Photo Editor + Archivist At International Rescue Committee

Marketing & Mobilization (M&M), a part of External Relations (ER) is a dynamic team, tasked with overseeing and executing communications and marketing, building the IRC’s global profile and brand, increasing private revenue from deeper donor engagement and partnerships, and influencing our target audiences. In alignment with our Strategy100 commitments, M&M has launched ambitious multi-year campaigns that raise funding, profile and influence and will improve our share of voice and resonance in key geographies and globally.

The Content and Creative team, a part of M&M, consists of award-winning creative specialists and idea partners, developing powerful communications and experiences to really engage audiences and ultimately to deliver on ER ambitions and objectives. Using creative mediums such as visual design, video, stunts, events, and storytelling, they tap into the expertise and talents of colleagues across the organization

Job Overview:

As Photo Editor + Archivist you will drive imagery curation, assist the multi-media producer in directing program shoots, help shape and produce visual pieces; and maintain a robust digital asset management system and metadata governance.

The ideal candidate is an effective collaborator, with excellent judgement. In addition to understanding brand requirements, the photo editor will grasp and deliver on the imagery needs of internal stakeholders including direct response fundraising, marketing, communications, corporate partners. You will support the content and creative studio team in producing unique streams of compelling material that effectively brings our work and our mission to life. If you thrive in a fast-paced and complex environment, this role is for you!

You will lead on IRC’s Digital Asset Management system, be responsible for proper organization, workflow of visual assets, asset management and all communications to teams regarding this content. In this role, you will lead on content curation for dedicated collections that are accessible to staff and partners. Collaborating closely with the content asset manager, you will research imagery from the wire, particularly during emergencies.

Major Responsibilities:

Photography sourcing; creative production

•Help establish a distinctive brand voice through the creation, selection and use of strong visual imagery.

•Source and/or develop images for variety of needs – from fast-breaking crises to thematic campaigns – through wire services or photo assignments.

•Partner with field comms staff to shape field assignments; develop a roster of local freelancers.

•Manage multimedia content development and production; support creative staff in shaping and developing visual stories.

Photo Operations & Asset Management

•Manage our digital asset management system that house our assets – including multi-media assets (photo, video, graphics, brand identity and case studies)

•Define permissions and design metadata schemas and appropriate taxonomy and vocabularies

•Develop and document standards, policies, procedures and metadata governance.

•Ensure consistent application of metadata and keywords necessary to build and maintain a high quality and versatile digital asset management library

•Ensure images are properly licensed; help negotiate fees and supervise contracts and cost-shares in collaboration with the legal department

•Build relationships with a network of talented photographers (both in the field and international) and photo agencies. Help us develop unique creative and distribution opportunities.

•Lead initial assessment of analog/physical archive


•3-5 years of experience managing the photo function in a fast-paced environment (for a news organization; branded content hub or other related experience)

•Bachelor’s degree with a focus on library science ideal

•Proven ability to provide clear direction, assignment and work well with freelancers (i.e. photographers, videographers, reporters); access to freelance networks.

•Some management experience or ability to marshal a team (either direct report, or through management of cross functional teams).

•In-depth knowledge of photo research and sourcing options.

•Strong understanding of distribution channels for digital content (social media, etc.); familiar with requirements for producing multi-channel content.

•Strong communication skills and team player

•Experience with Adobe Creative Suite software (including Photoshop)

•Proven grasp of rights and clearance requirements for all work, commissioned or licensed

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

•Collaboration: ability to build relationships at all levels internally and externally; willingness to roll-up your sleeves and dive in as a valued member of a passionate, creative and people-oriented team

•Bias towards action and optimism: ability to jump in with an eye to moving things forward, make everything you touch better, a knack for operating with resilience

•Accountability: takes ownership of projects and deliverables, ensuring quality work is delivered on-time and in-full in a way that is respectful and empathetic to others

•Creative, resourceful problem-solving: come up with practical, feasible solutions that take our brand, content and team capabilities to the next level.

•Client and supporter centric: we put the people we serve at the heart of everything we do and we deeply appreciate our supporters. Mastery and enjoyment in being consumer/customer-centric

•Excellent communication (written and oral), organization

•French, Spanish, and/or Arabic language skills are a plus, but not required


•Experience managing Digital Asset Management platforms

•Proven track record with project management and creating organizational systems and workflows

Working Environment: Standard work environment. Fast-paced and fluid work environment.

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September 2023