Visual Resource Curator

Providence College
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 15, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Art History, Communications, Digital Media, Humanities, History, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
Founded in 1917, Providence College (PC) is a premier Catholic liberal arts institution steadfastly committed to academic excellence through a dynamic core curriculum, a distinctive Development of Western Civilization Program, and abundant experiential learning opportunities. The only U.S. higher education institution administered by the Dominican Friars, PC is committed to providing a variety of opportunities for intellectual, social, moral, and spiritual growth in a supportive environment. Providence College believes that cultural and intellectual pluralism is essential to the excellence of its academic programs, and strives to foster an academic culture and campus community reflecting the global environment in which we live and work.

The approximately 105-acre campus is situated in Rhode Island’s capital city and is close to the many cultural and educational offerings of Rhode Island’s “renaissance city.” Additionally, Providence is located an hour from Boston and just a few hours from New York City.

For years, Providence College has been recognized in the U.S. News & World Report “Regional Universities – North Category” and has been commended by several other ranking publications.

Posting Details

Position Title Visual Resource Curator Overview
Assist faculty in their teaching and research needs by overseeing the Visual Resource Center; curating its electronic, digital, and hardware resources; and supervising the VRC’s student staffing. Essential Duties:
1. Assist art history faculty with course preparation and digital resource needs for teaching and research. Keep up-to-date on new course developments and make recommendations on technical services, applications, and equipment that may be useful to current and future courses. Assist with technological aspects of student presentations and virtual and digital projects related to coursework in art history and visual communication courses. Manage students assigned as assistant to art history faculty.
2. Maintain and expand current visual image collections. Train students to add images to the databases used and to assist faculty throughout the College when needed. Keep up-to-date with new developments in digital resource platforms and hardware and software that may be useful to faculty and staff. Assist with monitoring and overseeing the maintenance of computer hardware, electronic equipment for art history, studio art classrooms, and offices; including computers, project equipment, screens, lecture and presentation devices such as mics and pointers, etc. Keep abreast of new software and updates, especially regarding visual presentations, and databases for art historical research. Be aware of software and hardware used in studio art courses, and assist and advise as necessary. Advise on new purchases and technological developments that may be useful to department faculty. Maintain, expand, and facilitate use of VRC video, book, and journal collections.
3. Coordinate with PC Galleries Director and staff to hire, train, and manage student workers in the VRC and the Galleries. Maintain department website and social media platforms and supervise student contributions to those platforms. Keep up-to-date with new technological developments.
4. Manage budget allocations for art history supplies. Order supplies submitted by art historians. Coordinate with studio faculty to manage the budget for student technicians.
5. Coordinate with the department’s studio technician to assist faculty in studio art with course-related needs and shared space coordination.
6. Coordinate with the department Administrative Assistant to maintain and order departmental office equipment and supplies. Assist with departmental events as needed. Marginal Duties:
1. Perform all other duties as may be required. Education and Experience Required
  • BA/ BFA Degree from an accredited institution required. MA in art history or an MFA in studio art preferred
  • Two years’ experience or equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Computer literate including web page experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Personable, engaging, and service-oriented
  • Experience working in an education setting preferred
  • Skills and expertise and/or willingness and demonstrable ability to quickly learn social media platforms, WordPress, art history image databases and research platforms, digital projection tools and presentation software.
  • Photoshop and basic image manipulation software, image scanning tools and equipment, basic video editing software, Zoom and similar online meeting platforms, digital photography skills, and basic camera and photographic equipment knowledge.
Physical Demands
  • Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time
  • Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction
  • Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard
  • Communication skills using the spoken word
  • Ability to see within normal parameters
  • Ability to hear within normal range
  • Ability to move about
Employee Status Full Time Union Status Non-Union Shift: If other, please enter regular schedule. EEO Statement
Providence College does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, gender, except where gender is a bona fide occupational qualification, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, veteran status, or genetic information. The College will develop, and from time to time update, an affirmative action program and will insist on a good-faith effort on the part of its employees to comply with the program. The College will request and expect its agents and those with whom it conducts its affairs to meet the commitment of this important program.
Requisition Number AS555P Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants Supplemental Questions

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  1. * We require all employees to be vaccinated. Are you vaccinated or have a valid medical or religious exemption from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine?
    • Yes
    • No
Documents Needed To Apply
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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Transcripts
  3. Letter of Recommendation
  4. Curriculum Vitae
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