Digital Asset Specialist for Time-based Media at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

General Description:

The Digital Asset Specialist acquires, catalogues, ingests and processes digital assets into the digital asset management system. This position has a focus on video and time-based media. Responsibilities include defining a base metadata criteria and set of standards for managing video and other asset types. This position works in collaboration with the Media Production team within the Department of Digital Media.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Acquire, organize and catalogue video and other asset types as needed, including audio, still images, software, and text documents.
  • Collaborates with the Media Production team in Digital Media to assist in the ongoing processing of their production output and digitized archival media.
  • Prepare assets for ingestion in the museum’s digital asset management system.
  • Compile metadata to assist users’ ability to search and retrieve assets within the digital asset management system.
  • Use the JIRA ticketing system for managing projects.
  • Maintain a thorough and up-to-date understanding of multimedia formats.

Technical Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Demonstrate a capacity to work with a variety of media formats and technologies with an emphasis on video and other time-based media.
  • Thorough knowledge of and experience with digital asset management systems, hosted or cloud-based platforms.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with databases, data mapping and migration of data from one database system to another.
  • Thorough knowledge of metadata schema and standards.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, especially Adobe Premiere, and Final Cut Pro
  • Familiarity with automation techniques, including auditing/checksum routines, file format identification, and media conversion.

Additional Qualifications

  • Demonstrate analytical skills and problem solving abilities.
  • Project management experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including effectively communicating technical issues to non-technical staff.
  • Experience writing technical documentation.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with a diverse group of users.
  • Interest in developing skills in new asset types and formats.
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated, to work independently, and to work in a collaborative team environment.
  • Critical attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritize projects as deadlines require.

Knowledge and Education:

  • Masters degree in information science, archives management, library science or comparable program, or Bachelor’s degree in a related field and at least 2-3 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience with collections information systems, digital asset management systems a plus.
  • Archive, Library or Museum experience is a plus.

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