Manager, Photo and Art Buying

The mission of The New York Times is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means independent journalism is at the heart of all we do as a company. It's why we have a newsroom that's 1,700 strong and sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It's why we focus deeply on how our readers will experience our journalism, from print to audio to a world-class digital and app destination. And it's why our business strategy centers on making journalism so good that it's worth paying for.

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Job Description

Our mission is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means original journalism is at the heart of everything we do. It's why we have a newsroom that's 1,700 strong and sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It's the foundation behind our investments in innovation and technology, all driven to deliver a world-class digital and app experience. And it's at the core of our business strategy, to focus on digital subscription growth and lessen our reliance on advertising. In other words, make journalism so good that it's worth paying for.

The New York Times marketing department is seeking an experienced photo editor who reports to the head of photo + art buying. The marketing team operates within this world-renowned, 160-year-old organization. As The New York Times is a mission-driven organization, a respect for journalism and its role in society is vital.

Job Summary

You will be part of the Photo Editors + Art Buyer team and, as such, are a shared company resource who are looked to as thought partners and knowledge centers for assignments and image solutions. Our primary goals are to deliver world-class creative across all projects, maintain brand integrity, ensure that all photo and image execution is cohesive, legally compliant, and drive growth, scale and efficiency. All the while keeping our global, diverse and multigenerational audience in mind.

You will thrive working on a wide array of briefs and projects, often under parallel deadlines, working independently as well as collaboratively with other photo editors, art directors, designers, project managers and marketers. You will be an excellent communicator and an exemplary ambassador for the Photo Editors + Art Buyer team internally and a worthy brand ambassador for The New Times externally.

  • Photo shoot production logistics including production planning, hiring photographers, stylists, hair and makeup artists, catering, location scouting and external vendors as applicable. Lead talent approvals based on contracts. Negotiate rates and process billing paperwork for union and nonunion crew.
  • Manage all aspects of image research and rights clearances with an in-depth understanding of all commercial and editorial image rights and related laws, IPs and third-party issues, ethical issues, while working closely with our legal team.
  • Being proactive and displaying excellent organizational abilities and meticulous attention to detail.
  • A strong desire to constantly refine and improve processes, workflow, asset tracking and team efficiencies.
  • Manage multiple projects while able to see the big picture and proactively manage your time.
  • Work closely with the marketing creative teams' art directors and designers to better visualize stories and execute concepts that bring marketing's concepts to life. As a shared resource, you will also be working with teams across the company, including Growth, Commerce, Brand, Product, SPG, Events, Corporate Communications and editorial teams in the newsroom.
  • Commission our commercial assignments and curate diverse options of image creators for the creative team in keeping with our diversity, equity and inclusion (D.E.I.) goals and requirements.
  • Produce photo shoots and assign illustrators and animators.
  • Plan and execute internal and external workflows and practices, ensuring an effective exchange of data and deliverables.
  • Search The New York Times's internal databases such as Merlin and Photon and external sources for a broad range of diverse subject matter and content creators - in keeping with our D.E.I. goals.
  • Tasked with complex, commercial clearances for The Times's advertising and marketing campaigns and corresponding assets. Savvy at negotiating fees, clearing rights and permissions of stills, audio, video and illustrations.
  • Maintain files on talent and locations.
  • Working confidently to build and maintain strong relationships with the internal marketing team, stakeholders and the newsroom, and our external vendors, agencies and creative partners.

What You'll Bring:
  • Experience: eight+ years of professional photo editing, photo producing and art- buying experience.
  • A bachelor's degree in a related field.
  • A love and passion for photography, film or illustration and visual storytelling.
  • A keen eye and sophisticated visual taste.
  • Superior communication and organizational skills, with attention to detail and excelling under multiple deadlines in a fast-paced and dynamic environment with overlapping projects.
  • Excellent relationships with external creative and photo agencies, superior negotiation skills with a discerning eye for identifying up-and-coming talent.
  • Resourceful problem-solver, always striving to best expedite assignments, to initiate best practices and guidelines and the good judgment to know when to elevate.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to manage differing viewpoints so the final product remains true to the objective.
  • Strong working knowledge of Mac computer systems, Adobe Photoshop and Bridge and well-versed in editing, cropping, color correction, resizing in Photoshop and Bridge. Expertise with Google Sheets, Slides and Docs.
  • You are skilled and familiar with photo asset management systems such as Portfolio Extensis and Merlin.
  • Expert knowledge of image copyright laws, commercial rules and third-party rights.
  • The role favors a highly organized, adaptable, autonomous and collaborative working style, a creative problem-solver and a solid negotiator, an enthusiastic, versatile team player, and a willingness to bring inspiration and ideas to fast-developing projects and assignments with strong instincts.
  • Ability to adapt to changes in direction as priorities rapidly shift or deliverables change.
  • Knowledge of the evolving technology and design landscape, including the emergence of new industry standards, software and trends, and being able to suggest tools and software that will improve productivity.

Preferred Experience

Familiarity with Air Table.


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.