Associate Director of Photography, Department of University Advancement

Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, NC

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

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Job Description Summary

In University Advancement, we believe in equity, not just equality. We understand that in order to develop a fully engaged constituency; individuals must receive equitable treatment instead of equal treatment. Establishing equality means treating everyone the same. Equity necessitates transforming our community to meet the needs, interests and cultural norms of our University Advancement team.
Wake Forest University seeks an experienced professional photographer with demonstrated journalistic and technical skills, the ability to connect and build long-term relationships with subjects and colleagues, and the talent and motivation to produce compelling, high impact photos and photo stories in a wide range of assignments.

Please note: In order to be considered for this position, a cover letter is required in addition to providing a link to your portfolio of work. (You may include the link in your cover letter if you would like.)

Job Description

This Job Is For You If You Are Able To….

  • In collaboration with teams across CER, and at the direction of the Director of Photography, create photographs for a broad range of digital and print publications.
  • Maintain awareness of campus news and events, and the photo requirements of various clients, to plan and produce unassigned photography and photo stories of campus life and environment.
  • Create, caption, edit, and process photographs following university standards for image and metadata quality, ensuring all photographs are in keeping with the identity and integrity of Wake Forest. Assist in maintaining the online photo archive and fulfill requests for archive photos as needed.
  • Working with the Social Media team, maintain a visible social media presence, including individual and gallery posts and complete photo stories on various platforms.
  • Explore innovative approaches to photography and storytelling while maintaining the graphic and editorial standards of the University.
  • Build and maintain relationships with communications professionals, faculty, administrators, students, and staff across the university, and with peers in higher education. Prioritize continuing education and skills development.
  • Identify, train, and mentor student photographer(s); direct freelance photographers as needed.
  • Maintain and improve knowledge and expertise in photography, lighting, editing, and associated equipment.
  • Have high standards for your work and are proud to contribute to a mission-driven organization.
  • Contribute to a transparent and equitable organizational culture where ethical and equity policies and practices are understood and lived out by all staff.
  • Have a passion for workplace diversity and inclusion.
  • Get excited about the prospect of joining a team that is making a difference in people’s lives every day.

What Skills Do You Need?

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of experience as a photographer, preferably in an academic or photojournalism environment.
  • Experience with studio and location portrait photography, event coverage, sports action and features, landscape and architecture, and candid people photography.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in digital photography and location lighting.
  • Extensive proficiency in Lightroom, Photo Mechanic, Photoshop and Raw file processing; knowledge of various image browsing, DAM, and archiving systems.
  • Ability to approach photographic assignments creatively and collaboratively, while maintaining the graphic and editorial standards of the university. Ability to work closely with graphic designers, art directors, writers, and editors.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently; ability to set and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with clients, colleagues, and constituents, verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to identify, mentor and direct student photographers.
  • Ability to build and maintain key relationships across the university.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends and variable hours as required.
  • Ability to perform moderate physical work; ability to exert up to 40 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently and constantly to move objects.
  • Ability to meet the requirements of the University’s automobile insurance policy.
  • Respect for the dignity and abilities of all people.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of University Advancement and a commitment to equity, particularly racial equity, with a willingness to proactively learn about it and integrate it into all aspects of the work.


Responsible for own work only.

May supervise student workers.

Wake Forest University requires proof of full vaccination with an FDA approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine for all positions posted on or after September 13, 2021. Wake Forest University requires that you provide satisfactory proof of full vaccination status to Human Resources within three days of your hire date. You must also maintain full COVID-19 vaccination status, as classified by the CDC, during your employment at Wake Forest University.

Consistent with federal, state and local law, Wake Forest University will consider accommodations for disability- and religious-based reasons unless providing an accommodation would result in an undue hardship to the University.

If you seek an accommodation from the vaccination requirement for disability- or religious-based reasons, you should contact Human Resources.

New employees who are hired into positions posted prior to September 13, 2021, offers of employment made to new employees prior to that date, and employees for positions at Graylyn Conference Center are generally exempt from the vaccination requirement unless the employee’s position is otherwise subject to a vaccination requirement due to the essential components of the position as described in Policy.

Additional Job Description

*Applications for this position will be accepted through 11:59 pm EST on June 5, 2022.

Time Type Requirement

Full timeNote to Applicant:This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.


Wake Forest University, formed in 1834, has experienced decades of growth and innovation.  WFU is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs.  The University embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, which prizes the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.

Wake Forest University is a community that seeks the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning. Its higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto "Pro Humanitate," as members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service. The community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity and acknowledges the worth of the individual. The heritage, established by the school's founders and nurtured by succeeding generations, promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. Wake Forest fosters compassion and caring for others. Its collective strength and character are derived from the values and distinctive experiences of each individual; therefore, it affirms the richness of human intellect and culture and its contribution to knowledge, faith, reason, and dialogue. Furthermore, it strives toward a society in which good will, respect, and equality prevail. To that end, Wake Forest University rejects hatred and bigotry in any form and promotes justice, honor, and mutual trust.​

The University is comprised of:  the undergraduate college, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine (located on the Bowman Gray campus with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and today enrolls about 4,846 undergraduates and 2,823 students in graduate programs at its principal location, the Reynolda campus.  Students at Wake Forest University enjoy a great deal of access to and interaction with world-class faculty both in and out of the classroom setting with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.  Wake Forest employs approximately 2,772 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the fifteen-team Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Since its founding, the university has adopted the motto “pro humanitate,” which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Wake Forest has a strong commitment to holistic, eight-dimensional well-being for students, faculty and staff as evidenced in the Thrive initiative.

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, NC, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.  Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts scene.

Winston-Salem residents enjoy close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family.  Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town (

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