Employment Opportunity

Resident: National Digital Stewardship Residency – Art

The Program
Mia has received a grant to host one of four NDSR Art Residents in 2017-2018. Residents will complete digital stewardship projects on-site at their host institution. NDSR Art residencies run for 12 months, from August 1, 2017 to late July 2018, preceded by a week-long training period in Philadelphia. The program contains many opportunities for professional development including ongoing workshops, lectures, special events, and other activities with the residency cohort. Residents will work with mentors at their host institution and local ARLIS/NA chapters. To get a sense of what it is like to participate as a resident, we recommend blogs created by the current AAPB cohort; past NDSR-NY and NDSR-Boston cohorts; the Library of Congress. For more information on the timeline of NDSR Art, please visit the Timeline page on the NDSR Art website.

The Job
Mia’s NDSR Art Resident will take a lead role in helping the museum enhance our capacity to acquire, manage, preserve and provide access to our digital art collections over time; recommend technical solutions for management and preservation; and oversee the initial implementation of the new policies, procedures and systems, using our existing collections as a test-bed. They will build on the work of leaders in the field (Matters in Media Art, the Smithsonian Time-Based Media Art Working Group), ensuring all solutions are appropriate to Mia’s scale. In the final stage of their residency, the Resident will train Mia staff to carry forward what they have helped put in place. For full details, see Mia’s project description on the NDSR Art website.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must have received a master’s degree (or higher) within two years of the residency start date in a field related to the stewardship of digital information. If you are receiving your degree after the application deadline, and are selected as an NDSR Art resident, you will need to sign an agreement confirming you will receive your degree prior to the residency start in August 2017 or will relinquish your place in the program.
  • The NDSR is an ongoing, multi-city program developed and supported by the national Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). As such, residents should expect to interact with former and current residents in other cities, to advocate for the program at professional conferences and events, and provide valuable input to NDSR program officers on ways to improve and extend the NDSR program.
  • Applicants should be prepared and willing to move to the geographic location of their host institution for a twelve-month period beginning in August 2017.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.

Specific Requirements

  • Awareness of current and emerging best practices, tools, principles and standards in digital asset management and digital preservation
  • An understanding of descriptive, technical and preservation metadata standard application and use
  • Background in library science /digital archive management and technology
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience using personal computers
  • An ability to employ logic and analytical thinking
  • Great attention to detail
  • An interest in museum collections- and data-management

Preferred Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience developing and documenting policies, procedures and workflows.
  • Experience managing and/or preserving born-digital artwork.
  • Work with digital asset management systems.
  • Experience developing and delivering training.

Who You Are
You are a self-starter and creative problem solver able to work well individually and with a team in a dynamic environment. You have a positive attitude with superior communication skills.  You enjoy motivating others to achieve goals and are committed to excellence.

You’re good at and enjoy…

  • Communicating effectively with multiple stakeholders across various levels.
  • Networking with industry peers.
  • Setting challenging goals and achieving them.
  • Paying attention to detail.

Mia Culture
The Minneapolis Institute of Art is an audience-centered workplace where everyone strives to provide excellent service and cultivate honest and positive relationships. Generosity, agility, emotional intelligence, positive energy, and driving results are the core values that define Mia’s culture. Successful employment at Mia includes full embrace and consistent demonstration of these values by all team members.

To Apply

  • Applicants should fill out the application form and compile supporting documents, and submit them in one e-mail to ndsr@philamuseum.orgwith the subject line “[Your Name] NDSR Art Application” by 5:00 p.m. on March 17, 2017.
  • Download the application

NDSR Art project staff are answering questions. Please direct inquiries to ndsr@philamuseum.org.

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