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Department: BFA Photogaphy and Video
Job Type: Full-Time
Available From: Sep 30, 2021
Reports To: Chair

DATE UPDATED:                             October 2021


JOB TITLE:                                        Director of Operations


DEPARTMENT:                                BFA Photography &Video


REPORTS TO:                                   Department Chair


POSITION OVERVIEW:                  Responsible for the Department facilities and operations; works with the Department Chair, Studio Manager, Digital Staff, and Hub Staff to ensure the Department provides the necessary facilities, materials and support for the BFA Photo & Video program and CE classes. Assists the Department Chair with special projects, curriculum changes, and student/staff issues and development.




  • Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the department.
  • Responsible for the supervision of staff and coordinating their schedules.
  • Assist with recruiting efforts for open staff positions.
  • Provide administrative support.
  • Work with the Department Chair and Studio Manager to complete annual performance reviews of staff, identify developmental and training needs, and address employee issues and concerns.
  • Assist the Department Chair with curriculum development, coordination, and changes as well as syllabus modifications.
  • Oversee the day-to-day operation of the Photo & Video Hub and facilities; includes the bar-coding of inventory for all equipment, assets and consumables.
  • Provide assistance to students and faculty in a cooperative manner.
  • Assure readiness and availability of required materials and facilities for Photo and Video classes.
  • Work with the Department Chair to develop the operating and administrative budgets; maintain the department’s finances and monitor the budget accordingly.
  • Evaluate materials needed for the department; collect vendor information and pricing; place purchasing requisitions.
  • Work with purchasing department to develop leases for equipment; coordinate and accept deliveries with vendors.
  • Assist in planning for future equipment and facility needs.
  • Liaison with Assist faculty with coordinating class trips and visiting lecturers; facilitate payment and reimbursement.
  • Assist in organizing and hanging the Mentor Show, the Foundation show, and other department exhibitions.
  • Assist Open House, recruiting and special events in the department.
  • Assist the Department Chair with student, faculty, and staff-related issues.
  • Schedule staff meetings and social gatherings.
  • Initiate and pursue scholarship and award programs with vendors and photographic supply companies, and other professional affiliations for the department.





  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Photography and/or Video
  • Previous managerial experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of contemporary photography and video and a familiarity with the photography and art community at large
  • Strong interpersonal skills; must be able to represent the College and the department in a professional manner.
  • Computer literacy in Mac OS, experience with MS Office, experience with the Adobe Creative Suites (especially Lightroom, Photoshop, and Premiere) and Filemaker Pro a plus.
  • Familiarity with all aspects of Photography including B&W and Digital Imaging; knowledge of photography lab equipment, digital cameras, inkjet printers, and video equipment.
  • Familiarity will all aspects of Video, including capture, editing, and display.
  • Mechanical skills and knowledge a plus.
  • Familiarity with chemical handling and lab procedures as well as inkjet printing and workflow.
  • Must be environmentally conscious; understand environmental compliance regulations.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Understanding of the protocols and objectives of higher education.
  • Strong customer service experience.


School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for nearly seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world.


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The School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity and inclusion is a core principle of the College. SVA enjoys a community that represents a significant number of historically underrepresented communities, ethnic and religious backgrounds, gender identities, diverse abilities, and foreign countries, and all are encouraged to apply.