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Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Position Number: 2562614
  • Location: Denver, CO
  • Position Type: Laboratory and Research

Photography Lab Manager

Position Number: E00751
Salary for Announcement: The salary range for this position is $41,000 $51,400. The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based upon a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, education, experience, specialty and training.The above salary range represents the Universitys good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. MSU Denver offers a full benefits package.
Employee Category: Professional staff
Department: Art

Position Summary:
Metropolitan State University of Denver seeks to hire a full-time staff member for the position of Photography Lab Manager 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 several large traditional wet process labs, a 32 color processor, alternative process labs, a lighting studio, and a digital photography lab. The digital facility utilizes Mac Intel computers and Canon large format printers and scanners. All monitors, printers, and papers are custom profiled for a smoothly operating color management system. The Lab Manager supervises student work-study positions and volunteer lab assistants. The facility serves a diverse student body, providing a safe, comfortable, ad clean working environment.

Individuals must possess interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively with internal/external colleagues and students, have strengths that are technically and digitally driven, and support faculty with interdisciplinary teaching strategies. Applicant references a strong commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and promoting an inclusive environment for all students, staff, artists, and visitors in their application materials.

As a Hispanic-Serving Institution, the University is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for underrepresented groups. The successful candidate will assist the University to fulfill its mission to engage our diverse community at large in scholarly inquiry, creative activity, and the application of knowledge. IND208

  • Maintaining current skills in digital and analog photographic technology.
  • Overseeing the Photography Lab budget.
  • Maximizing the usefulness and efficiency of the Photography Lab within the constraints of the facilities and the budget available.
  • Maintaining a C41 color processor.
  • Upgrading hardware and software for digital facilities as directed by steering committee.
  • Recommending upgrades to darkroom equipment to the steering committee.
  • Recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, and scheduling qualified student assistants.
  • Conducting safety training sessions and orientations.
  • Ordering supplies and equipment as needed.
  • Maintaining equipment and overseeing repairs.
  • Keeping abreast of relevant technological updates.
  • Building relationships with appropriate vendors.
  • Maintaining a good working relationship with campus facilities for maintenance and repair issues.

Required Qualifications:
BA, BS, or BFA plus professional experience in photography

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience in an academic photography lab with analog and digital facilities
Managerial experience
Experience with a diverse student population
Familiarity with contemporary photographic art

Posting Date: 10/12/2021
Closing Date:
Closing Instructions: Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicant:
In order to be considered as an applicant, you must apply through the online application system at

References refers to a list of three professional references and their contact information.

Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

The health and safety of students, faculty, staff and our prospective teammates are our highest priority and as an institution, we are required to have proof of vaccination on file for all employees.

MSU Denver is requiring all employees to provide proof of being fully vaccinated for Covid-19, or to submit an exemption and be subject to following the Covid-19 safety protocols. As an employee of MSU Denver, an exemption or lack of proof of vaccination will require you to submit to weekly Covid-19 testing starting the week of August 23, 2021. Additionally, all institutions on campus are requiring that masks be worn indoors regardless of your vaccinations status.

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