Studio Manager

Tufts University - Boston, MA (30+ days ago)4.1


Job Title: Studio Manager


Please complete your application on job number 18001402

Department: Tufts Technology Services

Department Summary

Viewing technology in the context of work, scholarship and campus life, Tufts Technology Services (TTS) is a university-wide service organization committed to delivering technology services that support Tufts’ mission of teaching, learning, research, and service. Understanding that IT enables innovation, TTS prioritizes holistic, human-centered design strategies to create timely and intuitive services, applications and tools that differentiate the Tufts experience.

Across our diverse and creative teams, we engage and focus our collective talent to strengthen Tufts’ strategic IT capabilities. To keep pace with our community’s emerging needs, we continue to evolve our competencies across four main families of practice, including Planning and Design, Service Delivery and Operations, Data Strategy, and Academic Technology.

Thinking and acting strategically with technology occurs through strong partnerships and an engaged community. Additionally, for technologies to take on integral meaning to our work, we also need reliable and consistent support in using them. With staff across all of Tufts’ campuses, as well as a 24x7 IT Service Desk, we collaborate with schools and divisions to meet the demands of a global, mobile community and to enable the broadest possible access.

Come join our collaborative, flexible work environment, where leadership is valued at all levels of the organization, and opportunities abound to work with leading technologies and learn new skills.

Job Summary

The Studio Manager manages and maintains a fine arts studio, including its facilities, affiliated classrooms, analog and digital equipment, processes, documentation and training, and inventory of materials and supplies. The Studio Manager ensures that the studio is equipped, supplied, and configured to support the academic and creative goals of faculty and student users. The Studio Manager provides educational consulting services to faculty, students, and staff, to support them with complex and technically advanced projects and assignments from initial concept to final product. S/he also monitors and maintains health, safety and security of studio facilities and ensures compliance with all relevant health and safety standards and regulations.

The Media Arts Department at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University seeks applications for a full-time Studio Manager in Media Arts.

The Studio Manager manages and maintains fine arts studios in Film, Animation, Video, Sound, and Digital Media, (including facilities, affiliated classrooms, analog and digital equipment, processes, documentation and training, and inventory of materials and supplies) ensuring that they are equipped, supplied, and configured to support the academic and creative goals of faculty and student users. The Studio Manager provides technical support services to faculty and students, including advising, instructing and assisting in the development, production, post production, installation, and display of media projects.

Requirements include: a proficiency in the production, post-production, and exhibition of moving image, sound, and digital media within a fine arts context-- in the gallery and the theater; a demonstrated ability to support students with a wide range of cross-disciplinary interests and to support their work both conceptually and technically; and good interpersonal skills, including clarity, generosity, and creativity.

Essential Functions:

Manage Studio Operations and Maintenance

Serve as a principle point of contact for students and faculty with technical challenges that occur within and beyond class content; answer questions about techniques, processes, and equipment. Conduct equipment training workshops and studio orientations, and develop instructional materials and guide-sheets as needed.

Maintain supply and material inventories and restock as necessary. Monitor the facilities for proper cleanliness and state of order and coordinate with Operations Division staff to schedule cleaning and maintenance.

Supervise student employees. Select, train, and supervise qualified student assistants and studio monitors. Prepare and maintain schedule. Oversee their fulfillment of responsibilities. If disciplinary action should become necessary, take whatever action is necessary and fully document process. 55%

Lead Studio Design and Instructional Support

Continually improve the effectiveness of the studio by staying abreast of developments in the field. Work with faculty to assure studios are properly equipped and supplied to support current curriculum. 30%

Oversee Studio Budget

Provide day-to-day management of the operating budget covering supplies, materials, equipment, and student workers. In coordination with faculty, ensure that adequate funds are available to maintain or replace equipment, as well as supplies, and determine capital purchases. Purchase equipment and supplies, and handle vendor management. 10%

Maintain Studio Safety

In coordination with Tufts Operations Division staff, ensure compliance with all relevant health and safety standards and regulations within the studio facilities. 5%

This description is not intended to be all-inclusive.

Employee may perform other duties as assigned to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Minimum Required Experience, Education, Background, And Certifications/Licenses

  • The following required knowledge and skills as typically acquired by completing a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts or a related field
  • 3-5 years of related professional experience related to studio area
  • Work independently and troubleshoot problems with minimal supervision
  • Proficient written, verbal and interpersonal skills in order to work pleasantly and tactfully with a diverse community; including fellow employees, faculty, students and staff.
  • Strong communication, collaboration, organizational and time management skills including the ability to multi-task, prioritize, and independently manage a changing workload and schedule in a wide variety of settings and situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver professional customer service, end user training and consultation, effective team and project work.

Additional Preferred Experience, Education, etc.

  • Master’s degree in the fine arts or related field

Job Type: Full-time


  • Studio Management: 5 years (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)