Visual Arts Digital Specialist

Northampton, MA
Sep 14, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

PRIMARY FUNCTION(S): Support the digital components of Art Department curricula (art history, architecture and especially studio art); facilitate visual work created by students for classes and faculty in their teaching.  Assists with maintenance and support of technology (hardware and software) found in the digital visual arts classrooms and labs in Hillyer Hall. Work as a liaison with ITS staff to insure good working knowledge of software and hardware available for Art curricula and any updates. Participate in cross-team projects.



Digital Project Support (25%): Provide support for curricular digital projects, especially but not  exclusively for students enrolled in classes in photography and digital media and senior capstone classes. Consult with faculty and assists with digital applications that are central to the conduct of studio and architecture curricula, i.e., photographic editing and compositing, printmaking, sculptural and painted media, 3-D modeling, and digital design computer programs. Provide documentation and conveys instructions, in support of faculty and student digital projects. Assist with the development of studio and architecture e-portfolios, presentations and repositories.

Visual Arts Instructional Support (25%): Conduct hands-on training workshops and one-to-one instruction sessions on visual arts digital technology and software for students. Consult with Art Dept. faculty on the kind of in-class technology support required across each semester, and offers this support to students (primarily in photography and digital media, but may include other classes).

Training and Supervision (25%): Assist in hiring, training and mentoring student assistants for VCRC and H320. Develop and maintain a peer-to-peer mentoring program each semester, including software training so that work-study students in these three studio labs have the skills, knowledge, and guidance to work effectively as mentors for other students. Set standards for a peer-to-peer culture of professionalism and engagement with fellow students. Provide support and direction for peer-led student workshops.

Lab and Classroom Support (15 %): Maintain the overall technical environment for Art Department curriculum, including hardware, software and peripheral devices for the VCRC, the H320 Design Media Lab. Responsible for calibrating and managing lab-based computer equipment used by students in their curricular work and for trouble-shooting software and hardware configurations. Maintain print usage applications and ordering of necessary supplies in coordination with the Art Department Administrative Assistant.

Exhibition Assistance (10%): Provide project and exhibition consultation (i.e., mounted output, multimedia logistics) and support for student exhibitions across the academic year. Collaborate with faculty and Imaging Center staff in order to mentor students on evaluating and selecting multimedia technology for exhibitions, and supervise students with the installation of that technology. 

Perform other duties as required. Maintain professional skills by attending conferences and workshops.


Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree in art or related discipline plus at least 3-years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated experience working well with diverse groups and evidence of ability to learn new technologies.


Skills: Demonstrated knowledge of computing for the visual arts and culture, with particular expertise in (traditional and digital) photography, 3D modeling, inkjet printing, and/or moving image. Working knowledge and familiarity with current and emerging practices in digital art, manufacturer’s recommendations, and workflow procedures for timely completion of tasks. Knowledge of hardware/software for visual arts, including the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, Final Cut Pro and related applications. Experience with computer imaging and set –up (e.g., implementing auditing software for printing). Excellent communication, interpersonal, and patron service skills. Must be team-oriented, flexible, and able to work collaboratively with shifting and diverse groups in a rapidly changing environment. Manifest an attitude of professionalism in interactions with diverse groups