Digital Studio Assistant

Digital Studio Assistant Vacancy Ref: : 052754 Closing Date : 24-Aug-2020 Contact Person : Neil Kempsell Contact Number : Via Teams Contact Email : Edinburgh College of Art seeks to appoint a Digital Studio Assistant to assist both Academic, Students and Technical Learning Staff in supporting the use of digital media resources across five subject areas of ECA. This will typically involve supporting students in the preparation of Audio Visual facilities, Software and Hardware use, Project work and Tutorials, and supporting students in the use of digital studio processes and practice. You will work in a supportive capacity under guidance from lecturers and/or technicians, whilst line managed by the Deputy Heads of Technical Learning Services. You will have excellent communication skills including ability to concisely explain and impart knowledge to both individuals and groups. You will have proficiency in digital media including the full Adobe CC suite of software. You will have good knowledge of both still and video cameras, projectors and sound recorders. Also proficiency in building web sites and knowledge of sound recording techniques. You will be organised and an excellent communicator and have a good knowledge of design and contemporary art practice. Knowledge of Edinburgh College of Art and its reliance on digital technologies in studio practice is desirable. This is a full-time (35 hours), fixed-term appointment. The posts will be for a duration of 37 weeks with exact start and end dates confirmed at interview. Salary: £20,130 to £22,417(UE04) per annum Closing date: 5pm (GMT) on 24thAugust 2020 Job Details School/Support Department: Edinburgh College of Art Unit: Technical Learning Services Line managers: ECA Head & Deputy Heads of Technical Learning Services Job Purpose Digital Studio Assistants assist Academic and Technical staff in the smooth delivery of programmes of study, typically involving supporting staff in the preparation of technical facilities and resources, project work, tutorials and assisting students in studio practice. You will work in a supportive capacity in the presence or vicinity of a lecturer and/or technicians whilst line managed by the Deputy Heads of Technical Learning Services. Main Responsibilities Preparing equipment and materials for teaching, experiment and Research (Approx 20% of time) Demonstrating the correct and safe use of equipment/techniques within appropriate area (Approx 20% of time) Working with a Student on a one-to-one basis supporting them in the use of software or other techniques (Approx 15% of time) Setting up studios for specific student activities (Approx 10% of time) Assisting with documentation e.g. translating equipment instructions into easy-to-read guides, photocopying guidance notes (Approx 10% of time) Assisting Lecturers and Technicians in supporting the technical aspects of the course (Approx 10% of time) Assisting Academic staff in the delivery of tutorials and providing assistance as required (Approx 10% of time) Promoting safe working practices (Approx 5% of time) Planning and Organising Plan daily work routine and schedule around established practices and procedures in consultation with the relevant Academic or Technical Learning Staff but with minimal direct supervision. Academic or Technical Learning Staff should also be referred to when dealing with more complex tasks or procedures. Problem Solving The Digital Studio Assistant will be expected to deal with all routine issues, referring complex, difficult or unusual issues to Line Manager or other Technical Staff. The Assistant would be expected to perform some trouble shooting. For example, dealing with equipment breakdowns and malfunctions and/or dealing with stock discrepancies and shortages. Decision Making Organise priorities. Advising and helping students make decisions on appropriate use of materials and using the correct processes best suited to their projects within the given areas. Key Contacts/Relationships The Digital Studio Assistant will normally be consulting with Academic staff, Technical Staff, Head or Deputy Head of Technical Services and Students of the relevant subject area. In addition, the Digital Studio Assistant will meet with their Line Manager on a monthly basis to discuss their contribution. The Digital Studio Assistant will also be required to participate in a number of staff development/training activities. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job Essential A vocational qualification at ONC or above, with typically one year’s work experience in a relevant role. Excellent communication skills including ability to concisely explain/impart knowledge to both individuals and groups. Enthusiasm and flexibility with regards to the wide ranging duties and level of duties. Initiative with respect to the types of support provided to staff and students. Desirable Recent knowledge of Edinburgh College of Art in one of the specific areas listed or a closely related area of duties. Responsible approach to work (this may be demonstrated by responsible approach as a student). Dimensions The Digital Studio Assistant will support the Technical Learning Services Unit of Edinburgh College of Art. Technical Learning Services in turn support the Schools of Art, Design, ESALA, Music and History of Art, employing 30 full time technical staff. Job Context and any other relevant information The Digital Studio Assistant has no responsibility for the academic standard of student work and it is not within their remit to contribute to the academic quality of work other than in a supportive capacity as directed by those who are responsible for academic content. If required Digital Studio Assistants may be asked to contribute and assist in other areas of the ECA Technical Learning Services other than their allocated Subject Area. Application Procedure All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page [or] via our Vacancy Website. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not. The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on 21st of August 2020 Right to Work In accordance with UK legislation the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK). To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview. For further information on right to work please visit our right to work website In the circumstances where the vacancy does not meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) criteria for sponsorship the successful applicant must have the existing right to work in the UK or individual circumstances which enable permission to work to be obtained. For further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes please visit the GOV.UK website Conditions of Employment Pension Scheme For employees on University Grades 1-5 or equivalent there are two pension schemes available: University of Edinburgh Staff Benefits Scheme (SBS) or the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST). This role is grade UE04 and therefore the post holder will automatically become a member of the NEST scheme if their monthly earnings are deemed to be ‘qualifying earnings’ (equivalent to the HMRC monthly threshold above which their earnings are taxable). If the post holder’s earnings are not deemed as “qualifying earnings” and therefore will not automatically become a member they can opt in to the NEST scheme. The post holder can choose to join SBS and by doing so they will not become a member of the NEST scheme. Further information on the different employer/employee contribution levels required for each scheme and different levels of benefits that the post holder may receive may be found at on our Pensions website Salary The role is grade [insert grade] and attracts an annual salary of £20,130 to £22,417 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week. Edinburgh College of Art Edinburgh College of Art is a large and diverse school within the University of Edinburgh’s College of Humanities and Social Science. It is comprised of the Schools of Art, Design, History of Art, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the Reid School of Music. Our mission is to promote world-leading critical enquiry across all these subject areas through scholarly research, teaching and creative practice. Almost 3,000 students and 300 staff study and work at ECA and we enjoy strong relationships with museums, galleries, archives, practitioners and industry partners in Edinburgh, Scotland, the UK and internationally. Edinburgh College of Art is committed to equal and fair treatment of all its employees and in recognition of the positive promotion of diversity and gender equality among staff and students, Athena SWAN granted the Edinburgh College of Art a Bronze Award in 2017. College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences ( The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a large and diverse part of the University. 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