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Visual Arts Digital Specialist

Smith College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 18, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Design & Graphic Arts, Other Arts, Communications, Digital Media, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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Art Job Description

Job Summary

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 cross-team projects.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Essential Functions

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 Administrative Assistant.

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.

Other Functions

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 environment.

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 technologies.

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

Additional Information

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 arrival.

Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . You may combine your resume and cover letter into a single file or attach multiple files to your application, but BE SURE you have provided all attachments BEFORE SUBMITTING your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

September 2, 2021

Compensation Grade:

Grade L Non-exempt

Position Type:


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.

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