Photographer (BOCES) #2023-236

Vacancy Number:



Photographer (.60-1.0 FTE)


Engagement & Development Services – 900 Watervliet-Shaker Road

Basic Function:

This is professional photography work with responsibility for set up, composition and execution of shots in school districts and BOCES that align with the communications strategy for printed and multimedia platforms. Incumbents may shoot and edit on-location and in-house photos to support the mission of the school district or BOCES. Incumbent works collaboratively with other communications staff to manage and track progress of projects to ensure timely completion, on-time execution, and delivery of high-quality products. Employees in this class maintain close contact and cooperate with policy-making officials, school staff, local media representatives and the public. Work is performed independently in accordance with established policies and practices. Supervision of program projects and activities may be required. Does related work as required.


A. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree and two (2) years of paid experience in photo journalism, professional photography, digital media/content management or digital communications; OR,
B. Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate’s degree and four (4) years of paid experience in photo journalism, professional photography, digital media/content management or digital communications.

Vacancies are filled by certified list provided by Albany County Civil Service. Should no certified list be available, candidates appointed to this position will be serving in a provisional appointment in accordance with New York State Civil Service Law. The candidate must successfully complete a competitive examination and be eligible for appointment in accordance with Civil Service Law and the Civil Service Rules for Albany County to obtain a permanent appointment.


1. Plans, develops and produces a wide range of visual stories and photography for both internal and external audiences, including but not limited to web content, digital and print media, and social media strategy.
2. Works with appropriate school district and/or BOCES staff to ensure photography is consistent with subsequent communications strategies and plans.
3. Works closely with school district and/or BOCES administrators and staff to assess photography needs, opportunities and strategies.
4. Attends meetings and maintains records of information released.
5. Establishes and maintains project production schedules.
6. Collects and confirms data from within and outside the school district and/or BOCES by staging photography shoots, attending events, visiting facilities and contributing to subsequent communications materials
7. Maintains familiarity with school district budgets, student testing and achievement data and/or other complex information related to school programs, policies and operations.
8. Good knowledge of the operation and uses of a variety of digital photography equipment.
9. Good knowledge of the various creative techniques to create dynamic and impactful photos.
10. Good knowledge of the production and editing of high quality photographic content.
11. Good knowledge of the methods and techniques of design and development of multi-image sound/slide programs.
12. Good knowledge of English usage, spelling, punctuation and grammar.
13. Good knowledge of social media platforms and optimization.
14. Ability to conceptualize and create visual media projects and coordinate project to completion.
15. Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects to completion.
16. Ability to write in a clear, concise and creative manner.
17. Ability to organize tasks and set priorities.
18. Ability to understand school organization and management.
19. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others.
20. Ability to communicate effectively both orally, digitally and in writing.
21. Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

Start Date:

As soon as possible

Application Deadline:

February 10, 2023 (or until position is filled)

Starting Salary:

$48,199 prorated to amount of service rendered

The selected applicant will be subject to a fingerprint supported criminal history background check in accordance with SAVE Legislation effective July 1, 2001.

Apply To:

Further Information Contact:

Capital Region BOCES, 900 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Albany NY 12205
or email


January 13, 2023