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Aperture is a not-for-profit foundation, connecting the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, with the sharpest ideas, and with each other—in print, in person, and online.

Created in 1952 by photographers and writers as “common ground for the advancement of photography,” Aperture today is a multiplatform publisher and center for the photo community. From our base in New York, we produce, publish, and present a program of photography projects, locally and internationally. The Foundation offers public programs including lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and conferences that contribute to and expand the dialogue on photography’s role in our society as well as outreach education for children and teens building visual literacy and aimed to engage diverse new audiences.

Production Manager

Aperture seeks a full-time Production Manager to oversee, along with the Production Director, the printing of its books and quarterly magazine, maintaining Aperture’s reputation for the highest quality photography reproduction in print. The ideal candidate will have strong technical experience in both photography and printing, a passion for books, and excellent organizational skills.

Key Responsibilities

  • Proof color and black & white images for offset print reproduction (black & white in duotone, or occasionally tritone), ensuring balance of fidelity to artist’s original prints alongside Aperture’s house standards and processes
  • Quote and spec projects with printers; draft budgets internally for review and negotiate to tight budgets where necessary
  • Handle and organize physical prints, sample materials, and books
  • Review, correct and finalize book design files and create print-ready PDFs
  • Maintain archive of high resolution image files, design files, PDFs and reference files for all print projects
  • Organize shipping between overseas printers and distribution warehouses
  • Travel to printers for press supervision (China and Europe)

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Passion for photography
  • Love of books and bookmaking
  • Strong working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, particularly InDesign, Photoshop, and Acrobat
  • An eye for color and detail, and experience in providing detailed CMYK and duotone/tritone correction instructions
  • Experience working with photography and photographic technology
  • Strong organizational skill, with ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines
  • Clear written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in team environment, with artists and all levels of staff

To Apply
Please send a resume and a thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience
meet the qualifications of the position, your current/most recent salary, and how you heard
about this opportunity, to newhireproduction@aperture.org, using the following conventions:
Subject line: Production Manager
Cover Letter and Resume: yourfirstname_yourlastname_production_manager.pdf
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. NO CALLS, PLEASE
Aperture is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage qualified professionals across all diverse groups to apply.

 

Social Media Associate 

Aperture is looking for an innovative and creative Social Media Associate with strong writing skills to join our close-knit team. The position is responsible for overseeing the execution of social media and video content across Aperture Foundation’s channels, driving interest in and sales of Aperture’s books and programs, managing and growing audience and community engagement, increasing Aperture’s visibility online, and assisting in the publication of content on Aperture’s website.

This is an associate level position, reporting to the Digital Manager. The ideal candidate is passionate about keeping on the pulse of the global photography and cultural communities, their institutions, and influencers. S/he will have a history of creating engaging and compelling content for social media, a deep understanding of social media platforms, best practices, and trends, and strong writing and grammar skills. The Social Media Associate’s success will be measured in terms of quality of content, growth in followers and traffic, and resulting sales.

Candidate must be flexible, organized, efficient, and a proactive project manager. Candidate must also enjoy working in a small, close-knit team in our busy New York office.

Responsibilities Include

 

Social Media and Community Engagement

  • Execute social media content on all channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest; regularly publish content with SEO value
  • Drive interest in and sales of Aperture’s books and programs
  • Ensure the coherency of Aperture’s social media presence
  • Listen to users and respond to conversations online
  • Report on social media engagement in weekly online marketing meetings
  • Ensure that key events have presence on social media before, during, and after
  • Actively engage with and mobilize industry influencers online
  • Be aware of and respond to algorithm changes across platforms, ensuring visibility of content and continued engagement growth

 

Content Management

 

  •  Assist in updating website and store with multimedia and visual content as necessary
  •  Actively work to make Aperture content SEO friendly; be aware of best practices for SEO and implement at all times
  • Work closely with the Online Editor to schedule and post editorial content
  • Project-manage microsites from conception through completion, including The PhotoBook Awards, The Portfolio Prize, and one-time projects

 

Video and Digital Media Production

 

  • Conceptualize video and other digital content in service to Aperture Foundation narrative and promotion of individual projects
  • Work closely with whole Aperture Foundation staff to capitalize on last-minute content opportunities, such as artists and authors being in town
  • Supervise work scholar in shooting and editing of video projects, ensuring adherence to deadlines and sign-offs of the marketing and editorial teams
  • Ensure that all events are fully documented with still photography, video, and/or audio

Other Responsibilities Include

 

  • Report on the week’s digital marketing activities and strategize new content at weekly online marketing meetings
  • Track website and blog metrics, and translate into actionable recommendations for content and overall marketing strategy
  • Actively seek digital marketing opportunities for Aperture Foundation and its projects, including utilization of new channels, cross-promotional opportunities, and other opportunities to drive traffic to the Aperture Foundation website and increase findability
  • Oversee the digital media archive; create and monitor systems for organization-wide accessibility and increased quality of digital assets

Candidate Qualifications

 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 2-3 years of experience, preferably in content marketing or social media marketing
  • Strong communication and organizational skills; ability to work with a wide range of internal departments
  • Strong writing skills, with ability to create high-quality content quickly and of the moment
  • Experience running successful social media campaigns, and ability to analyze and report what drives engagement and traffic
  • Experience in social media video shooting and editing, with strong project-management skills
  • Interest in digital marketing and social media trends
  • Basic understanding of HTML, Google Analytics, and WordPress; familiarity with Photoshop a plus
  • Familiarity with social media tools and ability to learn new technology quickly
  • Interest in and/or experience with photography, cultural institutions, and other creative communities, in New York and internationally

To Apply

Please send a resume and a thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position, your current/most recent salary, and how you heard about this opportunity, to newhiredigital@aperture.org, using the following conventions:
Subject line: Social Media Associate
Cover Letter and Resume: yourfirstname_yourlastname_social media_associate.pdf
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. NO CALLS, PLEASE
Aperture is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage qualified professionals across all diverse groups to apply.

 

Publicity and Events Associate

 

Responsibilities Include

 

Communications

 

  • Draft exhibition press releases and media alerts for events
  • Assist with daily press inquiries and material requests
  • Oversee media alert distribution lists
  • Maintain artist/author contact lists
  • Contribute to the assembly of weekly newsletter
  • Manage and schedule routine interview requests
  • Oversee collection and production of media assets per project: images, press imageselections, book PDFs, and other material
  • Build and maintain media database and e-mail lists
  • Project manage ad production

 

Events

 

  • Performs administrative duties associated with scheduling and coordinating of events from the pre-planning stages to post-event follow-up
  • Will include weekend and evening hours when necessary

 

General

 

  • Train and supervise communications work scholar
  • Manage agendas and scheduling for weekly communications and online/marketingmeetings
  • Attend weekly programming meetings

 

Candidate Qualifications

 

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience working in arts organization or for publisher
  • Passion for photography
  • Ability to assimilate product information quickly
  • Detail-oriented, with an ability to multitask and remain well-organized under deadline pressure
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work in team environment, with all levels of staff and press
  • Willingness and ability to pitch projects cold to new contacts, in writing and in person

 

To Apply

Please send a resume and a thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position, your current/most recent salary, and how you heard about this opportunity, to newhirepublicity@aperture.org, using the following conventions:
Subject line: Publicity and Events Associate
Cover Letter and Resume: yourfirstname_yourlastname_publicity_associate.pdf
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. NO CALLS, PLEASE
Aperture is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage qualified professionals across all diverse groups to apply.