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Head of Woodcraft (SAL 7)

The Head of Woodcraft has as a primary responsibility the direction of the day-to-day operations of Woodcraft, including the supervision of the Woodcraft Assistant.  Working in cooperation with the Director of Berea College Student Craft, the Head of Woodcraft ensures that students are inspired and engaged in the experiential nature of woodworking.  As an active design and production environment, the Head of Woodcraft has responsibility for both student education in woodworking processes and managing necessary production schedules to meet customer demand/budgetary requirements. The Head of Woodcraft is expected to engage in hands-on production of both Woodcraft’s production line and special projects as a requirement of this position. The Head of Woodcraft understands and implements standard OSHA safety regulations and guides the safe flow of work. The Head of Woodcraft is responsible for all raw material, supply, equipment and purchase requisitions, as well as developing the knowledge to follow a TOC Supply buffer process. In association with the Director, the Head of Woodcraft meets with potential product clients and assists them in making choices related to materials, design and processes.  The Head of Woodcraft is directly involved in the design of new items.

Minimum Qualifications Required:
Education required to ensure success in this position:
•    Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art, or Technology, or related field, preferred
•    MFA in Wood/Furniture preferred.
Experience required to ensure success in this position:
•    5-7 years’ experience in active wood/furniture studio or production shop work, minimum    
•    5+ years studio or production shop experience, with MFA in Wood/Furniture, preferred
Summation of related education and/or experience will be considered.
Special skills, knowledge and abilities:
•    Leadership abilities and good communication skills, knowledge of production studio methods, costing/product development & prototyping; experienced in furniture design and manufacturing techniques; experience will all types of woodworking machinery, tools and processes; understanding of OSHA and other safety guidelines. Candidates with experience computer-aided drafting and design preferred
•    Support for the College’s Great Commitments as well as the mission-aligned approaches in Student Craft.
•    Teaching experience in the workshop setting. Demonstrated ability to develop curriculum and move students through projects to completion.
License, certification, or registration necessary:
•    Valid Driver’s License            

Physical requirements:
•    lifting in excess of 50 lbs. on a regular basis

Environmental conditions:
•    Constant dust and noise from woodworking equipment; eye; ear and dust protection necessary for many duties.

Ability to operate the following vehicles or equipment:
•    Motor vehicles, fork lift, All woodworking machines including sanders, routers, lathes, morticers, planers, jointers, drills, saws and gluing/clamping equipment.  Knowledge of/or ability to learn CNC machining and laser cutting/engraving.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Regular and predictable attendance is essential. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

    Head of Woodcraft
•    Inspires, trains, evaluates and supervises student workers within the Woodcraft production area.
•    Primary responsibilities for the day-to-day operations of Woodcraft’s Production items including…
•    Required to manage monthly production schedules.
•    Prepares all supply and material requisitions
•    Follows OSHA guidelines for safety in workshop and ensures EPA records are kept daily
•    Assist with design, develop and prototype new products for production that align with and support the College’s Great Commitments
•    Works with clients on custom design and production for wood items/furniture
•    Required to engage in personal production as a part of overall monthly transfer.
•    Aids campus community on special projects/needs as requested or appropriate.
•    In support of Berea College’s great commitments this position requires student supervision.  The fourth great commitment is to promote learning and serving in community through the student labor program, honoring the dignity and utility of all work, mental and manual, and taking pride in work well done.  The Supervision would include scheduling, assigning and approving work performed.  Developing students about common workplace acumen and giving them tangible work experience is an expected outcome. To learn more about the student labor program and requirements on this position see:  Labor Program Goals

Other roles/duties will be assigned as necessary to assist the College in the attainment of the goals set forth and the enhancement of a positive, respectful learning environment for all staff, faculty and students.

Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 70 countries. The College has along standing commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together.

Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016 and 2017, the magazine ranked it number 1.

Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 15,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at

Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.


Berea College is always looking for talented, self-motivated individuals to join our team. If you think you are ready to be a part of an exciting team, then we encourage you to continue with this applicant friendly, online job application! 

Berea College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.


Note to Prospective Employees:

Each year, Berea College Public Safety publishes an annual report to the campus to make public crime statistics, policies, and procedures for Berea College.  This Annual Security Report, required by the Jeane Clery Act, Minger Act, and the Student Right To Know Act is now available for review.  For a full, printable version of the ASR, you can click here:

For a policy-by-policy version that is easier to read and browse, please visit Public Safety’s website here: