Imaging Systems Specialist, Yale Center for British Art

The Yale Center for British Art seeks to fill a key position in the Department of Imaging Services and Intellectual Property.

Imaging Systems Specialist – 47396BR

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include three major museums, a critically acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

General Purpose: The Imaging Systems Specialist supports all aspects of digital imaging at the Yale Center for British Art, facilitating the production and management of digital assets for documentation, dissemination, and preservation across a range of systems.

Reporting to the of the Head of Imaging and Intellectual Property, the Specialist maintains the production workflow and quality of digital images from point of capture to processing, preservation, and online distribution. The Specialist implements and/or maintains conformance with relevant technical guidelines in the digital imaging and cultural heritage imaging fields, including but not limited to standards that address resolution, fidelity, color management, metadata, and digital preservation. The Specialist tracks production and storage metrics and reports key performance indicators to the Head of Imaging on a scheduled basis.

Working in a team environment, the Specialist consults with the Senior Photographer, Photographer, Digital Technician, Head of Imaging, Software Engineer, and Head of Information Technology as necessary to resolve issues or refine existing procedures.

The Specialist reviews and processes the digital output of photographers, technicians, staff and external vendors, providing guidance where necessary, and trains and evaluates the output of staff whose ancillary job duties include the production of digital assets. The Specialist helps evaluate complex projects, recommending appropriate digitization techniques and equipment according to knowledge of photographic processes, subject material (which may include rare, fragile and/or high value objects), location, output requirements, and availability.

The Specialist’s daily work may include evaluating new digital files for capture quality, neutral/grey balance, color accuracy, sharpness, contrast and density; editing files and/or proofing match prints to original objects; processing older digital files retroactively; digitizing color transparencies, negatives, and other analog material; staging and managing digital assets on server(s) or workstations via various methods (folders, spreadsheets, databases, and/or workflow management systems); and ingesting files into the digital asset management system and/or digital preservation system.

The Specialist is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the hardware, software, and procedures used to capture, process, stage, transfer, store and preserve the Center’s digital assets, working in conjunction with Center IT and Yale Information Technology Services as needed. The Specialist monitors and maintains digitization software and hardware within the Department of Imaging Services as well as across the Center, ensuring the regular calibration of monitors, scanners, and printers, and verifying color management settings on a regular basis. The Specialist also ensures that appropriate file naming conventions and metadata profiles are applied to digital assets produced at or for the Center.

The Specialist participates in the design, testing, rollout, and subsequent upgrades to digital imaging systems and related technology at the Center and at Yale, and is expected to maintain current awareness of digital technology and trends, especially within the cultural heritage sector, and investigate and report on promising developments, products or procedures.

Required Education and Experience: Six years of related work experience, four of them in the same job family at the next lower level, and a high school education; or four years of related work experience and an Associate’s degree; or little or no work experience and a Bachelor degree in a related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.


  • Proven ability to discriminate and adjust fine variation in tone and color in digital images and print output according to target values and when comparing images to original objects.
  • Demonstrated understanding of digital image file parameters (bit depth, color profiles, resolution, compression and image sizing) and color management systems.
  • Proficiency in Mac and Windows operating systems; facility with programs on both platforms; expert level user of Adobe Photoshop, Bridge or equivalent; familiarity with digital asset management.
  • Familiarity with technical metadata and evolving metadata standards.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills. Reliable, accurate and organized. Ability to work well both independently and in a team, maintain attention to detail, prioritize multiple tasks and work well under deadlines. Ability to work in a defined and procedural way, yet feel comfortable suggesting new approaches.
  • Preferred Education and Experience: BA/BS photography/digital imaging, MLS/MIS, or related. Familiarity with relevant digital imaging & cultural heritage information standards, AV & 3D file formats, computational imaging techniques. Admin-level experience with relevant digital asset management, collection management, OPAC and/or digital preservation systems. Database/server management, pre-press/production workflow exp.

Application: For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

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