Assistant Director, University Photography Services
Rochester Institute of Technology
August 2, 2018
Rochester, New York
Assistant Director, University Photography Services 3984BR University Web Services - Photo Marketing and Communications
Professional Area: Employment Category: Fulltime Staff Job Function:Wage Band: 118A
Department/College Description University Photography Services team is a creative, fast-paced, and high-volume group under RITs Division of Marketing and Communications serving the marketing, branding, news, and archival photography needs of RIT.
Detailed Job Description The Assistant Director (AD) will report to the Director of University Web Services and manage the operations of University Photography Services including its studio. Supervise 2 or more full-time photographers, and several student photographers. He/she will provide coaching, and development opportunities for team photographers through creative direction, mentoring, and strategically assigning duties or projects. The AD will develop long-term team goals with measurements of success.
She/he will partner with cross-functional business partners, for example, marketers, designers, writers, web developers, social media managers, and other communications experts to determine visual potential and develop/coordinate photo shoots and photography campaigns and to forecast seasonal photography needs.
The AD will lead the creation of engaging, impactful, and brand-focused imagery for promotional and informational needs of the University. Deploy artistic vision, creativity, photographic skills, and knowledge of photography software to capture, edit, and deliver impactful images, using both natural and artificial lighting. Manage the photography needs for RIT's marketing campaigns, websites, print publications, news coverage, social media endeavors, student and faculty portfolios, and other uses as deemed appropriate by the supervisor.
He/she will manage the schedule of the studio and team photographers and assign work to leverage skill sets as appropriate, maximize capacity, increase operational efficiency, and ensure process compliance. Maintain a roster of talented freelance photographers and manage their scheduling as required. Lead continuous improvement of photography workflow.
The AD will manage the business aspects of the photography work, including billing, collecting model releases, maintaining camera and studio equipment, and recommending purchases. Assist in developing and managing overall photography operations budget. Maintain knowledge of current and upcoming industry trends in photography. Pursue continual skills enhancement on photography, media technology, and project management. Provide direction for cataloging process of images and maintenance of the primary photography catalog for the University including identification and enhancement of metadata.
Required Minimum Qualifications
4-5 years professional photography experience and 3-5 years managerial experience.
Ability to hire, train, mentor, and lead team of photographers
Proven track record of developing and refining processes as it relates to photography production
Successful track record of developing, executing, and measuring strategies and tactics
Artistic vision, abundant creativity, and strong design aesthetic
In-depth knowledge of professional photography equipment such as cameras, lenses, and lighting including ability to troubleshoot
Ability to use models, colors, shadows, shades, light, and distance to compose great photographs
Expertise in uses and effects of various types of lighting and methods
Proficient with photo editing software
Experience researching, procuring, and testing new photography hardware and software
Ability to evaluate artistic qualities of photographs
Ability to communicate effectively to achieve a certain composition in a photograph
Ability to receive and provide direction
Positive and energetic team player with ability to collaborate with stakeholders
Ability to thrive in fast-paced, high-volume, deadline-driven environments
Specialize in variety of photography including studio, large events, and staged on-location
Ability to move photography equipment regularly including cameras, lighting, lenses, and tripods
Ability to participate in occasional after hour photo shoots
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Excellent organizational skills
Efficient with time management and deadlines
Fueled by the desire to advance the University brand and discover unique solutions
Relentless drive for impact
Persistent and resourceful, always finds a new way forward and finds joy in the journey
Required Application Documents Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, Portfolio of Work
How to Apply In order to be considered for this position, you must apply for it at: http://careers.rit.edu/staff. Click the link for search openings and in the keyword search field, enter the title of the position or the BR number.
Please note-a link to your Portfolio of Work can be provided on your resume/CV, as the maximum size of attachments is 5MB.
Additional Details The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to Careers@rit.edu.
Rochester Institute of Technology, the 10th largest private university in the U.S., is among the worlds leading technological universities. Its 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are enrolled in over 200 academic programs, including 7 interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. A pioneer in experiential education, RIT was the first to offer undergraduate degree programs in biotechnology, information technology, software engineering, and microelectronic engineering. As home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the university offers unparalleled academic opportunities and services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Founded in 1829, RIT has 115,000 alumni throughout the United States and around the world. RIT has been named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the Great Colleges to Work For. RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site, and is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples through the Upstate NY Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. For more information, visit www.rit.edu/overview/rankings-and-recognition and www.rit.edu.
As a member of the RIT community employees receive a well-balanced benefits package that offers a variety of choices and access to additional employment advantages. These benefits, combined with an employees pay, provide a total compensation package that can be tailored to meet your needs. More on RITs Benefits, Health & Wellness program can be found at: https://www.rit.edu/fa/humanresources/content/benefits-health-and-wellness
RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov
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