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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 480700 - Office of Public Affairs
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The photographer works to expand the state, regional and national visibility of Mississippi State University through conceiving, executing and delivering high-quality, professional images that align with the university mission and the current branding campaign. The photographer covers all areas of the university, including a variety of indoor and outdoor events, some of which require availability outside regular work hours and minimal travel. Photographic collaboration with and support of all campus partners is expected.

Salary Grade:  14

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Office of Public Affairs communicates Mississippi State University's message of learning, research, and service to a global audience across multiple digital, print and broadcast platforms.

Our award winning staff provides leadership for strategic and crisis communications, marketing and branding, news and media relations, university-wide publications including MSU’s Alumnus magazine, digital and social media content development including the university's website.

Our OPA Photography and Graphic Design groups support these areas and provide services to the campus community. We also implement and oversee the university’s Visual Identity Standards.

In addition, OPA provides administrative leadership to MSU’s University Television Center and campus radio station WSMV-FM 91.1.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

--Executes a large variety of photography assignments, including location, studio, scientific research, portrait, environmental and event for use in news, marketing/branding, publication and video production, social media and archives.

--Plans photo composition; analyzes subject matter; exercises artistic judgment; has professional knowledge of appropriate equipment, lighting, angles, props and backgrounds to select, adjust and use for production of high-quality images.

--Handles a mix of photo assignments, production activities, coordination and consultation, and office activities in cooperation with administration and colleagues; serves as a source on equipment and techniques for colleagues and clients.

--Collaborates proactively with administration and colleagues to ensure consistent output of high-quality photos.

--When not on assignment, captures stock photos to improve the unit’s stock image collection; prepares for photo shoots; processes, adjusts and enhances digital files for optimum results; archives files in a timely manner.

--Prepares photos for news distribution, client use, exhibits, university website and presentations; assists administration and colleagues with finding appropriate images for various projects; and works to select and purchase equipment, software and supplies as appropriate.

--Follows department procedures for filing, documenting and maintaining images; and maintains upkeep of equipment to keep it working properly.

Minimum Qualifications:

--Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of relevant photographic experience

--Proficiency in digital photography equipment and software

Preferred Qualifications:

--Ability to handle RAW files via Bridge and/or Lightroom

--Competency in Photoshop & plug-ins, as needed, to edit individual files to publication quality

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Desirable skills include a working knowledge of Photo Mechanic, Digital Asset Management (DAM), including Photoshelter, Excel and Word

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

--Regularly involves lifting, bending or other physical exertion

--Often exposed to heat, cold, noise, dust, dirt, chemicals, etc.

--Frequent shifts in work priority; interruptions requiring immediate attention; unusual pressure
due to accountability for success and project completion

--Frequently requires standing, walking, sitting, reaching, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling,
talking hearing, handling objects with hands

--Ability to see information in print and/or electronically, and ability to distinguish colors

--Required work outside the standard 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule

Instructions for Applying:

Apply online, attaching a resume, cover letter, and link to portfolio.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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