Studio Technician

School of Visual Arts

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.

Responsibilities
  • Open and/or shut down photography facilities as scheduled

  • Assist students and faculty with troubleshooting and/or proper use of photographic equipment, accessories, and studio equipment

  • Check out photography and video equipment to students and faculty using FileMaker database

  • Check-in equipment and ensure items are returned in working order

  • Troubleshoot and perform routine equipment maintenance: All camera formats (film/digital, still/video); Lighting and grip; equipment; Studio accessories; Audio

  • Communicate departmental policies and procedures to students and faculty, regarding equipment sign-out, gallery reservations, studio booking, and general facility use

  • Maintain B&W Darkroom Chemistry, equipment, and silver recovery unit

  • 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

  • Train and supervise student workers

  • Receive, verify, and stock deliveries

  • Align and maintain integrity of enlargers

  • Maintain Alternative Process darkroom: ensure cleanliness and safety, monitor, and replenish chemistry and consumables, and track chemical inventory

  • Maintain department FileMaker database with current and accurate information, adding new equipment as necessary

  • Preparing and installing the 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, including bi-weekly newsletter and social media contributions

  • 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

Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in photography or a related field

Excellent communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills a must

Strong initiative and work ethic, ability to think creatively and work independently

Advanced knowledge of photography equipment (digital and analog) and related studio equipment

Ability to troubleshoot technical and/or mechanical issues with cameras and photo studio equipment

Intermediate knowledge of studio lighting

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

Experience with video and audio systems, including any related grip and stabilizing equipment

Knowledge of printing software and troubleshooting issues with large format printers preferred

How to Apply

Find out what it’s like to work at SVA. Visit www.sva.edu/workingatsva.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to working@sva.edu. No walk-ins, please.

The School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer.

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Posted on June 19