Outreach Technician

Hours: Up to 32 hours per week on average—Monday to Friday, 8 am to 2:30 pm.
This position requires the employee to be available to work on an occasionally flexible schedule, including weekends and evenings. The average weekly schedule will be 8 am to 2:30 pm daily, with an anticipated one evening or weekend special event per month, as well as additional special projects related to the American Pottery Festival and other programs.

Location: In person at Northern Clay Center.

The Outreach Technician is a year-long, part-time, hourly, non-exempt (eligible for overtime when appropriate) position that can be renewed for up to one year, pending performance. We take COVID safety very seriously, our protocols can be found online here: https://northernclaycenter.org/about/covid-protocols/.

The starting wage is $15.00 an hour and includes the following benefits: paid vacation time equivalent to 76.8 hours per 12-months; earn-as-you-work paid safe & sick time; health insurance via Medica (50% of premium paid by NCC); a complimentary studio space (may be shared); free and discounted classes at NCC; and a contribution equal to 3% of your earnings to a 403(b) retirement plan.

Northern Clay Center is an equal opportunity employer.

About This Role and Working at NCC

The Outreach Technician provides technical and logistical support for NCC’s educational program through ART@HAND and ClayToGo outreach partnerships, on-site workshops, and some administrative tasks related to those processes. This includes the maintenance, preparation, and delivery of materials, tools, and projects; firing and tracking clay projects; and managing communication and timelines for multiple, ongoing, and concurrent projects around the Twin Cities metro area. The Outreach Technician works independently, but may work closely with three other technicians to complete all aspects of the education and studio program activities. The Outreach Technician is an integral part of the community-centered environment at NCC.

Given the fluctuation of programming and associated partner sites, there is a good deal of variability in day-to-day tasks but this is planned and arranged accordingly with the Community Engagement Manager. As NCC is a relatively small nonprofit organization, many staff members work across programs and often assist other team members in accomplishing their work. NCC is deeply committed to creating and sustaining a welcoming, safe, and antiracist community for all who enter our building. Our staff are actively engaged in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility training and strive to continue this learning and conversation to examine and improve both our programs and practices.

Qualified applicants will be eligible to teach classes at Northern Clay Center.

We are looking for applicants who have:

  • A strong background in ceramics and desire to pursue studio ceramics
  • A strong background and demonstrated experience with loading and firing kilns, and the ability to manage, from start to finish, multiple forms of high- and low-fire firings (gas, electric, soda, Raku, wood, other alternative modes)
  • The ability to lift 50 pounds regularly, work on your feet, and perform repetitive movements
  • A demonstrated ability to work independently as well as under supervision, and demonstrated organizational skills
  • The ability to work with a variety of people, and respond evenly to a range of questions from students, studio artists, instructors, and the general public
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to show proof of a clean driving record

Application Process

Applications are due on Monday, July 4, 2022.

Please send the following materials, as a single PDF (images in an independent .zip file) , to Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp, Executive Director, at kylerudyk@northernclaycenter.org; or by mail to 2424 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55406:

  • Cover letter describing your qualification and interest in the position
  • Resume (3 pages max)
  • Names and contact information for three professional references
  • A brief artist statement
  • 3 digital images of your ceramic work produced within the last three years with correlating image list.

If you are selected for an interview, you will be sent a list of the questions that will be asked in advance. During the interview, you will meet with several members of staff, and will have the opportunity to ask questions about NCC and the role.

View the full description and application instructions below