Title: Photographer and Digital Asset Specialist

Division: Programs

Reports to: Manager of Web and Digital Resources

FSLA: Exempt

Date: June 6, 2016

Posting Duration: Until filled


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.

The Virginia Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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