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Photography Program Manager

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Experience Level
Organization Type University  
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Job Description

The Photography Program Manager performs work of considerable difficulty in coordinating and directing the activities and functions of the photography program. The photography program is a collaborative program that works with a wide range of college and community members who engage with the photography facilities, including students, full-time faculty, part-time faculty, staff, volunteers, and guests to ensure that the photography program meets the program’s goals and objectives. The Photography Program Manager will manage the photography facilities and the related academic programming with a focus on digital technology and analog studio-based practices, including complex and technically advanced projects and assignments. The School of Art’s photography program includes undergraduate and graduate degree programs (Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts) and manages photography facilities located in Tempe and Phoenix, which include offices, classrooms, a critique space, laboratories, a photographic gallery space as well as a photography archive, and an equipment check-out space.

Working Environment

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse
  • Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts
  • Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions
  • This position receives regular review of objectives by department administrator
  • Works independently
  • May have to work under stressful situations and deadlines

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related field AND five years administrative/coordination experience; OR, Master’s degree in field appropriate to area of assignment AND three years administrative/coordination experience; OR Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Department Statement

The Herberger Institute comprises the School of Art; School of Arts, Media and Engineering; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School; School of Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; and the ASU Art Museum. With 130 degree and certificate options, and programs ranked top 20 in art, design, music, theatre, digital culture, film, dance and more, plus a top university art museum, a leading immersive media facility, and national and international partnerships, the Herberger Institute is a powerhouse of art, culture and design.

Our mission is to position designers, artists, scholars and educators at the center of public life and prepare them to use their creative capacities to advance culture, build community and imaginatively address today’s most pressing challenges.

The vision of the Herberger Institute is to advance the New American University by embedding designers, artists and arts-based inquiry at its core and throughout the communities it serves locally, nationally and internationally. With 7,000+ students, mare than 700 faculty members, and 130 program options, the Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school.

As part of Arizona State University, the most innovative university in the nation, the Herberger Institute seeks to drive and scale new ways for arts and design to have impact in our world. We invite you to join our work.


  • Creativity as a core 21st-century competency
  • Design and the arts as critical resources for transforming our society
  • Innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration and research
  • Social embeddedness
  • Projecting all voices
  • Excellence


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Total compensation at ASU is defined as more than the salary paid for the valuable work performed to support the success of our ASU students. It includes:

  • Salary and wages paid
  • Comprehensive package of affordable benefit plans and programs
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ASU is a diverse enterprise with a wide variety of work and learning modes, locations and a commitment to sustainability, innovation and employee work-life balance. We are determined to maintain our position as an employer of choice in a competitive labor market.
Flexible work options
• Alternative work schedules can include four, 10-hour workdays in a workweek; a nine-day, 80-hour schedule over two workweeks for exempt employees only; and staggered start and stop times.
• Hybrid work is an arrangement where employees spend a minimum of 60% of their regular workweek at their primary ASU work location. Dean or vice president-level approval is required.

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills typically acquired by completing a bachelor’s degree in fine arts or a related field; equivalent professional experience; or a Master’s degree in the fine arts or related field.
  • Experience in delivering training or instruction.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of RIP and ink-limiting software, Phase One camera systems, and other advanced digital procedures for image capture, processing and output
  • Demonstrated knowledge of project management
  • Experience in working independently and troubleshoot problems with minimal supervision.
  • Experience in using written, verbal and interpersonal skills in order to work amicably with a diverse community of students, faculty and staff.
  • Experience in using communication, collaboration, organizational and time management skills
  • Experience in multi-tasking, prioritizing and independently manage a changing workload and schedule in a wide variety of settings and situations.
  • Experiene in keeping abreast of technological developments in a rapidly evolving field.
  • Experiene in building bridges across the ASU Photo area community and support diverse perspectives and practices.
  • Experience in being creative, flexible, and innovative.
  • Experience in using organizational, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
  • Evidence of effective communications skills
  • Experience in noticing, interpreting and anticipating concerns or conflicts and escalate as necessary
  • Demonstrated knowledge of safety practices
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, and Google Workspace
  • Ability to adhere to ethical behavior and business practices
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, solve problems, produce art, and execute projects

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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Essential Duties

  • Under administrative direction and in collaboration with the photography faculty, the Program Manager ensures that the goals and objectives of the photography program are accomplished in accordance with priorities, time limitations, funding limitations or other specifications.
  • Coordinates with faculty to pre-plan to support curricular and research projects.
  • Manages workflows, and monitors facilities budget, reconciles expenses and work orders, maintains an inventory of consumable goods, manages equipment and material purchasing and tracks equipment and material shipping.
  • Manages the engagement with these spaces and with the photographic equipment housed therein, including analog and digital equipment (fine art post-production and printing), processes.
  • Works closely with unit and university administration to coordinate all departmental facilities activities to ensure adherence with college and university policies, practices and regulations.
  • Ensures that photography studios are equipped, supplied and configured to support the academic and creative goals of faculty and student users.
  • Maintains an inventory of materials and supplies, conduct annual space surveys, and maintain annual chemical inventory and lab registrations.
  • Creates, maintains, and updates shop safety standards, documentation, and training
  • Ensures safety equipment is operational and that all ASU Environmental, Health and Safety and OSHA safety protocols are adhered to
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures in support of a safe operating environment
  • Instructs safety and equipment trainings
  • Supervises and trains student workers and conduct orientations and train students and faculty on equipment.
  • Tracks orientations and training in order to ensure all are using the facilities properly.
  • Monitors and maintains health, safety and security of studio facilities and ensures compliance with all relevant health and safety standards and regulations.
  • Develops and implements studio policies including standard operating procedures for care, maintenance, and access.
  • Serves as a representative to ensure all aspects of function/program are implemented and controlled according to plans, and assist with providing information to faculty, staff, and outside organizations regarding function/program.
  • Additional duties include but are not limited to coordination of key and electronic access; maintaining facilities information databases; coordination of building maintenance; furniture set ups and moves; supporting exhibits/events; making regular rounds of buildings and reporting security issues to ASU (Arizona State University) PD and departments concerned; coordination and follow up with custodial crew to maintain cleanliness, and other functions as designated by the administrative supervisor.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.