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Craft Center Student Instructor (Position open until filled) 

About the Organization Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) provides Cal Poly students with opportunities to experience life outside of the classroom through the wide variety of programs and services offered at the Cal Poly Recreation Center, Julian A. McPhee University Union, Orfalea Family and ASI Children's Center, and Cal Poly Sports Complex. Cal Poly students and full-time staff members have the opportunity to work on campus to create quality programs and services for all students. Whether you are looking for a position that supports your academic/professional goals, need to support yourself while at Cal Poly, or are looking to develop your leadership skills, ASI offers a unique and fun work experience for all of our employees. Apply to join our team today!
EOE Statement The Associated Students, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position Craft Center Student Instructor (University Union)  
Open Date 11/15/2023  
Close Date 1/9/2024  

Craft Center Student Instructor (University Union)


Definition and Purpose

Under the supervision of the Assistant Director – Student Engagement and Assessment, Instructors teach craft classes in the ASI Craft Center in one or more of the following areas: ceramics, bike repair, stained glass, flame working, jewelry, surfboard shaping, or woodworking.  The Instructor is responsible for developing class content, supervising class participants, and leading instructional sessions.

ASI is committed to supporting the aspirations of the University Learning Objectives.  Our employees are expected to make reasoned decisions based on ethics, respect for diversity, and an awareness of issues of sustainability.  Additionally, they will work productively as individuals and in groups while communicating effectively.


Educational Requirements and Qualifying Experience

  • Must be a currently enrolled student at Cal Poly with a minimum of 6 units. Graduate students must carry 4 units at Cal Poly.
  • Must have expertise in a particular craft within one or more of the Craft Center areas (ceramics, bike repair, stained glass, flame working, jewelry, surfboard shaping, wood working).
  • Ability to be highly organized and have good planning skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • First Aid, CPR and AED Certification required.
  • Extensive knowledge of classes being taught.
  • Understanding of current trends in area of expertise.
  • Previous experience in supervising and meeting participants in an instructional environment.
  • Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds, specific needs, or limitations.


Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervise class participants.
  • Lead instructional sessions/classes.


Instructor Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach a minimum of two craft classes each quarter, while fulfilling class schedule requirements.
  • Keep studio equipment in clean, useable working order.
  • Report any needed changes or problems to the appropriate Craft Center staff member.
  • Provide assistance to co-workers as needed to ensure that all have the necessary supplies and tools to run their classes.
  • Repair equipment, or report broken equipment to the appropriate Craft Center staff member if the repair is beyond the instructor’s level of expertise.
  • In collaboration with other area instructors, assist in keeping an inventory of all area supplies and inform appropriate staff of any shortages.
  • Propose area additions and/or improvements and provide additional information as needed.
  • Possess knowledge of the raw materials used in each class in order to plan for supply reordering.
  • Play an active role in maintaining class minimum enrollments.
  • Communicate with appropriate staff regarding any issues pertaining to each craft area, classes, or the Craft Center.
  • Maintain familiarity with evacuation plan for work area.
  • Attend all mandatory meetings, workshops, and retreats.
  • Provide quality customer service for all staff and customers.
  • Awareness of safety concerns and risk management.
  • Instruct participants in general safety practices with all tools and equipment in their craft area.
  • Maintain and model safe practices at all times.
  • Maintain prompt hours and follow absence procedures.
  • Maintain a working relationship with staff and co-workers.
  • Adhere to and enforce all ASI departmental policies and procedures.
  • Ensure a safe environment for all participants.
  • Commitment to student development and leadership.
  • Develop individual lesson plans.
  • Maintain instructional area at all times.


Frontline Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain a clean, welcoming environment for all visitors and staff members.
  • Provide quality customer service to all staff members and visitors.
  • Enforce safety compliance measures per the Craft Center policies and procedures.
  • Accurately record inbound visitor traffic and process payment for purchases.
  • Provide positive public relations, program promotion and policy education to staff and visitors.
  • Ensure financial paperwork is kept confidential and includes the information necessary for processing.
  • Assist with supply and material inventory and ordering.
  • Maintain knowledge of all current activities and upcoming events within ASI.
  • Follow attendance procedures.
  • Attend all mandatory meetings, workshops, and retreats.
  • Maintain familiarity with the evacuation plan for work area.
  • Maintain knowledge of ASI’s webpage and web registration program to troubleshoot customer questions.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Specialized Duties and Responsibilities

  • Open and close work areas per procedural expectations.
  • Review daily communications and information in the Communications Log.
  • Explain and enforce Craft Center user policies and procedures to visitors.
  • Compile pre-course packets for all instructors to include surveys, rosters, and instructions.
  • Review Craft Center web pages for accuracy.
  • Update data, manage inventory, and run reports in Fusion/POS software.
  • Prepare payment request forms (PRFs).
  • Understand all programs, services, and amenities within ASI.
  • Monitor retail store resale and lendable equipment inventory and restock as needed.
  • Facilitate and coordinate Studio Safety Orientation tours.
  • Ensure that all lost and found items are tracked according to facility policy.
  • Special projects as assigned.
  • Knowledge and oversight of safe operations and practices of all tools in all studios


Diversity and Inclusion

  • Recommend and support practices intended to eliminate racial, gender, or any other form of bias in processes, policies, and procedures.
  • Demonstrate awareness of one’s own biases, comfort levels, and various aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
  • Demonstrate effort to understand each person’s individual and collective role in creating inclusive environments.
  • Participate in trainings and activities provided by ASI as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 


Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in ASI policy as a condition of their employment.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Period of Employment

Employment with this organization is of an "at will" nature, which means that the employee may resign at any time and ASI may discharge the employee at any time with or without cause.


Compensation and Hours

  • Hourly Starting Rate: $15.50 per hour for instruction time, $16.50 for meetings, studio maintenance time, and preparation time; maximum 20 hours per week.
  • Hourly Pay Range: $15.50 per hour - $15.50 per hour for instruction time, $16.50 per hour - $16.50 per hour for meetings, studio maintenance time, and preparation time

The Associated Students, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Date revised: 11/15/2023

Number of Openings 5  
Location University Union  
Full-Time/Part-Time -unspecified-  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Position Requirements  
Req Number STU-23-00087  
Shift Details None Specified 

Requires 1-2 hours per day None Specified 

Requires 3-4 hours per day None Specified 

Requires 5-6 hours per day None Specified 

Requires 7+ hours per day None Specified 

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