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Touchstone CENTER FOR CRAFTS

Pioneering Craft Education for 50+ Years

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Touchstone Center for Crafts Board of Directors

Posted: November 1, 2022


Touchstone Center for Crafts, a 501 (c) 3 organization, seeks new members for its Board of Directors. With nearly 50 years of actively connecting individuals to immersive craft experiences and promoting the development of technical skills, good design, and innovative expression, Touchstone is taking significant and strategic steps in key areas to strengthen its governance, programming and capacity to realize its mission. Once you have completed this form indicating interest in serving on our board, we will be in touch to schedule a conversation.

 

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Employment

Office & Gallery Coordinator 

Posted: September 9, 2022

Position Role: 

The Office & Gallery Coordinator is responsible for streamlining and carrying out daily operations within Touchstone’s office and gallery. The OGC provides general admin support to the staff and serves as the primary point of contact to all organizational participants and visitors. The position requires actively engaging with and assisting all participants and visitors with general and program-specific inquiries, and also efficiently and accurately facilitates all processes of enrollment and other transactions for programming, events, and other associated offerings. The OGC will have an approachable and enthusiastic presence, ensuring smooth daily operation while demonstrating the highest level of customer service. 

 

The OGC is an entry-level, full-time, salaried position. Salary range starts at $32,000 and goes up from there, depending on experience. Benefits include health insurance, PTO, flex time, and 401K match. 

 

Knowledge and Abilities: 

  • Excellent social, communication (written and verbal), and organizational skills 
  • Must be reliable, punctual, and adaptable 
  • Ability to work independently and/or collaboratively 
  • Must be able to juggle multiple assignments simultaneously, with attention to details and follow-through in all tasks 
  • Ability to use and learn multi-line phone system, including transferring calls, updating voicemail messages, etc. 
  • Understanding of computer software and willingness and ability to learn new software; knowledge of ACTIVE, Square, Salsa/CardPointe, ClickBid a plus 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.) 
  • Ability to handle cash, check, and credit card transactions and balance a cash drawer 
  • Ability to complete gallery sales reports and commission requests as well as registration-related reports 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Two- or four-year degree preferred 
  • At least two years’ experience performing administrative tasks 
  • Experience working as part of a guest/visitor service team, preferably in an arts/cultural setting 
  • Retail gallery experience a plus 
  • Ability to maintain a regular, onsite schedule during normal business hours 
  • Ability to work occasional evenings or weekends when needed for special programming/events 
  • The following PA Act 153 clearances are required for employment at Touchstone: Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check, and FBI Criminal Background Check. Clearances may be submitted if currently valid or obtainment will be completed as part of the new hire process 
  • Touchstone requires employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Welcomes, orients, and assists all programming/event participants and visitors 
  • Demonstrates commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts of the organization 
  • Understands and explains the basic aspects of the organization’s operations, programming, and history to answer participant/visitor questions; have basic knowledge of Fayette County and local amenities to answer travel-related inquiries 
  • Manages general correspondence, including inbound/outbound phone calls, emails, and mail 
  • Carries out routine correspondence with workshop participants, including enrollment confirmations, balances due, how to prepare for their stay, solicits feedback from participants through post-participation surveys, etc.; recognizes potential conflicts and works with participant/visitor and appropriate staff to resolve issues in a timely manner 
  • Attends regular staff meetings, communicating need-to-know information with other staff members 
  • Maintains an organized and clean working environment; follows daily security routines in opening and closing the office and galleries 
  • Initiates and completes registration and sales transactions quickly and accurately 
  • Monitors artworks and maintains inventories within the galleries 
  • Ensures that all office supplies and marketing materials (displays, catalogs, rack cards, etc.) are always stocked 
  • Troubleshoots office equipment and software; serves as the technical support intermediary 
  • Helps to train and supervise volunteers for special events/projects 
  • Other duties or special projects as assigned 

To apply: 

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume (PDF preferred) to director@touchstonecrafts.org. Please put “Office & Gallery Coordinator” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Review of submissions will be ongoing until the position is filled. 

 

Touchstone Center for Crafts is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to workplace diversity and to providing opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual origin, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. 

 

The above position description reflects the essential functions and qualifications necessary and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent. The description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between Touchstone and the employee. 

Scholarships

For information about Workshop Scholarships, visit our Scholarships page.

Summer Internships and Residencies

Artist Internships

 

Touchstone’s Summer Internship Program is an intensive 10-25 week work-study program (May – September) where emerging artists, graduate, and undergraduate students learn studio management and operations while refining their artistic skills and working with some of the country’s best artists. Touchstone is committed to fostering the next generation of artists who will carry on the traditions of American craft forms.

Click HERE for more information.

Artist Residencies

 

The Artist Residency Program provides the time, creative space, and support for emerging and midcareer artists to explore new ideas and bodies of work in any media that we are able to accommodate. The beautiful and unique 150-acre campus of Touchstone offers the perfect environment for makers seeking to change the artistic direction of their art, or reinforce their current body of work.

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Volunteering

Hosting over 100 workshops, symposiums, and special events per season, and over 150 woodland acres to manage, Touchstone is always looking for an extra hand (or ten) to help out.

If you have the time, expertise, and willingness to become a Touchstone volunteer, please fill out the highlighted application form below and submit with your resume or CV. Volunteer activities usually revolve around cleaning, landscaping, and construction, but we are always willing to learn what your volunteering interests are and try and match them with our needs.

For questions about volunteering, please call 724-329-1370.

Download the Volunteer Application Form

Touchstone Center for Crafts prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or association preference. Touchstone Center for Crafts also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to its facilities and programming.

Mission Statement: Touchstone Center for Crafts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression.

Touchstone Center for Crafts condemns all acts of racism, discrimination, and senseless violence. We firmly believe that everyone has a right to dignity, respect, and equality without fear.  As an organization, we commit to listen and learn and to grow. We will continue to work to empower people to use art as a means of expression, a way to build community, and a powerful voice for change.

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