Textile & Fashion Design Studio Technician

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Maine College of Art educates artists and designers for life.

Textile & Fashion Design Studio Technician

Maine College of Art educates artists and designers for life.

Position Overview___________________________
Maine College of Art seeks a Studio Technician to maintain the studio and equipment in the Textile & Fashion Design (TFD) Program, to assist students with technical issues related to studio equipment, and to assist with the day-to-day supply and technical needs of the department. The overarching responsibility of the TFD Studio Technician is to ensure that the studio is a safe environment that fosters the best possible learning and teaching experience for students and faculty. Duties begin Monday, May 10, 2021 or later.

The technician’s primary duties are the organization, maintenance, and monitoring of studio equipment including industrial sewing machines, flat-bed knitting machines, textile printing and dyeing facilities, and looms. The technician also supports the department by organizing and ordering studio and course supplies including arranging deliveries for orders and donations and installing equipment in the studio. The technician assists the department administratively by maintaining Safety Data Sheet (SDS) databases and supplier inventories, processing invoices, organizing student authorizations, keeping track of equipment loans, and monitoring records of student purchases. The technician is responsible for the overall well-being of the TFD studios, including communicating and supporting studio use policies, general maintenance, organization, restocking supplies (such as inks and dyes), answering student inquiries related to machinery, and occasionally assisting the program chair with special projects as needed, such as reorganizing studios or installing new equipment.

As the Environmental Coordinator for TFD, the Textile & Fashion Design Technician works with the Facilities Department to stay current with relevant college environmental policies.

The TFD Studio Technician reports to the TFD Program Chair.

The Successful Candidate_________________________
To achieve success in the role of Textile and Fashion Design Studio Tech will require:

Follow all protocols for proper handling, storage and disposal of materials and the safe operation of departmental equipment.
Inform students, faculty, and staff about proper protocol regarding the use of materials and equipment and train students on safe use of equipment as needed during tech hours.
Maintenance of the Textile and Fashion facilities, including keeping classrooms and support rooms clean and organized.
Maintain an inventory of materials, organize deliveries, and assume responsibility for receiving, storing, and restocking studio supplies and class materials.
Ensure all materials in the department are well labeled and the SDS books are up-to-date.
Assist students as needed during studio hours and monitor the use of the TFD studios. Complete safety training on specialized machinery depending on student need.
Maintain and repair department equipment  including Juki Industrial Lockstitch machines, sergers, flat-bed knitting machine, textile printing and dyeing facilities, and floor looms.
Maintain a supply of inks, dyes, and emulsion in the studio (includes mixing dyes, refilling inks, and mixing emulsion as needed). Restock sewing supplies such as drafting paper, muslin, and thread as needed throughout the academic year.
Place supply orders and maintain records for department supplies including recording purchase orders and monitoring departmental budget
Be present to help with rehearsals and events related to the end-of-year fashion show in early May. If desired, the studio technician may choose to take on a leadership role in planning components of the end-of-year show, which may increase weekly hours in the Spring.
Coordinate and receive shipments of supply orders and supply donations.
Maintain a record of donations received, records of equipment loans to students, and supplier directories.
Monitor and maintain records for student supply purchases from the supply office.
Periodically visit vendors to pick up supplies and hardware as needed.
Coordinate with Continuing Studies and MFA staff and faculty throughout the year to ensure that all users of the TFD studios understand policies around safe use of equipment.
Assist TFD Program Chair in special departmental projects and improvements as needed (such as recovering print and/or ironing tables, or setting up equipment such as looms and knitting machines).
Maintain an inventory of equipment (such as looms and knitting machines).

The Institution_________________________________
Maine College of Art is an independent college of art and design located in the center of the thriving arts district of Portland, Maine. Established in 1882, the College currently enrolls approximately 425 students, the majority of whom are in the undergraduate program. About 1,000 students take classes through MECA’s Continuing Studies Program annually. MECA’s Joanne Waxman Library is an important resource of art­ and design ­oriented books and periodicals for the region. The Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA is a vibrant site for the exhibition of contemporary art.


MECA is characterized by its intimate learning community, its interdisciplinary nature and the breadth of its programs. It confers the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts in eleven majors, Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, Master of Arts in Teaching, and the Salt Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies. Our goal at MECA is to teach each student how to transform aspirations and values into a creative practice that serves as the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals.


Maine College of Art is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The College’s accreditation status with both agencies was renewed in 2016.

Strategic Direction_______________________________
MECA’s seven-year strategic (2020-2027) plan builds on our historic positioning in Portland’s arts district, a shared strategic vision, and proven ability to embrace change.

Strategic Plan Priorities

1. Broaden Our Reach: Online and Distance Learning

Charge: MECA will develop a strategy to effectively enter the online and distance learning marketplace in order to expand our audience of learners and generate additional revenue streams.

2. Develop a Culture of Social Change, Racial Justice, and Equity Charge: MECA’s commitment to Social Change, Racial Justice, and Inclusion will inform all aspects of the College. We believe placing these values at the forefront of our work cultivates artists who are true agents of change and connects our community to the world in meaningful ways.

3. Academic Excellence

Charge: MECA will cultivate the highest standards in teaching and learning in art, design, and media, and will be recognized for its students’ cultural contributions. The College will be known as an educational leader in the programs it offers, creating and continually improving a relevant, culturally inclusive, and distinctive curriculum that enables students to reach their potential in an ever-changing world.

Recognizing a rapidly evolving and increasingly challenging higher education landscape, the College will create additional programs and educational pathways to attract learners beyond its traditional region and age group: this includes professional, mid-career and continuing learners.

4. Create a Living and Learning Center

Charge: Maine College Art (MECA) will develop a new Living and Learning Center that reflects the College’s mission to provide students with the resources and support necessary to pursue their education successfully. Building on MECA’s historic role as the creative anchor of Portland, the new Center will expand MECA’s footprint and identity within Portland and will provide a destination and hub for community activity and engagement.

5. Financial Sustainability

Charge: An essential principle of our Strategic Plan is to ensure MECA’s long-term financial sustainability. As informed by data and other qualitative metrics, we will identify a financial framework and a series of revenue-focused strategic priorities in support of sustainable results and MECA’s overall fiscal plan.

We seek a team member who shares our vision to create a safe and inclusive environment for all students and who is excited about the opportunity to assist in a creative environment that offers a diverse mix of courses each semester. The successful candidate will have a thorough knowledge of professional textile and apparel processes, materials, equipment, and machinery. The ideal candidate will demonstrate strong organizational and administrative skills and will be reliable, self-motivated, able to work well both independently and with others, and committed to providing a positive studio environment for students and faculty. The studio technician is asked to schedule some of their studio hours at night and/or on weekend days each week.


A BFA in Textiles, Fashion or a related field, or commensurate experience, is required. Additional experience maintaining and supervising a textile studio or equipment is preferred, as is administrative/clerical experience, including experience with Google Sheets and Google Drive. The ability to lift boxes or equipment over 40 lbs. is intermittently required of this position.

Schedule, Compensation & Benefits_________________

The schedule is 20-25 hours a week during the fall and spring semesters, for a total of 34 weeks. Summer hours generally are 8-10 hours a week for an additional 14 weeks.

Compensation for the position is $15 an hour.

The TFD Studio Technician has access to TFD facilities and equipment to pursue personal artistic work so long as it does not interrupt or impede scheduled classes. The position is eligible for participation in the 403(b) retirement plan only.

To Apply_______________________________________
Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will be accepted until a hire is made.

Application materials must be sent digitally in a single PDF and emailed to employment@meca.edu.

Place <[FirstName LastName], TFD STUDIO TECH> in the subject line.

The PDF must include:

1) a letter of application which articulates in one page only how the candidate’s experience intersects with the position description;

2) a resume or curriculum vitae;

3) a list of three references;

4) a diversity statement;

5) images of work that relates to the skills of the position (optional).

Maine College of Art recognizes that diversity is integral to the academic experience and strives to foster an inclusive culture defined by respect, equity and social responsibility. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience working with diverse populations, and supporting an inclusive and equitable community. Maine College of Art does not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, HIV status, race, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, or military/veteran’s status in its educational programs, admissions policies, employment policies, financial aid, or other College administered programs. Candidates from historically underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

To apply for this job email your details to tguay@meca.edu