Digital Assets Manager

Digital Assets Manager for Illinois State Museum

Two-Year Term Position

Educational/Experience Qualifications

Requires a master’s degree in Anthropology or similar associated subject with an emphasis on ethnographic studies or ethnohistory preferred. Also of interest are candidates with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/Information Technology or 3-5 years of prior digital management software experience in a museum or similar cultural collections settings such as libraries, historical societies, zoos aquariums is required.

Must have extensive knowledge of technology, photography and digitization of collection objects and Digital Assets Management systems as well as a general understanding of database design.  The successful candidate must possess research skills and substantial research experience and knowledge in the fields of anthropology or ethnography. Must possess excellent communication, organization skills and be detail oriented.  The position will be focused 50% on the role of being the Digital Asset Manager and 50% on the role of being a research assistant to the Curator of Anthropology.

Job Description

The Digital Asset Manager will also serve as part of the Anthropology team and work under the direction of the Curator of Anthropology to implement digitization of approximately 8000 objects in the ethnographic collection. Responsibilities will include checking object inventories, photographing objects, scanning, or otherwise digitizing supplemental information associated with the ethnographic collection, assessing object condition, and rehousing objects as necessary according to museum safe storage best practices. The candidate must have experience handling a range of objects and materials and caring for cultural objects. 

The Digital Asset Manager will join the ISM team in the ongoing implementation and transfer of collections data to a collection management system (CMS). This system will serve the diverse needs of collection management staff as well as support digital assets from the Illinois Legacy Collection (ILC) of 13.5 million objects. The ILC includes cultural objects, artifacts, and art related to the history of the state of Illinois with extensive collection holdings in the fields of Anthropology, Art, Botany, Geology, History, Library Science, Paleontology, and Zoology. The Digital Asset Manager will play a key role in the future of online ISM curated digital experiences and collections data served online.  

Through the creation and documentation of metadata, digital object images, workflows of cataloging and all data from the various collections that will be migrated to the new DAMS the Digital Assets Manager will play an instrumental role assisting with this process. She/he must be prepared to serve as the lead staff member overseeing the process of data conversion to the new DAMS, working with the company’s digital conversion expert(s) and ISM information technology curator in consultation with and support of the various Museum collections curators and registrars. The Digital Manager will be responsible for monitoring databases and helping to oversee future upgrades. This position also has additional responsibilities, such as providing future training for new system users.

Anticipated Salary Range: $35,000 to $55,000 This job description is subject to change at any time.

To Apply: Please submit your cover letter, resume or CV, and three references to:

Marilyn Sabo
Illinois State Museum Society 
502 S. Spring St. 
Springfield, IL 62706

No calls, please

The Illinois State Museum Society and the State of Illinois continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within our State.  A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas, and experiences is crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public. The Illinois State Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a proud member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.