Imaging Supervisor, Evening, Harvard College, MA

Harvard College Library Imaging Services is expanding studio production into the evening and is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Imaging Supervisor. To apply please visit and search for REQ # 33343. Please do-not reply directly to me.

Position Title: Imaging Supervisor, Evening

Working Title: Imaging Supervisor

Supervisor: Manager, Digital Imaging and Photography Services

Department: Imaging Services

Grade: 56

REQ # 33343

SUMMARY (general statement)

Reporting to the Manager of Digital Imaging and Photography Services, monitors production, supervises, and provides technical and logistical support to Imaging Technicians and other support staff. In collaboration with the Assistant Manager of Digital Imaging and Photography Services and the Systems Analyst and Applications Developer, prioritizes and schedules the digitization, image processing, metadata generation, and transfer of completed digital reproductions to Harvard’s Digital Repository Services.

Operates specialized camera workstations, and film and document scanners to produce high-quality reproductions of library materials; applies digital image processing techniques to adjust tone, color, scale, and to otherwise reformat file data; creates and edits structural, administrative, and technical metadata; uploads and retrieves image files from Harvard DRS; performs and oversees quality assurance procedures; handles irreplaceable objects; undertakes other related duties as directed.

TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

* Supervises evening operations and staff, including scheduling, prioritizing, and coordinating production and assigning work to production staff.

* Provides technical and logistic support to Imaging Technicians.

* Trains staff in the operation of imaging devices and in the handling of library materials.

* Ensures that all work meets established standards.

* Maintains production statistics.

* Maintains inventories of supplies and updates equipment maintenance logs.

* Creates and edits digital images.

* Uses image processing software to perform color and tonal corrections to image file data.

* Prepares edits, and reviews structural metadata for collections of digital objects.

* Uploads and retrieves image files from Harvard DRS.

* Troubleshoots depositing errors.

* Handles library materials (including irreplaceable art objects and rare books) according to established guidelines.


Supervises Imaging Technicians, and other support staff.

QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in photography, fine or graphic arts field, and 3 or more years of related profession experience. A minimum of 2 years supervisory and project management experience is required. Experience working in library or museum environment preferred.

Language skills


Computer Skills

* Comfort working with computers and software applications.

* Experience with Macintosh and Windows operating systems required.

* Experience and demonstrable facility using Adobe Photoshop to perform advanced color and tonal matching required.

* Familiarity with fundamentals of color management and best practices for archival imaging workflow.

* Experience using Microsoft Excel and Word required.

* Experience using FTP software and with basic Unix commands preferred.

* Experience with XML desired.

Other Skills

* Must be organized, disciplined, and highly productive.

* Solid traditional and digital photographic skills.

* Experience with digital cameras, film scanners, flash and continuous lighting, large format ink-jet printers, and general photography studio equipment.

* Strict attention to detail required.

* Ability to initiate and adapt to change, to analyze and solve problems, and to be flexible and work collaboratively.

* Sensitive to the strict handling requirements for rare and delicate materials.



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.

Setting up camera and lighting equipment and positioning original material involves lifting (up to 40 pounds), reaching, bending, and carrying.  Assignments involve sitting or standing for extended periods and can require working from a ladder.  Handling of delicate materials and equipment requires physical dexterity. High volume projects require repetitive actions be performed.

WORK ENVIRONMENT Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The majority of the work associated with this position is performed in a photography studio.

REQUIRED SCREENING Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening.

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