Assistant Art Technicians

£ 8,328.32 per annum plus benefits
Part Time - 14 hours per week (0.4 FTE) (predominately evening's and weekends)

JOB TITLE  Assistant Art Technician

LOCATION  West Dean College – Sussex Campus

SALARY  £8328.32 per annum

HOURS 14 per week (predominately evenings and weekends)

The Organisation

West Dean College is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for art, design, craft, and conservation education. The work of staff and students, frequently rooted in traditional skills, is both innovative and world leading.

We are making bold and ambitious moves as an organisation with the expansion of our portfolio, the redevelopment of our estate, and our strategic push on diversity and sustainability.

Our programmes are delivered across two sites in the UK - West Dean, the idyllic Grade II listed rural campus in the stunning South Downs near Chichester (West Sussex), and our site in the heart of Bloomsbury London. These inspiring locations provide the ideal environment in which students can work across disciplines and forge exciting new collaborations.

The Role

Responsible for supporting course and conference delivery through the organisation and preparation of teaching and workshop spaces.


  • Predominantly working as part of a technician team with responsibility for the setting up of workshops, studios, teaching, and conference rooms under the direction of the Technician Manager & Head of Technical Resources.
  • Respond, within defined guidelines, to tutor and student requests for loans of equipment and additional materials.
  • Be jointly responsible for the department's fleet of vehicles including occasional driving duties.
  • To ensure that teaching and workshop spaces and the processes carried out within them are set up and used in accordance with the Health and Safety Policy.
  • To provide workshop cover for health and safety and fire evacuation purposes in accordance with the rota.

Room Organisation and Preparation

  • Put out and arrange material, furniture, and equipment for courses, conferences, and special events according to predefined standards.
  • Clean studios and workshops and ensure they are in safe order before, during, and after courses.
  • Store supplies and equipment safely in designated areas.

College Vehicles

  • Help to ensure that College vehicles are clean, properly maintained, and fuelled.
  • Drive the College minibus (if over 21 and in possession of Class D1 licence) to transport students to and from the railway station and for study trips.
  • Drive College commercial vehicles to transport items between different locations in the College, and occasionally take items to London and other venues. This will sometimes involve working overtime.

Health and Safety

  • Comply with, and help ensure compliance with, the College Health and Safety Policy and UK law/regulations. For example, ensuring activities that are carried out are compliant with manual handling and COSHH regulations.
  • Report all accidents and near misses to the College Health and Safety Manager.
  • Report all serious incidents following the current Health and Safety Policy.

Other Duties

  • Assist with the preparation of art and craft materials, the making of small objects, and the maintenance of tools.
  • Work on special projects, e.g., for exhibitions.
  • Car Park duty when necessary.
  • Assist the Estates team with the provision of furniture and moveable equipment.
  • Monitor security, entry of unauthorised visitors to the building, and challenge if appropriate.
  • Undertake training as may be required.
  • Perform all other duties as may be required from time to time.

The statements in this job description are intended to describe the essential nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be all responsibilities or qualifications of the job.

This job description is subject to regular review in consultation with the post holder.



Experience of setting up workshop and studio spaces for teaching and other activities


Experience of health and safety in a workshop environment


Possess an interest in the subject areas of arts, crafts and/or conservation



Basic understanding of the principles of Health and Safety and its importance


Full manual driving licence


Ability and willingness to work with students, visiting staff and other stakeholders


Entitlement to drive (Category D1), and experience of driving, a minibus and/or commercial vehicle


Personal Characteristics

Good time management skills


Ability to manage conflicting demands and deadlines


Professional, approachable manner


The Benefits

In recognition for all your hard work and dedication, we can offer you:

  • 33 days holiday per year
  • Pension (we'll match you up to 7.5%)
  • Life Assurance
  • Company Sick Pay
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • 25% off retail and restaurant
  • 50% off short courses
  • Salary sacrifice schemes
  • Free on-site parking
  • Reduced meal cost on site

To Apply

If you would like to apply for this position, please submit your application on our careers site.

Closing Date: 14th July 2024

Candidates for this role will need to be able to demonstrate a current Right to Work in the UK.

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