Art Technician (Assistant)


Company: Sanford International School
Location: Addis Ababa,
Employment Type: Full time

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities

The role of the Art & Design Technician is a key role within the school and the wider community. Working as part of a team you will ensure that all students have the best possible experience in art and design ensuring that there is support for the curriculum and that art and design work is visible across the school.

The post holder will ensure that the various resources of the school are used in the most efficient and cost-effective way, so that the school can fulfil its educational objectives and continually illustrate art and design and contribute to excellence within the curriculum area whilst also contributing to pupils learning within a pleasant and stimulating environment.

 Main Responsibilities

  • Prepare materials and teaching resources as required by the subject teacher prior to lessons
  • Assist staff in developing appropriate resources for teaching and learning.
  • Assist teachers as necessary with any technical, practical or administrative support.
  • Organise and set up extra equipment for lessons
  • Checking of the availability of suitable materials and equipment, including keeping stock levels to defined limits and/or substituting suitable materials where necessary and appropriate
  • Keep all classrooms organised and free from hazards
  • Report any defects and damage to equipment to line manager and to arrange repair/service by the appropriate body when not competent or safe, in line with H&S guidelines.
  • Ensure hand tools are kept in optimum condition and stored correctly
  • Ensure adequate cleanliness of equipment, machinery and materials across both Art.
  • To be competent with the use of Photoshop software to create mood boards and image boards.
  • Safe disposal of used materials, including dangerous/hazardous material
  • To be familiar with the different types of materials used across Art such as, water colour, charcoal, Ink, Chalk, Plastics etc.
  • To be able to use a camera and other visual resources; and support students in use, uploading and manipulating photographs and images through software packages.
  • Keep spaces dedicated to the arts and design organised, stocked and tidy
  • Organise safe storage, retrieval and accessibility to equipment and materials and student work
  • Assist with the organisation of displays, trips or in-house events organised by the department.
  • Provide support for the teacher during practical lessons, which will include direct pupil supervision and cover for absent staff. Support teachers in preparing student work for exam and moderation purposes
  • Assist with major events, exhibitions and performances.
  • As part of a team, attend meetings and make suggestions in developing and reviewing individual and team progress and the development of policies and procedures.
  • Liaise and communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with students and staff.
  • To work occasional additional hours whether in the evening or at weekends, when the workload requires it
  • To participate in staff development and training and lead this as required
  • To observe the academy’s visions and values, and those of the trust, ensuring that these are at the heart of all decision which are made
  • To undertake similar tasks, including exam invigilation and deputising for other support staff, and any reasonable requirement as may be determined by the Head of School
  • To understand the importance of inclusion, equality and diversity both when working with pupils and with colleagues, and to promote equal opportunities for all

Job Requirements

General Qualities Required:

  • Be a self-starter who can manage their time independently
  • Be able to prioritise tasks and activities and be able to respond to new tasks and priorities at short notice
  • Be methodical and organised and be able to implement and sustain organisational systems
  • Be able to develop a suitable working relationship with staff and students

Qualifications and skills

  • Art & Design based training essential.
  • Computer skills in Word, Excel and some Photoshop will be expected.
  • To keep abreast of new techniques in identified specialist areas
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to build effective working relationships with staff and pupils. 

How to Apply

  • Please forward your application letter and updated CV via:   “Sandford International School is committed to: safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children; and as a Non-Governmental Organization staff are expected to be non-partisan, committed to equal opportunity for all, irrespective of race, religion, and gender, and reject discrimination on any grounds” 
  • Deadline: 14 July 2023.


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