|Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO|
The Head, Collection Imaging & Media Services is responsible for the management and strategic direction of the museum’s Media Services department which includes imaging services and digital asset management.
This position ensures high-quality imaging and digital representations of the museum’s collection in various forms including; photography, photogrammetry, videography, scanning, 3D capture and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) to internal and external consumers and oversees the Digital Asset Manager System (DAMS), Rights & Reproduction function and digital archive both on-line and on archival media.
Manage the creation of digitized representations of the collection, working closely with stakeholders from other departments (Curatorial, Education, Marketing, etc.) as well as external contractors, designers and developers.
Media Services Management
Manage the functions of the Department: workflows, staff, space utilization, supplies, capital and operating budgets
Supervision & Staff Development
Supervise the activity and development of a staff. Assist in interviewing, hiring, and training; plan, assign, and direct work; appraise performance; reward and discipline employees; address complaints and resolve problems of assigned staff, interns and contracted vendors.
Manage and implement the weekly digitization/imaging schedule in collaboration with the Photo/Videographers, Senior Coordinator and Preparations Department.
Identify, evaluate, and provide Quality Control procedures for all digital reproductions in order to ensure accuracy and fidelity to the original object as well as essential digital file metadata. Ensure output meets Museum style, tone, site and brand standards.
Digital Asset Management
Provide oversight responsibility for the DAMS and coordinate with other throughout the institution for consistent application of metadata standards.
Perform object, portrait, architectural, technical or event photography/videography as needed. Formulate policies for centralizing photography/videography in the institution.
Photogrammetry, 3D capture and RTI
Use the latest techniques, gear and software to capture multi-dimensional and alternative digital effects that allow for enhanced or scientific exploration of the collection.
Responsible for appropriate fiscal management of all related budgets including capital, project and labor.
$40,000 annual budget
35,000 + objects in the Collection
300+ Imaging Projects per year
2-4 Interns per year
25+ Videos shot per year
10-30 3D/RTI projects per year
Reports to the Chief Information Officer and has a lead photo/videographer, Rights & Reproduction Specialist, and Department Coordinator as direct reports. Will also periodically coordinate and manage contractors as needed.
Challenges and Opportunities
The Head, Media Services is challenged by the constant need to deliver the highest quality results with fast turnaround times. Responsibilities of maintaining the technical variables of the digitization workflow and the accuracy and consistency of the DAMS. As a member of the museum’s management staff, this position must be able to build and steward collaborative relationships with other staff across multiple divisions in order to achieve positive and productive outcomes.