Part-Time Technical Assistant - Photography

Type: Staff-Union

Location: School of Art

Job Description:

  • Open and close the lab
  • Checkout equipment to students
  • Oversee work study students
  • Oversee the digital labs
  • Oversee darkrooms
  • Maintain equipment


  • Minimum BFA in Photography, New Media, or related field. Experience working or managing both digital and traditional darkrooms
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, print RIP software, and a color-managed digital workflow
  • Basic repair/maintenance skills and extreme proficiency with a wide variety of digital and film-based photographic media and equipment
  • Experience with making exhibition-quality photographic prints
  • Experience with Epson inkjet printers, Epson scanners, and Nikon and Hasselblad/Flextight film scanners
  • Experience with equipment checkout systems, service-desk management, and providing careful photographic technical advice to students
  • Good organizational skills and the ability to maintain and keep a clean, orderly photography lab from opening to closing.
  • A basic understanding of appropriate chemical handling and lab health-and-safety standards, while overseeing students to the same standards.
  • Proficiency in troubleshooting information technologies and photo-specific digital processes and equipment
  • Openness and ability to adapt, integrate, and/or synthesize photographic and non-photographic processes
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to oversee student workers

Submit application to:

Human Resources
30 Cooper Square, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003

or email to:

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.