Work at Sawtooth: Director of Photography

Sawtooth’s Director of Photography develops curriculum for and manages a diversified, innovative, quality arts education program in digital and dark room photography. The Director of Photography is expected to meet the challenges of changing student demands and will develop and implement coursework as appropriate to meet those demands. To meet revenue benchmarks, the Director of Photography must monitor class enrollments, work with to market the department, regularly communicate with students and prospective students to keep enrollment in the program high, and work collaboratively with other organizations to create increased demand for our classes. The Director of Photography is responsible for finding, assessing, hiring, training and managing all digital and darkroom photography instructors.

The Director of Photography is a part-time non-exempt employee. They work closely with the other program directors and the administrative staff and report directly to the Executive Director.


  • Develop, coordinate and maintain an appropriate mix of digital and darkroom photography courses and workshops that are artistically and educationally sound.
  • Contribute to the development of new course direction which includes photography (digital and darkroom), digital arts, and fine art exploration of generated images.
  • Execute contracts, negotiate pay rates within approved guidelines, train, and orient, evaluate, and maintain competent artist instructors for all courses.
  • Secure, maintain, and file all contracts for all instructors.
  • Process and provide instructor pay schedules with documentation of hours worked to the Senior Director of Finance each pay period.
  • Observe instructors and provide performance evaluations to the instructors and to the Executive director on a regular basis.
  • Act as the point-of-contact for the students.
  • Maintain the physical plant appearance/use of the studio facilities and ensure that props, equipment, supplies, and other items necessary for instruction are available.
  • Create the course descriptions and schedules for the quarterly class catalogue.
  • Enter courses into Class Management System and update entries on a quarterly basis or as needed.
  • Process registrations (email, walk-in, or phone), answer phones, and provide excellent customer service when in the office.
  • Perform the administrative and record-keeping responsibilities as outlined by the Executive Director and as needed to account for transactions and activities, including but not limited to: issuance of instructor contracts, pay rates, payment requests, and instructor pay schedules; updates to session database in relation to instructors, pay rates, classes; updates to master list of database for changes of addresses or new instructors; compilation of class/course/workshop/event demographic counts for quarterly reporting; monitor enrollment of each class, canceling if necessary, notifying instructor and students, and requesting refunds or credits for paid students; responding to scholarship inquiries and submitting completed applications along with recommendations for granting support; handling customer relations and complaint resolutions
  • Teach classes and substitute for teachers when needed
  • Within budget, order all supplies necessary for the successful completion of all classes. Ensure that supplies are available in a timely fashion for the start of classes.
  • Work closely with Executive Director and Senior Director of Finance to track program expenses. Manage class profitability.
  • Work with Executive Director to help market SSVA- the school, the classes and our programs.
  • Take photographs at all special events and gallery openings
  • Maintain an archive of photographs taken at events, classes, openings and any other types of photos that could be used to promote the school. Create photo archives on the Google Drive. Make archived photos available to other staff and keep staff apprised as to how the archives are stored.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings as designated by the Executive Director.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by Executive Director.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must have extensive experience, an outstanding portfolio and an exceptionally high level of skills in both darkroom and digital photography
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • ProClass: ramp up quickly and be able to use custom class registration software to input quarterly classes and take student registrations.
  • Working knowledge of Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, and similar Social Media platforms.
  • Group email distribution skillsets.

Expected Hours of Work:

The Photography Coordinator is a part-time non-exempt employee who works no more than 30 hours per week, including nights and weekends. Specific office hours determined in coordination with Executive Director.

Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

  • Maintains physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities, which may include the following: walking, bending, stretching, lifting, standing or sitting for extended periods of time, operating assigned equipment.
  • Ability to work additional hours, as needed.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree – preferably in photography – or extensive professional experience in the field required.
  • Minimum of two years teaching experience required
  • Masters of Fine Arts Degree preferred
  • Non-profit arts experience preferred
  • The Director of Photography must be a strong team player with outstanding customer service instincts and interpersonal skills and must possess a positive attitude. The Director must be able to manage multiple projects and priorities at one time and demonstrate excellent organizational and planning skills. They must be highly focused with an attention to detail and must execute jobs and tasks with a high
    degree of accuracy.

How to Apply

Please send the following via email to

  • Letter of interest (maximum 100 words)
  • Current CV
  • Support material in the form of a PDF document with 8-10 images and captions
  • A link to your digital portfolio or website, if applicable
  • Contact information for 3 professional references