Director of Photography

University of Oklahoma

Oklahoma, OK

ID: 7116502 (Ref.No. ta223211)
Posted: November 21, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Description


University of Oklahoma Athletics Department is looking for a creative, self-motivated, and enthusiastic member to join the graphic design department as the Director of Photography. This position will lead the photography services at the University of Oklahoma athletics to support marketing, branding, events, and communication needs for the athletics department. The Director of Photography will cover university events, shoot portraits, and set up photo shoots for athletics marketing. They will oversee at least one other photographer to ensure all necessary events are covered. 

Basic Functions:

  • Primary contact for department on all photography-related requests.
  • Primary oversight of departments digital archive. 
  • Work closely with creative staffs and teams to ensure a cohesive style across all department photography.
  • Manage department budget and work with other departments to maintain budget integrity for their project requests.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage the staffing of photographers at all OU Athletics events and functions. Coordinate with sport programs and departments beforehand on specific photography needs for each event. 
  • Coordinate on location photoshoots for each of our sports programs, providing both sport staff and external areas with high-quality headshot and portrait-style photographs.
  • Perform accurate editing, correction, archival and file storage in a timely manner; follows department procedures and standards for adding metadata and photo organization.
  • Work with external vendors to provide them with requested images and other assets.
  • Responsible for securing and maintaining equipment; including cameras, lenses and studio lighting. Oversight on usage and distribution for specific events.
  • Ability to work some nights and weekends to cover events and functions.
  • Collaborates proactively with creative staff colleagues to ensure consistent output of high quality photos in line with OU Athletics visual brand.

Job Requirements


Required Education: Bachelor's Degree AND 

  • 36 months in photography, photo editing skills, and managerial experience.

Equivalency/Substitution: Will accept 48 months of related experience in lieu of the Bachelor's degree for a total of 84 months of related experience.



  • Artistic vision
  • Technical knowledge of camera equipment and the art of photography
  • Post-production editing
  • Visual editing software skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and as a team

Departmental Preference: 

  • 6+ years of experience working as a professional photographer
  • Photography experience must include studio and location photoshoots and in-game photography for various sports.
  • Knowledgeable of workflow in a Macintosh environment, primarily Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom (or similar software). 

Physical Requirements: 

  • Ability to engage in repetitive motions.
  • Operates and transports cameras, video and sound equipment weighing up to fifty pounds to locations on and off-campus


  • Valid Driver License for frequent off-site meetings and conferences.

Special Instructions: If you are selected as a final candidate for this position, you will be subject to The University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Tuberculosis Testing policy.  To view the policy, visit


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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, and health care services that the University operates or provides.