Job Posting: Digital Archivist, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (Los Angeles, Exposition Park)

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The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is undergoing an extraordinary and exciting period of re-imagining, including a new branding program, historic building renovations, opening of new exhibitions, and planning for the 100th anniversary in 2013. To help realize these significant milestones and programs, the Museum’s Creative Services Department is looking for a Digital Asset Archivist to help manage the growing library of imagery and other media.

Job Description:
Reporting to the Director of Creative Services, the Digital Archivist oversees all aspects of the Family of Museums (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, Hart Museum) assets, including photographs, illustrations, certain content, brand identity tools, digital media, slides, negatives and moving images from the Marketing and Communications Department. This includes: the care, organization, upkeep of assets, and providing research assistance to users; and ensuring best practices and standards, set by the Society of American Archivists, American Library Association, American Alliance of Museums, and other applicable organizations are followed for digital asset initiatives.

Responsibilities:
Gather and assess digital asset management needs for marketing and identify and evaluate product and services solutions to meet those needs
Help select and implement an asset management system that will initially house assets for the Marketing and Communications Department with potential to grow to include enterprise wide assets
Develop file management processes and naming conventions that will standardize and streamline assets management, project archiving and retrieval for the Marketing and Communications Department
Provide research for Marketing and Communications and related outside vendors, as well as pertinent related needs by other departments
Manage all marketing-related image requests from Museum staff and outside vendors
After each photo shoot, work with Creative Services group to edit images, catalogue and distribute to users outside of our digital asset server
Negotiate image permissions, fees and licensing, working with museum legal counsel, outside image creators, outside licensee requestors and in collaboration with other internal departments as applicable
Help develop usage contracts for outside image creators
Research and evaluate solutions for licensing/selling imagery through e-commerce
Develop backup and Disaster Recovery plans for Marketing and Communications digital assets

Required Experience:
3 years minimum experience working with assets (photographic, illustrations, brand elements, content) in the area of digital asset management
Experience with digital repository platform(s) and digital content creation/transformation tools
Advanced skills in database creation and management, and data storage methods and security
Must be highly organized, analytical in thinking, and meticulous in maintaining information using detailed record-keeping systems and metadata
Experience and technical proficiency on both PC and Mac computer platforms
Excellent analytical, communication (verbal and written), and interpersonal skills, including commitment to working effectively within a diverse staff population
Excellent research skills
Advanced Adobe Photoshop skills; experience with other Adobe Creative Suite programs and file format needs for print, environmental and digital (web, apps)
Experience with the preservation and recording of physical assets for digital record keeping, disaster recovery and public usage (marketing, media, exhibits, licensing commerce)
Ability to manage projects and competing priorities with demonstrated ability to be flexible, to adapt to change, and to work successfully in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
Ability to take initiative and creatively manage projects both independently and as part of a team
Preferred Experience
Experience with photo retouching
A strong visual eye and experience with photo editing
Understanding of commerce model for digital assets
Experience managing digital assets in the Museum environment, inclusive of collections and marketing and communications assets

Salary is commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits. This is a full-time regular, exempt position.
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