LOCAL - Communications: Visual Storyteller (Professional Photographer)

LOCAL - Communications: Visual Storyteller (Professional Photographer)

Assist the Red Cross in delivering its mission by taking and sharing photos and/or video to showcase the Red Cross at work, both in disaster and non-disaster times. Must be a professional photographer with professional portfolio.

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Bronx County,Fairfield County (Greenwich CT),Kings County (Brooklyn),Nassau County,New York County (Manhattan),Queens County,Richmond County (Staten Island),Rockland County,Suffolk County,Westchester County

Key Responsibilities

Collaborate with Communications Leadership to identify and carry out ways to tell the Red Cross story visually
• Take photos and/or video at events, trainings and disasters in accordance with Red Cross brand standards
• Capture portraits, candids and/or studio shots to tell the Red Cross story of service delivery
• Cull, edit, caption and upload your photos/video to online sharing accounts; share select photos in a timely manner (typically same day or within 24 hours) with chapter/regional communications leadership and the social media team
• Share photos/video on social media, when appropriate
• Coordinate with chapter social media leads to share your team's videos and photos on social media or Red Cross sites.
• Treat all clients, volunteers and partners with dignity and respect - always obtaining required photo releases.
• Organize and deliver photo/video documentation, captions, quotes and photo releases.

During Disasters:
• Work with communications team to identify daily priorities to share visual story.
• Deploy to the scene to seek out opportunities for photos/videos.


Prior experience in photography and/or video required.
• Ability to be on call during disaster situations as needed to manage volunteers and secure photos/videos
• Willingness to take photos/video of non-disaster stories
• Excellent photography/video techniques and abilities
• Ability to upload photos/video to online sites
• Ability to meet deadlines - often same day or within 24 hours
• Ability to communicate in a friendly and engaging manner
• Willingness to interview subjects to provide detailed caption information
• Experience with social media a plus
• Video editing a plus

Time Commitment

Typically 6-10 hours per month - flexible and dependent on individual projects and local disaster responses. May be 4-8 hours per day during disasters.

Development Opportunities

Be a valued member of the Red Cross communications team.
• Team leadership opportunities
• Regional disaster deployments

Length of Appointment

6 or 12 months with a renewable opportunity


Chapter public affairs staff, chapter executive, chapter departmental leads; clients, donors, partners and volunteers you meet in the field and photograph.


Orientation to American Red Cross
• Public Affairs Essentials (Online)
• Introduction to Red Cross Communications
• Fundamentals of Disaster Public Affairs, National Response (Webinar)
• Social Media Basics (Recommended)

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