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Technical Faculty Position: Associate Director of the Photography Lab

CalArts - California Institute of the Arts
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Nov 4, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Other Arts
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The production labs in the School of Art are established to support the work of all students enrolled in the School. The Associate Director of the Photography Lab assists the Director of the Photography Lab in the day-to-day operation of the facility with particular attention to the Analog Lab. The Associate Director also assists in the planning and implementation of the necessary changes to keep the facility abreast of technological developments and in sync with curricular needs and assists the Director in managing budget and inventory.

In the Analog Lab (the Black & White Bays, the Mural Room, Color Processor and related areas), they provide orientation for new students and guidance for continuing students, and supervise student projects. This position will oversee maintenance and repairs, and advise and supervise updating of equipment and software.

This position will operate and manage the checkout cage, make darkroom assignments with special care in relation to safety issues; manage the daily requirements and upkeep of the color processor; manage hiring, scheduling, supervising and training of work-study / student assistants to check, mix and properly dispose of photographic chemicals.  

There are several times of the year when technical faculty must be fully present on campus.  These are Practicum preparation and supervision, budget planning and year-end inventory, and preparation for CSSSA.

The Art School seeks to employ faculty who can engage our diverse communities of learners at the highest levels of artistic endeavor and critical thinking. We welcome candidates who possess a demonstrated worldview and cultural competency to support teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities and gender expressions. CalArts is an equal opportunity employer.

The qualified applicant must experience teaching at the college level or comparable experience through activist community engagement, workshop facilitation, and other forms of instruction.  Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Teaching responsibilities amount to direct supervision and additional tutorials for Photo and Media students (the equivalent of one workshop), plus one class. This class will usually take place in the Fall semester and will be developed in consultation with the Program Directors in the Photo/Media Program.  Teaching responsibilities are to be arranged in consultation with the Dean, Program Director, and faculty advisor. 

All technical faculty report to the Dean through the Assistant Dean for Technology and Facilities.       

There is a commitment of a minimum of the equivalent of four days per week on campus with office hours posted.          

How to Apply 

This position has a starting date on or after July 1st, 2022, and in time for the start of the Fall semester. Review of applications will begin Dec 30th, for full consideration apply by that date. Please follow the Interfolio link to apply ( and submit the following:

    Cover letter (that describes your interest in the position, relevant qualifications, approach to teaching, and a reflection on your past and potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion within your role). CV.
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