Position title: Global Photo Editor
Reports to: Photo & Digital Asset Manager
I. Mission of the Department
The photo editor is responsible for acquiring imagery and building the global digital asset management platform (DAM). The DAM sits within the communications and marketing department and supports all aspects of WWF communications globally.
II. Major Functions
● Acquires/commissions images with a view to engage key audiences and further WWF’s conservation narrative, expand global digital library and provide imagery for digital channels;
● Provides guidance, support, and professional advice to WWF offices around visual (branding) and legal (copyright) issues;
● Coordinate asset procurement, and use within the WWF Network; Defining and implementing Network-wide visual (branding) and legal (copyright) standards, ensuring the effective, consistent, and responsible use of images.
III. Major Duties and Responsibilities
● Develop and implement a strategy for identifying and acquiring the most impactful imagery to further the WWF narrative, grow the global digital library and provide imagery for digital channels;
● To develop a definition for "on-brand imagery" in the WWF branding process and to assist the Brand Manager in compiling sets of "Brand Images";
● Proactively develop relationships with video and photography producers across WWF’s global network. Coordinate with network offices to identify opportunities for collaboration on asset gathering trips. Monitor incoming photography and video acquisitions across the global network;
● Liaise and collaborate with practice communicators, media, and marketing and communications teams to stay abreast about incoming stories and visuals from the global network;
● Responsible for all aspects of editing incoming photography and video acquisitions across the global network including metadata, approving or editing captions, technical quality assurance, and keywording in accordance with WWF’s guidelines and standards;
● Curate content packages created from commissions across WWF’s global network which align with global network messaging priorities;
● Collaborate with photographers, contributors and partners to provide editing guidance, actionable feedback, and file transfer support;
● Collaborate with the Technical and Application team to prioritize functionality requirements and improvements in digital asset management platform;
● Proactively develop relationships with the conservation photography and video community;
● Identify and pursue opportunities to work with external photographers and videographers to collaborate on external messaging;
● All aspects of rights management including but not limited to managing licensing and contract agreements for acquisitions, copyright laws and other legal restrictions impacting global digital asset management platform;
● Collaborate with technology and applications team to generate various reports on network usages and communicate metrics to various stakeholders;
● Provide training across the global network to ensure consistency with processes and standards.
● Bachelor’s Degree in photography, art, communications, marketing, or other related fields;
● 3 - 5 years experience as a photo editor;
● Experience working with digital asset management technology platforms;
● Experience working within a global network;
● Keen visual sense for good photography and ability to articulate what makes it powerful;
● Expertise working in the editorial licensing industry;
● Experience working directly with photographers preferred;
● Knowledge of social media and digital campaigns;
● Sound knowledge of international copyright regulations.
Required Skills and Competencies
● Excellent collaborative skills and work effectively with various teams, across departments and at all levels in the organization;
● Hands-on: you should love rolling up your sleeves and working alongside the team;
● Strong organizational and time-management skills as well as the ability to handle several projects simultaneously;
● Excellent communicator, decisive, deadline-driven, people-oriented person;
● Proactive strategic creative ideas and feedback for continuous improvement;
● Experience working and communicating with product / Tech teams;
● Available to work non-traditional schedules including evenings and weekend work or shift rotation. Some travel is required;
● Software: Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom, Excel, Google Docs, digital asset management platforms, and file sharing systems;
● Adheres to WWF’s brand values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging;
● Demonstrates WWF’s behaviours in ways of working: Strive for Impact, Listen Deeply, Collaborate Openly and Innovate Fearlessly.
V. Working Relationships
● Internal - WWF-International Comms & Marketing Division staff and other internal/network stakeholders.
● External - Consultants & freelance contractors, photography and video licensing agencies, photographers and videographers, and the conservation photography community.
This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs.
Interested candidates to send cover letter and CV in English to email@example.com with the subject line “Global Photo Editor”. We will not accept applications without CV and cover letter.