Staff Photographer/Videographer

Saratoga Springs, NY
Aug 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Posting Number: 0001693

Job Title: Staff Photographer/Videographer

Department: Comm & Mktg - Campus and Media Relations

Position Status: Full-Time

Position Type: Regular

Months per Year: 12 Months

Work Hours: Must have ability to work flexible hours, including early mornings, nights, and weekends, as required to cover assignments.

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Position band/level: 130 = AP27

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Job Summary: Reporting to the Director of Campus and Media Relations, the staff photographer /videographer will be a visual storyteller. The primary goal is to produce consistent high-quality photographs and video to enhance Skidmore's visual identity according to established standards.

This includes planning a creative composition, analyzing the best approach to each assignment, and having the ability to make people feel comfortable and relaxed while taking photos or video of them.

Position Qualifications:

  • Approach each assignment with the visual story in mind while remaining consistent with Skidmore's visual identity.

  • Demonstrated ability to capture found moments within a community using good judgement, creativity and by establishing rapport with diverse members of that community.

  • Execute a large variety of photography and videography assignments including on location, studio,portraits and events. Has a thorough understanding of lighting in all of these situations.

  • Scout locations and assess possible obstacles in filming and provide solutions or alternatives.

  • Captions photos. Provides identification of photographic subjects as well as brief written factual accounts/reports of campus-related happenings and events to correspond with submitted photos/videos.

  • Processes, adjusts and retouches digital files for optimal results for home page and various publications.

  • Uploads photos to college's photographic archive, meta tagging college related images for future use.

  • Prioritize and organize multiple assignments each day.

  • Have the ability to work flexible hours, including early mornings, nights and weekends, as required to cover assignments.

  • Thrive in a collaborative work environment and have the ability to solve problems creatively.

  • Knowledge of photo editing software, using Adobe Creative Suite. Basic Video editing skills using FCPX or Premier Pro CC.

  • Ability to independently troubleshoot hardware and software.

  • Maintains quality control and consistent look and feel throughout production of photo and video assignments.

  • Be self-directed, self-motivated and self-sufficient.

  • Takes responsibility fordecisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsiblemanner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness andopenness to feedback.

  • Employee must on occasion move/lift up to 40 pounds of photography/videography equipment.

  • Minimum Qualifications: BA/BS or equivalent coursework and/or 3-5 years' experience in photography and videography. Degree in photo journalism, film, photography, communications, or marketing is helpful but not required. Knowledge of Canon DSLR camera and photo processing using Adobe Creative Suite with a high level of proficiency in creating compelling images. Basic video editing skills. Must be organized, detail oriented, excellent communication skills, creative problem solver, self-directed and self-motivated. Must have the ability to work flexible hours.

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    Required Applicant Documents: Resume
    Cover Letter
    List of Three References

    Optional Applicant Documents: Other
    Additional Materials

    Special Instructions to Applicants: To be considered for this position, please fill out an online application and attach the following documents: cover letter, resume and list of three references to include name, title, company, email address and telephone number of three professional references. In addition, please include a document with a "dedicated link" to an online portfolio which includes images taken in different lighitng. Free photo storage website can be used (ie., Photobucket, Shutterfly, Flickr, Dropbox etc.) Please No Personal Websites.

    This system can support attachments up to 1.9MB in Word or PDF format only. If you encounter difficulty attaching any one of the required documents, please contact Clarissa Sawyer, Employment Coordinator in Human Resources at: or 518 580.5802

    Pay Range: $17.50 - $22.00 per hour commensurate with experience. Internal candidates may fall outside of this range and should contact Nancy Bruno with any individual questions.

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    Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
    Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result