Technical Assistant (P/T) - Photography (2 positions for Fall Semester)

Posted On: May 21, 2019

Hours: Part Time


We are seeking 2 Part-Time Technical Assistants as temporary replacements for a staff member.

Position#1 (14 hours/2 days per week) for the Fall Semester: Sept 2019 - December 2019

Position#2 (21 hours/3 days per week) for the Fall Semester: September 2019 - December 2019

Duties for this position include:

  • Oversee work-study students
  • Oversee the darkrooms
  • Check out equipment to students
  • Opening and closing both the analog and digital facilities
  • Maintain all software and hardware components of photography lab/classroom
  • Assist students with photo editing and scanning software
  • Maintain calibration of computer monitors, media projectors, scanners, and inkjet printers
  • Create custom color profiles using color management hardware and software
  • Fulfill student print orders
  • Monitor inventory and usage of printer ink and paper
  • Maintain software and hardware updates, an revise written tutorials for all software and hardware used in the digital photo lab
  • Prepare digital photo lab for class lectures and demonstrations according to Photography instructors' needs


  • Minimum BFA in Photography, New Media, or related field.
  • Experience working or managing both digital and traditional darkrooms
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and a color-managed digital workflow
  • Basic repair/maintenance skills and solid proficiency with a wide variety of digital and film-based photographic media and equipment
  • Experience with making exhibition-quality photographic prints
  • Experience with Epson Stylus Pro inkjet printers, Epson scanners, and Nikon and Hasselblad/Flextight film scanners
  • Experience with equipment checkout systems and software, service-desk management, and providing careful photographic technical advice to students
  • Good organizational skills and the ability to maintain and keep a clean, orderly photography lab from opening to closing.
  • A basic understanding of appropriate chemical handling and lab health-and-safety standards, while overseeing students to the same standards
  • Proficiency in troubleshooting information technologies and photo-specific digital processes and equipment
  • Openness and ability to adapt, integrate, and/or synthesize photographic and non-photographic processes
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to oversee student workers
  • Ability to fulfill student print orders in a timely manner
  • Ability to closely monitor inventories and usage of printer ink and paper and photographic chemicals
  • Ability to prepare and maitain photo labs an classrooms fo class lectures and demonstrations according to instructors' needs
  • Critical understanding of how photography operates in a broader artistic practice

Supervisor: Dean of the School of Art

Location: School of Art

This is a unionized position.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Submit application to:
Human Resources
30 Cooper Square, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Or email to:

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.