Instructional Laboratory Specialist - New Media Arts and Art Education

School of Art & Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in Illinois

Deadline April 07, 2017
Date Posted March 14, 2017
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The School of Art & Art History in the College of Architecture, Design and the Arts, at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), seeks to fill a Lab Specialist position in New Media Arts (NMA) and Art Education (AE). The appointment is for a combined lab managerial position with 90% responsibility in NMA and 10% in AE. Under administrative direction from the Area Coordinators, the Head of Art, and the Director of the School of Art & Art History, the Lab Specialist manages all phases of the specified areas’ visual arts labs. Area facilities serve the needs of faculty and students taking and teaching courses in the area, as well as those from other areas of the School.


Responsibilities include independently instruct and supervise students in the use of all lab equipment, computers and facilities with the purpose of increasing student self-sufficiency. Establish and implement guides and procedures for the proper use of lab computers, inventory, and equipment. Create and implement policy and procedure for increasing the knowledge of students, teaching assistants, faculty, and staff regarding facility operations. Coordinate and supervise software, equipment, and electronics workshops, demos, and authorizations. Supervise equipment checkout. Manage the budget for lab facilities, identify equipment purchases per curriculum needs expressed by NMA and AE faculty. Maintain an inventory of all equipment and software licenses, and coordinate the purchasing of lab furniture, tools, computers, and supplies in consultation with Area Coordinators and administrative staff of the School of Art & Art History. Create and manage user accounts for students and faculty. Maintain the programs’ websites, server, and network accessible drives for faculty, student, and class use. Also, maintain a render farm for 3D animation & video classes, and update software and operating systems as needed. Research and purchase new hardware and software as needed. Oversee building swipe card access for students and faculty.


Bachelor's degree required with preference given to areas of the visual arts or equivalent (Master's preferred.) Minimum two-years of experience in a visual arts laboratory setting. Experience in an academic institution preferred.


Please submit a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three references to the UIC Job Board by April 7, 2017.


The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting


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