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Amherst College

Film, Video and Photography Coordinator

Location: Amherst, MA
Posted: August 10, 2017
Application Deadline: October 30, 2017


Amherst College
Louise Beckett
17 Fayerweather Dr., Rm. 107, Amherst College
Amherst, MA, 01002

The Amherst College Department of Art and the History of Art invites applications for the position of film, video, and photography coordinator. Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst's students are Pell Grant recipients; 45 percent of our students identify as domestic students of color. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

The coordinator is responsible for the operation, organization, and maintenance of the equipment cage, photo lab, and digital editing lab, which is located in the historic Fayerweather Hall, which houses the college's Department of Art and the History of Art. In addition, the coordinator assists students in both in the art and the history of art department and the film and media studies program, and collaborates with faculty to create a respectful, efficient and collaborative learning environment.

This is a full-time, academic year position (forty-two weeks per year). The work schedule is generally, Monday, Wednesday and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The key responsibilities of the position are enumerated below:

Faculty Support

Supports the academic, instructional, technical and facility needs of students and faculty in film/video and photography
Works with faculty to anticipate classroom needs for equipment and additional technical instruction
Trains faculty in the use of facility and software, and helps integrate the digital lab into their courses

Equipment Cage, Photo and Digital Editing Labs

Operates the film/video and photo equipment and facilities within Fayerweather Hall
Maintains all equipment including repair and supply orders
Establishes, implements, and maintains equipment checkout policies and procedures in coordination with the Amherst College Library


Requirements for this position include a bachelor's degree in studio art, photography, film or video, or related field, with an MFA preferred; two to three years of related experience; proficiency with digital photography, digital video, lighting, and sound recording; proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud software, especially Photoshop and Premier; working knowledge of analogue still and movie cameras, film processing and digital film and video cameras, lights, sound equipment, ink jet printers, film scanners; familiarity with RIP software; excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication, organizational, and time management skills; accuracy and attention to detail; ability to take initiative and work both independently and collaboratively; flexible schedule to include evening and weekend hours to best serve the needs of our students and faculty. The hourly rate is commensurate with experience.
Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (e-mail and/or telephone number) for three professional references through Interfolio - Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.


Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about 1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum, Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!

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