COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

The Community Engagement Manager (CEM) oversees the day-to-day operations of The Clay Studio's (TCS) Claymobile program and studio. They work closely with the Deputy Director to balance timelines, schedules, and budgets. The Claymobile program partners with schools, community organizations, and social service agencies around the Philadelphia region to provide under-resourced communities with high-quality arts programming. The program provides an innovative, hands-on approach to learning that strengthens and enhances existing cultural programming, supplements educational curricula, and catalyzes community engagement.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The duties and responsibilities of the CEM are listed below, reflecting the tasks associated with their key competencies.

Claymobile Residencies & Workshops

  • Determine Claymobile community partnerships in collaboration with the Deputy Director (the Claymobile program partners with nearly 100 organizations annually for workshops and residencies).
  • Communicate with partner sites to plan and schedule residencies and workshops. 
  • Maintain a transparent and simple process for managing a Claymobile partnership (paperwork, scheduling, etc.)
  • Collect all grant-related materials and reports for the Development Department. 
  • Keep up-to-date itineraries for each Claymobile partner site. 

Additional Programming & Content

  • Support the Teaching Artists on curriculum development for residencies and workshops.
  • Oversee and install the annual Claymobile Creations exhibition (typically held in January). 
  • Maintain and create new content - lesson plans and curriculums - for the Art Education resource page on The Clay Studio's website. 
  • Work in collaboration with outside evaluators to define and implement outcome-based evaluation models. 
  • Write and distribute quarterly Claymobile e-newsletter. 
  • Collaborate with various partner sites, including artist groups, schools, community centers, advocacy groups, and appropriate Board Committees on program planning. 
  • Work with the Deputy Director for planning and implementing other community events and festivals such as Hands-On Clay, First Fridays, and Clay Fest. 
  • Oversees the onsite After-School program and supports the After-School Coordinator.
  • Support grant writing application efforts with program and partnership ideas. 
  • Manage special grant projects about the Claymobile program. 
  • Other duties are assigned as needed.

Teaching Artists & Assistants

  • Responsible for hiring and orientation of new Claymobile teaching artists and assistants. 
  • Oversee the work of Claymobile teaching artists and assistants. This includes six staff teaching artists (5 full-time, 1 part-time) and additional contract teaching artists and assistants. 
  • Create and maintain a schedule for all Claymobile teaching artists and assistants.
  • Maintain active and up-to-date clearances for all teaching artists and assistants.
  • Work with the Deputy Director and outside evaluators to evaluate all Claymobile teaching artists and assistants.
  • Provide quarterly professional development opportunities for Claymobile teaching artists and assistants. 
  • Complete bi-weekly payroll for all contract teaching artists and assistants. 

QUALIFICATIONS & COMPENSATION:

  • 2-5 years of experience in arts administration, art education, community engagement, program management, and/or ceramics. 
  • Previous experience with teaching art, especially ceramics. 
  • Ability and interest in working with people of all ages, from pre-K through older adults. 
  • Certifications, experience, and/or coursework in trauma-informed teaching practices, social justice initiatives, and/or anti-racist teaching practices is a plus.
  • Being bilingual, especially in Spanish and English, is a plus. 
  • Must have a valid Driver's License.
  • The position requires lifting 50 lbs. and climbing stairs regularly.
  • Salary range of $45,000-$48,000 depending upon qualifications and experience.
  • A complete benefits package is included

WORK SCHEDULE:
The CEM is expected to work on average, 40 hours per week, including a 1-hour lunch break daily. These hours generally fall between 9 am - 5 pm, Monday through Friday. The CEM needs to schedule their work day with the Claymobile schedule in mind; therefore, the exact time of entering and leaving work is flexible. Occasional evening and weekend work is required for special events and programs, including Second Thursday as scheduled.

HOW TO APPLY:
Send a resume and cover letter to jobs@theclaystudio.org. No phone calls, please. Applications will be reviewed immediately until the position is filled.

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COMMUNICATIONS DESIGNER

The Clay Studio seeks a talented Communications Designer to guide our brand through a pivotal moment in our history. The successful candidate will be highly organized, be prepared to meet deadlines with long and short turnaround times, and successfully manage expectations with colleagues. This is an opportunity to build your project management skills, highlight your creativity, and join a high-producing team. 

The Communications Designer works with internal department heads to produce all Clay Studio communications materials, including exhibition graphics, posters, invitations, brochures and catalogs, weekly email and web-based communications, website maintenance, and other design tasks as needed. The Communications Designer produces some work in-house and works directly with external vendors to ensure that print and digital communications are produced to the highest quality, on time, and within budget.

This position reports to the Deputy Director and collaborates closely with the Curator & Director of Artistic Programs, Director of Development, and Executive Director.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS:

  • Organized, maintains schedules, meets deadlines, can prioritize and manage multiple projects, and high attention to detail. Can work quickly and efficiently under tight deadlines and very short turnarounds
  • Flexible enough to adjust to changing priorities and circumstances
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and a focus on working collaboratively to create a needed copy
  • Knowledge of email communication programs such as Mail Chimp
  • Interest/experience in communications and marketing
  • Strong design skills, including familiarity with current design software, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and basic HTML
  • Working knowledge of the printing process and file preparation (preflight etc.)
  • Ability to work effectively with a range of personalities and working styles and with people at all levels of the organization, including staff and board
  • Ability and experience working effectively on a team while performing a substantial portion of duties independently
  • Possess a positive attitude, excellent work ethic, and motivation to meet goals

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Meet all design deadlines outlined in the marketing plan.
  • Work within the parameters of The Clay Studios brand guidelines
  • Prepare files for both print and web use.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with vendors and industry contacts
  • Design and produce most Clay Studio communications and marketing collateral (print/electronic). This includes but is not limited to exhibition graphics, postcards, brochures, invitations, newsletters, catalogs, reports, announcements, posters, and newsletters
  • Work with web development and database company to maintain functionality and usability, and to redesign as appropriate

OCCUPATIONAL:

  • Ability to climb ladders
  • Ability to install vinyl on a ladder as needed, which may involve bending at the waist

QUALIFICATIONS & COMPENSATION:

  • Experience in a graphic design position
  • Familiarity with the workings of a nonprofit organization preferred
  • $45,000 - $48,000/year, depending upon qualifications and experience
  • A complete benefits package is included

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:
The Communications Designer reports directly to the Deputy Director. There are no direct reports. However, the Communications Designer will manage relationships with external vendors and interns.

WORK SCHEDULE:
The Communications Designer is expected to work a 40+ hour week—normal office hours, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. As with any design position, deadlines and workloads vary throughout the year and may require occasional extended hours. The Communications Designer is also expected to attend special events as requested, including monthly Second Thursday Gallery Nights and several Saturday community events as scheduled.

HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit the following information via email:

  • Cover letter outlining your interest, experience, and qualifications
  • Resume
  • Work samples that illustrate your skills, along with descriptions of projects completed
  • Three references (contact info, no letters needed)

Submit to jobs@theclaystudio.org with the subject line “Communications Designer.” No phone calls, please. The Clay Studio will review applications immediately.

 

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CUSTODIAN 

The Clay Studio (TCS) Custodian performs general cleaning and routine building maintenance tasks of the new 34,000-square-foot facility.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The duties and responsibilities of the Custodian are listed below, reflecting the tasks associated with their key competencies.

● Oversee daily trash removal, restocking/cleaning restroom
● Sweeping/mopping/vacuuming, cleaning/disinfecting tables, and counters
● Cleaning exterior entryway/cigarette receptacles, graffiti removal
● Cleaning/polishing/floor maintenance throughout the building
● Cleaning/disinfecting community surfaces (handrails, water fountains, etc.)
● Clean windows and glass doors
● Change of all filters for HVAC as required
● Prepare classrooms for incoming classes; remove or rearrange furniture for events or classes
● Remove and properly dispose of all recyclable materials
● Change light bulbs, interior, and exterior, as needed
● Maintain exterior property, including snow removal
● Assist with all show installs/removals if needed
● Paint, and refurbish areas as needed
● Performs other work-related duties as assigned
● Must be able to work flexible hours
 

Qualifications:

● 1-3 years of working experience in facilities maintenance is preferred
● Ability to work with minimal supervision
● Must be organized, detail-oriented, customer service orientated, and able to multi-task
● The ability to hold a valid Driver’s License is preferred
● Ability to push/lift 75 pounds
● Ability to climb ladders
● Bending at the waist, sitting, kneeling, climbing, walking, crouching, as the job may require
● Working around lubricants, solvents, batteries, cleaning fluids, paints

Reporting Relationships
The Custodian reports directly to the Deputy Director. As a small, agile, and close-knit staff, the successful candidate will collaborate closely with multiple staff members while working independently.  

Compensation
The position is part-time, and the compensation is $17/hr. The schedule is Sunday, Monday, and one additional day throughout the week that is flexible. The shifts are 6 hours for an average of 18 hours per week. The suggested schedule is 7:00 am - 1:00 pm, but it is flexible.

The Clay Studio is an equal-opportunity employer. The Clay Studio values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, and members of ethnic minorities to apply.

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ABOUT THE CLAY STUDIO

The Clay Studio is Philadelphia's only nonprofit solely dedicated to the education and promotion of the ceramic arts, and is one of the world's leading institutions in the field.  Founded in 1974, The Clay Studio supports the ceramic arts through its artist residencies, gallery, studio space, and school, educational & outreach programs. The programs of the Clay Studio reflect the dual character of the organization: as a community centered institution involved with the life of the city and region, and as a national and international focal point for ceramic arts. The Clay Studio believes in promoting broad access to the ceramic arts, therefore programs are geared to all levels of interest and proficiency.