Job Posting: Visual Resource Specialist II, University of California Riverside, CA

Salary: $48,312 – $66,900

Position Information

The Digital Specialist works under the direction of the VRC’s Curator to support a wide range of technical and consultative services related to the production, integration, dissemination and preservation of the VRC’s analog and digital image collections. The Digital Specialist has primary responsibility for completeness and accuracy of all digital imaging processes: scanning, photographing, image correction, manipulation and storage in support of instruction, research and publication. The Digital Specialist is responsible for the execution of design, implementation, and ongoing production support of the department of Art History’s online image databases and end-user delivery systems. The Digital Specialist advises on the assessment of workflows and web delivery effectiveness for the Visual Resource Center. The position provides ongoing analysis, documentation, and feedback and will inform on improvements in software management for digitization capture, quality control, derivative creation, metadata extraction, metadata transformation, uploads, and web access workflows. The Digitization Specialist identifies opportunities for improvements, researches alternatives, writes or modifies existing software, and then tests and implements workflow improvements. The Digital Specialist acts as the department’s web administrator providing design, development and maintenance of the Art History and VRC websites. The Digital Specialist provides instruction to faculty in technical aspects related to digital instruction. This position provides routine maintenance of hardware, software and cross-platform network systems as appropriate. The Digital Specialist performs other duties related to the operation of the VRC as specified by the Curator.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, analytical, and capable of providing excellent customer service. The position requires that the candidate possess a wide understanding of a variety of technologies related to digitization and digital libraries and be able to effectively communicate technical issues. The ideal candidate should be comfortable working independently and in a collaborative setting. Excellent organizational skills and the ability to balance multiple priorities while achieving long-terms goals is essential to the position.

Minimum Requirements

  1. 3-5 years of related experience working with digital images and/or digital collections in an academic setting, museum or library setting, publishing, or corporate environment.
  2. Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain databases and other related software to support image collections, content management systems, and asset distribution.
  3. Demonstrated ability to manage most, or all, aspects of web operations.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work with image editing software to produce high quality color-correct images for print and electronic publication.
  5. Fluency in all facets of Adobe Creative Suite products, MS Office products, FileMaker Pro, WordPress, and all aspects of digital file parameters.
  6. General knowledge of scripting including HTML, JavaScript, PHP and Apache.
  7. Understanding of metadata, metadata schemas and embedded metadata.
  8. Excellent interpersonal skills required to work with a diverse community of students, staff and faculty including strong verbal, written and listening skills.
  9. Exceptional attention to detail and commitment to accuracy while managing multiple priorities.
  10. Ability to work independently and collaboratively while maintaining a genial workplace.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Background in visual arts; BFA or BA or equivalent subject area expertise in art, art history, architectural history, or library and information science.
  2. Advanced knowledge of HTML, XML, JavaScript, PHP and Apache.
  3. Experience working with Extensis Portfolio and ARTstor.
  4. Working knowledge of VRA Core 4.0; CCO, controlled vocabularies such as LCSH, AAT, ULAN and TGN.
  5. Experience with digital research methodologies in support of Arts and Humanities faculty.
  6. Familiarity with the Semantic Web, RDF, OWL and the movement towards an LOD model.
  7. A strong desire to create innovative intersections of technology, visual resources and digital humanities.
  8. Problem solving and analytical skills to work with a complex image collection.
  9. Experience with graphic design.

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