Overview

The Artist | Art Lead (Lead) will participate in all Art Department activities maintaining safe and efficient work practices with the intention to produce high quality work on time and on budget. You are the ultimate champion for project success.

You are responsible for fabricating world-class exhibits, environments, sets, and interiors. You have a broad and refined skill set, your attention to detail is impeccable, and your craft turns heads. Ravenswood Studio has a decades long reputation for completing the finest projects for museums, theaters, operas, and commercial interests. Our clients are consistently thrilled when their designs come to life. Your role is difficult to capture in a simple title: the Art Department handles applying coatings and finishes, process sampling, sculpting, texturing, mold making, casting, finish preparation, equipment maintenance, materials handling, installations, and load outs.

The Leads work mostly independently with some direction from their Department Manager on Ravenswood projects. Art Leads work closely with Project Managers and Fabrication Leads to complete projects and installations. Leads have Artists assigned to their project by the Director of Operations and the Department Manager. The Art Lead has the authority and responsibility to direct the work of the project team. Art Leads, Fabrication Leads, and Project Managers collaborate to determine build schedule and sequencing. When not leading a project, the Lead will serve as an Artist on other Lead’s projects. During that time, they follow direction of the Lead assigned to the project.

The Lead will participate in fabrication, finish preparation, finishing, equipment maintenance, materials handling, cleaning, general maintenance, installations, load outs, and other department activities. The successful Lead shows initiative developing their skill sets, stays informed of the latest tools and technologies available in the shop, and follows Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) implemented by Ravenswood. The Lead will serve as a consultant in the construction drawing and build process. This collaboration is critical to Ravenswood’s success. The successful Lead maintains effective, courteous relationships with all Ravenswood staff to move their respective jobs forward.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES
PROJECT EXECUTION:

The Lead will strive for at least 90% of their time to be spent directly moving projects forward.
Our industry presents us with a variety of challenges to tackle daily. Sometimes you will work based on formal drawing sets full of detail; sometimes from designer renderings; and, sometimes no reference exists. When information is scarce or we are gathering information through action, your ability to create from an idea, produce samples, and develop solutions in the shop with the project team is crucial.
Though we enjoy a 100,000 square foot shop, space can get tight. Coordinate your tasks with the project workflow and other shop personnel to maximize the efficient use of shop space for all our projects.
Follow SOPs for common processes as directed by the Department Managers.
Ensure understanding of process required before proceeding with any task.
Follow product application instructions per the product’s Technical Data Sheet. This includes the selection of equipment, nozzle size, wet coating thickness, pressure settings, environmental conditions, recoat/handling/dry times, and other conditions as appropriate. Do not deviate from those instructions unless following a documented process proven by a thorough sampling and wear testing procedure.
Safely use shop and personal tooling. Do not use equipment for purposes it was not designed.
Everyone in the shop lends a hand with material handling, cleaning, and maintenance. Clients frequently comment “Wow! You have a really clean shop.”
Provide material handling assistance both loading and unloading as specified by Department Managers.
Return shared resources and tools promptly after using them. This includes spray equipment, clamps, tools, sawhorses, worktables, materials handling equipment, and shop carts.
Collaborate with Project Managers to understand the time and materials budget for your project.
Problem solving and critical thinking are essential to find effective solutions.

SHOP SAFETY AND UPKEEP:

Follow all Ravenswood Safety Policies.
Though we do high caliber work and often work under tight deadlines, nothing we do should risk your health and safety. We have strong safety policies to help us all go home to our families, friends, and communities.
Safety is a team effort, if it does not look right or feel right, speak up!
Use machine guards, remove trip hazards, coil cords and hoses when not in use, and maintain clear passages throughout the building.
Wear appropriate attire and required PPE as specified in Ravenswood’s safety programs.
Reference SDS when working with materials. Ensure familiarity with all hazards associated with those materials.
Engage tool training provided by Department Managers; learn improved techniques and awareness of hazards.
The Art Department presents a uniquely messy collection of materials and processes. Consistent daily upkeep is necessary to keep the shop in functional order. Everyone in the Department is involved.
Maintain organization and cleanliness of shared shop resources. This includes the spray booth, sculpting booth, mixing table, sample table, spray equipment, plural component system, tool room, hardware storage, stationary tool stations, carts, loading docks, company vehicles, staging areas, and worktables.
Maintain clean and organized work behaviors. Clean up after yourself. Assist others with cleaning and maintenance.

LEADERSHIP AND COLLABORATION:

Understand assigned tasks thoroughly and know how the task fits into the overall job.
When leading a project, meet with Artists routinely to execute projects efficiently and according to our standards. Also, meet with the Fabrication-side Project Lead consistently to determine order of operations and efficient sequencing of items. Meet routinely to maintain project schedule and to get materials ordered on time.
When serving as an Artist, meet with the Art Lead routinely.
Inform the choice of methods based upon experience and expertise.
Consistently document, streamline, and improve our capabilities, processes, and performance. This includes diligent record keeping for samples, documentation of process experiments, and communication with the whole Art Department regarding changes and improvements.
Meet with your Department Manager daily to adjust labor load, identify driving needs, request materials, and adjust for project contingencies.
Actively problem solve with the project team.
Hold your crew to standards and timelines. Provide training to crewmembers when appropriate.

WORKFORCE PARTICIPATION:

Abide by all time and attendance policies.
Attend meetings as requested.
When leading a project, participate in Put-to-Detail and Put-to-Work meetings. These meetings are opportunities for collaboration on build methodology, material selection, finishes, and problem solving. They also serve to identify and mitigate risks in the project.
Diligently execute other tasks as assigned.
Participate in training as directed.
Record hours accurately by assigned cost codes.
Participate in local and out-of-town installations. Most out-of-town installations last 1 – 2 weeks. Occasional installations will require 3 – 4 week stints out-of-town. The selection of crews for out-of-town calls exceeding 2 weeks is done on a volunteer basis.
Work overtime as required; this can include Saturdays. Though we work hard to staff overtime calls on a volunteer basis, we occasionally make overtime mandatory.

COMMUNICATION:

Our success comes from making many incremental improvements. You are part of a team effort to continue that work. Meet with the other Art Leads and Department Managers routinely.
Notify the Project Manager of any client requests received directly. Exercise discretion to escalate major requests for Project Manager approval prior to completing the work.
Maintain clear and concise business communication at all times.
Respectfully represent Ravenswood anytime you are in front of a client. This includes onsite work, shop visits, and planning meetings.
Anticipate time and material use overruns. Communicate with the Project Manager well before the Project Team exceeds the budget.
Alert other Art Leads and Project Managers when material supplies are running low to prevent shortages.
Proactively provide project updates to the Project Manager and other Art Leads as appropriate.

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS

Lift and carry up to 50 pounds safely.
Wear protective footwear at all times.
Wear ear protection and protective eyewear as required by task. Use respiratory PPE safely and appropriately.
Stand for prolonged periods.
Ability to read construction documentation and use a scale rule.
Ability to interpret artistic elevations, models, renderings, sketches, and drawings.
Competency with all tools in their department. Exception given to the plural component system.
When needed, provide personal hand tools, cordless power tools, layout tools, and appropriate tool storage. Art Department duties rarely require personally supplied equipment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, + ABILITIES

Relevant degree/diploma, professional certification, or equivalent work experience/demonstrated skills.
Minimum of 5 years+rsquo; experience in a related field.
Broad knowledge of modern finishing, coating, faux finishing, sculpting, casting, molding methods and technologies.
Ability to communicate proficiently and proactively with all personnel.
Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently.
Ability to identify when a task demands expertise outside of developed skillset and to seek assistance accordingly.
Intrinsic curiosity and enthusiasm for problem solving and bespoke fabrication.
A keen eye for detail and aesthetics.

To apply for this job email your details to hireme@ravenswoodstudio.com