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Digital Asset Manager

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University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA, USA

The University Communications Department is seeking a Digital Asset Manager to join our team. This position requires a creative, collaborative, and highly organized thinker who will oversee all department digital image assets for branding and marketing. The Digital Asset Manager is responsible for leading the overall strategy, implementation, and workflow of digital asset management (DAM) systems as well as overseeing user training and onboarding. This position establishes, tests, and documents processes. Ingests, organizes, and preserves digital assets, curating images for special projects and working across teams to manage and coordinate all items. The ideal candidate combines a photographer’s eye for composition and quality in photography with a passion for taxonomy, structure, and metadata. Partners with team leaders to secure assets for special projects as needed.

The Digital Asset Manager will be reporting to the Creative Director for University Communications. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Managing and facilitating workflows for the incorporation of digital assets into DAM systems.
  • Partnering and planning strategy (e.g., digital initiatives) with leaders to develop workflows for asset ingestion, storage, and delivery to internal/external users while creating efficiencies between departments.
  • Receiving digital assets directly from photographers or staff and managing them by adhering to and maintaining meticulous digital naming conventions, file management, metadata, and quality control.
  • Ensuring the preservation and security of digital content.
  • Establishing, developing, and/or adopting DAM best practices (e.g., naming taxonomies, metadata schema, tagging standards) across the department and within multiple asset categories.
  • Providing quality control for all metadata to ensure accuracy and consistency across the institution. Developing and managing metadata tools, controlled vocabularies, and other standardization solutions.
  • Curating and selecting images for special projects as needed.
  • Maintaining an updated selection of the strongest images in the library.
  • Assisting with negotiations of permissions, fees, and licensing for images within a collection.
  • Purchasing or licensing outside assets.
  • Assisting with photoshoots as needed.
  • Coordinating and managing project assets to ensure they are delivered on time.
The selected candidate will be expected to serve as DAM system administrator, managing user permissions, planning for data storage needs, and troubleshooting. Provide functional support to individual DAM system software users. Guide new users with onboarding and best practices for searching assets. Create governance, provide training, and produce documentation for future continuity in asset management. Promote an environment that fosters inclusive relationships and creates unbiased opportunities for contributions through ideas, words, and actions that uphold the principles of the USC Code of Ethics.

Please submit a cover letter and resume as part of your application.

Minimum Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience:

  • 3 years Minimum Field of Expertise:
  • Three years experience with digital asset management.
  • Excellent research skills.
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Photo Mechanic.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and adapt to change in dynamic, fast-paced environments.
  • Ability to take initiative and creatively manage projects both independently and as part of a team. Excellent analytical, interpersonal, and written and oral communication skills. Preferred Field of Expertise:
  • Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in media studies, English, or library science.
  • Five or more years experience in a creative operations/production environment.
  • Extensive knowledge of rights management and usage.
  • Strong background in photography. Retouch skills are a plus.
  • Superior organization and project management skills, able to manage multiple competing priorities.
  • Experience with the preservation and recording of physical assets for digital record keeping, disaster recovery, and public usage (e.g., marketing, exhibits, licensing commerce).
  • Skilled in database management, data storage methods, and security.
  • Highly analytical and meticulous in maintaining information using detailed record-keeping systems and metadata.
  • Deep knowledge of rights management and usage.
  • Expert knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, and Photo Mechanic.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and adapt to change in dynamic, fast-paced environments.
  • Ability to take initiative and creatively manage projects both independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, and written and oral communication skills.

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Employer: University of Southern California (@usc)
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted Date: 26/08/2021
Expiry Date: 26/12/2021
Type: Full-Time
Categories: DAM User / Operator
Ref: DN-JB-508
Added by: DAM News Administrator
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