Digital Asset Manager / Archivist

Reporting to the Deputy Director, Curatorial Affairs, the Digital Asset Manager will work collaboratively with other staff to develop the Museum’s digital asset infrastructure; codify and enforce institution-wide standards, workflows, and policies; and spearhead ingestion, description, organization, and migration of all digital assets, in keeping with the Hammer Museum’s digital strategy planning. The Digital Asset Manager will oversee all content (comprising images, video and audio recordings, and text files relating to the museum’s collections, exhibitions, programs, and administration) and associated metadata in the Museum’s digital asset management system using NetXposure DAM software. The incumbent will play a central role in the building of a museum collection search infrastructure, helping streamline processes of metadata cleanup, object imaging, and search function optimization. This position will be tasked with ensuring the long-term storage of the Museum’s archive of digital assets, while simultaneously collaborating on projects to provide digital access to these materials.

Requirements: Master’s Degree in library and information science, archive management, museum studies, or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience; two or more years of practical experience in a museum, archives, library, or other institution, demonstrating expertise in database management, media cataloging, digital preservation, digital rights management, and data migration; experience managing large-scale projects and organizing extensive collections of information; thorough knowledge of digital archiving theory and practice, as well as field-wide metadata standards; strong understanding of digital asset lifecycle (capture, formats and codecs, color profiling, file conversion, dissemination, etc.); proven expertise with digital asset management systems (NetXposure a plus) and The Museum System (TMS) or comparable collection management systems.

Application: please email resume, cover letter, and salary history to resumes@hammer.ucla.edu and include “Digital Asset Manager/Archivist” in the subject line. Selected applicants will be contacted. Due to the volume of resumes that we receive, we are regretfully unable to respond to phone calls and emails regarding the status of applications and the recruiting process. This is a renewable contract position.

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The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center (AHMACC) opened to the public in November 1990. Founded by Dr. Armand Hammer, former Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, the Museum was designed by architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. Financed by Occidental, the Museum was built adjacent to the Corporation’s international headquarters in Westwood. At that time, the Museum featured galleries for Dr. Hammer’s collections — old master paintings and drawings, and a collection of works on paper by Honore Daumier and his contemporaries — as well as galleries for traveling exhibitions. Dr. Hammer died in December 1990, three weeks after the opening of the Museum. Upon his death, all construction was halted and the building was never completed, leaving many spaces unfinished — most importantly, the 300-seat theater on the courtyard level.rnrnIn 1992, the Museum began negotiations with its neighbor, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), to assume the management and operations of the institution. In April 1994, the partnership with UCLA was finalized and the following year the University relocated to the Hammer its collections and the staff of the Wight Art Gallery and the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts. The Hammer also assumed responsibility for the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden, located at the north end of the UCLA campus.rnrnHenry Hopkins, then director of the Wight gallery and professor in the Department of Art, became director of the Museum until his retirement in 1998. In 1999 Ann Philbin was named director.rnrnToday, the Museum’s exhibitions present contemporary and historical work in all media of the visual arts. Through its exhibitions, the Museum is committed to promoting cultural understanding, to introducing the work of underrepresented artists, and to interpreting art of the past and present. In addition to selections from its permanent collections, the Museum has a series of temporary exhibitions, including Hammer Projects. All of the Museum’s exhibitions are accompanied by extensive public programs.rnrnIn its role as a cultural center, the Museum endeavors to be a vibrant intellectual forum for the exploration of cultural, political, and social issues. To this end, the Museum offers a rich variety of public programs such as lectures, symposia, film series, readings, and musical performances.

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