Job Opening Title: Digital Collections Archivist – Early Hip Hop Collection
Employer Name: Museum of Pop Culture
Job Location: Seattle, WA
Salary Range: $60,000 per year
Years of experience required:
Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: Digital Collections Archivist
Job Location: Administration – Seattle, WA
Position Type: Temporary
Salary Range: $60,000.00 Salary/year
We’re really glad you’re thinking about joining the team at MoPOP. We believe pop culture is a universal language capable of building connections across a diverse range of people. For more than twenty years, we have been showcasing how music, film, fashion, video games, sports, and more spark those connections and create a lasting cultural impact. We are proud to create both a physical space and an emotional and intellectual opportunity for people from all walks of life to explore, find and build community, and recognize their own creative potential. This applies not only to our guests, but also to our staff — be it in designing an educational program to engage the next generation of creators, trying to reach a new audience with a marketing initiative, preserving an artifact in our collection, or providing excellent customer service to a visitor. If this sounds like something you’d be into, we’d love to hear from you!
MoPOP’s Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
Our mission is to make creative expression a life-changing force by offering experiences that inspire and connect our communities. A nonprofit grounded in five core values — open arms, creative exchanges, light bulb moments, pursuing excellence, and excitement — MoPOP is committed to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA). This includes taking steps to continue increasing our awareness of institutional “-isms,” as well as uncovering and undoing the ways they show up in museum culture. We recognize this is a process that requires intentionality, energy, and resources, and we are developing a DEIA framework that can cultivate a work environment and museum experience that is truly welcoming for all. We seek out a diverse field of candidates for staff positions and expect everyone in the MoPOP community to be part of our DEIA journey.
As part of a larger team composed of personnel from the Collections, Exhibitions, IT, and Curatorial teams at the Museum of Pop Culture, this position is responsible for the research, metadata writing, and preparation of associated digital files for artifacts within the museum’s Early Hip-Hop Collection. This position works closely with digital repository software solutions including TMS and eMuseum. This position helps ensure the complete digitization and ingestion of the selected 1,300+ artifacts and ephemera from MoPOP’s Early Hip-Hop Collection. An understanding and appreciation for early hip-hop is essential for this work.
This is a temporary full time position beginning July 1, 2020 and forecasted to run through March 2023.
Essential Job Functions (Other Duties As Assigned):
Digital Infrastructure and Preservation:
Work with the Collections team and Curators to ensure ingestion of metadata to the online portal
Ensure data standardization across a selection of early the hip-hop collection
Scholarship and Service:
Ensure complete and accurate metadata for each TMS record including: description, copyright information, title, etc.
Ensure adequate photographs are associated with each record, appropriate to the level of copyright. For any records that are missing photographs, work alongside the Collections Team to capture appropriate images.
Digitize 80 oral history filmed recordings.
Conduct at least two remote donor lectures/discussions about the museum’s early hip-hop collection.
High-level knowledge of 1970s – 1990s hip-hop.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written, organizational, problem-solving and planning skills.
Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues.
Commitment to working with diverse communities.
Experience working with or supporting a Content Management System (The Museum System (TMS) preferred).
Experience managing digital asset systems/collections.
Familiarity with current trends in digital library initiatives, digital curation, and digital preservation standards.
Strong attention to access, privacy, and security issues.
Understanding and familiarity with technical standards for metadata (preferably Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus and Cataloguing Cultural Artifacts).
Self-directed project management skills.
Efficient and detail oriented.
Demonstrated skills for multi-tasking.
Working knowledge of IP requirements for digital collections
This Temporary, Full Time position includes a generous benefits package that will be shared during the hiring process.