Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) seeks a Technical Assistant II to join the Photography department for a one-year term appointment. The Photography program encourages original thinking, self-expression, and visualization while teaching the skills of photographic seeing, production, and presentation. Our students are diverse, coming from a wide range of geographic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds, representing all forms of diversity. We seek a culturally competent candidate who will thrive in a campus environment that advances principles of social equity and inclusion, environmental and climate justice, and equal access to resources and opportunities.
In this position, the Technical Assistant II manages, maintains, and repairs the equipment and supplies necessary to operate the RISD Photography department and facilities, including, but not limited to equipment cage and darkrooms. This role assists students and faculty on the use of equipment and supplies and provides technical guidance and advice in support of educational courses and academic projects. The Technical Assistant II makes minor repairs to equipment as required and arranges with outside vendors for repairs that cannot be done in the department and ensures the safety of facilities, studios, and the environment.
Assist faculty and students in the proper and safe operation, handling, care and storage of photography equipment and supplies. Provide guidance, training, and instruction on the use of the equipment/technology in support of the educational process, academic project and/or design.
Order and track supplies and maintain appropriate inventory levels. Research new, existing, or historical equipment/technologies in support of RISD's Photography educational curriculum.
Manage and maintain proper and safe operation of darkroom facilities, including daily cleaning and maintenance, in accordance with current environmental protocols and procedures.
Maintain all equipment in a neat and orderly manner. Perform preventative maintenance on equipment as required, such as scheduled lubrication and cleaning, and maintain documentation of the same.
Make minor repairs to equipment as required and arrange with outside vendors for repairs that cannot be done in the department, and maintain documentation of the same.
Maintain system to checkout and check-in equipment and supplies in photo cage storage area. Maintain proper inventory controls and tracking for all department equipment stored within the photo cage.
Schedule and oversee student employees working in the photo cage and darkroom facilities to assure quality and quantity of work with emphasis on safety. Train students in the proper operation, handling and care of equipment, tools and materials including training darkroom monitors in environmental protocols for the safe handling, storage, and disposal of darkroom chemicals.
Monitor all rust control filters in facilities. Maintain silver reclamation system and facilitate and coordinate testing with governmental regulatory agencies.
Suggest/make improvements to or modifications of the classroom, photo cage, and darkroom facilities, equipment and tools.
Bachelor's degree in appropriate technical discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Two to four years practical experience in the appropriate field with a relation toward the technical productions of fine arts and commercial photography; excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Computer skills (Macintosh and PC), basic knowledge of publishing software such as Adobe Creative Suite, and working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet programs required.
Working knowledge of darkroom and digital printing processes required. Experience with the safe handling, storage, and disposal of chemicals used in the field of photography preferred.
Ability to work cooperatively with and be sensitive to the diverse populations of RISD's community.
Work Schedule: 40 hours per week
Employment Status: Full-Time, Non-exempt (hourly)
One-year Term Appointment
Documents Needed to Apply: Resume Cover Letter
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload all required documents.
The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.
RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.
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Internal Number: R-00555
About Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), founded in 1877, is a fine arts and design college located in Providence, Rhode Island. Enrolling about 2000 undergraduates and 400 graduate students from across the United States and 55 other countries, RISD offers 16 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate majors, and is ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top art and design schools in the United States. RISD’s rigorous education encourages creative experimentation and intellectual risk-taking, challenging students to question their approach to art making through critical thinking. There are over 90,000 works of art in the RISD Museum, which houses a collection of fine and decorative art objects. The first public galleries opened in 1893. The RISD Library is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country with more than 150,000 volumes and 380 periodical subscriptions which offer unusual depth and richness in the areas of architecture, art, design, and photography. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundament...al to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.