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Media Manager and Archivist

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Connecticut Public Media
Hartford, CT, USA

General Summary

The Media Manager and Archivist is responsible for the digital materials given to, and created by, Connecticut Public, including the creation of metadata records and for policies regarding the creation, storage, preservation, organization, description, and access to these materials. The Media Manager and Archivist is responsible for initiating and maintaining outreach, reference, and collection development activities for Connecticut Public’s archives and other digital asset collections.

Essential Functions

The Media Manager and Archivist provides a wide range of services in collaboration with the entire Membership Team. Applicants must have the ability to complete the following essential job functions:

  • Actively researches and identifies, as possible, the rights history of the programs noting any rights issues from copyright to the music.  
  • Actively researches library assets and usage rights to implement and drive projects that consolidate current media assets, yield large reductions of inventory from a workflow or asset level, and offer new ways to re-use and re-purpose archive materials.   
  • Applies complete metadata for each program, identifying any issues with rights, any problems with the tape, any problems with the program, any issues with the digital copy, as well as detailed descriptions of the programs .
  • Leads and coordinates the effort with the identified external digitization partner, to transfer audio and video assets to tape or digital mediums as needed. Manage expectations and formats with the digital partner throughout the digitalization process and maintain an overall knowledge of the process.     
  • Maintains Digital Asset Management System (DAM).  
  • Manages video archive media inventory and processing of media content for archival preservation using current best practices for media preservation and storage.  
  • Oversees the curation and footprint of physical and digital assets and their integration into the media library using video file mastering, ingest/scan, or audio migration workflows.    
  • Oversees the curation of the tapes archive in all formats, identify the correct final, edited and captioned episodes that could be eligible to be digitized and recover the tape from the library.  
  • Quality controls each analog asset for signs of age, decay or other issues that would stop the viability for digitalization.  
  • Researches original program descriptions and titles and maintains a database using Smartsheets sheets of all our archived programs.  
  • Works with the Content Team to identify programs, shows, video, and audio from the archive and other sources, that would be of interest to the audience for digitization, including the Programming Productions in Process (PPiP) websites and others.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Responsibilities

This position has many responsibilities.  Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Develops and implements policy guidelines that supports a file-based digital archive.   
  • Identifies glitches in the digitization process and works with the Operations and Content Teams  to clean the tapes up as necessary, including trimming the front and the back, looking for errors and fixing what needs to be fixed.  
  • Leads projects assigned by management against pre-determined timelines.
  • Leads tape digitization project in its entirety to deliver content to video management system.
  • Maintains clean metadata practices in all media types to include video, audio, and still images.
  • Manages archive media inventory and processing of media content for archival preservation using preservation and storage best practices.   
  • Manages final delivery and archive of new content creation.
  • Manages raw media archive for completed projects.
  • Oversees final delivery and archive media of ongoing production projects to include archival of raw project media.  
  • Understands the components and complexities of a digital archive management (DAM) system and strategizes on the efficient movement, conversion, and archival of assets to the DAM.   
  • Works with third party vendors to transfer audio and/or video assets to tape or digital medium as needed.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Asset conversion process for digital archiving systems including process improvement and/or quality control methodology  AWS (Amazon Web Service).
  • Brightcove (Video Management System).
  • Broadcast tape formats and media formats.
  • Closed Captioning requirements.  
  • Digital Media concepts and applications (Adobe Premiere, Adobe Media Encoder, AVID, Telestream Vantage).
  • Merlin One (Digital Asset Management System).  
  • Myers ProTrack (Broadcast Management System).
Skill In:

  • Accessing and manipulating tape archives.   
  • Attention to detail.
  • Content rights management.  
  • Creating positive change through actions, learning and teaching, coupled with skill in interpersonal relationships.
  • Demonstrating effective time management and organizational skills to prioritize, organize, multi-task, accomplish work in a timely manner, and meet specified deadlines.  
  • Digital Media Management.  
  • Gathering complex data from multiple sources.
  • Taking ownership and action within the scope of the position to ensure and/or improve the success of Company products and services.
  • Verbal, non-verbal, and written communication, including listening and asking questions to uncover explicit and implicit needs.
  • Working with video and audio metadata in a MAM or DAM environment.
Ability to:  

  • Adapt to dynamic communication styles and operate in a diplomatic manner.  
  • Demonstrate skill and understanding that asset confidentiality is a top priority.
  • Engage interpersonally and communicate in both oral and written forms.   
  • Influence people and working in a matrixed organization.   
  • Learn new software, products and processes around evolving business needs.  
  • Maintain a high degree of accuracy.   
  • Possess a visceral distaste for office politics and gossip.  
  • Possess an intellectual curiosity and inquisitive nature while performing at a high-level within an ambiguous environment.
  • Problem solve and make strong decisions.  
  • Work independently and properly manage time.   
Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in a Library Science from an American Library Associate (ALA) accredited program  or degree in Archival Studies with an emphasis in media archival management, preservation management or digital curation OR two more (2+) years of experience in an archive or media library working with video, film and sound formats  AND/OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.  .

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a related field.
  • Experience with ingesting video into a Media Asset Management system.
  • Two years’ experience in a Broadcast/Digital Media technical environment.
  • Experience with ingesting video into a Media Asset Management system.
  • Broadcast knowledge preferred.

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Employer: Connecticut Public Media (@wnpr)
Location: Hartford, CT, USA
Posted Date: 08/09/2022
Expiry Date: 08/01/2023
Type: Full-Time
Categories: DAM Manager / User
Ref: DN-JB-981
Added by: DAM News Administrator
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