Darkroom Coordinator

Oct 19, 2018

Department: Education
Supervisor: Senior Manager of Education Operations
Schedule: Modified Full Time
FLSA: Non-Exempt

The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Cornell Capa founded ICP in 1974 to preserve the legacy of “concerned photography”—the creation of socially and politically-minded images that have the potential to educate and change the world— and the center’s mission endures today, even as the photographic medium and image making practices have evolved. Through its exhibitions, school, public programs, and community outreach, ICP offers an open forum for dialogue about the role that photographs, videos, and new media play in our society. To date, it has presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes at every level. ICP brings together photographers, artists, students, and scholars to create and interpret the realm of the image. Here, members of this unique community are encouraged to explore photography and visual culture as mediums of empowerment and as catalysts for wide-reaching social change.


Responsible for coordinating the activities in the Photo Lab office, Darkrooms, Classrooms, Studio, at the School of the International Center of Photography.

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for the training of Photo Lab Assistants
  • Coordinate lab personnel work hours with the darkroom schedule
  • Ensure proper training of Photo Lab Teaching Assistants and coordinate their activities
  • Ensure the department provides the highest level of customer service
  • Enforce photo lab policy and procedures
  • Enforce organization and maintenance of reservation systems according to policy
  • Assist Senior Manager of Education Operations with training of students, faculty and staff in use of the facilities and facility equipment
  • Maintain office organization, cleaning and inventory
  • With the Senior Manager of Education Operations, ensure facilities are always presentable and in working order
  • Oversee all facility aspects of the darkrooms and classrooms and properly communicate to maintenance staff, trades people, or security personnel any problems that need to be addressed, or changes made
  • Organize scheduling of maintenance and general facility repairs such as: electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and painting
  • Organize the maintenance and calibration of all darkroom related equipment including automated processors, enlargers, timers, temperature controls, etc.
  • Ensure classrooms are maintained and functional including classroom equipment, computers, projectors and audio/video equipment
  • Oversee usage and distribution of student lockers
  • Responsible for weekly money deposits to Finance department
  • Assist Senior Manager of Education Operations with the observance of lab safety issues and fire safety protocols including proper disposal of all chemistry and equipment
  • Coordinate chemistry mixing

Responsibilities (may vary depending on shift)

  • Participate in annual student orientation
  • Adjust schedule to accommodate other staff members’ vacation or sick days, including weekends and evenings
  • Assist students and faculty with photographic problem solving
  • Perform additional responsibilities as required

Minimum Qualifications


Education and Training:

  • Significant training in B&W printing, color printing, film developing, camera, studio and darkroom photographic equipment.

Work Experience:

  • Previous experience working in support of the Photo Lab preferred.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Experienced with performing general facility repairs such as: electrical, plumbing, carpentry and painting
  • Knowledge of and experience working with Mac OS X systems, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, InDesign and Adobe Illustrator
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work with a diverse public in an informative and friendly manner
  • Ability to delegate responsibilities
  • Attention to detail
  • Must have good command of photographic nomenclature
  • Foreign language skills are helpful

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Often required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl
  • Must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • The noise level in the work environment can be loud
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.
  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.

Special Environmental Factors:

  • Close working quarters, “traditional” photo lab—wet floors and working with chemicals, etc.


ICP provides its staff with a generous benefits package featuring medical, dental, life insurance, short & long-term disability, pre-tax transit and flexible spending programs, and 403(b) Pension Plan.

How to Apply

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