facilities Manager

Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW), an educational institution facilitating creation, conversation, and sharing of significant photography, is hiring a facilities manager. This is a part-time salaried position with benefits. We are looking for a highly responsible, detail-oriented, organized individual who is comfortable with a physically-demanding role that oversees the appearance, maintenance and safety of our facility and property. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs, work on ladders and lifts. Familiarity with HVAC, electrical, plumbing and light construction preferred; analog darkroom and photographic equipment repair a plus.

Responsibilities range from some administrative tasks including coordination with partners and vendors; maintenance of emergency action plans, facilities rental handbook, OSHA and MSDS documents, incident reports, and other records, and maintaining safety standards throughout building and property, to hands-on tasks including cleaning labs, studios, classrooms, parking lot and grounds; classroom and auditorium set-up and break down; and completion of light construction related to maintenance and exhibit installation.

We are searching for someone who is positive, proactive, detail-oriented, effective working independently and as part of a team, and is committed to continually maintaining and improving our physical space.

Salary $20,000. Reports to the executive director

Hours | Monday to Thursday 1:00–7:00, with some weekend setup. PCNW is open to the public Monday to Thursday 12-9 pm and Saturday to Sunday 12 pm-6pm. Some flexibility is extended and required.

Benefits | This is a salaried position and includes health insurance. Other benefits include: free use of Photo Center NW’s darkroom, lab, and studio facilities; free enrollment in one class or workshop per quarter (restrictions apply); parking pass.

Essential Job Duties:

-Track facilities budget, code invoices for accounting, and work with team to strategize investments to ensure long term sustainability.

-Track and maintain key and alarm code records, emergency action plan, facilities rental handbook, OSHA and MSDS documents, incident reports, and other records.

-Maintain safety standards throughout building and property.

-Coordinate with utility vendors, parking lot management company, and cleaning crews for regular services and fulfillment of city code/regulations.

-Coordinate with office staff to order necessary supplies, hardware, etc.

Hands-on responsibilities:

-Maintain, monitor, and clean labs, studios, classrooms, and property, including set-up for classes, gallery openings, lectures, fundraisers on and occasionally off-site

-Train and support lab monitors, TA’s, faculty, and front desk staff in proper lab/studio etiquette and procedures

-Oversee collection of in-kind donations and manage the sale of surplus, as well as responsible disposal of unusable equipment and waste.

-Occasionally run pick-up/delivery errands

-Oversee/assist in bids and management of facilities upgrades and construction projects; including strategies on projects related to institutional goals

Required Qualifications

• Ability to accomplish the physical aspects of the position, including lifting up to 50lbs, standing and sitting for long periods, climbing ladders, and cleaning

• Attention to detail regarding safety procedures and safety maintenance requirements with and around the facility

• Reliability: a dedication to being on time and completing the job requirements

• Experience working effectively in positions requiring multi-tasking and good organization skills

Preferred Qualifications

• Familiarity with HVAC, electrical, plumbing, elevator maintenance in older buildings

• Experience with analog darkroom and photographic equipment.

• Transportation a plus.

• A self-starter with a go-getter attitude and an openness to helping other team members, proposing and taking on initiatives

Apply | Deadline: July 31, 2015, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis prior to deadline. Send your cover letter and resume to opportunities@pcnw.org, with the subject line: “Facilities Manager”. Please no phone calls or other inquiries. We will be in touch if we are interested in scheduling an interview.


Instructor Positions

Photo Center NW offers over 40 courses, classes, and workshops each quarter. We have a diverse student body of BFA candidates, Certificate students, professionals and hobbyists. We are looking for adjunct faculty candidates and instructors to teach classes and workshops in:

  • Digital photography
  • Color photography
  • Black and White photography
  • Ideas & Practice
  • Various workshops

Classes are typically 30 hours quarterly and workshops can vary from a few hours to multiple sessions. MFA and teaching experience preferred and for certain courses, required. Please send CV and cover letter to Michelle Dunn Marsh, Executive Director, at mdunnmarsh@pcnw.org. We will contact you for an interview or will keep your CV on file for future consideration.

Annual Internship & Practicum Positions

Photographic Center NW is an educational institution facilitating creation, conversations, and experiences of significant photography.  As a part of our mission we support the professional development of future artists, educators, and arts administrators. Our internships offer hands-on experience and connections to the staff and community that we serve. Generally internships are unpaid but can be used for school credit if approved by your college or high school.

Note: Our internship program is currently on hold as we reevaluate our structure, please check back later for new opportunities and application deadlines.

We host the following internships:

  • Education Intern
  • Development Intern
  • Administrative Intern
  • Gallery Intern

Internships last from three months to one year. We ask that our intern applicants are able to commit to a minimum of three months, 5 hours per week. Preference is given to applicants who can commit to 6 months or more, have strong organization and communication skills, are able to work well independently, and bring experience to the position or a willingness to learn.

In addition to our intern program, practicum experience is also available on a case-by-case basis and is designated for undergraduate or graduate school candidates interested in building experience in non profit management. Practicums are typically designed with the student and last from one academic quarter/semester up to one year.

Upcoming application deadlines

Email your resume and cover letter to opportunities@pcnw.org by the above dates.  Please include in the subject line of the email the internship you are applying for, and include your full name in the title of both your resume and cover letter.