Topic ID #37859 - posted 12/30/2016 8:00 AM

Open Position: Assistant Director for Digital Collections - The National WWII Museum (New Orleans)


The National WWII Museum seeks an experienced professional to serve as the Assistant Director for Digital Collections to manage the Museum’s digital collections.  Ranked the #4 museum in the United States by TripAdvisor and visited by 700,000+ individuals annually, The National WWII Museum is a vibrant, national history museum with excellent facilities and staff and ambitious plans for growth.

The Museum is currently engaged in a long term initiative to provide digital access to its collections. This program requires the integration of the Museum’s Collections Management System (CMS) with a Digital Asset Management System (DAMS). This position is responsible for digitizing the Museum’s accessioned collections of artifacts and archival materials and the entire oral history collection, as well as archival footage and photographs, digital exhibit media, and video lecture content. The position oversees and coordinates the digitization, cataloging and quality control of this content. 

As a member of the Museum’s Curatorial Services Department of 14 professional curators, archivists, collections managers, and registrar, the Assistant Director works collaboratively to prioritize collections (both accessioned and non-accessioned) for digitization from among the Museum’s 190,000+ artifacts including its signature collection of 9,000+ oral histories and personal accounts of WWII.

The Museum is currently in the midst of a capital expansion project that will quadruple the size of the original Museum facility, add exciting new programs and exhibits, and double on-site collections storage. In addition, the Museum has undertaken an ambitious multi-year digitization project to make our collections accessible to audiences worldwide through our Digital Collections website –  The Assistant Director will provide valuable insight and leadership to this institutional growth and help position the Museum as the leading resource on the history, values, and lasting significance of World War II.

Specific job responsibilities include:

·         Manages the Museum’s digital collections including accessioned and non-accessioned archival and media collections.

·         Supervises a staff of two Processing Archivists.

·         Prioritizes cataloging and digitization priorities for the Curatorial Services Department and directs content digitization assuring timely, accurate and consistent workflows and results

·         Creates, defines, and documents policies, procedures, and workflows for storage and delivery of digital assets and associated metadata that support the DAM infrastructure.

·         Maintains the integration between the collections management system and the DAM system.

·         Manages the uploading of assets to the DAM system, including developing and updating metadata, and quality assurance/control

·         Key member of the Digitization Project Work Team.

·         Leads efforts to evaluate, integrate and test with other technologies to deliver better access to digital assets.

·         Participates in the planning and presentation of museum events and activities as directed.

·         Actively participate in the development and preparation of sponsorship and grant proposals and other revenue-generating proposals to support educational and collections initiatives and to generate revenue.

·         Represent the interests of the Collections & Exhibits Department in management-level meetings and in meetings of staff task forces, work teams, and work groups.

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and experience:

·         Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program with a concentration in archives management preferred.

·         At least five years of experience in a related field.

·         Experience with major collections management systems and demonstrated knowledge of rights, reproductions, and licensing are required.

·         Proven success implementing digital asset management solutions and workflows in a complex environment.

·         Strong project management skills, including the ability to plan, make assignments and monitor performance.

·         Outstanding attention to detail and a passion for organizing, classifying, and categorizing digital assets.

·         Previous supervisory experience, strong problem-solving skills, and excellent communication skills are a must.

Interested candidates should apply online at or by mail to 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130.


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