upgrades and additions that accommodate art making. Also, mitigate issues when necessary. Consults with Carpenter Center for Visual Arts (CCVA) on annual spring exhibition of Senior theses. Oversees implementation of safety regimens and disposal of chemicals. Establishes and reinforces documentation of protocol.

Basic Qualifications

B.A. required. Minimum of 5 year's experience working in an art practice.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

MFA, Digital fabrication skills are a plus. Position requires organizational and management skills as well as ability to communicate effectively both in-person and through email. Must be comfortable working with faculty artists and students. Must have a sense of humor coupled with flexibility. Needs to be familiar with a broad range of materials and processes. We are a diverse department; cultural competence is a must.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to lift 50 pounds.

Working Conditions

This position will share an office with the Studio Coordinator in the Carpenter Center but will need a dedicated office at 92 Seattle.

Travel will take place between 3 locations - the Carpenter Center, Linden and 92 Seattle studios

Additional Information

Please Note: In order to be considered for this position, a cover letter must be included with your application. 

While this position resides in Art, Film, and Visual Studies, the Studio Manager will work with multiple sources at the University to better provide a top of the line experience. The Studio manager will work with Theater, Dance, and Media, Music, Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, and the Art Lab when necessary. Represents a small group of art professionals on campus that are available for expert consultation.

We regret that we will not be able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

Work Format Details
This position is based primarily on-campus, in Massachusetts. This may include in-person during emergency situations (if applicable). Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. Certain visa types may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Job Function
Arts, Technical

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
398057 Technical Manager

Work Format

Arts and Humanities

Salary Grade

Art, Film, and Visual Studies

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

Monday through Friday, 9-5 with some evening hours to cover events.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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