Archivist – Central Park Conservancy – New York, NY
Company: Central Park Conservancy
Location: New York, NY
Central Park Conservancy
The Central Park Conservancy’s archive consists of physical collections and digital assets that document the organization’s work since its founding in 1980. It includes photographs, documents, publications, maps, audio/visual materials, and other assets that are used throughout the organization. The Archivist will be responsible for ongoing administration of the existing institutional archive, and collaborate with other departments to further develop a digital asset management system to meet internal needs. Responsibilities include: ongoing management of digital assets, data updates and maintenance, user training, and archival research. This position supports the Communications department and works closely with the Conservancy’s historian and Park planners.
Summary of Essential Job Functions:
- Develop and implement a digital asset system that serves as an institutional archive for the organization, while also managing assets that support content development and other communications efforts
- Catalog digital assets in an accurate, consistent, and timely manner
- Maintain clear metadata structures and keyword tags to optimize the digital asset management structure and ensure that assets are searchable by internal users
- Archive outdated materials, and manage rights and restrictions on assets
- Update and maintain documentation for asset management practices, including data structures, naming conventions, and trainings
- Work closely with internal departments to catalog new assets, manage workflows, and train new users
- Manage photo usage requests and permissions
- Collaborate with internal photographers, videographers, and content developers; assist with archival research and special projects as needed
- Catalog and digitize physical collections, including historic assets, audio/visual materials, and 35mm slides.
- Assist with management of off-site storage
- Develop and maintain a roadmap for ongoing updates and system improvements
- Provide technical support for internal users
- Degree in Information Sciences or related field; 3-5 years of experience working with a digital asset management system
- Solid understanding of best practices for database management and metadata taxonomy
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Strong interpersonal skills, able to work with stakeholders across the organization
- Knowledge of various photographic media
- Excellent written and verbal communications
- Good visual design sense; knowledge of Photoshop preferred
- Ability to lift 25 lbs.
- Strong research skills; knowledge about New York City history, preservation, and/or landscape architecture a plus
CPC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in its work and on its staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations and communities to apply.
Establishment and maintenance of a safe work environment is the shared responsibility of this organization and employees at every level. The Conservancy will make every effort to assure a safe environment and be in compliance with federal, state, and local safety regulations. Employees are expected to obey safety rules and to exercise caution in all their work activities. Accordingly, employees should be aware of any hazards, which could cause an injury or accident (e.g., spills, obstacles in walkways). If an employee discovers a potential dangerous condition, he/she should alert other employees and notify his/her supervisor immediately.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed