Pay Grade: 23



This is skilled, technical work in still, video or motion photography. Work involves taking still, video and motion pictures in black and white and color, performing a variety of highly skilled, complex or specialty photographic work and completing photographic processing activities.

Standard Classification Factors

Supervision Received - LEVEL C: "Under direction..." Employees at this level usually receive a general outline of the work to be performed and are generally free to develop their own sequences and methods within the scope of established policies. New, unusual, or complex work situations are almost always referred to a superior for advice. Work is periodically checked for progress and conformance to established policies and requirements.

Difficulty - LEVEL C: Considerable - Duties which require a high degree of concentration because of the many factors which must be considered and weighed before a decision can be reached. Usually positions that require planning, developing, and coordinating programs and directing fairly large groups of people fall into this category

Complexity - LEVEL D: Work is of a diversified nature that usually involves multiple, unrelated steps. Analytical thought is necessary for dealing with complex data and situations. Work often involves a variety of unrelated processes and may require planning or carrying out a sequence of actions or both. Several alternatives usually exist at this level for approaching problems or situations. Workers at this level experience a considerable amount of independent judgment. Work is controlled by occasional review and by reporting to or consultation with supervisors or superiors. When guidelines exist at this level, they are usually broadly defined or technical requiring careful analysis and interpretation.

Consequences of Actions and Decisions - LEVEL C: Consequences of actions or decisions at this level are limited in scope and effect as the work is reviewed occasionally. Errors may cause moderate inefficiency. Costs due to errors may be significant.

Contacts - LEVEL B: The purpose of the contact is to plan, coordinate and advise on work efforts, interpret guidelines or instructions, elicit opinions or give guidance on the basis of facts to resolve common issues or problems when the information is not sensitive in nature or the individuals or groups are working toward mutual goals and have basically cooperative attitudes. Well developed communication skills are required.

Physical Demands - LEVEL C: The work requires moderate physical exertion.

Environmental Conditions - LEVEL B: The work environment involves moderate hazards, risks or discomforts. Exposure to minor deviations from pleasant environmental conditions is normal. Minor to serious injuries are possible.

Supervision/Leadership - LEVEL D: Involves administrative supervision responsibility. As a "first line supervisor", the primary responsibility involves scheduling, supervising and evaluating employees who perform the same or similar work. Responsible for recommending hiring and disciplinary actions to a higher level of authority. As a "project manager" may direct the activities of project leaders to develop plans and criteria and to evaluate progress and results for one or more projects.

Distinguishing Factors

Differs from the Media Production Technician class in which the incumbents perform specialized, technical work to operate medium production equipment in order to produce, edit and duplicate media productions.


Directs and assists the work and activities of a photographic unit including assigning tasks to subordinate photographers. May include supervising subordinate photographers during their task assignments. Assigns priorities to incoming work and delegates responsibility, reviews work in progress and monitors completion of assigned tasks to ensure maintenance of agency schedules and quality control.

Trains personnel in operating and maintaining various pieces of equipment in the photography laboratory and counsels employees on the proper application and use of equipment and materials.

Consults with customers, evaluates their photography needs, and determines time and cost estimates.

Prepares artwork and paste-ups to be photographed for slides used in lectures, training programs and publications.

Processes black and white and color film. Troubleshoots processing errors. Mixes all photo chemicals and follows appropriate safety procedures.

Photographs negatives from flat artwork producing well-focused, well-exposed negatives according to guidelines set by clients.

Reviews and evaluates new products and equipment. Supervises preparation of requests for new or additional products and equipment.

May teach basic photographic skills to amateurs.

May photograph or take videos out of doors under various environmental conditions.

May compile budgetary or production information for the photography program.

Photographs subjects, manipulates the use of film, lighting, contrast, color, f-stop, shutter speed and processing to create the desired effect.

Operates, maintains and repairs photographic equipment.

Operates video equipment as necessary.



Knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision.

*Knowledge of standard and non-standard photographic practices, materials, processes and equipment.


*Ability to supervise.

*Ability to perform all photographic tasks required of the unit.

*Ability to understand and execute oral and written orders without immediate supervision.

*Ability to establish and maintain satisfactory working relationships with others.

*Ability to use ingenuity, resourcefulness and imagination in arranging pictures and using equipment to obtain varied results.

*Ability to independently plan and execute work programs for the photographic unit.

*Necessary at Entry


Two years of experience in commercial photography. Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency.

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