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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Competition #S041-2017

Studio Technician 3, Photography
Permanent Full-Time Position
Hours to be Determined
Pay Grade I ($50,477 to $54,041 per annum)

Applications are invited for a Studio Technician to provide technical support to the delivery of curriculum, and assist students to develop and articulate technical skills in the Photography Department by providing original technical instruction and ongoing technical support. The Studio Technician is responsible for providing day to day direction and supervision to Student Workers and Junior Technical Staff, advising on the application and appropriate use of equipment, tools, materials, techniques, and processes. In addition, the Studio Technician organizes the photography labs and equipment to ensure successful operation and general security of the photography area. Applicants will have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field covering both creative and technical aspects of lens-based art.
  • Minimum three years’ experience in a comparable technical position preferably in a post-secondary institution.
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proven practical experience with a breadth of equipment, materials, techniques, processes, and safety procedures related to lens-based art practice.
  • Demonstrated experience supervising and delivering instruction.
  • Strong knowledge and skill working with materials, equipment, and processes associated with both analogue and digital photography.
  • In-depth experience with set construction, lighting studio, and location shooting in support of student inquiry.
  • Sound knowledge of Macintosh OSX, printers, scanners, Photo Shop, Light Room, and other digital input and output devices.
  • Experience with photographic chemistry and processing, and knowledge of chemical safety practices and procedures.
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • In-depth understanding of photographic processes and their integration into a multidisciplinary Art + Design education.
  • Ability to clearly communicate information and demonstrate the use of equipment to non-technical users in support of an open inclusive learning environment.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with Students, Staff, and Faculty.
  • Considerable knowledge of budget administration, purchasing, and planning.
  • Physical stamina and mobility to permit lifting, carrying, and moving heavy objects (minimum 5 meter heights and 10 kilogram weights).


Some Typical Duties:

  1. Under the general supervision of the Manager, Technical Services, area Coordinators, and in collaboration with other Photography Technicians, provides original and follow-up technical instruction to students on the safe use of photographic equipment and materials, and proper use of analog and digital photographic process.
  2. Collaborates with faculty to plan, prepare, schedule, and deliver technical workshops and demonstrations for students and occasionally faculty and/or staff in credit and non-credit programs. Demonstrates the appropriate use of equipment and tools, with particular emphasis on ergonomics and safety. Prepares technical notes for demonstrated procedures, and administers tests and follow-up support to users.
  3. Responsible for hiring, training, supervising, and providing day to day direction of Junior Technical Staff and Student Workers.
  4. Oversees the set-up, operation, and maintenance of the Photography Department facilities. Ensures proper function and use of digital and analogue photographic processes and services.
  5. In conjunction with the Manager, Safety, Conduct + Emergency Management and Manager, Technical Services maintains required MSDS documentation, monitors hazardous materials disposal program, and adapts best practices and safety procedures for the Photography area.
  6. Monitors the Photography Department operating budget. Coordinates purchasing of supplies, equipment, and products for all Photography areas. Participates in the capital request process through recommendations of new equipment purchases. Consults with facility users to maintain relevant, high quality equipment and resources for Photographic Department.
  7. Supports all relevant student inquiry emerging from visual arts interdisciplinary curriculum. Collaborates with Technicians for the seamless support of student progress. In conjunction with the Manager, Technical Services, tracks impact and develops recommendations to adapt operation to anticipate the evolving needs of students.
  8. In conjunction with the Manager, Technical Services, and collaboration with Technicians, develops University-wide original technical instruction, safety, and studio scheduling standards. Makes recommendations on policies, procedures, safety measures, studio use, and staffing.
  9. Participates in departmental meetings to discuss technical operations and support relating to curriculum. Makes recommendation on budget and space allocation.
  10. Collaborates with the Manager, Technical Services in a variety of projects, including equipment upgrades and graduation exhibition planning.
  11. Ensures a safe working and learning environment by maintaining a current knowledge of and adhering to WHMIS and OH+S regulations and procedures.


Please send a cover letter and resume (quoting Competition #S041-2017) by 4:00pm, Friday, 8 December 2017 to: Human Resources, Emily Carr University, 520 E 1st Ave, Vancouver BC V5T 0H2, Fax: (604) 844-3885 Email: hr@ecuad.ca. Applications should be submitted as a single pdf document.