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Arizona State University

Academic Facilities Specialist, Photography Studio Technician

Location: Tempe, AZ
Posted: April 12, 2023
Application Deadline: May 09, 2023


Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ, 85287

Academic Facilities Specialist, Photography Studio Technician

Arizona State University

School Of Art

Campus: Tempe


Job Description

The Academic Facilities Specialist, Photography Studio Technician manages and maintains facilities for the photography area in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts School of Art including affiliated classrooms, laboratories, analog and digital equipment (including fine art post-production and printing), processes, supervision and training of student workers, inventory of materials and supplies. This position ensures that studios are equipped, supplied and configured to support the academic and creative goals of faculty and student users. This role also monitors and maintains health, safety and security of studio facilities and ensures compliance with all relevant health and safety standards and regulations. They provide educational consulting services to faculty, students and staff, to support them with complex and technically advanced projects and assignments.

Salary Range

Depends on experience

Close Date


Essential Duties

Works closely with unit and university administration to coordinate all departmental facilities activities to ensure adherence with college and university policies, practices and regulations.
Ensures that facilities and equipment in the photography facilities are properly maintained and in optimal working condition.
Maintains updated knowledge of technologies relevant to the area and shares this information with faculty and students regularly.
Conducts safety orientations and trains students and faculty on equipment.
Coordinatse with faculty to pre-plan to support curricular and research projects and support events and activities.
Researches and recommends purchase of materials and new equipment/tools.
Moves, assembles, and installs equipment; performs equipment tasks, general and specialized maintenance and records and tracks the equipment maintenance schedule and check-out system.
Manages workflows.
Monitors facilities budget and reconciles expenses and work orders.
Maintains inventory of consumable goods, manages equipment and material purchasing and tracks equipment and material shipping.
Participates in a variety of departmental and university-wide meetings to represent the unit's interests in the area of facilities maintenance and to ensure an integrative/collaborative support of university interests.
Works closely with unit administrators and other designated individuals to resolve any issues regarding space assignments and access.
Reports building maintenance problems and related issues to FACMAN and coordinates repairs and resolution.
Supervises, trains, and evaluates assigned facilities staff and/or student workers.
Performs other duties as assigned to ensure continual efficient operations of the department to meet research and teaching needs.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND two (2) years of related experience; OR, Seven (7) years of related experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience, and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

Knowledge and skills typically acquired by completing a bachelor's degree in fine arts or a related field; equivalent professional experience; or a Master's degree in the fine arts or related field.
Experience in delivering training or instruction.
Knowledge of RIP and ink-limiting software, Phase One camera systems, and other advanced digital procedures for image capture, processing and output
Knowledge of project management
Ability to work independently and troubleshoot problems with minimal supervision.
Experience in using written, verbal and interpersonal skills in order to work amicably with a diverse community of students, faculty and staff.
Experience in using communication, collaboration, organizational and time management skills
Ability to multi-task, prioritize and independently manage a changing workload and schedule in a wide variety of settings and situations.
Ability to keep abreast of technological developments in a rapidly evolving field.
Ability to build bridges across the ASU Photo area community and support diverse perspectives and practices.

Working Environment

Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse
Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work
Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds
Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts
Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions
Regular use of standard office equipment including, but not limited to: computer workstation/laptop (keyboard, monitor, mouse), printer, fax, calculator, copier, telephone and associated computer/technology peripherals, and electric cart
This position receives regular review of objectives by department administrator

Department Statement

The Herberger Institute comprises the School of Art; School of Arts, Media and Engineering; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School; School of Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; and the ASU Art Museum. With 130 degree and certificate options, and programs ranked top 20 in art, design, music, theatre, digital culture, film, dance and more, plus a top university art museum, a leading immersive media facility, and national and international partnerships, the Herberger Institute is a powerhouse of art, culture and design.

Our mission is to position designers, artists, scholars and educators at the center of public life and prepare them to use their creative capacities to advance culture, build community and imaginatively address today's most pressing challenges.

The vision of the Herberger Institute is to advance the New American University by embedding designers, artists and arts-based inquiry at its core and throughout the communities it serves locally, nationally and internationally. With 7,000+ students, mare than 700 faculty members, and 130 program options, the Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school.

As part of Arizona State University, the most innovative university in the nation, the Herberger Institute seeks to drive and scale new ways for arts and design to have impact in our world. We invite you to join our work.


• Creativity as a core 21st-century competency

• Design and the arts as critical resources for transforming our society

• Innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship

• Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration and research

• Social embeddedness

• Projecting all voices

• Excellence

Why work @ASU -

Total compensation at ASU is defined as more than the salary paid for the valuable work performed to support the success of our ASU students. It includes:

• Salary and wages paid

• Comprehensive package of affordable benefit plans and programs

• Access to world-class educational opportunities at deeply discounted rates

• ASU's total compensation estimator shows the approximate value of your overall compensation

ASU is a diverse enterprise with a wide variety of work and learning modes, locations and a commitment to sustainability, innovation and employee work-life balance. We are determined to maintain our position as an employer of choice in a competitive labor market.

Flexible work options (after 3 months of service with the Herberger Institute, contingent on the need of the Unit/School and performance)

• Alternative work schedules can include four, 10-hour workdays in a workweek; a nine-day, 80-hour schedule over two workweeks for exempt employees only; and staggered start and stop times.

• Hybrid work is an arrangement where employees spend a minimum of 60% of their regular workweek at their primary ASU work location. Dean or vice president-level approval is required.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Notice of Availability of the ASU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU PD at 480-965-3456.

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ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Fingerprint Check Statement

This position is considered safety/security sensitive and will include a fingerprint check. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the fingerprint check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of "equivalent combination" in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor's degree is equal to four years of experience.

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