Skip to main content

This job has expired

Assistant Chairperson of Graduate Photography (71100)

Pratt Institute
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Apr 15, 2024

View more

Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Other Arts
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Chairperson of Graduate Photography (71100)

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Pratt Institute's Photography Department is seeking an Assistant Chairperson of Graduate Photography. This position supports the graduate program in the department and manages the related facilities and events, the flow of administrative information and corresponding curricular and academic affairs. The Assistant Chair will have a wide latitude for independent judgment while working seamlessly with the graduate cohort, faculty, and department staff and supervising student workers.

The Photography department offers two academic programs, a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Photography. The department is located in the School of Art and also serves students outside the department.

Pratt School of Art provides a rigorous, student-centered education that emphasizes risk-taking and exploration. We are a dynamic community of students, faculty, and staff committed to meeting the challenges of the 21st century. Our programs develop criticality through a mutual, sustained process of critique, articulation, and reflection, and foster an interdisciplinary environment that allows students to broaden their creative thinking and pursuits. Guided by outstanding faculty, students learn to integrate theory and practice, develop their creative voices, and actively engage with the world.

Position Duties:
  • Oversee course scheduling, course offerings and faculty assignments in consultation with the chairperson. Duties include communicating with the Registrar on course and room schedules, faculty course loads, etc.
  • Lead the admissions process for the MFA Photography program: liaising with applicants to schedule interviews, managing decision letters, organizing and maintaining systems and preserving the confidentiality of student and faculty files.
  • Advise MFA Photography students on program requirements, course planning, and program completion, as well for Fall, Summer, and Spring registration. Support the graduate students in their academic pursuits, liaising with faculty, staff and administrators across the institute.
  • Coordinate and plan events, including incoming student Orientation, Open Studios, Public Critiques, Thesis Exhibitions, MFA talks, and all other programmatic events.
  • Collaborate with the Chairperson in recruiting, selecting, and retaining faculty and staff for the MFA program. Support graduate faculty, including new and visiting faculty: i.e., campus orientation and onboarding, liaising with Pratt offices, including IT, Photo Tech Office, Payroll, and HR.
  • Coordinate Studio and Gallery support for the MFA program.
  • Support visiting guest artists and critics. Liaise between all parties for talks, studio visits, and classroom visits.
  • Support the annual MFA Thesis Exhibitions, which entails scheduling, planning publicity and professional documentation for the creation of public facing promotional materials.
  • In collaboration with the Technical Director, oversee the functionality of the graduate production facilities and its equipment.
  • Oversee Graduate Assistants.
  • Provide administrative support to the graduate program, including coordinating day-to-day activities and tracking budget needs and expenditures.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned to support every aspect of the graduate program.

  • Bachelor's degree in Photography or related discipline is required. MFA or equivalent in art, design, or a related discipline is preferred.

  • At least two years of administrative experience is required; at least 3 years’ of academic or higher education administrative experience is preferred.

  • Wide latitude for independent judgment and problem-solving.
  • Successful candidates will demonstrate expertise in the practice and education of art and/or design; a strong track record of professional work in art and/or design is preferred. Exhibition history preferred.
  • Excellent detail-oriented organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to develop rapport with a diverse faculty and student body.
  • Other: In-depth knowledge of Apple computers and Adobe systems, digital and analog processes and workflow as well as the ability to manage student workers and coordinate with related staff.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Salary range is $72,500 to $75,000. The position will be onsite a minimum of 4 day/wk. This is a 12-month per year administrative appointment.

The position will remain open until filled.

Generous Benefits:
  • 403B Retirement Program
  • Supplemental Retirement Account
  • Tuition Benefits for Employees and Dependents
  • Tuition Exchange Program
  • Summer hours
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - commuter, medical, dependent care
  • Child Care Benefit
  • Basic life and AD&D insurance provided by Pratt
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Coverage

About Pratt Institute:

Pratt Institute provides the creative leaders of tomorrow the professional knowledge and experience to make a better world. A world-class and internationally ranked college with programs in art, design, architecture, liberal arts and sciences, and information studies, Pratt offers nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The Institute’s impact expands beyond its 25-acre residential campus in Brooklyn to cutting-edge facilities throughout the borough, a landmark building and public gallery in Manhattan, as well as an extension campus, Pratt Munson College of Art and Design in Utica, New York. On Governors Island, Pratt is a core partner on the Stony Brook University team selected to develop the New York Climate Exchange, a research and educational hub poised to establish New York City as the global leader for the most pressing issue of our time: climate change. Another extension of Pratt’s campus is the Research Yard, a 20,000-square-foot facility that brings together the research activities of Pratt Institute under one roof in the Brooklyn Navy Yard (BNY).

Application Instructions:
To apply, visit

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, marital or domestic partnership status, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression, age, disability, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pratt Institute recognizes and values the benefits of a diverse workforce.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert