Job Posting: Photographer and Digital Asset Specialist, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond VA

Summary

The Photographer and Digital Asset Specialist (PDAS) is the manager and distributor of the Virginia Historical Society’s (VHS) collection of digital assets and is also the primary creator of still images. The PDAS is the studio photographer for the VHS and works closely with all divisions to ensure that the appropriate images of collection items are being used. The PDAS also ensures that archival quality digital files are properly filed, maintained, and stored. The PDAS manages the Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) by providing quality control for metadata and digital assets and provides functional support to all DAMS users. The PDAS also works closely with other staff members on creating and implementing the Digitization Strategic Plan.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Digitizes VHS collection items through digital photography or other means
  • Archives high-resolution digital files using the DAMS and ensures that they connect and display successfully in Cuadra STAR
  • Ensures that archival original quality files are stored and backed-up to VHS servers
  • Manages the DAMS by providing quality control methods to new assets (still image, audio, and video files) and the migration, organization, and maintenance of current digital assets
  • Provides functional support to individual DAMS users
  • Works closely with the Manager of Web and Digital Resources and Visual Resources Manager/Exhibit Specialist to improve and expand the distribution and accessibility of still image, video, and other digital assets for staff and the public
  • Trains and supervises work study students, interns, and volunteers in assisting with digitization of VHS collections and other tasks
  • Maintains and troubleshoots all photography and digitization equipment
  • Serves as the point of contact for imaging and photography equipment vendors and DAMS vendors
  • Assists with VHS event photography for web and/or social media use
  • Assists Visual Resources Manager/Exhibits Specialist with photo orders and serves as backup in this role
  • Manages and implements digitization projects as specified by grants and assists others in completing similar work
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Knowledge, skills and abilities necessary

  • Skill in the use of electronic imaging equipment used to digitize a variety of historical documents
  • Experience with photography of 3 dimensional museum objects and fine art reproduction
  • Knowledge and experience working with a DAMS
  • Knowledge of and experience handling library or archival materials and museum objects
  • Extensive knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office software, Piction or other Digital Asset Management System, Cuadra STAR or other Collections Management System
  • Experience working in both Microsoft Windows and iOS
  • Experience working with photography equipment and software such as Capture One, Hasselblad Phocus, and Nikon
  • Extensive knowledge in the use of photographic equipment, including a variety of cameras, lenses, and lighting and experience in troubleshooting imaging equipment
  • Skill in file naming conventions and directory structures in order to enter, search, manage, process, and retrieve information in a database management system
  • Willingness to improve and expand knowledge of best practices for photography and DAMS management by attending professional development activities and workshops
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction
  • Excellent data management skills, organizational skills, and communication skills
  • Keen eye for clarity, composition, and detail
  • Ability to withstand regular use of strobe lights
  • Ability to lift a minimum of twenty-five pounds

Education and experience required

  • A Bachelor’s degree in art history, fine art, photography, or related field
  • Minimum of three years experience in an archive or museum setting
  • Minimum of one year experience handling museum and archival collections
  • Minimum of two years proficiency in studio photography, specifically DSLR or medium-format cameras, lighting, and software, including Photoshop
  • Willingness and ability to learn the necessary software (Cuadra STAR collections management system and Piction digital asset management system) for the management, archiving, and tracking of digital files

Compensation and benefits

  • Paid Time Off accrued the first year as well as 401(k)
  • Compensation relative to position requirements

To apply

Send letter of interest, updated resume, and list of references electronically to Gregory Hansard, Manager of Web and Digital Resources, at ghansard@vahistorical.org.  For additional information, call 804-342-9642 or email ghansard@vahistorical.org.

More information: http://www.vahistorical.org/contact-us/jobs-and-volunteering/photographer-and-digital-asset-specialist

Job Posting: Image Production Technician (Temporary), Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (the de Young and Legion of Honor) are seeking a temporary Image Production Technician. Under supervision of the Director of Photo Services and Imaging, the Image Production Technician performs all aspects of production to produce image databases of the Museums’ collections for use by the staff or patrons of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. They exercise care and skill in handling art based on training and experience and applies judgment in operating complicated equipment to capture images. The Image Production Technician follows established methods and procedures in the operation and maintenance of computer hardware and software related to the production of image databases and performs related duties as required. They also work closely with curators, registrars, conservators, technicians, and other staff related to work on the project.

 

Typical duties and responsibilities:

  1. Photographs the collection for internal database, publication on FAMSF website, and certain other publication and promotional purposes using digital capture systems.
  2. Undertakes activities related to image capture of the art collections including image editing with programs such as Photoshop; linking images files to related database records using collection management and asset management systems; transfers image data to servers.
  3. Photographs objects as needed for special projects.
  4. Photographs completed gallery and exhibition installations as needed.
  5. Maintains internal image and records serving gallery kiosks as needed.
  6. Handles art safely and expertly in accordance with the Museums’ guidelines for art handling in the process of photography.
  7. Stays abreast of current photography methods and the computer systems necessary for efficient, high quality production.
  8. Researches purchase of new equipment; may make recommendations about procedures associated to media production.
  9. Maintains inventory of media equipment and resources such as, image capture devices, photo supplies and materials. Contacts service technicians as needed.
  10. Assists the Museums’ staff in activities such as image capture, image database production and media maintenance, and provides instruction for use of image database.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Training: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in photography and/or computer science, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Work Experience: At least three years of increasingly responsible experience in various phases of digital photography and related photographic studio work in a museum environment or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Requires considerable technical knowledge of production of photography and ability to operate various types of photographic equipment.
  • A current knowledge of the principles of visual communication through the use of various image capture, production, and database techniques.
  • A good facility with computers and various programs such as Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, email, collection management and asset management software.
  • Knowledge of standard museum registration procedures and practices.
  • Able to handle valuable and irreplaceable works of art skillfully and with extreme care.
  • Knowledge of art history and terminology.
  • Ability to work in teams with other staff, and to follow directions accurately.
  • Must be methodical, systematic, attentive to detail and self-motivated.

 

Hourly rate of pay: $22.85

There are NO benefits associated with this position.

The anticipated end date for this position is June 2, 2016.

Application Deadline: April 24, 2016

More information and application: http://famsf.snaphire.com/jobdetails?jobmc=13435IND

Job Posting: Web Producer/Data Coordinator, The Dali Museum, Saint Petersburg FL

The Web Producer/Data Coordinator is responsible for content production on The Dali’s digital properties including the website, email and social media platforms. He/she also supports the Membership department with the processing of applications & renewals.

This position works on multiple projects and enjoys collaborating with others within the organization, including working closely with IT staff and/or the outsourced development firm to execute changes. The Web Producer/Data Coordinator reports dually to the Curator of Rhetoric (for web-related duties) and the Membership & Group Sales Manager (for membership processing duties) within the marketing department

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

WEB:

  • Works within the Museum’s Content Management System (WordPress) to update content – for example: selecting templates, formatting content, creating links, selecting cross-promotional articles, and adding images/video; then publishes and QA’s.
  • Ensures date/time-sensitive updates are made by managing a calendar/alert system.
  • Coordinates with IT/development firm to identify any broken links and create solutions.
  • Builds, tests and deploys promotional email blasts (includes pulling/uploading lists). Coordinates with IT and/or mail service partner to execute enhancements or fixes as needed.
  • Deploys Social Media content such as loading copy & images/videos and creating hashtags and links.
  • Assists with responses to inquiries/comments across social and review sites including coordinating with internal parties to generate answers.
  • Assists with content creation and site/email enhancements.

MEMBERSHIP:

  • Processes communications associated with membership acquisition, fulfillment, and renewals. Reviews, merges and mails renewal and renewal upgrade letters.
  • Requisitions and mails products associated with membership benefits
  • Runs reports to reconcile store membership discount.
  • Maintains member data records to ensure information is complete and up-to-date.
  • Tracks and reports on membership inquiries and response rate.
  • Assists with membership mailings, phone solicitation and internet sales.
  • Assists with training staff and volunteers who interface with visitors & members.
  • Provides administrative support including filing, purchase orders, mailings, etc.
  • Assists with the preparation of, and during, Membership events.

– See more at: http://thedali.org/about-the-museum/careers-internships/web-producerdata-coordinator/#sthash.HEIGJLBM.dpuf

Job Post: Digital Archives Coordinator, the Luminato Festival, Toronto

The original post can be found here:

http://workinculture.ca/The-Job-Board/jobs/Digital-Archives-Coordinator

To support the Interactive Marketing Manager and work closely with all members of the Luminato Festival Marketing and Communications team to ensure the successful execution of the 2016 Festival. The Interactive Marketing Coordinator will assist with the execution of overall Interactive Marketing strategy and monitor media content of interactive and social media channels.

Responsibilities

• Upload images, videos and related files to a digital repository
• Apply descriptive metadata tagging system using an indexing database: identify featured artists, photographers, videographers, and related keywords
• Assist with developing standards and workflows for cataloguing process
• Develop user-friendly guide on how to use the database and provide training to staff
• Assist with fulfilling media requests for photos
• Troubleshoot technical issues surrounding import and export of digital items and associated metadata

 

Requirements:

Key Competencies

• Strong understanding of metadata standards and archival theory and practice
• Knowledge of digital file formats and specifications
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
• Demonstrated ability to work both independently with minimum supervision
• Superb organization skills with strong attention to detail
• Ability to meet deadlines

Qualifications

• Degree (or pursuing a degree or coursework) in Information and Library Science, Art History, Museum Studies, or related fields
• Experience cataloguing digital resources with databases and asset management systems

I thought it didn’t have much detail, so I asked the Luminato staff for some more information. Here goes:

The job: Ideally full-time contract for 2-3 months (starting January 2016). This is negotiable, i.e. the contract can be extended for longer if it’s done in part-time hours.

The location: Work is expected to be done on-site at the Luminato offices. However, some work may be done remotely; again, this is negotiable.

The tech: The collection comprises photo, video, and audio; a CMS or DAM hasn’t been chosen yet, but Luminato would like to aggregate content from various locations into one system, likely cloud-based. (Hence the remote work.)

The salary: “Coordinator” status at the organization generally indicates a FTE salary in the $30,000-40,000 range, which would be pro-rated in the event of part-time hours.

The work: The contract doesn’t start for a few months, but the organization hopes to have someone hired before the holidays. The platform may still not be chosen by the time the contract starts, and the chosen candidate may have the opportunity to influence the workflows and procedures, depending on their skill-set.

Job Post: Archivist, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/418124900

This position is located in the Gallery Archives (GA), Secretary General Counsel (SG), National Gallery of Art (NGA). The primary purpose of the position is 1) to apply high-level specialized knowledge of architectural records to the most difficult issues relating to documentation of the entire National Gallery of Art campus and recent renovations 2) to strategically apply new technologies to management of digital objects in accordance with high-level archival strategies and principles and 3) to support and maintain a secure archival digital repository in accordance with national standards and 4) to perform other tasks requiring high-level archival understanding and experience.

Job Post: Photo Archivist, the Nature Conservancy, Boulder, CO

https://careers.nature.org/psp/tnccareers/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=43608&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1

The Photo Archivist is responsible for preparing the chapter’s current photo assets for upload to the organization’s online photo management system (TNC Vault). The position’s primary responsibilities will include cleaning up the existing photo archives by identifying the best images in the collection and archiving the remaining, applying proper attributes and metadata to each, uploading them to the TNC Vault and creating a Colorado Vault site. The archivist will work closely with Colorado staff to identify a suite of keywords and develop informative captions for the photos. This is a short-term position based in the Boulder Office and will be supervised by the Director of Outreach.

Job Postings: Two Corporate Archiving/DAM jobs in NYC

Photo Archivist, One Kings Lane, NYC

http://hire.jobvite.com/CompanyJobs/Careers.aspx?c=qB69Vfwv&nl=1&page=Job%20Description&j=oweL0fwf

Launched in 2009, One Kings Lane is a leading online destination for the home, connecting daily design inspiration with top-brand, designer, and vintage items you won’t find anywhere else. We’re revolutionizing the home decor market by bringing shoppers a fresh assortment of products every day of the year. We are rapidly growing and have our sights set on becoming a billion dollar business and the next great lifestyle brand.

We are looking for someone with a passion for photography and design to join our team as photo archivist. You’ll have a good eye for photography, some design interest or background so you can help us organize, tag and search our archive.

Archivist / Digital Asset Manager, VS+Company, NYC

https://www.nyfa.org/Classifieds/Job/ddc36455-6781-4bb0-9c7f-0958ab5b8914

Description
VS+Company is a New York City based creative agency, specializing in artist representation, creative services, fine art restoration, retouching and printing services. VS+Company is seeking a dedicated individual to be the company Archivist / Digital Asset Manager.

Responsibilities
– Working with asset creators across different departments to ensure archival workflow is followed and organizational mistakes are corrected before archiving
– Archiving files and physical prints produced for photography, creative, retouching, and restoration
– Organizing project files on the server and following protocols for how jobs are archived
– Confirming all data is properly and redundantly copied to the archive and archive backups
– Keeping track of content archived across local and offsite storage systems
– Monitoring the health and integrity of archived files across two unique storage systems
– Performing biweekly and quarterly backups
– Ensuring there is always an appropriate amount of working space on the server
– Conducting all archive related projects and image research
– Updating internal database catalogs, websites, and portfolios with images and image metadata
– Coordinating image syndication with Trunk Archive
– Researching new software and technology to keep company’s archive current
– Improving the interdepartmental archiving protocols, helping company establish a new workflow for the creative services team

Library Services Assistant – DHX Media, Toronto

DHX Media, a huge family-programming corporation, has a three-month contract open (with possibility of extension) for a media and digital asset librarian in the Toronto office. There’s no specific salary information, and the deadline for applications is May 23rd.

“If you are interested in special libraries, media, children’s programming, and cartoons, then this could be the right position for you!”

http://current.ischool.utoronto.ca/jobsite/2014/library-services-assistant

“DHX Media is recognized for brands such as Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, Teletubbies, In the Night Garden, Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test, and the multi-award winning Degrassi franchise. DHX Media’s full-service international licensing agency, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group, (CPLG), represents numerous entertainment, sport and design brands. DHX Media has offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Halifax, London, Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Munich and Amsterdam and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange….

“As the Library Services Assistant, you will assist the Library Services Coordinator in the day-to-day operations of the distribution library including cataloguing and resource description, weeding the physical collection, vault clean-up, and readying materials for transfer to vault storage. The Library Services Assistant will also assist with the implementation of our metadata schema and with uploading media asset information to our online database.”