Photography Manager

Washington D.C., United States
May 02, 2014
Job Location 2033 K Street - 2033 K St NW - FB0138
Campus Location: Foggy Bottom
Division/Vice President: Vice President for External Relations (COMM)
College/School/Department: Not Applicable

Internal Applicants Only? No
Position Type: Administrative/Professional
Posting Number: Staff - 003419
Working Title: Photography Manager
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Incumbent is required to work nights, weekends and holidays as needed.)
Total Hours Per Week: 40
Pay Grade: 20
Recruitment Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Required Licenses/Certifications and other Specific Requirements: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, Sex Offender Registry Search, and Prior Employment Verification
If other was selected above, or there are special requirements, please explain.
If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:
Telework: No
Job Open Date: 04/29/2014
Job Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Applicant Review Will Commence On:

Ad Statement:

Founded in 1821, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia, to include ten academic units, with a full-time equivalent enrollment of a little over 20,000 students and approximately 11,000 full-time and part-time employees (faculty and staff). The George Washington University is a community dedicated to learning, communication,respect, service and teamwork. As one of the largest private employers in the District of Columbia, the university seeks employees who support the teaching, research, and public service mission of the university.

Job Description Summary:
Minimum Qualifications:

5 years of commercial photography experience and 2 years of management experience.
Considerable knowledge of photographic techniques and best practices, equipment, materials, processes, and software required.

Bachelors degree. Degree requirements may be substituted for a combination of education, training and experience.

Desired Qualifications:

5+ years of commercial photography experience, including managing production schedules and delivery of creative assets.

2+ years of managing direct reports.

BA in photography or creative field required.

High proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Acrobat, as well as Extensis Portfolio and Microsoft Office.

Understanding of technical aspects of creating and optimizing image assets for use on GW web properties and social media channels, including pixel dimensions, file name, protocol and image optimization.

Strong professional and effective verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to operate independently and in collaboration with department senior leadership.

Strong organizational, analytical, prioritization, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.

The ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues throughout the university.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please list your salary requirements in your cover letter.

Job Duties
  • Sets the strategic direction for the university photography department in support of Marketing & Creative Services goals set by senior leadership.
    Manages the university photography team and freelancers, ensuring the delivery of high quality work products and a high-level of customer service in interactions with university partners and external contacts. Supports the professional development of photography staff.
    Manages and continually improves operations including—streamlining and formalizing the request and intake process, production workflow, delegating and scheduling of photoshoots and post-production activities, organization of assets and creation and review of policies and procedures.
    Develops and manages departmental budgets, including tracking billable hours, obtaining estimates from freelancers, ensuring final billing is completed in an accurate and timely manner.

  • Serves as lead liaison between photography department and university partners, informing project direction and conceptualizing photoshoots. Counsels university partners regarding photography best practices and how images can be best utilized in university digital and print communications.

    Serves as lead university web photo editor for university communications, including the bi-weekly online publication George Washington Today. Delivers photography assets and serves as a strategic advisor in the presentation of photography in stories. Collaborates and follows up with partners as needed to ensure photographic assets are used effectively and as intended.

    Serves as lead collaborator with Marketing & Creative Services leadership team to identify strong photographic content that can be utilized in digital (websites, social media, digital signage, etc.), print and environmental communications and marketing materials in support of university visual identity and messaging goals. Actively collaborates with the team to update photographic content, ensuring images are regularly updated as new assets become available.

  • Executes photographic assignments utilizing full scope of technical skills and methods including the selection of appropriate cameras, lenses, lighting, and additional equipment as necessary to produce professional, high-quality images, suitable for cross-platform use in both digital and print communications. Selects appropriate composition to achieve desired results. Positions subjects, adjusts attire, and arranges backgrounds for optimum results.
    Captures and reproduces photographic images that represent the full range of activities occurring at GW for news and marketing purposes. Utilizes creativity, artistic skill, and technical skill, sound professional judgment, resourcefulness, and initiative to adapt and apply photographic guidelines.
    Performs all quality assurance/production, post-production functions, making intelligent photo-editing decisions. Utilizes computer graphics editing program and photography software programs to ensure the highest level of quality.

  • Other duties assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Describe your experience in Adobe Creative Suite including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Acrobat, as well as Extensis Portfolio.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Do you have a bachelor's degree in the appropriate are of specialization AND five years of appropriate experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have 2 years of supervisory experience? Please explain.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * What is your salary range expectation?

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents

The George Washington University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution.PI76711548