Hot Glass Programs Technician / Demonstrator

Summary

With the Hot Glass Programs Senior Technician, the Hot Glass Programs Technician / Demonstrator is responsible for the maintenance of all Hot Glass Programs (HGP) equipment on site and at remote studios to ensure uninterrupted programming and upkeep of world-class glassmaking facilities, maintains supply and orderly storage of all consumables and replacement parts necessary for continual operation, assists in the preparation of mobile studios prior to deployment and demonstrates and narrates hot glass demonstrations for audiences in the Museum and at remote locations.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Technical/Maintenance

  • Works closely with Hot Glass Programs Senior Technician to carry out the preventative maintenance of equipment, support infrastructure, tools, and assets. Ensures that the furnaces, annealers, glory holes and flameworking equipment are in continual operating order with no unplanned downtime.
  • Supports safe daily operation of equipment. Programs controllers as needed and assists others in programming controllers via a smart mobile device when necessary.
  • Supports Hot Glass Team in resolving technical issues with controllers and power delivery systems to equipment.
  • Supports the ordering, inventory and storage of parts, tools, glassmaking supplies and consumables.
  • Mixes colored glass and charges furnaces as required.
  • Is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness, look and finish of Hot Glass Programs working areas.
  • Participates in the preparation, facilitation and execution of mobile glassmaking deployments.
  • Assists in design and fabrication of equipment, tools, displays and fixtures.

Demonstrator/Narrator

  • Produces well-crafted blown glass and flameworked objects to demonstrate traditional and contemporary techniques for all audiences.
  • Maintains and expands a varied portfolio of demonstration techniques which meet CMoG’s standards. 
  • Assists in maintaining the overall quality of Hot Glass Demonstrations.
  • Clearly articulates and trains others to deliver an accurate and engaging demonstration presentation to all audiences to CMoG standards.
  • As narrator, assists the demonstrator in making glass objects to the demonstrator’s standards.
  • Creates and modifies speech to address requirements for specific groups to coordinate with programs and events; provides specific interpretations for special interest groups.
  • Complies with all safety policies and procedures to CMoG’s standards; cultivates a culture of safety.
  • Sets up work area, selecting and preparing irons, blocks, tools, torches, props and other demonstration equipment and materials as needed.
  • Performs routine housekeeping before and after each demonstration to maintain clean and orderly appearance of work area and stage.
  • Maintains Museum standards while traveling.
  • Expands knowledge of the history, craft, technology and art of glass. 
  • Becomes familiar with the Museum, the Rakow Research Library and the Museum’s exhibits.
  • Works on all other mobile/offsite and outreach initiatives.
  • Supports and implements initiatives and programs in collaboration with The Shops, the Education and Interpretation, Events, and Marketing and Communication departments.

General

  • Supports and amplifies the Museum’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access.
  • Complies with all Museum safety and environmental regulations, protocols and trainings. Always works in a safe manner.
  • Maintains good relations with all suppliers, manufactures and contractors who supply Hot Glass Programs.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Respect and exemplify the values of The Corning Museum of Glass in all interactions with colleagues, staff, volunteers and the public.
  • Ability to represent the Museum in a professional manner.
  • Adhere to all prescribed organizational and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; strong collaboration skills.
  • Ability to work with people from a variety of cultures; ability to maintain an appropriate voice for diverse audiences.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Fine Art major desired.
  • Metal fabrication or construction experience desired
  • Ability to learn furnace/annealer control systems, HVAC and electrical components.
  • Demonstrated glassblowing and flameworking skills.
  • Ability to create high-quality and diverse glass objects quickly and to CMoG’s standards.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with technical and creative design skills.
  • Ability to work with hot glass and narrate demonstrations simultaneously.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, MS Teams and SharePoint.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; works effectively and professionally with people at all levels, including external stakeholders.
  • Successfully handles multiple projects and tasks; resourceful mindset and flexible.
  • Attention to detail and effectively handles multiple tasks under pressure of deadlines.
  • Excellent presentation skills and proficiency in speaking in front of diverse groups.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Some weekends, evenings and holidays required; flexibility in hours necessary.
  • Regional, domestic and/or international travel, as needed.

To Apply

Email or mail resume with cover letter to [email protected] or send to Corning Museum of Glass, One Museum Way, Corning, NY 14830, Attn: Human Resources. An Equal Opportunity Employer.