Digital Empowerment Project (DEP) Student Technology Fellow

Reports to: DEP Project Manager, Charity Counts, and Technology Consultant, Nancy Proctor

Honorarium: $1000 per fellow

Fellowship Period: Six (6) months; Five (5) fellowship positions are available in each of the following time periods: April – September 2021 and October 2021 – March 2022

Location: Virtual/Remote

Application Deadline: Saturday, March 20, 2021 

BACKGROUND

About the Project: The Digital Empowerment Project brings together the six regional museum associations and a technology partner to provide capacity-building programs and resources in the areas of digital media and technology for small museums.

The project was made possible by an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grant for Museums award and will result in ten (10) live training modules, each featuring up to four (4) webinars/workshops and digital resource toolkits. The live training modules will take place over the course of a 10-month rollout period (April 2021-January 2022), with each webinar/workshop within a module taking place the same day of the week and time of day over the course of the month (typically Tuesdays or Thursdays at 11am PST/2pm EST).

All recordings and resources will be made available online through the Museum Learning Hub (museum-hub.org). The Hub will also feature an online community forum for training participants to engage in dialog about their digital projects, pose questions for their peers, and inquire about solutions or best practices. This online community forum and the Hub’s social media pages will be moderated by Student Technology Fellows and members of the project’s leadership team.

Regional Museum Association Partners: The six regional museum associations partners include the Association of Midwest Museums (AMM), Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM), Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA), New England Museum Association (NEMA), Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC), and Western Museums Association (WMA)—collectively referred to as the Council of Regional Associations (CRA). The executive director of AMM, Charity Counts, is serving in the role of project manager.

Technology Consultant: Nancy Proctor serves as the project’s independent consultant and skilled museum technologist. Nancy’s role is to contribute to content and resource development, identify skilled technologists to provide instruction for technical trainings, and support emerging technologists serving as Student Technology Fellows on the project.

POSITION SUMMARY

The organizers of the Digital Empowerment Project seek ten (10) Student Technology Fellows to support the implementation of live webinars/workshops and serve as co-moderators for the Museum Learning Hub online community forum and social media pages.

Responsibilities

  • Moderate the chat feature during live webinars/workshops which will be streamed live to the Museum Learning Hub website via Streamyard; gather questions submitted via secondary streaming locations (Hub social media pages and/or YouTube channel).
  • Moderate dialog between participants in the Museum Learning Hub online community forum; prompt discussions and idea exchange, curate and share available Hub and external resources, respond to questions, and encourage further exploration of the Hub.
  • Provide technical support for participants of the Museum Learning Hub online community forum by fielding technical questions and responding with tips and suggested resources; respond to questions about specific platforms or technical issues by researching and sharing publicly available resources (e.g. product tutorials).

Qualifications

  • Full-time or part-time student of a U.S. college or university
  • Experience with museum-related digital media and technology subjects preferred (e.g. collections digitization, websites/website development, virtual tours, live streaming, video production, and social media)
  • Strong computer and word processing aptitude; proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and/or Google Docs, Slides and Sheets.
  • Strong organization and communication skills
  • Access to the internet 

To apply, submit your resume or CV and a cover letter expressing your interest using our online application form by Saturday, March 20, 2021.