Photography Editor
Columbia University 300 reviews - New York, NY
Full-time, Temporary

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0103- COM Comm & Public Affairs



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Reporting to the Managing Editor and working closely with the entire editorial team, the Photography Editor in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs will be responsible for photo acquisition, editing, archiving, and securing permissions for images. The Photography Editor will work with staff to ensure photos are secured for editorial purposes. This includes scheduling shoots and also working with the University Libraries to acquire archival images. The Photographer Editor will also manage the process of responding to outside requests for Columbia University photos. The Editor must have a keen eye for what works online, strong organizational abilities, be comfortable with the Web and new technologies, and have the ability to juggle multiple projects and deadlines. He or she should work well both independently and as part of a team. Responsibilities include: - Curate photos for stories, features, and slideshows; verify credit and caption information (including adding meta info to files); and ensure all images adhere to best practices. - Assist Editorial Director and Managing Editor in packaging images with content. - Manage the photo request process from book publishers, media and entertainment companies, including managing the process of giving rights clearance to entities who want to reuse departmental photos and other media in their materials; track requests as they come in; respond to complex inquiries and requests appropriately and with legal releases, if necessary; provide reports to senior management on number and types of requests; and manage database of legal release forms. - Organize and manage photo archive; develop and maintain complex filing systems for legal releases and photo requests and create and update spreadsheets for tracking and reporting. - Other duties as requested. PLEASE NOTE: An internal candidate has been identified and has applied for this position; however, we are still accepting applications and will consider all qualified candidates.

Minimum Qualifications for Grade Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

Bachelor's degree or equivalent and a minimum of three years of related experience

Additional Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

A high familiarity with which images, formats and styles work online. News judgment, photo selection and editing skills, caption writing ability. Strong organizational abilities. Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, with proficiency in PhotoShop. Ability to work in a fast paced environment and with quick deadlines. Attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications

MFA preferred or a huge plus.

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