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Northwest Missouri State University

Student Employment Program - Job Description

Job Title

Photographer Assistant


University Relations

Job Description

To provide general assistance to the University Photographer with digital photography in studio and on location; Everyday responsibilities include helping organize and prepare photos used in publications, news releases and the Internet; Assisting the university photographer during studio shoots; Additional photo responsibilities may include photography assignments whenever the University Photographer is unavailable; Other duties include office tasks such as answering phones, taking messages, assisting callers with questions, making photocopies, deliveries, and digital asset management; Preparing digital photos for publication based on traditional darkroom techniques such as burning, dodging, controlling, contrast and color correction; May require driving a University vehicle on and off campus for various errands.


  • Follow oral and written instructions and utilize effective written and verbal communication

Critical/Creative Thinking and Problem Solving:

  • Be able to judge the quality of photos based upon content, quality, composition and design
  • Be able to produce photos to suit the needs of the University and its departments
  • Ability to anticipate photos and capture them as they occur at university events
  • Ability to problem solve or seek solutions to work related issues
  • Attentive to general instructions and complete projects independently
  • Ability to work well under a deadline, being focused and organized to complete projects independently


  • Proficient with Macintosh & Windows-based computers
  • Extensive use of Adobe Photoshop required
  • Knowledge of Photo Mechanic, Microsoft Office Suite and Toast
  • Ability to use negative scanners, flatbed scanners and a Wacom tablet

Self-Directed Learning:

  • Have ability to recognize, initiate and complete various tasks with emphasis on continuous quality improvement

Competence in a Discipline:

  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, appropriate file formats and resolution for saving digital photos
  • Familiarity with broad range of photographic equipment including 35mm SLR cameras, 35mm digital cameras, lenses, studio lights and backgrounds
  • Quality conscientious about work

Personal/Social Development:

  • Positive attitude with emphasis towards quality of work and efficient use of time
  • Pay attention to detail
  • Exhibit positive customer relations skills
  • Exhibit professionalism and courtesy
  • Demonstrate appropriate habits, dress and attitude

Team Work/Team Leading:

  • Be able to work well with others
  • Play a vital role as a team member offering valued services and expertise to achieve a common goal


  • Have ability to work with diverse on and off campus populations.


Candidates should have experience with photographic equipment including 35mm cameras, digital cameras, lenses, flash systems, light meters and studio lighting equipment; Candidates should also have experience using Adobe Photoshop, film and flatbed scanners; Students majoring in Photography/Fine Arts Major and Photojournalism will be seriously considered, but is not required; Training and responsibilities will be given in proportion to the student's skills; Reliability, consistency, organization, experience, professionalism and attention to detail are most desirable.

Wage Rate


Hours Available

up to 10

Start Date

April 30th, 2014

Application Deadline

April 28th, 2014; Please bring portfolio and apply in person at the front desk in the Office of University Relations (Second Floor, East Wing of the Administration Building); Please do not call or email to express interest in the position.


Darren Whitley


225 Administration Building




Contact the Supervisor to apply for this position. Apply for positions for which you meet the qualifications.