Art Job Description
Support the digital components of Art Department curricula
(Primarily Studio Art and Architecture, plus Art History);
facilitate visual work created by students for classes and faculty
in their teaching. Assist with maintenance and support of
technology (hardware and software) found in the digital visual arts
classrooms and labs in Hillyer Hall. Work as a liaison with ITS
staff to ensure good working knowledge of software and hardware
available for Art curricula and any updates. Participate in
Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and
participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful,
inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
Digital Project Support (25%)
Provide support for curricular digital projects, especially but not
exclusively for students enrolled in classes in photography and
digital media and senior capstone classes. Consult with faculty and
assist with digital applications that are central to the conduct of
studio and architecture curricula, i.e., photographic editing and
compositing, printmaking, sculptural and painted media, 3-D
modeling, and digital design computer programs. Provide
documentation and convey instructions in support of faculty and
student digital projects. Assist with the development of studio and
architecture e-portfolios, presentations and repositories.
Visual Arts Instructional Support (25%)
Conduct hands-on training workshops and one-to-one instruction
sessions on visual arts digital technology and software for
students. Consult with Art Department faculty on the kind of
in-class technology support required across each semester, and
offer this support to students (primarily in photography and
digital media, but may include other classes).
Training and Supervision (25%)
Assist in hiring, training and mentoring student assistants for
VCRC and H320. Develop and maintain a peer-to-peer mentoring
program each semester, including software training so that
work-study students in these three studio labs have the skills,
knowledge, and guidance to work effectively as mentors for other
students. Set standards for a peer-to-peer culture of
professionalism and engagement with fellow students. Provide
support and direction for peer-led student workshops.
Lab and Classroom Support (15%)
Maintain the overall technical environment for Art Department
curriculum, including hardware, software and peripheral devices for
the VCRC, the H320 Design Media Lab. Responsible for calibrating
and managing lab-based computer equipment used by students in their
curricular work and for trouble-shooting software and hardware
configurations. Maintain print usage applications and ordering of
necessary supplies in coordination with the Art Department
Exhibition Assistance (10%)
Provide project and exhibition consultation (i.e., mounted output,
multimedia logistics) and support for student exhibitions across
the academic year. Collaborate with faculty and Imaging Center
staff in order to mentor students on evaluating and selecting
multimedia technology for exhibitions, and supervise students with
the installation of that technology.
Perform other duties as required. Maintain professional skills by
attending conferences and workshops.
All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts
to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work
Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education,
experience, certifications, licenses)
Bachelor’s degree in art or related discipline plus at least
3-years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of
education and experience. Demonstrated experience working well with
diverse groups and evidence of ability to learn new
Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Demonstrated knowledge of computing for the visual arts and
culture, with particular expertise in (traditional and digital)
photography, 3D modeling, inkjet printing, and/or moving image.
Working knowledge and familiarity with current and emerging
practices in digital art, manufacturer’s recommendations, and
workflow procedures for timely completion of tasks. Knowledge of
hardware/software for visual arts, including the Adobe Creative
Cloud suite, Final Cut Pro and related applications. Experience
with computer imaging and set –up (e.g., implementing auditing
software for printing). Excellent communication, interpersonal, and
patron service skills. Must be team-oriented, flexible, and able to
work collaboratively with shifting and diverse groups in a rapidly
changing environment. Manifest an attitude of professionalism in
interactions with diverse groups
This position is a 9 month, academic year position.
As a condition of employment employees must be immunized against
COVID-19 on or before their first day of employment. Proof of
vaccination status will be required. Individuals may seek medical
or religious exemption with HR, but must do so prior to their
Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in
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or attach multiple files to your application, but BE SURE you have
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Review of applications will begin
September 2, 2021
Grade L Non-exempt
About Smith College
Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest
women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in
teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of
outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as
advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The
College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst,
Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of
Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty
cross-teach across the Five Colleges.
Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer
and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color,
religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender
identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and
employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its
programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and
regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with
disabilities are encouraged to apply.