The Assistant Director of Photography is the University's in-house resource for the execution and direction of essential images for print, online, and video. Will directly participate in photographic work and production and be responsible for supervising, coordinating, scheduling and assigning any the work of contract photographers and assigned staff. Will be responsible for establishing as needed, maintaining and updating a system of digital imagery assets for use by Institutional Advancement creative services, graphic design, marketing, web communications, multi-media services/social media, alumni relations/advancement communications and media relations.
Strategic photographic direction and development: Develop/create original digital-based photography for priority/high-visibility assignments. Support communications and marketing team with photographic support/direction on video/other projects. Utilize/share expert knowledge of custom studio/on-location lighting equipment. Digitally modify/enhance images using current industry software for optimum image results for print/other media. Support University initiatives with fresh/exciting/contemporary photography. (50%) Planning/project accountability: Make strategic/tactical recommendations for photographic projects. Assist/develop matrix-based schedules for overlapping multifaceted photo assignments and reports on status at regular and requested intervals. Edit and process images in a timely fashion to meet project/other team member needs. Help create organized image folders on in-house server networks and develop, establish as needed/directed, maintain and update a system/library of digital imagery assets. Assist creative staff in selecting images for projects. Supports pre- and post-production proofing of images. (25%) Other projects as assigned: Assisting with special events, supporting/mentoring other staff, administrative support as needed. Execute various production duties on department projects as assigned. Help maintain, organize, and make recommendations for professional photographic equipment and related photographic resources. Work in a flexible/time sensitive deadline driven environment, with assignments often falling outside of standard time frames or campus locations. (15%) Research trends in visual communications and photojournalism and make recommendations for visual style and tone of projects. Work closely with all the departmental creative teams, including the video/multi-media staff, design team, editorial and web teams, and account managers to assure quality and timeliness of all photographic and proofing deliverables. (10%)
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLSANDABILITIES: Competency in Microsoft Office programs. Competency with leading industry-standard image editing and file management programs, including Photoshop, Acrobat, Adobe Bridge. Multi-media skills, such as online publishing, social media, video, online photo presentation, etc. In-depth knowledge of communication strategies, tools, techniques, and technologies. Perform key work tasks in off-hours or off-location conditions.
OTHERREQUIREMENTS: The position often requires some presence and commitment before 8am, after 5pm, and on weekends, both on and off campus. Additionally, this position is designated as essential personnel under the University's crisis management plan, and there is a potential for significant and prolonged demands on time during times of crisis or emergency. Some local, regional, and national travel may be required for meetings, events, and conferences.
Bachelor's degree is required, preferably in photography, videography, photojournalism, graphic design, marketing or advertising. Formal training in photography, communications, or visual development is required. A minimum of seven years of relevant work experience is required. Up to date skills and demonstrated experience in creating strategic photographic communications are required, supported by a strong portfolio. Candidate must demonstrate strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills with ability to collaborate and manage the interest of multiple stakeholders. Must also demonstrate clear and accurate written communication skills. A strong focus on attention to detail is essential. Candidate must possess strong organizational and project management skills to effectively prioritize and achieve deadlines on multiple projects. Must also possess the ability to handle all phases of assigned projects from concept through final delivery. The ability to be flexible and adapt quickly to changing priorities, direction, and deadlines is essential. The ability to think creatively, solve problems, plan directions, overcome obstacles and successfully negotiate with individuals and groups is essential.
Direct, in-house working experience (excluding freelance) as a photographer is strongly preferred. Previous work experience at an advertising agency, corporate in-house organization or higher education in-house creative team is desirable. Previous magazine experience is a plus. Strong working knowledge and/or experience with the following: Standard MS Office suite software such as Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint; leading industry-standard image editing and file management programs, including Photoshop, Acrobat, Adobe Bridge. Familiarity with a wide variety of print or electronic projects that utilize photographic resources. Familiarity with related printing technologies and production processes (e.g. image optimization, ink density standards, digital proofing, press restrictions, and quality control). Conceptual ability and proficiency in photographic project management. Digital image manipulation for web and print. Digital asset management. Experience with and/or working knowledge of video production/editing experience is a plus.
Applicants must include in their online resume the following information: 1) Employment history: name of company, period employed (from month/year to month/year), job title, summary of job duties and 2) Education: school name, degree type, and major.
UTA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. The UTA is a tobacco free campus.
Open Until Filled: No
Internal Number: 8966
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