Photography Lab Manager - Metropolitan State University of Denver in Denver Colorado

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Metropolitan State University of Denver

Denver, Colorado 80217

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The NASAD accredited Department of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver seeks to hire a full-time staff member for the position of Photography Lab Coordinator at the bi-institutional facilities shared equally with the University of Colorado Denver. The successful candidate has experience with and a solid understanding of the needs of a facility equipped with a comprehensive wet lab darkroom and finely tuned digital media lab.

A 6500 square foot facility, the photography lab supports four large traditional wet process labs, a 32" color processor with individual color darkrooms, an alternative process lab, and a state of the art digital photography lab. The digital facility utilizes Mac Intel computers, Epson wide format printers and Epson scanners in a color-managed environment. All monitors, printers and papers are custom profiled. The facility serves over two hundred students each semester, providing a safe, comfortable, clean working environment.

Individuals who possess interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively with internal/external colleagues and students, have strengths that are technically and digitally driven, demonstrate a willingness to continue education in this rapidly changing field, and support faculty with interdisciplinary teaching strategies are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must have the ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of a diverse urban population.


Maintaining current skills in digital and analogue photographic technology.
Overseeing Photography Lab budget.
Ordering supplies and equipment as needed.
Maintaining equipment and overseeing repairs.
Assisting faculty and students by preparing equipment and materials for classroom activities and demonstrations.
Maximizing the usefulness and efficiency of the Photography Lab within the constraints of the facilities and the budget available.
Upgrading hardware and software for digital facilities as directed by steering committee.
Recommending darkroom equipment upgrades to the steering committee.
Recruiting, hiring, training, supervising and scheduling qualified student assistants.
Conducting safety training sessions and orientations.
Keeping abreast of relevant technological updates.
Building relationships with appropriate vendors.
Maintaining a good working relationship with campus facilities for maintenance and repair issues.
Maintaining a strong understanding of the principles of color-management and printer maintenance.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and experience working in a photography lab, technical expertise and a strong background in contemporary photographic practice.

Preferred Qualifications

MA, MFA or terminal degree, experience working in a photography lab beyond experience while enrolled as a student, lab management and maintenance experience, technical expertise and strong background in contemporary photographic practice.

Special Instructions to Applicants

In order to be considered as an applicant you must apply through the online application system at The position announcement is listed at this site as well as application instructions. Applicants will receive an automated email from the Online Employment System acknowledging successful receipt of their application. Please be certain you receive this email confirming your completed application.

Please include:
- Cover letter: address interest in the position, technical expertise including software, hardware and darkroom, management philosophy that includes working with students of a diverse population; experience with finance and budgeting, if applicable, experience working with teaching faculty and/or candidate’s teaching experience.
– Three references: contact information including name, position, email address, phone number and applicant’s relationship to reference.
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume

If you have specific questions concerning this position please contact the MSU Denver Department of Art Office at 303-556-3090 or email the Search Committee Co-Chair Tomiko Jones at

If you have technical questions please contact Michael Bussey, MSU Denver Human Resources at 303-556-5036.

Official Transcripts and letters of reference will be required of all finalists.

We are dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for all our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background checks on all finalists for positions at the University prior to employment.

NOTE: Persons with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in the application/selection process should contact the Equal Opportunity Office at 303-556-4746 a minimum of three working days in advance.

Keyword Phrases

  • Art
  • Photography Lab Manager
  • Diverse institution
  • Urban environment
  • Comprehensive college offering bachelors & masters
  • Laboratory and Research
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Manager
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter