San Francisco, CA: Preservationist, Bay Area Video Coalition

Are you diligent and hardworking, with a sincere interest in learning and growing as a professional? Are you unwilling or unable to let deteriorating video refuse to give up its goods? Are you someone who believes that software was never more radical than when depicted in the pages of Radical Software? Then BAVC is looking for you!*

Job Description

The Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) seeks applicants for its Preservationist position. Working in partnership with the Director of Technology and Preservation Project Manager, the Preservationist will help ensure the smooth functioning and continued growth of BAVC’s preservation program, performing a range of administrative, outreach, collection management, and technical functions.

BAVC is one of the nation’s longest-standing nonprofit video and audio preservation organizations. Established in 1994 in partnership with the Getty Research Center, BAVC’s Preservation Department developed practices and services that helped establish the field of video preservation and, since that time, has provided critical video and audio preservation services to all sizes of institutions and artists of all disciplines. BAVC’s preservation staff works with museums, artists and cultural institutions around the world to transfer and archive seminal creative and historical works on video and audiotape, rigorously maintaining endangered analog equipment in order to provide high quality transfers to preservation-standard formats.

Essential Responsibilities Include:
Managing and tracking BAVC’s fee-for-service and grant-funded digitization projects. Establishing, documenting, and maintaining workflows related to reformatting and preserving analog video materials. Creating and modifying metadata for digital materials, meeting established controlled vocabularies and industry standards. Performing quality control measures for digital materials and collections. Contributing to BAVC=E2=80=99s grant-funded preservation projects including the A/V Artifact Atlas, QCTools, the Preservation Access Program, and the Educational Resources Project.

Experience Required:
Knowledge of digital preservation models for moving image and audio, methods and technologies (including OAIS, digital asset management systems, databases, system administration, and file formats). Proven expertise reformatting analog video materials (including equipment set-up, format identification, care and handling, playback, and storage best practices). Familiarity with metadata standards relevant to the archival control of digital collections (such as EAD, PBCore, METS, MODS, and PREMIS). Knowledge of both Macintosh and Windows environments. Knowledge of post-production workflows (Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Media Express, Compressor, MPEG Streamclip) and FFmpeg. Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team. Strong attention to detail and superior communication skills (establishing and maintaining working relationships with coworkers and clients). Demonstrable ability to articulate highly technical concepts to a variety of audiences.


BAVC is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate with regard to applicants or employees with disabilities, and will make reasonable accommodation when necessary. For the purposes of ADA, the “Responsibilities” and “Qualifications” are essential job functions.

Significant work is performed in a typical interior community meeting space or classroom work environment, with typical noise and other disruption. Position may be required to lift, carry and transport technical and specialized equipment and handle with appropriate caution. Both standing and sitting are required for long periods of time. The position requires a high use of computers and related equipment.

Various types of equipment/supplies are used to accomplish the job requirements and include, but are not limited to, video and editing equipment, instruction supplies, computers, classroom materials, telephones and other common communication devices.

If the above job description sounds like you, and you want to work in a diverse, hard-working, arts-centered environment, send a resume and cover letter to the BAVC Preservation Department, 2727 Mariposa Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94110, or by email to preservation(at), or any questions at 415-558-2158.

BAVC believes in a diverse workforce and applicants from diverse communities are encouraged to apply.

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