Ceramics Lab Technician (IST I) (Hourly-intermittent, on-call) (2 positions)

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Work type: Staff
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Temporary, Time Varies, Education Support Professionals

Working Title: Instructional Support Tech I-Ceramics

Classification Title: Instructional Support Technician I

Posting Details 

Priority Application Deadline (Posting will remain open until filled): Sunday, August 7, 2022 at 11:55 p.m.

Hiring Preference

Eligible on-campus applicants in California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) Bargaining Units 2,5,7, and 9 will be given first consideration in the recruitment.

Position Summary

The Ceramics Lab Technician works under the supervision of the Art Instructional Technician III, to provide logistical support for the Ceramics area facilities, faculty and students. Support duties include: operate and maintain specialized equipment; order, receive, store and inventory materials, supplies and equipment; perform related support duties for annual events, visiting artists and community outreach.

FLSA: Non-Exempt (eligible for overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act). These positions may be eligible for health benefits. Employees determined to be eligible for health benefits will be notified by the Benefits Office.

CSU Classification Salary Range: Hourly Minimum: $20.57 -- Maximum: $35.69

Hiring Range: Hourly: $20.57 - $25.00 per hour

Salary Grade/Range:  1

Recruitment Type: Temporary/renewable. Reappointment is contingent on funding, work performance, and recommendation of the supervisor.

Time Base: Hourly intermittent (no timebase) 

Pay Plan: 12 month

Work Hours: To be determined, variable and on-call; evening and weekend shifts may be assigned. Typically scheduled up to approximately 15-20 hours per week. Hours not typically assigned during June through Mid-August. Hourly-intermittent employees in CSUEU-represented classifications are limited to 1000 hours per fiscal year.

Department Information 

The Department of Art introduces students to the expressive world of the visual arts. Students are able to explore art through courses in art education, art history, ceramics, drawing, new media art, painting, printmaking, and interdisciplinary sculpture.

The Department’s undergraduate program offers courses in four general areas Art History, Studio Arts Methods, and Art Studio, while the fourth prepares students to teach with a Master of Arts degree in Studio Art.

Minimum Qualifications 

Knowledge of principles of providing support services; knowledge of the common principles, methods, and
techniques related to the discipline; knowledge of the materials, supplies and equipment and their uses
related to the discipline.
Ability to evaluate the materials and supplies used; ability to learn to adjust and make minor repairs on
scientific equipment; ability to operate scientific or highly technical equipment and to interpret results;
ability to plan activities and prepare schedules; ability to use methods, techniques and skills related to the
discipline in preparing specialized materials.
Equivalent to two years of experience providing instructional support services for a unit or discipline,
acting as a student assistant, or in producing materials or supplies related to the discipline.
Equivalent to two years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials,
supplies, or equipment and in a discipline related to the area to which assigned may be substituted for one
year of the required experience.
Equivalent to four years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials,
supplies, or equipment and in a related discipline may be substituted for the experience.

Required Qualifications 

1. Experience loading, firing ceramics kilns, experience mixing clays, glazes, slips and englobes.
2. Advanced Knowledge of Ceramics, and the related processes.
3. Experience in operating and knowledge in maintaining all related ceramics equipment in the lab, including but not limited to: kick wheels, electric wheels, grinders, clay mixer, pug mill, slab roller, electric kiln, gas kiln, wood-fueled kiln, pallet jack.
4. Knowledge of Safety Data Sheets, and the ability to determine hazardous aspects of related materials; and to safely acquire, work with, store and dispose of these materials.
5. Ability to manage and oversee a safe and inclusive lab/studio environment for a diverse population of students.
6. Ability to operate forklift, delivery truck or van, and maintain an excellent driving record.
7. Ability to operate a computer for tasks including: email, material and equipment research, purchasing and recordkeeping, financial account maintenance.
8. Excellent interpersonal skills.
9. Ability to plan, organize and follow a weekly schedule.
10. Ability to project and respond to needs for equipment and materials for each class.

Preferred Qualifications 

11. Education level of MFA in Ceramics.
12. Work experience in a ceramics lab or studio.
13. Experience training others on kiln operation, clay and glaze mixing; including proper use of safety guidelines for related processes.
14. Work experience in HAZMAT handling.
15. Work experience in purchasing and managing inventory.
16. Advanced-level experience in firing various type of kilns, including wood-fueled kilns.

Required Licenses/Certifications 

Possession of a driver’s license and maintenance of good driving record.

Documents Needed to Apply

Resume, Cover Letter. Failure to upload required documents to the online application may result in disqualification.

About Sac State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sac State is dedicated to student successdiversity, equity and inclusioncommunity engagementphilanthropy, and campus safety.  

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.  

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Background Check Disclaimer  

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Out of State Employment Policy

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States. 

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit 

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit . 

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification: 

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at . 
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Eligibility Verification  

Selected candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency (i.e. H-1-B Visa). 

Note to Applicants:

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.



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