Photo Editor

Posted 22-12-2014, wanted

The Office of Communications plays a central role in the work of the Foundations by coordinating and strengthening the public presence of the global network and by helping to advance relevant issues. Communications works to raise the Foundations’ public profile by promoting the network’s many noteworthy achievements. The department employs media outreach, publications, and the web to assist dozens of Open Society foundations and programs in their communications efforts.

Open Society Foundations
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to criticism, whose laws and policies are open to debate and correction, and whose political institutions are open to the participation of all people. They seek to strengthen justice and the rule of law; broaden respect for human rights, including the rights of minorities; encourage pluralism and a robust diversity of opinion; deepen democratic practice and participation; expand economic equity; support effective governance; and invest in individuals, public and private organizations, and social movements that advance these goals.

They are a global network of foundations committed to local knowledge and national expertise. Their network includes national foundations, regional foundations, and other geographic programs operating in more than one hundred countries. At the same time, many programs with global reach operate from our four headquarters in Europe and the United States, including programs on digital information, documentary photography, drug policy, early childhood, education, fellowships, fiscal governance, higher education, human rights, international migration, justice, public health, scholarships, think tanks, and women’s rights. In addition to making grants to organizations and individuals, the Open Society Foundations engage in policy advocacy, legal advocacy and litigation, program-related investing, and public communications, as well as providing direct assistance to governments. Most programs and foundations in the network are governed or advised by their own boards.

The Open Society Foundations are the global philanthropies of George Soros, who, as chairman, plays an active role in the work of the foundations.

Job Profile
The Open Society Foundations seek an experienced visual editor to work with photographers, writers, editors, developers, and designers to guide and produce photography projects and multimedia content across a range of digital platforms and mediums. (S)he will have strong negotiating skills and be equally comfortable editing text, photography, and other visual material on fast-moving digital projects as well longer-term assignments. The photo editor will report to the director of new media.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. The Open Society Foundations may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.

Assign, manage, coordinate the work of photographers and multimedia producers;
Conceptualize shoots and provide photo and art direction as needed;
Research visuals from photographers, producers, representatives, and agencies;
Collaborate with Communications and program staff to identify compelling ideas for stories and maintain a content pipeline of visuals for key open society issues and regions;
Conceptualize and produce visual packages for Open Society digital channels;
Manage the Open Society Instagram project, including sourcing photographers and images and coordinating the daily administration of the account;
Edit and curate projects quickly and to high journalistic standards;
Estimate pricing and negotiate licensing and usage rights for audio, photo, and video, and manage budgets.

Bachelor’s degree or bachelor’s of fine arts from a four-year college or university and four to five years of relevant experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
Four to five years minimum of direct experience photo editing, writing, and producing visual media;
Must have extensive industry contacts;
Highly organized and detail-oriented;
Self-sufficient, resourceful, and proactive;
Strong communication skills, oral and written, including writing in an external publishing environment.

Work Environment and Physical Demands
Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.

Application Instructions
Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements before January 16, 2015, to: Include job code in subject line: PE-Comms.

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