Head, Imaging Services
The Nelson Gallery Foundation - Kansas City, MO

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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is recognized nationally and internationally as one of America’s finest art museums. In 2007, the museum was transformed with the addition of the 165,000-square-foot Bloch Building designed by architect Steven Holl. The Bloch Building includes a state-of-the-art collections management facility with a 2,700-square-foot imaging studio with all the latest technology; three shooting studios, one of which is exclusively dedicated for copy stand work; and a digital lab.

The Head, Imaging Services oversees and manages the Imaging Services Department function. He or she ensures quality image output from multi-photographer data streams. He or she is responsible for all color management, calibrations and other technical variables related to the imaging lab and studio. This position is responsible for the quality control of all imaging products. This position also maintains responsibility for directing the image database, Rights and Reproduction department and digital image archive both on-line and on archival media. The employee is responsible for the safety of staff and objects during the production process.

Imaging Services Management
Manage the functions of the Imaging Services Department including workflows, staff, space utilization, supplies, capital and operating budgets.

Supervision & Staff Development
Supervise the activity and development of a staff. Assist in interviewing, hiring, and training; plan, assign, and direct work; appraise performance; reward and discipline employees; address complaints and resolve problems of assigned staff.

Manage and implement the weekly photography schedule in collaboration with the Photographers, Department Coordinator and Preparation Department.

Quality Control
Identify, evaluate, and provide Quality Control procedures for all photographic images produced in order to ensure accuracy of essential image metadata.

Color Management
Maintain the color management program throughout the institution and other technical variables in color management. Provide large format inkjet printing capability and expertise.

Digital Archive
Provide oversight responsibility for the digital image archive both on-site and in off-site storage as well as future cloud storage. Maintain the vintage film collection archive.

Perform object, portrait, architectural, technical or event photography as needed. Formulate policies for centralizing photography in the institution.

Provide curriculum and training program for departmental freelancers, junior staff and interns.

Reports to the Director of Presentation and has photographers; Coordinator, Rights & Reproductions; and Department Coordinator as direct reports.

Position Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Photography or a combination of education and equivalent photographic experience. Master’s degree preferred.
Minimum of seven years of professional digital studio or photographic digital lab experience, with five years in a museum or cultural institution setting.
Previous supervisory experience with the ability to manage and develop staff performance including writing and performing performance appraisals and progressive discipline. Ability to listen and lead staff in a positive way.
Expertise with digital applications including direct image capture, raw image processing, and photo manipulation. Experience with Extensis Portfolio image database is a plus.
Expert level experience with Adobe Photoshop CS6.
Extensive computer experience using PC and Mac platform and Microsoft Office.
Expertise in the application of sophisticated color management techniques and use of ICC profiles as applied to cameras, monitors and inkjet printers.
Experience in the archiving and storage issues of large digital files.
Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple priorities.
Strong organizational skills and attention to details.
Must be able to lift 40 lbs.
Ability to be flexible.
Good oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work as part of a team and individually.

Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this job, the Head, Imaging Services is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. He or she must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and good color vision.