AV Lead Programmer – New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

JOB TITLE: AV Lead Programmer
DEPARTMENT: Audio Visual
REPORTS TO: Director of Audio Visual
New-York Historical Society, a preeminent educational and research institution, is home to both New York City’s oldest museum and to one of the nation’s most distinguished independent research libraries. New-York Historical is dedicated to presenting exhibitions and public programs, and fostering research that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, its holdings cover four centuries of American history, and include one of the world’s greatest collections of books, manuscripts, graphic materials, historical artifacts, and American art documenting the history of the United States as seen through the prism of New York. The audio/visual department is an integral part of daily operations at the New-York Historical Society. Operating our A/V equipment requires strict attention to detail and respect for the environment. From exhibition gear oversight/maintenance to our frequently sold-out public program lecture and movie series’, as well as our myriad of private events, the New-York Historical Society’s A/V department bears multiple responsibilities that are often simultaneous.
JOB SUMMARY:
The AV Lead Programmer role is a permanent on-site position that entails a mixture of administrative and technical responsibilities. The Lead Programmer edits and programs content related to exhibitions, special events or museum operations, as displayed on our various AV multimedia systems. This position entails communicating directly with vendors and clients who are looking to display content. Additionally, the Lead Programmer provides input and recommendations on proper AV install as it relates to exhibition and special event usage. The AV Lead Programmer works in close coordination with the Director of AV and Manager of AV to ensure timeline and priorities are clearly articulated and efficiently accomplished. Additional AV responsibilities may be assigned on a need basis, and it is imperative that the Lead Programmer remain flexible in accomplishing said tasks.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
  • Responsible for content management, programming, troubleshooting and maintenance of 46 displays in the lobby and rotunda for Special Events, Collections, and Exhibitions via two versions/set-ups of WatchOut;
  • Meet with curators, ascertaining their technical needs per exhibition and setting deadlines for content receipt;
  • Research new technologies that can be implemented into Exhibition AV design;
  • Maintain audio visual elements in exhibits; open and close museum;
  • Build audio visual elements in exhibits, includes programming microcontrollers;
  • Create original content and graphic design for first floor displays;
  • Update and manage Content Management Systems (CMS) throughout the museum;
  • Research/consult on cloud storage and future needs;
  • Special Event support, V1;
  • Assist with training part-time staff, when appropriate;
  • Create and update interdepartmental manuals as they relate to exhibitions;
  • Advise on current equipment, upcoming trends, and purchasing.
REQUIREMENTS:
  • Exhibition, A/V, and corporate events experience preferred;
  • Experience in using Watchout and programming for Brightsign media players, as they relate to exhibitions;
  • Knowledge of, and experience with theatrical lighting, audio, rigging, and video equipment and/or consoles;
  • High critical thinking capacity and fast problem-solving ability;
  • Refined verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to collaborate with other departments on audio visual related projects and production.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:
Salary range: $60-65k/annually
New-York Historical Society provides a generous benefits package for eligible employees to support their health and wellbeing, which includes:
  • Paid time off, including vacation, sick and personal days, and holidays observed by the Museum;
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance;
  • Short and long-term disability coverage options;
  • 403(b) retirement plan with eligibility for employer contributions following one year of full-time service;
  • Flexible spending accounts for health-related expenses, dependent care, and parking and transit expenses;
  • Employee Assistance Program for all employees and their families;
  • 20% discount at the NYHistory Store, Parliament Café and Storico restaurant, located within the Museum;
  • Free admission to various museums and cultural institutions across the city.
PHYSICAL DEMANDSThe physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee with or without accommodation, to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 
This position will require the employee to lift (up to 50 lbs.), bend, stoop, walk, speak and stand for up to 8 hours in a day. This position includes the monitoring, installation, and breakdown of technical equipment. Climbing ladders and using lifts are commonplace in this position.
COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY: To ensure the overall health and safety of the New-York Historical Society community and in accordance with New York City requirements, all newly hired employees of the New-York Historical Society are required to be fully-vaccinated (inclusive of booster shots) against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, absent qualifying exemptions for medical, religious, or other reasons in accordance with all applicable laws.
To Apply: Please follow this link to submit your application: https://jobapply.page.link/pNv9
The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.