Photographer (2 Openings), SUNY Albany

Posted: 01/30/18 | SHARE:


Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,300 students in nine schools and colleges across three campuses.
Located in Albany, New York, New York State's capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks.

Communications and Marketing at the University at Albany is seeking applicants for a Photographer. This position will serve as the primary photographer responsible for conceiving, executing, and delivering professional-quality photographic content that aligns with the strategic initiatives of the University at Albany.  The successful candidate will closely collaborate with all campus partners.  

This position also requires availability on nights and weekends for shooting and must be available to travel to assignments.  Flexibility and the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously in a deadline-driven environment are needed.


  • Collaborate with art directors, designers, writers, and videographers to create the highest quality photos that tell the story and express the University's brand
  • Ability to enterprise photo opportunities on a daily basis and schedule and coordinate photo shoots to complete assignments
  • Brainstorm, plan and coordinate with Marketing and Communications to identify project objectives and appropriate people and locations for photos assigned
  • Deliver, distribute, and post digital images as required, including enhancing and retouching the quality of digital images to prepare them for publication through the latest technologies available including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Bridge, and other related software/technology
  • Archive, maintain, and expand the images in a digital repository to make them easily retrievable and searchable by category, key word search, etc.
  • Identify and solve departmental photographic needs
  • Assist in managing all equipment, technology, and studio space needs for photography
  • Maintain a list of freelance photographers to aid in managing the demand for photography, as well as the desire to include different photographic viewpoints on specific projects



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by a U.S. Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization
  • Must provide links to an online portfolio of professional photography created by the applicant which demonstrates at least three to five years of professional photography experience in both natural and studio lighting, including portraits of people; environmental portraits; images of objects; on-location news coverage; crowd shots; etc.
  • Ability to translate complex ideas/concepts (e.g. research or news stories) into engaging photos
  • Ability to work with natural, strobe flash and studio lighting to produce high-quality images that require minimal editing, particularly in on-location portraiture
  • Solid technical knowledge of relevant digital equipment and imaging/editing software, including Photoshop, Bridge, Final Cut
  • Knowledge of digital media applications that integrate still photography
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to follow direction with a positive attitude
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Applicants must address in their application their ability to work with a culturally diverse population.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience creating smart, engaging digital content (including video) for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other social media outlets
  • Experience shooting and editing hybrid projects (photo & video)

Additional Information: 

Professional Rank and Salary Range: Senior Staff Assistant, SL-3

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Application Instructions: 

Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter stating all the required minimum qualifications and any of the applicable preferred qualifications
  • Link to online portfolio of professional photography
  • Names and contact information for three references

Note: After submitting your resume, the subsequent pages give you instructions for uploading additional documents (i.e. cover letter etc.).

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Closing date for receipt of applications: February 23, 2018

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