Visual Media Assistant

Position Summary

Under the direction of the University Residences Communications Consultant, the Visual Media Assistant captures high-quality photos/video consistent with university brand guidelines to exemplify student life on-campus. The Visual Media Assistant will attend various on-campus events to document via photo and video, arrange student photoshoots, photograph the residence halls, and build a photo library for the department. Content will be used for social media, print and digital publications, web content, marketing materials, etc. This position may be anywhere between 3-15 hrs per week depending on need/event schedules. 


Required application materials:

  • Completed application form
  • Resume
  • Sample(s) of photography work

The first round of applicants are currently under review. Successful candidates will be offered interviews pending review.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Technical operations: photographing, filming, editing  
  • Administrative duties: assist with scheduling logistics, plan/coordinate photoshoots, develop creative concepts 
  • Attend on-campus/relevant events to capture footage for University Residences
  • Assist with print publications (Guide to University Residences, Moving In)
  • Other duties as assigned: implementation of content, etc.  

Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge of photography/videography principles
  • Relevant photography experience 
  • Proficient in photo and video editing 
  • Knowledge of photographic equipment 
  • Visual storytelling and communication skills 
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision 
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work flexible hours 
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively between multiple projects

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preferred if applicant has their own digital camera and lenses; other equipment is available for loan through the university 
  • Classes in photography or related/relevant photography experience  
  • Experience using relevant programs (Adobe Creative Suite) and social media platforms 
  • Ability to work on-campus during the summer (discounted summer on-campus housing is available)

Terms of Employment

  1. Must be enrolled at WWU for the academic hiring year.
  2. Pay rate starts at $17.28/hr.
  3. During the academic year you will work no more than 19 hours per week (maximum allowed for student employees). During summer it is preferred if you are available to work regularly or as needed for photoshoots and events. UR student staff are offered summer housing at a discounted rate.
  4. Must be willing to work occasional evenings, weekends, and potentially during breaks (to be discussed and arranged with supervisor).
  5. Conduct violations may result in termination.

Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action

Western Washington University does not discriminate in its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity & Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, WWU, Old Main 345, MS 9021, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360-650-3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);


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