Production Shop Supervisor (classified, Non-exempt)

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is seeking a flexible and responsive individual that excels in an exceedingly deadline-driven workplace to join the Exhibition Design and Production Department.

This salaried, non-exempt position works in a climate-controlled setting and offers Commonwealth of Virginia employee benefits such as 12 paid holidays, health benefits and more.

The Production Shop Supervisor is responsible for leading the implementation of production activities in carpentry, advanced skills in cabinet making and woodworking, and painting.

The Production Shop Supervisor leads with a positive nature to elevate and achieve design concepts, provides useful ideas, contributes and receives valuable peer feedback, demonstrates respect and mentorship, as well as effectively oversees the workflow of the shop to complete projects on time and budget. This role may also contribute in an advisory capacity to other design staff when needed. Currently, this position is responsible for five direct reports.

Duties include:

  • Reads fabrication, architectural, and construction plans to assess accuracy, safety, and structural integrity that can affect design specifications. Advises design staff as needed.
  • Acts as lead fabricator to produce casework, displays, wing walls, and other exhibition components.
  • Conducts daily walk-throughs in special exhibition galleries while under construction and provides essential feedback to foreperson and team.
  • Evaluates the project in full scale, creates templates, lays out working drawings to exact scale, designs joinery, and determines the most appropriate materials, finishes, and techniques to accomplish design and production objectives.
  • Works proactively with project management and design teams to resolve fabrication problems, recommend design modifications, and translate design concepts using the most appropriate materials and fabrication methods.
  • Works with project management to develop, implement, and supervise workflow schedules in the shop.
  • Reviews project schedule regularly for labor projections and assists with tracking of hourly staff labor hours.
  • Provides direction and support to Technical Designer with changing exhibition gallery floorplans and gallery displays, especially when contracting work to outside vendors.
  • Collaborates with project manager during bidding phases of contract work.
  • Manages routine administrative duties such as approving timesheets and approving leave.
  • Communicates expectations clearly to staff and ensures understanding of departmental and museum goals and objectives.
  • Leads departmental staff to grow and succeed through frequent, constructive feedback, including interim evaluations, and encouragement.
  • Determines materials /supplies needs. Purchases items in compliance with museum standards, receives materials /supplies, and ensures prompt payment.
  • Maintains inventory of commonly used materials.
  • Responsible for safety of self, staff, vendors, and contractors working on site under shop supervision, including cleanliness of areas.
  • Provides or arranges training in safe use of equipment and materials as appropriate.
  • Manages, develops, and supervises shop housekeeping and preventative maintenance tasks to ensure ongoing productivity and safety in the shop and spray paint booth in the design offices.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and skills in cabinetmaking and woodworking techniques, methods, and materials.
  • Ability to use various hand and power tools, expertly and safely, and maintain equipment such as computer numerical control (CNC) machine routers, jigsaws, handsaws, crosscut saw, panel saws, planers, shapers, and joiners.
  • Advanced knowledge of joinery techniques.
  • Knowledgeable of safety standards for equipment and chemicals commonly used in fabrication and paint shops.
  • Adept at safety protocols for lifting, demolishing/disposing, building/constructing, and transporting various materials.
  • Ability to adhere to museum requirements for precision, construction, quality, fine finish appearance, art conservation standards, and security requirements.
  • Ability to mentor, train, and guide staff on the best exhibition fabrication and finishing techniques and practices.
  • Ability to work effectively with staff in numerous departments to coordinate complex schedules.
  • Uses good judgment and is flexible in unusual and stressful situations.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication, problem solving, and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of project management methods.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively on a team.
  • Ability to use hands to handle tools and equipment, reach with hands and arms, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl.
  • Ability to stand and walk up to 8 hours per day.
  • Ability to lift or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Flexibility to work overtime hours during staffing shortages, peak workload times, or in bona fide emergencies.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior supervisory experience in a production shop environment.
  • Advanced production shop experience in an art museum or gallery setting.

Special Requirements: 

Selected candidates must pass a criminal history background check.

Special Instructions for Applicants:

Online applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on December 18, 2019.

Please contact the HR office at (804) 340-1485 if you need assistance. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is an EEO/AA, Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Certified Employer.

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