POSITION: Technical Officer (Creative Arts Education)
FACULTY: Arts & Social Sciences
The Technical Officer (Creative Arts Education) is responsible for the provision of
technical support, materials and equipment and the adherence to EH & S principles
and legislation, to ensure the smooth running of practical classes in creative arts,
including visual arts and music education.
• Location: The position is located at the Kuring-gai Campus.
Approximately 600 of the Faculty’s enrolled students are engaged in teacher training or
professional development at the Kuring-gai Campus.
Creative Arts Education classes
Teacher Professional Development sessions
Children and Adolescent Enrichment Program
Value of Assets Managed: $50K
Annual Expenditure: $7.5K
Material Levies and Charges Transacted Annually: $6K
• Total Faculty Budget: $33.3m
• Staff: 213 FTE Academic Staff and 78 FTE Support Staff
• Students: 4911 EFTSL (approx 50% postgraduate and 50% undergraduate)
• No. of Courses 61
The Technical Officer, Creative Arts Education reports directly to the Facilities & Operations
Manager. The Technical Officer, Creative Arts Education is the only position servicing visual arts
& music education and does not supervise any staff.
This position works closely with academic staff engaged in creative arts education.
This position is one of seven staff in the workgroup.
Collaboration & Communication
Internally, the Technical Officer, Creative Arts Education liaises with the Facilities &
Operations Manager, maintains a close working relationship with subject coordinators and
academic staff involved with creative arts education, staff and students of the Faculty.
Within the University this position liaises with staff from Audio Visual Services (AVS),
Building Services, UTS Security and other administrative areas
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Externally the Technical Officer, Creative Arts Education liaises with staff at other tertiary
institutions, art galleries, goods and service providers, the school community and technical
Provide technical support and resources for practical classes in art, craft and music for
teacher education and the Centre for Research and Education in the Arts.
Prepare teaching rooms and materials for practical activities and demonstrate techniques
(eg kilns, framing equipment, laminators) to students and academic staff in the areas of
visual arts and music education.
Ordering of consumables for classes in visual arts education.
Maintenance and security of materials and equipment related to teaching in visual arts
education, including the Faculty's collections of art prints and musical instruments.
Design and fabricate props and sets needed for education-based performing arts
Demonstrate and provide support for teaching /learning activities involving digital art
techniques (eg Photoshop, iMovie).
Evaluate potential new products for use in visual arts and music workshops and procure
special orders in a cost effective manner.
Provide specialist advice in the area of ceramic arts.
Curate, manage and assemble regular exhibitions of student 2D, 3D & 4D artwork in
consultation with academic staff at Kuring-gai campus.
Liaise with art gallery staff to coordinate education student visits.
Ensure compliance with University Environment Health and Safety policy and procedures
in the area of Visual Arts Education by implementing Faculty EH&S strategy elements.
(eg risk analysis, hazard and incident reporting).
Undertake technical project work assessing and reporting on methods or techniques for
possible inclusion into the visual arts and music teaching programs.
Coordinate testing and tagging of all electrical equipment within the Creative Arts area
ENVIRONMENT & POSITION CHALLENGES
Responsibility for the operation of two store rooms with preparation areas, two visual arts
teaching spaces, a ceramics teaching space, digital art workstation in the arts & craft area,
as well as the music store room.
Provide diverse materials and equipment to scheduled practical classes in a timely
Respond to rapidly changing circumstances with initiative to ensure learning outcomes are
Maintain orderly and safe store, workshop, and teaching areas in accordance with EH&S
legislative requirements, and in spite of the rapid turn-around of large class groups.
Balance a broad spectrum of responsibilities against high expectations with respect to
quantity and quality of teaching resources for scheduled classes.
Work closely with visual arts lecturing staff, respond co-operatively and in a timely manner
to requests and anticipate demand for consumables and equipment.
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AUTHORITY TO ACT
The Technical Officer, Creative Arts Education must undertake duties within the constraint
of scheduled classes.
All activities within the art and craft area must be carried out giving due consideration to
EH&S policy and relevant legislation.
The Technical Officer, Creative Arts Education receives broad direction from the FASS
Facilities & Operations Manager and works closely with academic staff on a day-to-day
basis. He/she has considerable discretion in work organization.
The Technical Officer, Creative Arts Education must seek approval from appropriate
fulltime academic staff and the FASS Facilities and Operations Manager prior to placing
orders for goods or services.
SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES
Specialist knowledge of a diverse array of visual arts equipment and techniques
(associated with 2D, 3D & 4D art forms) is essential to the smooth running of practical
classes in creative arts education.
A high level of organisation skills to ensure availability and accessibility of materials to staff
A high level of proficiency in capturing, editing and archiving digital images and the range
of software in the ‘Office’ suite.
A strong client focus and effective written and oral communication skills.
Knowledge of (and confidence to demonstrate) safe techniques and the use of personal
protective equipment working with potentially hazardous materials and tools.
A high level of initiative allowing productive, unsupervised work.
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Group: Service Support
Executive Operations Finance Manager
Support Team Manager 1.0 FTE
Leader 1.0 FTE
Executive Executive Governance
Facilities and Travel Officer Database
Assistants to Assistants to Compliance and
Operations Officer 1.0 FTE Coordinator
Dean’s Unit Academic Groups QA Officer
1.0 FTE 1.0 FTE Finance Officer
3.0 FTE 3.0 FTE 1.0 FTE
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KEY SELECTION CRITERIA SUPPORT STAFF
POSITION: Technical Officer (Creative Arts Education)
FACULTY: Arts & Social Sciences
A relevant qualification or equivalent workplace experience.
Knowledge of a range of technical and practical processes related to ceramics,
drawing, painting, digital art, photography and other visual arts forms.
Knowledge of a range of products and materials to support the making of visual arts
Knowledge of art history/art criticism associated with diverse cultural traditions.
Principles and protocols related to ensuring a safe work and study environment,
especially the safe handling of art/craft materials and equipment.
Understanding of principles and practices in relation to equity.
Extensive computing skills in digital media and the range of software in the ‘Office’
Experience with contemporary and traditional 2D, 3D & 4D art materials and processes.
Experience in dealing with a range of clients and the ability to provide an excellent level
Familiarity with the processes, cycles and emergent demands of working in an
Experience in the provision of technical support to practical classes in visual arts and
High level of competence in the use of electric kilns for both bisque and glaze firing of
student ceramic work
Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to the visual and performing arts practices of students,
education staff and professional associates.
Ability to effectively curate and manage regular exhibitions of student 2D, 3D & 4D
artwork in consultation with academic staff at Kuring-gai campus.
A strong client focus and experience working as part of a team.
Current association with and/or engagement in visual arts activity evidenced by active
participation in art making practices, gallery societies or similar, with a sound
understanding of visual arts-specific knowledge and the cataloguing of art works.
Ability to communicate with students, arts professionals including artists, gallery
personnel, models, actors and directors.
Current Driver's Licence
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