1731 Staff Photographer

POSITION IDENTIFICATION

TITLE Staff Photographer

CLASSIFICATION NUMBER 1731

GRADE 41

CLASSIFICATION Exempt

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director of Photographic Services

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Vice President for Marketing and Communications

GENERAL FUNCTION

The Staff Photographer is responsible for visually illustrating campus life by meeting the still and video photographic needs of the University and assisting in the production of multi-image, multi-media, and video presentations for promotional and informational use by the University.

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS

Education: One year of college credit (thirty hours) is required.  A Bachelor’s degree is preferred. 

Experience: Two years of professional photography experience is required. Work experience with conventional and electronic imaging and digital darkroom is required. Experience with multi-image and multi-media work is preferred.  Work experience in filming and editing video for electronic media production is preferred. Experience with video streaming is preferred.  Experience working in a team-oriented environment is preferred.  Work experience in higher education is preferred. 

Skills:  Effective verbal and written communication skills are required.  The skill level demonstrated must be that of an experienced photographer, which will be determined by a review of a digital portfolio demonstrating abilities in composition, creativity, proper digital darkroom techniques, and multi-media post-production.  The portfolio should include a wide range of images, such as sports photography, portraits, environmentals, group shots, and architecture and consist of not more than twenty images.  The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. Knowledge of signal flow for audio and video operations is preferred.  Management skills such as staff supervision, scheduling, inventory control, and property control are preferred.

Effort: This position operates and transports cameras, video, and sound equipment weighing up to fifty pounds to locations on and off-campus.

Other: The scope of job frequently requires attendance at evening and/or weekend activities, plus occasional travel to workshops, tournaments and seminars.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Uses originality, talent, and imagination to produce the desired photographic results of clients by consulting with individuals making photographic requests, determining needs and desired results, posing subjects and arranging objects in the most favorable setting to attain goals as determined by the projects' needs, taking into account lighting, background and other influencing conditions, and adjusting cameras, attachments, and lights as appropriate.

2. Creates photographs of a variety of events, including sporting events, faculty and staff, campus and landscapes scenes, campus activities, art objects, buildings, individuals, groups, and other items deemed necessary to the University by properly using general and special purpose equipment.

3. Provides photojournalism services and edits, tag, renames, and archives digital images to they can be easily found and used within University marketing efforts.

4. Based on assignment instructions, uses video camera equipment to produce material for production and makes artistic decisions regarding elements such as appropriate lighting, shooting angle, framing and placement, type of audio required, locations used, and use of movement and/or interviews.

5. Performs limited editing and assembles basic videos, ensures consistency and relevancy to production, monitors the technical quality of the end product, and assists a producer/director regarding production plans and the physical realities of the production setting.

6. Ensures the operational condition of departmental equipment by testing, performing repairs, and performing setups and preventive maintenance as appropriate and oversees the security, operation, and maintenance of equipment utilized in shooting and editing.

7. Assists the Director of Photographic Services in developing an effective staff of student employees by training students in departmental procedures.

8. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

9. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the Director of Photographic Services.

10. Contributes to the overall success of the Division of Marketing and Communications by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Photographic Services.

SUPERVISION

The Staff Photographer is supervised by the Director of Photographic Services and functions with independence within the framework of stated objectives as directed by the Director of Photographic Services.

OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES

REVISED DECEMBER 2014

JOB FAMILY 4

Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 1 - 500 Points: Knowledge of principles, processes, methods, and procedures associated with a limited range of healthcare, technical, scientific, administrative support, communications, or social science program objectives or common problems. Knowledge permits the employee to complete routine medical and healthcare procedures, common administrative support tasks, operate basic equipment and instruments, carry out a variety of interrelated tasks and recurring assignments, assist individuals, answer common questions, and/or elicit information from a variety of sources. Professional knowledge, skill, and technical mastery at this level are typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience beyond a high school diploma.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 1 - 50 Points: Typically, little, if any, supervision of others is required. The job may require irregular but occasional responsibility to direct the work of student workers and/or temporary or part-time workers. The nature of supervision is largely confined to assigning tasks to others and does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities. The amount of time spent on directing the work of others is normally a small portion of total work time.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 2 - 100 Points: Interactions are generally routine and structured involving employees inside the University, students, or the general public. The purpose may include obtaining or clarifying facts, coordinating work, solving recurring problems, or providing factual information to others. Contacts may be with coworkers or structured exchanges with students, faculty, or the general public, and are generally for the purpose of exchanging information.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 2 - 250 Points: The employee carries out a group of procedures using the general methods and desired results indicated by the supervisor. Typically, standard operating procedures, handbooks, and/or reference manuals exist for most procedures, but the employee must select from the most appropriate of several guidelines and make minor adjustments to methods. Unforeseen situations are normally referred to others for resolution. Assignments are related in function and objective, but processes, procedures, or software varies from one assignment to another. Based on the assignment, the employee uses diverse, but conventional, methods, techniques, or approaches. Employees in jobs at this level may perform work that is moderately complex, but normally performed within a fairly narrow and specific functional area.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 2 - 400 Points: Work involves services including collecting, processing, and disseminating information and providing advice to others. Work activities may be complex and likely affect the accuracy, reliability, or acceptability of further processes or services to the extent that others rely on the advice given in order to make decisions. Work activities typically affect the efficiency of the department but have relatively minor effects on operations within the cost center. Individuals in jobs at this level are often responsible for actively documenting, monitoring, and controlling expenditures. Incumbents may recommend minor expenditures, but have no substantive authority over budgets.