Interactive Media Producer, Austin, Texas

The Interactive Media Producer is the lead interactive designer, developer, and principal media technician for TSHM’s Web and Digital Media Department, which manages all aspects of technology-based statewide education outreach initiative programs; TSHM’s website and social media; digital curation, exhibit interactives, applications, signage, and asset management systems; content management systems (CMS); and distance learning technologies.  The Interactive Media Producer specifies, designs, develops, produces, tests, and maintains interactive applications, equipment, and technology products for outreach activities.

Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin, Texas

Interactive Media Producer, TSHM Web and Digital Media
Program Specialist III (1572), Full-Time
*Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm

JOB POSTING #:  215-006
Hiring Range & Group:  (B-19) $4000 – $4,583.33 a month
Posting Date: September 8, 2014
Closing Date: Until Filled

Organizational Overview:

Located in Austin, Texas, the Bullock Texas State History Museum is a dynamic institution that engages visitors in the exciting Story of Texas through a variety of exhibits, films, and programs. The Bullock Museum features three floors of exhibits, two theaters, including an IMAX® Theatre, an indoor/outdoor Cafe, the Museum Store, education classrooms, and multi-functional spaces.  As the state’s official history museum, the Bullock Museum’s temporary exhibits and programs focus on topics related to Texas history and culture.  The Bullock Museum hosts nearly 400,000 visitors annually.  Located in Austin’s Capitol Complex, the Bullock Museum is a part of the State Preservation Board, a prestigious state agency that preserves, restores and maintains the State Capitol, the Texas Governor’s Mansion, and other Texas landmarks for the benefit of all Texans. For more information, visit www.thestoryoftexas.com.

The Bullock Museum is entering an exciting new chapter in its own history with a revised approach to exhibits, film, and education programming; increased marketing; the launch of a new website and statewide initiative; and renovation of the permanent galleries, scheduled to reopen in November, 2015.

Position Summary:

The Interactive Media Producer is the lead interactive designer, developer, and principal media technician for TSHM’s Web and Digital Media Department, which manages all aspects of technology-based statewide education outreach initiative programs; TSHM’s website and social media; digital curation, exhibit interactives, applications, signage, and asset management systems; content management systems (CMS); and distance learning technologies.  The Interactive Media Producer specifies, designs, develops, produces, tests, and maintains interactive applications, equipment, and technology products for outreach activities.

The Interactive Media Producer reports to the Museum’s Director of Web and Digital Media, and is responsible for start-to-finish design, development, and maintenance of new and existing digital systems, including digital exhibit A/V systems, touch screens, website applications, digital outreach and distance learning technologies, digital signage, live stream broadcasts, CMS, application programming interfaces (APIs), and multimedia content ― text, photo, video, audio, animation.  The Interactive Media Producer will be expected to perform other duties as assigned, including the setup of the statewide initiative’s digital and gallery exhibit components.  Position works in a fast-pasted environment under limited supervision with considerable latitude for initiative & sound independent judgment. Individual must be focused, organized, able to set priorities under pressure, & be flexible.  Displays excellent verbal & written communications skills & maintains professional, calm, and respectful demeanor, & service-oriented focus when interacting with employees, vendors, volunteers, visitors, and the public. *Must be able to work with museum’s 360 day-per-year schedule and may include weekends, evenings and/or holidays, including on short notice.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:  For purposes of this agency’s job descriptions, “essential job duties” are defined as assigned tasks that are critical or fundamental to the position and not marginal. If an individual is qualified to perform the essential job duties, he or she must be able to perform the essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Maintains digital media components online, statewide, and in exhibit gallery theaters and kiosks, effectively troubleshooting issues and implementing solutions.
  • Troubleshoots and performs maintenance of digital programming initiatives, including live streams, distance learning activities, and API integration of on-site and web CMS.
  • Participates as part of Museum Web and Digital Media, Education, and Exhibit teams in the planning and development of new media experiences for digital exhibits.
  • Regular attendance is an essential job duty for all State Preservation Board positions.
  • Performs all duties in a manner that promotes public confidence in the State Preservation Board and its employees.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.
  • Leads user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design, and employs principles, new techniques, and best practices to ensure accessibility in all digital work products and technologies.
  • Develops and manages a cohesive plan for upgrades to existing digital media and integration of control options for new media under development.
  • Oversees exhibit technologies, including audio visual, sound and lighting equipment, wiring, and control equipment, working according to design specifications of organizer and providing technical support in coordination with Exhibit Production Supervisor.
  • Works at all times using established safety techniques; continuously assesses conditions to ensure individual and workplace safety are in the best interests of visitors, staff, and self.
  • Performs all duties as assigned in a manner that promotes public confidence, maintaining a professional manner and calm objectivity whenever representing the Museum and the State Preservation Board.
  • May be required to safely drive a State-issued vehicle to facilitate pickups, deliveries, purchases and other state business.
  • Be available to work extended hours, including evenings, nights, and/or weekends, and work within tight deadlines as needed.
  • Complies with all applicable safety rules, regulations, and standards.

Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate will be a college graduate in computer science, web or game development, engineering, or a related field. A five (5) year minimum of related experience may be considered as a substitute for the degree requirement. Successful candidate must also have demonstrated experience in interactive application design and production, including digital prototyping and UI and UX design principles, and experience with A/V control systems programming and maintenance, with firm understanding of electrical load safety standards.  Must work well under pressure and be detailed-oriented. This position may require regular evening, night and/or weekend work, including work on short notice. Texas state driver’s license and safe driving record are required.

If offered an interview, candidates will be requested to submit a digital portfolio with two interactive design projects they designed and produced, one A/V maintenance project, and short descriptions of their involvement with each portfolio project.

Application Instructions:

If you meet the qualifications, submit a State of Texas application to the State Preservation Board (SPB): 201 E. 14th Street, Suite 950, Austin, Texas, 78701, Fax (512) 463-3372, or Email TSPB.Employment@tspb.state.tx.us. All resumes must be accompanied by a fully completed state application (http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/spb/spb/employ/employ.htm). Incomplete applications may be disqualified at the agency’s discretion. All applications must be received by the SPB by the close of business on the final day posted for consideration.  All applicants also are invited to visit our agency’s website at: www.tspb.state.tx.us.  For additional information call (512) 463-5495. Only interviewed applicants will receive notice of the final selection process.

EEO Statement:

The State Preservation Board welcomes all qualified applicants without regard to national origin, sexual orientation, sex, Veteran status, disability, religion, race, color or age. If you require reasonable accommodation in the interview and selection process, please call the agency’s Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator at (512) 475-4992 and our representative will be happy to assist you.

At the time of hire, selected applicants must show proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act.  All males who are age 18 through 25 and are required to register with the Selective Service may be asked to present proof of registration or exemption from registration upon hire.