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The New York Studio School, founded in 1964 by artists for artists, offers a variety of studio-centric academic programs—including a two-year MFA degree, a three-year Certificate and Virtual Certificate, intensive two-week Marathons, and a range of Evening & Weekend classes. Located in the historic Greenwich Village building that served as the original home of the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYSS is currently seeking a hard-working, self-motivated, hands-on individual to join its dedicated staff as Studio Coordinator.

The Studio Coordinator is a full-time position responsible for overseeing our incredible studio and classroom spaces; providing support to the Facilities Manager and general building operations; and collaborating with faculty members and students to ensure optimal working conditions for classes and independent projects. Preference will be given to applicants with a background in Sculpture and knowledge in workshops/fabrication. This is an ideal role for a working artist who would enjoy being part of vibrant community and assisting with the realization of all aspects of making at the School. The Studio Coordinator reports directly to the Facilities Manager, indirectly to the Dean and Associate Deans, and collaborates with all staff members, faculty members, and students to support the School’s mission and uphold the best studio and School environment possible

The New York Studio School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, family or marital status, or sexual orientation. The School is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


Daily rounds of all studios and shared spaces to maintain and improve functionality and operations

Attend to general upkeep and usability of all spaces

Oversee and perform routine cleaning, organizing and assigning of the studio spaces

Coordinate and maintain shops and materials for the Sculpture department

Instruct and guide students on armature fabrication, woodworking, and welding techniques

Recycling of clay using pug mill

Management of clay work to be fired/post firing

Loading/unloading, firing, and maintenance of ceramic kiln

Manage all equipment, including kilns, welding equipment, sinks, and traps

Inventory and order supplies for classes and department

Uphold strict policies for dust control and the safe use of tools and equipment, including training and monitoring working environments


Proactive and frequent outreach/conversation with Faculty members and Students to ensure their needs are met in the building (supplies, building features, coordination of space use)

Orient and instruct students in proper studio etiquette, material usage, building policies and general safety and security

Oversee and train class monitors and tuition remission students


Construction of setups for classes

Conduct regular inspections of premises, machinery, and tools, effecting necessary repairs

Manage storage areas and keep all common areas clear

Inspection of fire extinguishers and first aid stations

Drain valves and steam traps for boiler during heating season

Oversee contractors for maintenance on HVAC systems, inspection of fire suppression equipment

Operation of HVAC systems

Fill in for Front Desk (reception) staff when needed


Setup/breakdown for Lecture Series and for special events

Art handling, support for gallery installation, de-installation, and maintenance

Ideal Qualifications

Diplomacy, exceptional interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills

Versatility, patience, and solution-oriented mindset

Bachelor’s degree preferred

Experience and/or aptitude for working respectfully with students and people of diverse backgrounds

Independent professional judgment, good time management, and dedicated team player

Creative problem-solving skills and compassion in dealing with student and faculty issues

Highly organized and capable of creating systems that will enhance efficiency at all levels of studio management 

Experience working in a historic building preferred

Sculpture background/education preferred


Use of power tools, including table saws

Knowledge of clay and clay production, including recycling

Knowledge of firing and maintaining kilns

Experience & competence in oxy-acetylene torches, arc welding and other machines and tools related to metal work

Knowledge of how to build a proper figure armature

Skill in various casting techniques from small heads to life-size figures; to teach students the basics in plaster mold making

Able to read and interpret documents such as safety manuals, MSDS and operating and maintenance procedures

Flexibility of schedule with ability to work weekend, evening, or possibly late-night hours as needed

Able to lift and carry 50 lbs

Able to perform frequent bending, lifting, and walking, including climbing and descending stairs frequently

Able to use ladders safely

Able to clear a background check and to work legally in the United States

NYC Fire Department Certificates of Fitness F-93 (Fireguard) & G-95 (Flammable Gasses, cutting/welding) (If not currently possessed, ability to attain once employed)


This is a full-time position with a starting salary of approximately $50,000 – $55,000 with growth opportunity. The work schedule will typically be Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, with any exceptions to be discussed and agreed upon. NYSS offers a benefits package that includes health care coverage. The offices are located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, in a historic building that does not meet ADA compliant standards. The staff is presently working both onsite and remotely. This is an in-person, hands on position.

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