JOB: AP – Deputy DOP – Full time

Full listing at: http://chp.tbe.taleo.net/chp04/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=AP&cws=38&rid=5301

The Associated Press seeks a Deputy Director of Photography with a history of strong leadership of photographers and visual journalists to coach and coordinate its photo operations in the Americas, from a location to be determined.

Reporting to the Director of Photography, the successful candidate will coach AP photographers in North and South America on news and event coverage, lead efforts to plan for and execute coverage of major sporting events, and maintain and grow relationships with AP customers and fellow photo agencies. The Deputy Director of Photography will collaborate daily with AP’s all-format news leaders, who oversee direct newsgathering, working to ensure quality of the photo report and photo products, and assist in managing the newsgathering budget — especially around sports. The successful candidate will also work with photographers and their direct supervisors on issues related to safety, equipment, technical quality and standards. Travel to major events is required, as is the ability and willingness to work at night and on weekends, or as coverage demands, as AP is a 24/7 operation. Prior experience in the region is preferred.

The successful candidate will:
– have superior technical skills in photography, including shooting and editing.
– have strong communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with the diverse team of journalists at the AP who operate in all formats: text, photo, video, audio, digital/social, interactive and graphics.
– successfully manage a variety of diverse responsibilities through effective collaboration with other AP managers who directly supervise the cooperative’s photography staff.
– plan and lead AP’s photo coverage of major sporting events, tracking AP’s performance and adjusting future plans accordingly.
– assist AP’s multiformat newsrooms to pursue innovative coverage techniques, maintain AP’s standards for integrity, objectivity and quality, and identify, respond and communicate on key customer needs.

Qualifications:

Candidates must have demonstrated excellence as a photographer and photo editor, with a record of working with journalists of all media formats to craft industry-leading coverage for regional and global audiences. The successful candidate must work effectively with colleagues and peers in teams, as they will serve in a support and coaching role rather than as a direct supervisor. All applicants must have experience planning for and managing large events, as well as news budgets. They should be familiar with the changing role of visual journalism in the digital age, and be able to help identify and implement innovative coverage techniques and workflows. The successful candidate should have at least five years of full-time experience as a photographer or three years experience as a photo editor/manager at a daily newspaper, broadcast station, online or digital news outlet, or an AP bureau or regional desk.

Other qualifications:
– Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
– Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English.
– Professional competency in Spanish is a decided plus.
– Advanced-level professional competency in photography and photo editing.
– Strong organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple projects across formats.

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day more than half the world’s population sees news from AP.

AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable nondiscrimination laws.

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