Founded in 1977 UrbanGlass was the first artist-access glass center in the United States and is now the largest with 17,000 square feet of state-of-the-art studio space. Our mission is to foster experimentation and advance the use and critical understanding of glass as a creative medium. Our glass studios and art center serve over 15,000 professional artists, designers and students annually seeking to learn about the possibilities of glass.
As a member of UrbanGlass’ Leadership Team, the Deputy Director is critical in overall strategic planning, operational oversight, and management of the physical plant. Reporting to the Executive Director, this is a new full-time onsite position.
Operational Strategy & Oversight:
● Partner with the Executive Director to set direction, vision, and operational strategy for UrbanGlass.
● Foster and support our commitment to becoming a more diverse, inclusive, accessible, and anti-racist organization.
● Provide staff with a strong day-to-day leadership presence; develop strengths in others and model effective data-driven decision making.
● Manage capital cost budget for company and co-manage building capital budget with co-tenant.
● Act as an open door by listening to team members and artists and collaborating with appropriate leaders to take action as needed.
● Ensure efficient systems for internal and remote work utilizing technology for effective team management.
● Oversee talent recruitment and onboarding process.
● Manage three (3) direct reports, and co-manage the Studio Technician team.
● Oversee and project-manage the maintenance of the organization’s facility, including glass studios, a gallery, a retail store, and offices.
● Manage the functioning of all building systems, in partnership with co-tenant, including mechanical, electrical, fire safety, plumbing, etc.
● Contribute to strategic planning by evaluating and projecting future facility needs and proposing options to achieve them.
● Ensure compliance with regulations and laws (DOB, FDNY, NYDEC, etc.).
● Direct and schedule external contractors (electricians, plumbers, painters, etc.).
● Provide guidance as needed to other departments to ensure the smooth execution of events planned and executed by those departments.
● Manage event rentals of the gallery, classroom, and studio.
● Manage safety, emergency, and COVID-response preparedness.
● Develop & implement new earned income opportunities with facility-dependent departments.
● Strong, demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
● Demonstrated track record (5+ years) of successful facilities and business operations as well as financial/fiscal management.
● Knowledge of the methods and equipment utilized in all phases of facilities management, including familiarity with HVAC, mechanical, electrical, monitoring, and control systems.
● Proven track record of thinking strategically, translating plans into action, and exhibiting excellent judgment and integrity.
● Experience as a manager, leader and team player, bringing a sense of creativity, collaboration, an entrepreneurial spirit and action-orientation.
● Excellent relationship-building skills with an ability to work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, including local government, private sector & individual creatives.
● Comfortable working independently in a fast-paced environment and can prioritize and multi-task comfortably.
● An understanding of glass processes and an appreciation of glass as a creative medium or a willingness to learn within the first 60 days.
● Prior experience working in the arts and culture, not-for-profit sector is a plus.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
How to apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter, as a single PDF, to firstname.lastname@example.org and state “Deputy Director_Your Name” in the subject line.
We strongly encourage individuals that have not been historically represented in the arts sector to apply. UrbanGlass is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, military status, or any other characteristic protected by law.