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Cleveland Institute of Art

Technical Specialist - Photography & Video

Location: Cleveland, OH
Posted: November 18, 2019
Application Deadline: December 31, 2019


Cleveland Institute of Art
Human Resources
11610 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH, 44106

Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) is seeking a full-time/academic year Technical Specialist (TS) in the Photography & Video Department to complement and support the undergraduate photography program and its comprehensive facility.

The Technical Specialist will work under the direct supervision of the Photography + Video Department Chair.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: managing the equipment and facilities in the digital editing and printing labs, video editing lab, sound room, the video lighting studio and photography lighting studio, and darkrooms and wet labs. Responsibilities also include organizing, training, and supervising all department work-study students. The TS will assist faculty and students with technology issues in studios and photo labs; demonstrate and enforce safety procedures and proper use of equipment; provide routine servicing of computers and printers (including calibration); track digital printing; and minor equipment repairs and cleaning. They will facilitate outside contractor repairs of photo and video equipment and facilities as needed.

Knowledge and skills required: The candidate should be familiar with digital and analog photography equipment, processes and software as well as lighting, audio and video equipment currently in use by the department and stay up to date with new technologies and trends. Knowledge of spreadsheet software is also essential to the position. The ideal candidate should have strong organization, communication and leadership/supervisory skills; the ability to work with people in a helpful and courteous manner; ability to maintain accurate records and work independently. They must be able to troubleshoot and have proven ability to grow/learn and adapt. The candidate should be proactive, responsible, reliable and work well within a group.

Qualifications: BFA or equivalent related experience; academic environment preferred; enthusiasm and commitment to working with students; technical skills including both Mac and PC systems, photographic, video, and professional lighting equipment.

Compensation: Position includes hourly wage rate + benefits; follows academic calendar year, and begins January 2020. General use of the facility and equipment is included.

Interested applicants should submit the following materials compiled into a single PDF document, not to exceed 50MB. This PDF must be titled "last name_artist first name_PHV-TS"

Applications: must include the following information: One-page cover letter; Up-to-date curriculum vitae, including list of skills and software knowledge along with current contact information including address, phone, and email; (20) images, captioned with title, date, medium and dimensions; video work must be submitted as a link to an external hosting site (i.e. YouTube or Vimeo). A still from the video should be included as one of the 20 images, with a link to the hosting site directly below the still; and Contact information for at least two references.

Submit applications to:
Photography + Video Dept TS Position
Attention: Human Resources
Cleveland Institute of Art
11610 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

The Cleveland Institute of Art is one of the nation's leading accredited independent colleges of art and design. Since 1882, the college has been an educational cornerstone in Cleveland, Ohio, and produces graduates competitive as studio artists, designers, contemporary craftsmen, and educators.

CIA is committed to leadership and vision in all forms of visual arts education with 15 majors in the arts, crafts, integrated media, and design. CIA delivers faculty mentorship, studio and academic rigor, cutting edge curriculum, and state-of-the-art facilities. By the time they graduate, all CIA students participate in Engaged Practice learning—professional projects involving collaboration with external partners. CIA is uniquely well-positioned among world-class colleges and universities, museums and galleries, parks, gardens, hospitals, and major partners in industry. The campus is in the heart of Cleveland's culturally rich University Circle neighborhood, home to Case Western Reserve University; Cleveland Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland Museum of Natural History; Western Reserve Historical Society; Cleveland Botanical Garden; and Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra. Cuyahoga County provides generous public funding for the arts and supports hundreds of arts and cultural organizations.

Mission: To nurture the intellectual, artistic and professional development of students and community members through rigorous visual arts and design education.

Vision: To advance culture, community and global quality of life.

The Cleveland Institute of Art is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, committed to building and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, and to the principles that promote inclusion.

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