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Job Standard for Photographer

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The statements on this job standard are intended to describe the general nature of the role and level of work being performed. They are not intended to represent an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the employee.

Photographer Overview

  • Person Group: Classified
  • Job Code: 05588
  • Pay Grade: I
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Career Level: Level 2
  • Family: Communications & Marketing
  • Function: Marketing


To take and process photographs and slides for use in promotional, instructional, and informative projects; perform related work.

Level Scope

Applies skills and job knowledge in area of specialization; may adapt procedures, operations, techniques, tools, materials, and/or equipment to meet needs of area of specialization; may work on non-routine tasks; resolves issues/makes working decisions within area of specialization or responsibility with minimal supervision.

Minimum Qualifications

Good knowledge of: current photography production and processes including digital services.

Some knowledge of: copyright law.

Experience: operating current photography equipment including darkroom equipment to produce commercial quality pictures.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Some knowledge of supervisory practices
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services.
  • Ability to communicate and listen to, information and ideas.

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Photographer must:

  • Consults with university staff to determine needs and scope of photography projects; creates concepts to meet project requirements; establishes production schedules; selects, assembles and sets-up cameras and auxiliary equipment; operates and manipulates via hardware and software photographic work using digital scanning devices, digital printers as well as other digital input/output devices; determines lens needed to photograph pictures; selects appropriate slides; develops and duplicates slides and prints; designs slide titles; locates publicity scenes; takes portrait photos of faculty, staff and students.
  • Hires, schedules, trains, disciplines and evaluates the work of student assistants; cleans and operates cameras and film and paper processing equipment; orders supplies and maintains adequate inventory levels; creates and maintains work order logs; bills department; recommends purchase of cameras and processing equipment; writes equipment specifications; interprets, enforces and informs customers about current copyright law as it pertains to photography.

35% of Time the Photographer

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Photographer

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

An employee in this class works in all types of weather conditions and varied hours; work involves lifting and carrying cameras and auxiliary equipment weighing up to 100 pounds; climbing and transporting equipment up to three stories using scaffolds, platforms and ladders. An employee works around toxic film processing chemicals and fumes.

Travel Requirement

Not applicable for Photographer

Career Path

Professional positions

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are  contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.