Job Opening – Visual Resources Manager (03/2010)

2010 March 18

Art and Art History
Tufts University
Medford, Massachusetts

Job Requisition Number: 47031
Job Title: VISUAL RESOURCES MANAGER – Art and Art History
Employment Status: Full-Time
Location: Medford, Massachusetts 02155-0000
Campus: Medford/Somerville
Hours per Week: 35
Weekly Schedule: Monday – Friday, 9 – 5
Weeks per Year: 52
Job Family: T – Information Technology

External Description:

The Department of Art and Art History seeks an individual with expertise with digital and analog imaging technology (hardware, software, databases, and image management systems) and excellent communication skills in order to effectively work with and train faculty and students to fill its available position of Visual Resources Manager. The lecture and seminar courses presented by the Department of Art and Art History are designed to give an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts from the point of view of the art historian and critic. Through the various courses in the history of art, architecture, and design, individual works are considered both for their intrinsic qualities and as expressions of changing cultural values.
Serving as the department’s sole, central resource person for all Visual Resources needs, including training and technical assistance, the Visual Resources Manager is responsible for administering and/or coordinating all services and activities of the Visual Resources Collection (VRC) containing some quarter-million slides and seventy thousand digital images, the latter accessed through Tufts’ existing Artifact image database. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

* Overseeing and directing the process for formulating goals, policies, and procedures for the VRC’s innovative evolution from slide-based to digital media, in close consultation with the department chair, and assuming responsibility for implementation;
* Overseeing budgeting and procurement for VRC and implementation of department initiatives for VRC;
* Promoting effective, collaborative client relationships, including group and individual advising and training of department faculty and graduate students on software and hardware related to classroom and scholarly use of visual material;
* Providing skilled, first-responder technical assistance with urgent audio/visual hardware and software problems related to presentation and projection of visual material in art history classes;
* Participating in ongoing collaborations with Academic Technology Tufts Digital Collection Archive, and Tisch Library including grant application and administration, related to all department visual resource needs and initiatives
* Assisting with enhancement of the department’s website.

Basic Requirements:

* Master’s degree in arts and/or library field
* Minimum of five (5) years of related experience
* Experience with digital and analog imaging technology (hardware, software, databases, and image management systems) including troubleshooting a/v equipment problems, copystand photography and digital scanning, and capture, optimization, and management of digital objects in image formats
* Proficiency in Microsoft Windows, Access, Office, and PowerPoint; Adobe Photoshop, ArtSTOR and its Offline Image Viewer; familiarity with cataloging vocabularies, guidelines, practices, data, and metadata standards (e.g. VRA Core 4.0 and Getty vocabularies)
* Understanding of XML concepts and their application in the visual resources environment
* familiarity with Adobe Acrobat
* Excellent organizational, communication, problem solving and customer service skills

Preferred Qualifications: The following are all strongly preferred: more than five (5) years of related experience; familiarity with copyright and fair use guidelines for use and reproduction of visual material; familiarity with Cataloguing Cultural Objects (CCO) manual; knowledge of how digital library collections and electronic objects are used in an academic setting; familiarity with the principles of taxonomy/thesaurus construction; familiarity with a range of metadata standards; ability to mentor and manage student employees; and experience in training and teaching digital image technologies.

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