The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is the nonprofit corporation that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The Foundation runs a wide variety of programs year round in the areas of cultural enrichment and economic development. The Jazz Fest, Jazz & Heritage Archive, Don Jamison Heritage School of Music and WWOZ 90.7 FM are the Foundation’s principle assets. The Foundation is seeking a Digital Systems Lead who will work under the supervision of the Archivist. This new position is created with the support of The Helis Foundation (THF) and is a unique opportunity to start a new program from the ground up. The Foundation seeks someone with technical expertise as well as someone versed in Louisiana culture
The Helis Foundation - Digital Systems Lead (THF-DSL) is a full-time position that will see to the design, implementation, and day-to-day operations of the Archive’s digital storage and preservation program. The THF-DSL will work closely with Archive colleagues to ensure persistent support for the acquisition, processing and access of digital materials both born and digitized for the Archive. The position will be responsible for maintaining the digital preservation life cycle management policies and procedures for all digital assets. The THF-DSL will work with producers, videographers and audio engineers to ensure the collections are complete and that archive policies and procedures are applied. The THF-DSL will interface with technical leads at WWOZ, Foundation Programs, and Festival Productions to develop and maintain delivery pipelines ensuring selected digital content has an open route for storage in the Archive and to provide access to content from the Archive as required by each group. The THF-DSL will maintain vigilant review of all digital storage infrastructures to reduce risks of obsolescence or failure and to verify the health and attendance of all of the Archive’s digital assets. The THF-DSL will work closely with Archives colleagues to provide efficient and long-term access to the Archive’s digital content for identified user communities.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead the establishment and implementation of an effective and sustainable digital storage and preservation program that will ensure the long-term viability and accessibility of the Archive’s digital content and resources.
Collaborate with Archive and Foundation staff to develop digital storage and preservation policies, procedures, and workflows that will establish an effective and sustainable digital program creating long-term access to the Archive’s digital content and resources.
Apply analytical and technological skills to evaluate and implement digital preservation systems, software, and storage solutions that adhere to digital preservation standards (i.e. OAIS, PREMIS, etc.) and create an infrastructure to support digital preservation activities such as appraisal, ingesting, monitoring, and access.
Provide day-to-day maintenance of data storage environments, including backups and recovery protocols.
Assist with capacity planning and risk management, and make recommendations for strategic decisions.
Design and implement data migration architecture and analysis of the environments.
Evaluate products and upgrades for appropriateness.
Oversee and implement system upgrade strategies. Works with Archive staff to ingest and integrate preservation system with Islandora.
Develop, implement and oversee policies and procedures to ensure consistent storage provisioning, uptime, regulatory compliance, and data protection.
Manage and provide current storage usage statistics and providing future projected growth estimates.
Manage the digital preservation life cycle of content and resources in a variety of formats, including, but not limited to, digital audiovisual content and electronic records.
Develop and track structural, technical, and administrative metadata to document for preserved digital content and resources.
Monitor digital preservation developments in the areas of software, systems, and best practices.
Advise the Archive and the Foundation regarding digital preservation best practices, including strategies and workflows that preserve and provide access to digital content and resources of long-term value to the Archive.
Create awareness about digital preservation through facilitating workshops, training, and other outreach methods.
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with four years of related experience, or Masters Degree with two years of experience; or significant industry experience.
Of the experience listed above, two (2) years of successful experience working with digital program planning and implementation, preferably in a cultural heritage or similar institutional archival setting.
Demonstrated understanding of technology, systems, and standards (e.g., ISO 14721, ISO 16363, and NDSA Levels of Preservation) necessary for the implementation of a digital storage and preservation program, including effective workflows.
Demonstrated proficiency working with a variety of digital formats, e.g., image, audio, object, and text.
Proficiency with one or more computer scripting languages, e.g., bash, Python, PHP, Windows batch files, or other programming languages.
Technical aptitude and continued interest in learning new technology strategies for the benefit of the Archive and the Foundation
Demonstrated knowledge of and an interest in the history, music, and culture of the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana.
Ability to manage tasks both independently and collaboratively.
Ability to work collaboratively across diverse work cultures.
Familiarity with digital repositories (e.g., ContentDM, Omeka, Islandora, Digital Commons, DSpace, Fedora, or Digital Asset Management Systems in general).
Additional Salary Information: Plus benefits
About New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. promotes, preserves, perpetuates and encourages the music, culture and heritage of communities in Louisiana through festivals, programs and other cultural, educational, civic and economic activities.
More information about our programs can be seen here: http://jazzandheritage.org/what-we-do
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