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  • Title Assistant Studio Manager
  • Department BFA Photography and Video
  • Job Type Full Time
  • Available From Jun 11, 2019



JOB TITLE:  Assistant Studio Manager

DEPARTMENT:  BFA Photography and Video

STATUS: Exempt

REPORTS TO: Studio Manager


POSITION OVERVIEW:  Oversee the daily operations of the photography facilities and equipment hub. Supervise and manage studio staff and ensure daily performance tasks are met. Communicate daily with other Assistant Manager to ensure a smooth transition between shifts. Provide support to the Studio Manager as needed and assist with the general management of the photography department.


WORK SCHEDULE:  Full-time, 35 hours per week.

The primary work schedule will be:

Sunday, 4:30p - 12:30a, Monday - Thursday: 2p - 10p.

Hours may vary depending on departmental needs.





  • Manage the daily operations of the photo hub working with students, faculty, and staff in a cooperative manner
  • Oversee and perform closing tasks and ensure conditions of the facilities, studios, darkrooms, and equipment areas are clean, orderly and properly functioning and chemistry levels are fully stocked
  • Summarize and issue a daily closing report for Studio Manager and staff
  • Delegate and supervise the daily tasks of studio assistants and student workers
  • Resolve staff and student conflicts as they arise
  • Assist in the development, communication, and enforcement of departmental policies and procedures
  • Maintain working knowledge of Photography Studio Technician staff roles and responsibilities, and provide schedule coverage as needed
  • Coordination and management of special projects for the Department 
  • Coordinate and keep an updated database of student equipment insurance coverage
  • Train new full-time and part-time staff in department operations, policies and procedures
  • Supervise staff maintenance of department Filemaker database for accuracy, consistency, and functionality
  • Oversee maintenance of an accurate barcode inventory for all photography equipment and assets
  • Conduct ongoing physical consumables inventory including darkroom and alt process chemistry, seamless paper, bulbs, v-flats, fill cards, batteries, and prepare purchase orders as needed
  • Request quotations from vendors and follow up on back order items as needed
  • Create purchase requisitions for equipment and consumable items, based on vendor quotations
  • Assess facility and equipment maintenance and report to Studio Manager
  • Assist with managing special equipment exceptions for staff and students
  • Assist Studio Manager in organizing and overseeing semi-annual maintenance periods
  • Oversee receipt and transfer of chemistry deliveries from loading dock to proper storage areas
  • Conduct and/or assist Studio Manager with employee performance appraisals as needed
  • Participate in the interview and hiring process for Photography Studio Technician candidates and student worker staff as needed
  • Process “Access Forms” for security, and resolve access issues as they arise
  • Troubleshoot emergencies and report major issues to Security, Studio Manager, and Director of Operations
  • Provide support in preparation, installation & de-installation of exhibitions.
  • Oversee facility preparation and clean up for special events including Open House, Freshman Orientation, Transfer Orientation & Accepted Students Day
  • Manage department email account and disseminate information to students and faculty as needed
  • Lead walk-throughs of the facilities in collaboration with the Office of Admissions.
  • Carry out task requests from the Chair, Director of Operations, Curriculum Coordinator & Special Projects & Programs Coord.
  • Attend management  and departmental meetings
  • Provide support to the Chair, Director of Operations and Studio Manager on special projects



  • BFA Degree in photography or related field
  • Advanced communications and customer service skills
  • Previous management experience preferred
  • Advanced knowledge of photography (digital and analog) and related studio equipment and technologies
  • Advanced ability to troubleshoot technical and/or mechanical issues with cameras and photo studio equipment
  • Advanced knowledge and experience with high-end digital capture using a variety of cameras and digital backs and related software (Capture One & Lightroom)
  • Ability to troubleshoot technical issues when shooting tethered both hardware and software
  • Experience with video and audio capture using digital camera systems, sound equipment, and associated grip equipment
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision, as well as in a group environment
  • Able to lift fifty pounds
  • Flexible with one’s work schedule (schedule is subject to change)
  • Must be detail oriented with excellent multi-tasking, managerial, and organizational skills
  • Creative problem solving, ability to work under pressure, and take initiative
  • Digital Tech Certification preferred



The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the College has instituted numerous educational innovations, including the selection of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields as instructors. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.

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The School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer.

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