Photo Editor

Earthjustice (San Francisco, California)

Posted 9 months ago

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.   We partner with thousands of groups, supporters, individuals and communities to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment.  Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Honolulu, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver, Miami, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

In addition to our talented environmental lawyers and legislative advocates, we have an amazing communications department that works in strategic partnership with every department in our organization.

We are looking for a skilled and passionate photo editor to help guide our photographic coverage. This person will be finding stories, setting up shoots and managing a national network of freelance photographers to ensure meaningful and beautiful photography. This person should have a passion for creativity and visual storytelling. These visual stories will tell the story of our work and the people and places affected by that work. The images will be used to support campaign advocacy, institutional marketing, press outreach, public education, and fundraising. This position is managed by the Managing Producer.


Photography Editing (60%)

  • Art direct and edit photos for Earthjustice’s advocacy campaigns, press outreach, institutional marketing and fundraising/donor cultivation.
  • Involved with pre-production (brainstorming ideas, researching stories, researching photographers and photography sources), production (working with photography subjects and photographers to set up shoots, hiring and art directing photographers) and post-production (culling and editing photographs, distributing and marketing for multiple formats, archiving and organizing footage).
  • Serve as an assistant photo editor for the quarterly magazine and website.
  • Work with social media team as an editor and creator on our Instagram account.
  • Acquire photo and video from outside sources (e.g. stock houses, freelancers, and local groups).
  • Stay well-informed about Earthjustice issues and priorities in order to make proactive recommendations about visual storytelling opportunities.
  • Stay abreast of emerging technologies and applications, and work with the web, program and marketing teams to determine appropriate implementation.
  • Train staff members in various photography editing skills such as finding and hiring photographers, licensing photos, photo ethics, etc.

Admin (30%)

  • Manage Earthjustice’s photo and video database, including procurement of new assets, manipulation of existing assets, inputting metadata.
  • Take part in Creative and Communications team meetings for strategy development, project brainstorming, debriefs, etc.

Metrics (10%)

  • Identify and analyze metrics to make proactive decisions about photography and photo usage at Earthjustice.
  • Help develop distribution plans for digital content across multiple formats and platforms; set clear metrics and analyze data to inform content promotion tactics.


  • BA or higher degree. The ideal candidate would have an advanced degree in multimedia journalism or a related field or equivalent experience.
  • 5+ years applied experience with photo, video, and multimedia story creation online and/or print
  • Love of photography and enabling others to make great photographs
  • Photo editing using multimedia editing software including the following: Photoshop, and Bridge. Additional software ability in Premiere Pro, After Effects, InDesign, Audition is a bonus
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage production for multiple projects, some requiring immediate response and others planned for the longer term
  • 5+ years of experience working as a photo editor
  • Familiarity with and interest in environmental issues
  • Excited about learning new skills and adaptable to new ways of doing things
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly with subjects and contractors
  • Ability to manage project budgets and contractors
  • Ability to supervise and art-direct freelance photographers, videographers, and video editors
  • Experience working as a video editor strongly preferred
  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations
  • Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences’
  • Candidates should consider applying even if their credentials do not match every desired qualifications

This position requires some travel within the U.S.

Salary is based on experience. 
Salary range for San Francisco, CA: $74,800- $83,100

We offer a mission and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package including excellent benefits.  Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and 2-3 samples of their photo editing online via the Jobvite system. Note – Jobvite can only accept Word or PDF documents that do not exceed 10 MB.

Please, no phone calls, hard copies, or drop-ins. If you’re having technical difficulties submitting your application, reach out to 

Apply here.

Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership, and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other factor that is not related to the position.

For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco:  Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

For positions located within the City of Los Angeles:  We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

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