Installation Photography Assistant (Temporary)

New York, NY

Reporting to the Licensing Manager, the Installation Photography Assistant Licensing Manager (Fall/Winter 2022/23) will assist with the photography of current exhibitions at the Museum, and management of the resulting image files, as well as work on digital assets relating to the Museum. 


The position will also be responsible for scheduling and supervising installation photoshoots at the Museum, including: helping photographers to move their equipment and gallery furniture as needed to accommodate photography and oversee the photographer’s placement of equipment to ensure the safety of the surrounding artworks. Assistant will work with departments such as Exhibitions, Registration, and Engineering to facilitate photography.

The Installation Photography Assistant will also assist the Licensing Manager to organize, caption, and add relevant metadata to the resulting files from installation photoshoots. They will also work with the Whitney’s Digital Asset Management System, ResourceSpace, to upload installation photography to facilitate access to the files by Museum staff.


  • Experience with project management or set/production work is encouraged.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability and willingness to liaise with various teams in a professional manner.
  • Experience working with and organizing digital image files (TIFFs, JPEGs), and museum or collection management databases/DAMS is a plus.
  • Ability to lift 30-40lbs is ideal. 


Approximately 14 hours/week, photoshoots often fall outside of normal working hours, sometimes starting early or ending late (after 6PM), so availability outside of the normal working hours of 10AM-6PM is required.

Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you’re new to arts and culture administration, returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or take the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in the arts and culture space and what you hope to bring to this role.

About the Whitney:
The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.

EEO Statement:
The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

COVID guidelines:
The health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority. As such, the Whitney Museum is requiring all newly hired staff members to be fully vaccinated and boosted with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law


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