Employment at ArtCenter

Color Lab

Imaging Systems Specialist

The Imaging Systems Specialist works in both traditional and digital photo technologies in the maintenance of photo lab systems.  This position uses imaging software (Photoshop, LightRoom) and utilizes calibration equipment and software for the maintenance of all digital systems (input, output and monitors). Responsibilities include the maintenance, troubleshooting and potential repair of all electro and photomechanical systems (Chromira, Hostert, Bessler, Devere, Kreonite, Imocon and Mole).

Reports to: Director, Photo Resources

FLSA status: Non-Exempt

Salary grade: 6

Job posted 9/10/19. Qualified applicants should email their cover letter with resume and employment application to hr@artcenter.edu indicating “Imaging Systems Specialist” in the subject line.

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  • AA certificate or a minimum of two years of equivalent experience in photo, lab or electro mechanical repair required
  • Must have extensive understanding of both traditional and digital photo technologies and prior experience with stage, lighting and grip equipment
  • Digital—experience using imaging software; familiarity with calibration equipment and software for maintenance of digital systems
  • Photo Stage 1—familiarity with tungsten and strobe lighting, grip equipment and its maintenance
  • Strong communication skills are essential to interact effectively with and support all variety of clients including students, faculty and staff
  • Knowledge and experience in traditional B/W and Color photographic practices, i.e. papers and chemicals and their characteristics, mixing, storing, and the strategic deployment of chemistry in a lab facility
  • Ability to work well in a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural environment with students, faculty and staff
  • A commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within ArtCenter’s diverse communities
  • Ability to handle all information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of ArtCenter business

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Prior experience in higher education
  • Knowledge of art and design education

Essential Functions

Operations — 95%

  • Ensure a consistent quality of processing and digital imaging equipment
  • Maintain photo and related equipment including troubleshooting and repair of all electro and photomechanical systems

Marginal (Non-essential) Job Functions — 5%

  • Maintain memberships and active involvement in applicable professional organizations
  • Other duties as assigned

Mandatory Duty to Report

All employees who know or have reason to know of allegations or acts that violate ArtCenter’s Title IX Policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking shall promptly inform the DHR Administrator and Title IX Coordinator, or designee or the Assistant Dean of Students or designee. Faculty with a mandatory duty to report are required to disclose all information including the names of the parties, even where the person has requested their name remain confidential.

Pursuant to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), all employees who know of or have reason to suspect child abuse or neglect involving alleged victims under age 18 shall promptly inform local law enforcement or the county welfare department.

Physical Demands and Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office and photo lab setting with frequent interruptions and distractions; extended periods of time viewing computer monitor; interactions with other individuals. Due to the nature of the work environment, there is regular exposure to fumes, chemicals, dust and noise.

Physical: The position is generally sedentary. Employees sit most of the time, but may walk or stand for brief periods of time. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight (up to 50 pounds); to operate modern office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. Regular and consistent attendance are required for most positions.

Vision: Must be able to have the visual capacity to perform activities such as preparing and reading reports, viewing a computer terminal and other normal office work with or without correction.

Hearing: Must be able to communicate effectively in the course of normal office communication or exchange ideas with or without correction.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the employee assigned to this job; they do not purport to describe all functions. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may be changed from time to time as necessary.

ArtCenter College of Design is committed to excellence through the establishment of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and its surrounding communities. The College considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Human Resources Department at (626) 396-2270.