Digital Asset Specialist
(July 25, 2022)
Position Title - Digital Asset Specialist
Supervisor Title (All entry and mid-level position supervisors should be qualified, professional archivists.) - Director of Archives
Position Type - Full-time, permanent
Benefits - Yes
Salary Range - $66,000 - $75,000
In its stewardship of Rauschenberg’s artistic legacy, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation cares for and manages the thousands of artworks and archival materials. The Foundation is currently working on several large projects including the first catalogue raisonné dedicated to the sixty-year career of this protean artist whose practice is marked his use of wide-ranging and often unconventional art materials. Several domestic and international museum exhibitions are planned to celebrate the artist’s centennial in 2025. In support of this work, the Foundation now seeks a full-time Digital Asset Specialist. This position reports to the Director of Archives and works closely with the Catalogue Raisonné, Art Services, and Curatorial teams.
The Digital Asset Specialist performs duties that require working knowledge of archives and digital asset management principles to create, ingest, organize, describe, retrieve, and disseminate born-digital and digitized materials related to the Robert Rauschenberg Catalogue Raisonné project as well as historical materials in the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Archives. The ideal candidate will have experience with digital photography and related technology as well as creating workflows, standards, and systems. Candidates must have an attention to detail, the ability to work independently, to prioritize, and to manage multiple projects.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
-Responsible for broad oversight of still and audiovisual digital assets, with a focus on assets related to the catalogue raisonné project.
-Perform postproduction editing including cropping, color correction, and light retouching in -Photoshop, Bridge, and/or Premier Pro.
-Perform file analysis, create inventories, form collections, and create metadata.
-Ensure database of record accuracy by standardizing metadata and other clean-up as needed.
-Assist in artwork photography and video campaigns; track, receive, ingest, create metadata, and manage deliverables.
-Assists in on demand scanning and high-volume copy stand digitization projects, as needed.
-Assist in research, selection, and implementation of a digital asset management system.
-Responsible for quality control for both digital and print outputs, including assets featured on the RRF website, in the digital catalogue raisonné, and in print publications.
-Responsible for color management according to industry standards; maintain color calibrated workstations.
-Create and file color matching reference prints for artwork reproductions.
-Assist in licensing and permissions requests.
Guidelines & Standards
-Maintain and suggest revisions for best-practice documentation, naming conventions, metadata models, and taxonomies.
-Refine and maintain photographic guidelines to be shared with RRF-commissioned photographers as well as third parties submitting assets to the Foundation.
-Assist with training users and create training documents and quick guides.
-Creates projects for and supervises interns, as needed, including project overviews, regular check-ins, and timesheets.
QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE SKILL REQUIRED
M.L.I.S. or M.A. with concentration in Archival Studies, Digital Curation, Data Science, Photography, related discipline, or equivalent experience.
At least two years of relevant cataloging or data entry experience, such as creating and updating information in a digital asset management system, digitizing, or applying metadata to digital objects.
Intermediate to advanced proficiency with image scanning and photo editing tools; experience with Photoshop and Bridge.
Intermediate to advanced proficiency with audiovisual postproduction; experience with Premier Pro desired.
Advanced research proficiency with demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail.
Ability to plan and execute long-term projects without extensive supervision. Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities with a thorough and detail-oriented approach to all tasks.
Knowledge of 20th Century art and art historical research methodologies.
Excellent written and oral communication skills; excellent time management skills.
Requires the ability to use a computer and office equipment traditionally found in office settings.
The ability to move items weighing up to 40 lbs for various needs.
The ability to traverse stairs and ladders.
Requires the ability to work in multiple locations (New York City and Westchester, New York).
As an equal opportunity employer and in our commitment to creating an equitable and inclusive work environment, the Rauschenberg Foundation strives to attract a diverse mix of talented people. Individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds in arts organizations are strongly encouraged to apply.
Compensation is expected to be between $70,000 – $75,000, commensurate with experience, and includes a competitive benefit package.
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation expands the legacy of artist Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) who believed strongly in the power of art as a catalyst for social change. The Foundation delivers on its mission through ongoing research and support for exhibitions, while sustaining the well-being of innovative artists and the work of socially engaged institutions that embody the same risk-taking, inclusive, and multidisciplinary approach that Rauschenberg exemplified in both his art and philanthropic endeavors.
The Foundation primarily supports small to midsize arts and socially engaged organizations that are contrarian and experimental, even courageous, in driving towards equity. In addition, the Foundation amplifies the creative life of artists and scholars across the disciplines through residencies, commissions, and accessible public platforms. Finally, the Foundation supports research, exhibitions, publications, academic partnerships, and special projects across the globe that promote the legacy of Rauschenberg’s joyful, responsive, and irreverent approach to making work while living an empathetic and meaningful life.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND DEADLINE
Please email letters of interest, including salary expectations, along with your cover letter, resume, and three professional references to email@example.com. Please indicate “Application for Digital Asset Specialist” in the subject of your email.
The application deadline is Friday, August 19, 2022. Qualified applicants will be contacted in September.