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Photo Manager

Photo Manager is primarily a leadership and management position, if your main interest is taking photos we would love to have you as a Spark or volunteer photographer.

This department relies heavily on email collaboration. Do not apply for this position unless you can commit to checking your Apogaea email DAILY during the peak season leading up to the event.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Organizing and maintaining the official photo archive on Flickr. After the event photo volunteers will dump thousands of photos on you, which photo manager is responsible for organizing, editing, and uploading to Flickr. This means putting in time the month after the event is over.

  • Managing volunteer photographers and photo privacy education volunteers at the event itself.  Photo dept typically has volunteers working every day during the event, it’s Photo Manager’s responsibility to manage volunteers by meeting with them at the beginning of their shifts and providing them with direction about what do shoot during their shifts.  Photo manager is responsible for tracking who shows up and who flakes on their shifts.

  • Answering questions about photo policy /  privacy policy that may come up at any time during the year.   Apo has had issues with privacy/consent in the past, photo lead should be vigilant about striking a balance between protecting the privacy of event participants while also helping using images to share the values of Apogaea with the default world.  At the event the photo lead manages volunteers who help chat-up and educate photographers about consent/privacy. Apogaea makes extensive use of Creative Commons for licensing intellectual property.  Familiarity with Creative Commons is a plus.

  • Volunteer Database – You are responsible for reviewing and setting up the volunteer photographer shift slots within Apo’s online volunteer database.  The database staff will help you navigate this process.  As volunteers sign up for shifts in the months leading up to the event you need to answer questions that arise.

This department relies heavily on email collaboration. Do not apply for this position unless you can commit to checking your Apogaea email DAILY during the peak season leading up to the event.

If this hasn’t scared you off and you still wish to apply, please tell us a bit about your experience with the following:

  • Directly managing volunteer staff at Burn events.

  • Organizing and maintaining electronic photo databases.

  • Photography, particularly shooting people and nighttime conditions.

  • Previous project management or other cat-herding experience within non-profit organizations.

Bonus application questions: (these are designed to be ambiguous and tough)

  • As photo-manager you receive an email from a photographer saying an image they shot is being used on the Apogaea website without their permission and they have no idea how it got there, what do you do?

  • On the night of the burn both volunteer photographers scheduled to work that night fail to show up for their shifts that started at 6pm, what do you do?

  • Some burns hand out “do not photograph me” wristbands for people to wear who do not want to be photographed, Apogaea has chosen not to use this system, what are some possible reasons for this?

>>Send applications to AMP@apogaea.com

This is an unpaid, Ignition level position that includes a department patch, voting rights, and a reserved staff ticket (which is typically discounted).