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Photography Studio Technician

Position Deleted on 7/24/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
New York, NY
Admin - Other Administrative Positions
Application Due:
Open Until Filled
Full Time
DATE: May 2013

JOB TITLE: Photography Studio Technician


STATUS: Non-Exempt

REPORTS TO: Assistant Studio Manager

POSITION OVERVIEW:To provide assistance and technical support to photography
students and faculty with equipment and facility usage. Ensure equipment and facilities are maintained and in working order.Provide support for department exhibitions, programs and projects and overall mission.

  • Open and/or shut down photography facilities as scheduled
  • Assist students and faculty with troubleshooting and/or proper use of photographic equipment and accessories and studio equipment
  • Check out darkroom, studio and digital equipment to students and faculty using department database
  • Check in equipment and ensure items are returned in working order
  • Troubleshoot and perform routine equipment maintenance with a variety of camera formats (analog and digital), various studio lighting kits and grip, Pocket Wizards and flashes
  • Communicate departmental policies and procedures to students and faculty, regarding equipment sign-out, gallery reservations, studio booking and general facility use
  • Check silver recovery and chemistry, mix or transport as needed, and communicate the status of such to co-workers
  • Maintain the silver recovery systems for B&W chemistry
  • Ensure that the conditions of the studios, darkrooms, and equipment areas are kept neat, clean, orderly and properly functioning at all times
  • Train new hires with day-to-day departmental policies and procedures
  • Align and maintain integrity of enlargers
  • Receive, verify, and stock deliveries
  • Maintain Alternative Process darkroom: ensure cleanliness and safety, monitor and replenish chemistry and consumables, and track chemical inventory
  • Barcode new equipment and enter into database as needed
  • Maintain department Filemaker database with current and accurate information
  • Create monthly equipment inventory reports
  • Preparing and installing the "Freshman" and "Mentor" and all other departmental exhibitions, as well as maintaining the conditions, lighting and supplies for gallery spaces
  • Perform daily and seasonal facility maintenance and repair
  • Provide support for Special Programs and Projects as required
  • Troubleshoot emergencies and report any major issues to a manager on duty
  • Work closely with fellow Photography Technicians, using professional communication to maintain smooth, successful daily operation of the BFA Photography Department
  • Bachelor's degree in photography related field
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and customer service skills a must
  • Advanced knowledge of photography equipment (digital and analog) and related studio equipment required
  • Ability to troubleshoot technical and/or mechanical issues with cameras and photo studio equipment
  • Intermediate knowledge of studio lighting and accessories such as multi-max Pocket Wizards and ProFoto strobe equipment
  • Experience with high-end, digital capture using a variety of cameras and digital backs and related software (Capture One & Lightroom).
  • Ability to troubleshoot technical issues when shooting tethered both hardware and software
  • Experience with video and audio capture using Canon DSLR camera systems and associated grip required
  • Intermediate mechanical skills desired
  • Knowledge of printing software and troubleshooting issues with large format printers preferred
  • Strong initiative and work ethic, ability to think creatively and work independently
  • Flexible work schedule and willingness to work nights and weekends
The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the College has instituted numerous educational innovations, including the selection of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields as instructors. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.

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The School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer.
School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer.
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