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Technical Assistant - Photography Program

Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

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The position of Technical Assistant is a full-time position in the Photography Program. This is a 35-hour work week, year-round position as part of the undergraduate program, the summer MFA program, and the maintenance intervals between. The Technical Assistant reports to the Program Coordinator of the Photography Program and works daily with students, professors and staff to maintain and facilitate the smooth daily function of the Photography Program. The Technical Assistant has four primary areas of responsibility:

Management and Oversight of Darkrooms and Equipment
  • Help maintain all equipment and facilities in the three group and seven individual darkroom spaces in Woods studio.
  • This includes everything from enlarger maintenance, to ventilation, purchasing chemistry, working with and training students to use the space properly and coordinating with the buildings and grounds crew for facility needs.
  • Responsible for the inventory and management of the program’s photography equipment made available to students. This includes check out and returns with technical advice each semester as well as coordinating repairs and new purchases.
Management and Oversight of Work-Study Student Employees
  • Ensure work-study students are trained, present and responsive during their shifts
  • Communicate regularly with all student workers
  • Responsible for addressing concerns, questions, and problems as they arise.
  • Ongoing management and coordination with Student Payroll.
Assist Digital Facilities Manager
  • Assist with regular maintenance, updates, and repairs to computers and printers in the three group labs in the weeks leading up to each semester as well as any necessary upkeep during the academic year and the summer program.
  • Help the Digital Facilities Manager as needed in training students in the senior digital labs at the beginning of the fall semester.
Assist Program Coordinator
  • Work with the Program Coordinator to assess, maintain, organize and inventory photography equipment and related material.
  • Serve as a teaching assistant when needed during technical demonstrations and labs, working one-on-one with students during these demonstrations.
  • Stand in for the Program Coordinator during off hours as needed, and act as printing supervisor when necessary.
  • Attention to detail, self-sufficiency, communication and organizational skills are indispensable
  • Experience and/or strong in interest in photography (darkroom & digital)
  • Willing and able to work with photographic chemistry, equipment, and materials
  • Proficient in MacOS operating systems, Microsoft Office, and the Google Suite
  • Willingness to learn on the job and ability to balance many tasks are essential
  • Able to lift heavy objects from time to time
To Apply
Please submit a cover letter, resume, diversity statement and the contact information for three references at the site by following this link:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.
Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.



Undergraduate Degrees

Bard offers courses of study in four divisions—Arts; Languages and Literature; Science, Mathematics, and Computing; and Social Studies—and in interdivisional programs and concentrations. Students may also earn a five-year B.S./B.A. degree in economics and finance. The Bard College Conservatory of Music offers a five-year program in which students pursue a dual degree—a B.Music and a B.A. in a field other than music. Bard and its affiliated institutions also grant the following undergraduate degrees: A.A. at Bard High School Early College; A.A. and B.A. at Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College; and through the Bard Prison Initiative at six correctional institutions in New York State.

Graduate Degrees

More than 200 students are seeking graduate degrees: M.A. in curatorial studies, M.Music in vocal arts, conducting, and curatorial, critical, and performance studies, and M.S. in environmental policy, climate science and policy, and economic theory and policy at the Annandale campus; M.F.A. and M.A.T. at multiple campuses; M.B.A. in Sustainability in New York City; and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in the decorative arts, design history, and material culture at the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan. M.Music degrees are also offered at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Early Colleges

Bard's early colleges educate the next generation of thought leaders, preparing them to be lifetime learners. Bard High School Early Colleges in New York City, Newark, New Jersey, and Cleveland, Ohio; Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; and Bard Early College New Orleans and Bard Early College at the Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy all serve the needs of highly motivated younger students.

International Degrees

Internationally, Bard confers dual B.A. degrees at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University, Russia (Smolny College); American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan; and Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts University; as well as dual B.A. and M.A.T. degrees at Al-Quds University in the West Bank.

Cultural Life

Campus life in Annandale is vibrant, with world-class performing arts venues; continuous and varied student activities; and numerous cultural and recreational opportunities in the surrounding historic Hudson River Valley and in New York City. Students choose from more than a hundred active clubs on campus, and new clubs begin every semester. The Bard College athletic teams are the Raptors. The College’s colors are red and white. The critically acclaimed Bard Music Festival is presented on campus each summer, exploring the life and work of a single composer through chamber music, choral and orchestral performances, symposia, panel discussions, and preconcert talks. Since 2003 the festival has been part of Bard SummerScape, which annually presents operas, films, and theatrical productions that complement the festival’s theme.

Outstanding Faculty

Bard's undergraduate faculty-to-student ratio is 1:10 and courses are taught by full faculty members. Among the many distinguished faculty at Bard College are five MacArthur Fellows—poets John Ashbery and Ann Lauterbach, novelist and memoirist Norman Manea, painter and multimedia artist Judy Pfaff, and journalist Mark Danner. Other notable faculty members include soprano Dawn Upshaw, journalist Ian Buruma, composers Joan Tower and George Tsontakis, poet Robert Kelly, and writers Luc Sante and Francine Prose. Over the years, four recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature have taught at Bard—Saul Bellow, Isaac Bashevis Singer, José Saramago, and Orhan Pamuk. 









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