Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: M6001 / Art Lab Manager
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 11

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Oversees the daily operations, management, and staffing of an art laboratory assigned to a specific area of the Department of Art and Art History, such as ceramics, electronic art, photography, printmaking, and 3D. Ensures the smooth and efficient functioning of the laboratory and the safe use and maintenance of equipment and facilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversees and manages day-to-day technical, educational, and research support activities conducted in the laboratory; contributes to planning and reviewing area's performance; resolves problems and issues as they arise.
  2. Researches and recommends purchases and orders, installs and maintains equipment, materials and supplies used in classrooms and laboratories; develops and implements appropriate inventory control system including the maintenance of inventory database.
  3. Works closely with faculty to assess classroom and instructional technology needs; develops solutions to support teaching goals of the laboratory.
  4. Develops and conducts orientations for students and faculty on the proper use of equipment, materials, supplies and safety and security issues; may conduct training workshops on new technology specific to the lab.
  5. Participates in development, implementation and maintenance of policies, objectives, short-and long-range planning; develops and implements projects and programs to assist in accomplishment of established goals.
  6. Investigates emerging technologies and makes recommendations in support of teaching and learning initiatives; keeps abreast of technical developments in the field as they relate to the curriculum, technical processes, and materials and equipment including computer hardware and software.
  7. Monitors and administers specific area's revenues and expenses and manages the allocated budget for each school semester; prepares internal reports for management.
  8. Supervises student employees, which includes work allocation, training, and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for student personnel actions; motivates students to achieve peak productivity and performance.
  9. Establishes and maintains policies regarding safe use of the facilities.
  10. Provides technical guidance to students and faculty on use of equipment, materials, and supplies.
  11. Responds to inquiries and researches and resolves problems related to transactions handled by the unit; serves as liaison with other constituencies in the resolution of day-to-day administrative and operational issues.
  12. Performs routine and preventive maintenance and repair on laboratory equipment; ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment, materials, and supplies; performs periodic safety checks.
  13. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in a directly related field; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to provide technical guidance and leadership to professional personnel in area of expertise.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present information effectively to groups.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Knowledge of customer service standards and procedures.
  • Analytical, evaluative, and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to analyze supplies costs and develop cost-effective procedures.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Ability to supervise and train student employees including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments; evaluating performance; and mentoring and coaching student employees to achieve maximum productivity.
  • Ability to read schematics and blueprints and/or technical manuals.
  • Ability to investigate and analyze information and draw conclusions.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel.
  • Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments.
  • Ability to participate in developing, planning, and implementing short- and long-range goals.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to calibrate, maintain, modify and/or repair laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to develop appropriate safety policies for the facility/equipment users.
  • Ability to analyze complex information, and to define and solve problems.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow and enforce safety procedures specified by equipment/supply manufacturers.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment, and work collaboratively as a team member within the School's resources network.
  • Knowledge of applicable legislation, standards, policies and procedures within specialty area.
  • Demonstrated customer service skills, and ability to meet multiple deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to administer union grievances.
  • Ability to investigate and analyze information, draw conclusions, and resolve issues.

Conditions of Employment

  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Considerable physical effort. Requires handling of objects that can weigh up to 50 lbs (or greater mass requiring mechanical assistance). Standing/walking may occur more than 50% of time.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017