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STARworks Ceramics Assistant Director Job Opportunity

The duties

  • Assisting the director of STARworks Ceramics in all facets of the residency and clay production programming

  • Assisting with events and conferences

  • Overseeing a small production line of STARworks Ceramics products

  • Maintaining studio equipment, clay processing equipment, and day to day needs of the ceramics studio; maintain a high standard of cleanliness, organization, and hospitality

  • Assisting with the development of high quality programs for ceramic education, events and exhibitions

  • Assisting staff in project administration tasks

  • Helping to plan projects and grant applications

  • Helping and scheduling clay production, and assisting with testing of clays

  • The Assistant Director of STARworks Ceramics reports directly to the Director of STARworks Ceramics.

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters degree from an accredited college or university, or equivalent experience

  • Must be able to communicate effectively with staff, visiting artists, and the general public.

  • Must have good verbal and written communication skills.


  • Must be able to lift up to 60 pounds frequently, with reasonable accommodations

  • Must be a professional with a high degree of attention to detail

  • Must have a strong work ethic and discipline

  • Must have some experience in Microsoft Office software applications

Preferred skill

  • Experience in a non-profit arts organization

  • Experience repairing electric kilns, electric wheels and basic electrical equipment

  • Clay making experience

  • Experience operating forklift and bobcat

  • Knowledge about ceramics materials and tools

  • Knowledge about testing clays and glazes

  • Customer and technical support service experience a plus

  • Some experience in common administrative and accounting tasks

  • Experience using website and social media tools, such as Facebook and Instagram

  • Ability to organize work flow and multi-task effectively

Pay and Benefits:

Salary $36,000/year,
 studio benefits,
 generous paid time off and holidays, 403b retirement plan
, dental and basic life insurance

To Apply

The position will remain open until filled. No phone calls please. Send resume with cover letter and references addressing relevant experience to STARworks at 100 Russell Drive, Star, NC 27356. Resumes may also be emailed to contact@starworksnc.org.

STARworks Ceramics is a valued contributor to the dynamic programming of STARworks, a work-centered arts community, bringing creative diversity and local material resource consciousness to a broader community.

STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise is a project of Central Park NC, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to grow a new regional economy based on the sustainable use of our natural and cultural resources. STARworks is currently home to Wet Dog Glass LLC, designers and manufacturers of some of the world’s most energy efficient glass studio equipment; STARworks Ceramics Materials and Research, developers and manufacturers of high quality native clay materials and technical assistance. STARworks Ceramics also provides ceramic residency programs and educational programming; and STARworks Glass Studio, a state of the art glass studio that provides artist residency programs, studio rental, educational programs, and its own line of production glassware. STARworks also has more than 15,000 square feet for changing exhibitions, a coffee shop and taproom which features live music, 10,000 square feet of meeting space, and a large sales gallery.

STARworks is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.