1730 Senior Photographer


TITLE Senior Photographer




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director of Photographic Services

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Vice President for Marketing and Communications


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


Education: At least one year of college credit in a related field is required.  A Bachelor's degree with emphasis in photography, art or related field is preferred.

Experience: At least two years of professional photography experience in assignment shooting and studio experience is required and must include experience in conventional film and print processing, electronic imaging, and post production.  Experience in multi-image and multi-media work is preferred.  Management and supervisory experience is preferred.

Skills:  The skill level demonstrated must be that of an experienced photographer, which will be determined by a review of a slide portfolio demonstrating abilities in composition, creativity, proper digital darkroom techniques, color and black and white photography.  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 20 images.  The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. 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.


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 camera equipment (35mm and larger formats with various lenses).

3. Assists the Director of Photographic Services in developing an effective staff of student employees by training students in departmental procedures, scheduling their work hours, supervising their work activities, and making recommendations regarding hiring and terminations.

4. Assist the Director of Photographic Services with administrative procedures by properly processing cash received and assisting in the operation of online purchasing procedures.

5. Provides continuity of leadership for Photographic Services by assuming the responsibilities and discharging the duties of the director during absences of the Director of Photographic Services.

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

7. 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.

8. 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.


The Senior 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, the Senior Photographer supervises student workers.




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 2 - 130 Points: Regular, but limited, supervision, training, or directing the work assignments of (a) small numbers of student, part-time or temporary workers, or (b) one or more permanent, full-time employees. The nature of supervision is largely confined to scheduling work and assigning tasks. Supervision at this level typically does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities, and supervisory duties typically do not consume a large portion of the work day.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 3 - 250 Points: The purpose of interactions is to advise or counsel others to solve recurring and structured problems, and/or to plan or coordinate work efforts with other employees who are working toward common goals in situations where relationships are generally cooperative. Interactions are moderately structured and routine and may involve employees in different functions, students, and/or the general public. These types of interactions require normal interpersonal skills.

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 3 - 850 Points: Work involves providing significant support services to others both within and outside of the department that substantially influences decision-making processes. Work activities are complex and others rely on the accuracy and reliability of the information, analysis, or advice to make decisions. Work activities have a direct, but shared, impact on further processes or services, affect the overall efficiency and image of the department, and may have material impact on costs or service quality within the cost center. Incumbents may be responsible for identifying areas of need and for developing proposals that request funding to fulfill those needs.