Light Work Seeks Lab Manager and Customer Service Assistant

Light Work is currently seeking a Full-time Lab Manager and a Part-time Customer Service Assistant.

For information about the positons and how to apply:


Light Work, a nationally recognized, artist-run photography and digital imaging center at Syracuse University, seeks qualified candidates for the position of Light Work/Community Darkrooms Lab Manager.

The Lab Manager will be responsible for overseeing the operations of Light Work’s public-access photography and digital imaging lab facility, Community Darkrooms, its business plan, budget, payroll, and customer service needs. He or she will provide direct support to Community Darkrooms members and visiting artists and will be responsible for all financial reporting, point-of-sale reconciliation, and other darkrooms-related business. He or she will supervise several staff members and at least a dozen student workers. The Lab Manager develops a schedule for photography classes and programs, recruits instructors, and manages them. Other responsibilities include equipment and building management, invoicing customers, and purchasing equipment and supplies.

The successful candidate will be an individual who understands and champions the organization’s commitment to supporting emerging and under-recognized artists. He/she will possess demonstrated managerial skills and experience in all key areas, especially budget management. The position requires the ability to work as part of a team and the proven ability to take initiative. The successful candidate will be a creative and efficient problem solver.

A working knowledge of photographic practices and techniques, including digital imaging, is a must. The successful candidate must possess this knowledge in order to effectively advise Artists-in-Residence, as well as support the darkroom staff. As an artist-run organization, priority consideration will be given to a working artist.

The Lab Manager must be able to assess current business practices and develop, plan, and execute programming to achieve Community Darkrooms’ objectives. As part of budget management, the Lab Manager will recommend expenditures, maintain budget records, and submit monthly financial reports.

We are seeking highly qualified candidates who possess the above skills and qualifications, and we strongly encourage applications from individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds. BFA or equivalent experience with solid background in photography required. Candidates must have a minimum of three years managerial and budget experience. Salary will be commensurate with candidate’s experience, and includes full health and pension benefits through Syracuse University.

This position will remain open until filled. However, priority will be given to applications received before June 8, 2012. In order to apply, visit (view exempt salaried opportunities).


Light Work, a nationally recognized, artist-run photography and digital imaging center at Syracuse University, seeks qualified candidates for the part-time position of Customer Service Assistant.

The Customer Service Assistant supports the Light Work/Community Darkrooms Lab Manager through front desk coverage, providing reliable customer service, technical advice, and direct customer engagement for the public-access photo imaging center.

Major responsibilities of the job include:

* Point of Sales entry and other business transactions
* Front desk customer service
* Answering the phones for Light Work/Community Darkrooms
* Invoicing customers
* General support of the Lab Manager

Desired education, degree level:
Minimum four-year retail experience. Background in photography a plus.

This position will remain open until filled. To submit your application, please contact Community Darkrooms at 315.443.2450.

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