Job Listing: Photographer & Digital Asset Specialist

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Virginia Museum of History & Culture - Richmond, VA

Closes - Open until filled.

Position Title – Photographer & Digital Asset Specialist

Salary - $36,000/Annually

Job Type - Full-Time

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Position summary:

The Photographer and Digital Asset Specialist (PDAS) is the manager and distributor of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture’s collection of digital assets and is also the primary creator of still images. The PDAS serves two main roles at the museum: studio photographer and event/marketing photographer.

As studio photographer, the PDAS works closely with all divisions to ensure that the appropriate images of collection items are being used and that archival quality digital files are properly filed, maintained, and stored.

As event/marketing photographer, the PDAS documents museum events and programs through still photographs and video. This role also assists with editing video content for use on social media, the web, and in exhibitions.

For both roles, the PDAS manages and organizes digital assets by providing quality control and functional support to museum staff.


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Digitizes VMHC collection items in partnership with Collections staff through digital photography or scanning
  • Manages digital assets including the uploading of JPEG files and metadata to Collections databases (Argus and Sydney Enterprises) and saving archival original quality files to VMHC servers
  • Manages and implements digitization projects as specified by grants and assists others in completing similar work
  • Serves as official VMHC event photographer (occasional flex night/weekend hours)
  • Works closely with the Digital Engagement Manager and Manager of Graphic Design & Production to improve and update images for marketing materials including editing (color correct, cropping, clipping, etc.) images as needed
  • Proactively plans, improves and expands the distribution and accessibility of still images, video, and other digital assets for staff and the public
  • Plans, manages, and styles photo shoots to ensure quality images for use in marketing materials
  • Maintains and troubleshoots all photography and digitization equipment
  • Manages relationships with external photographers including licensing agreements for image use
  • Assists with photo orders for collection requests and serves as backup in this role
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Necessary:

  • Skilled in the use of electronic imaging equipment used to digitize a variety of historical documents
  • Experience with photography of 3-dimensional museum objects and fine art reproductions
  • Knowledge of, and experience handling library and archival materials and museum objects
  • Experience with color management hardware, custom color profiling, and flat-field correction
  • Extensive knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Experience with Digital Asset Management Systems or Collections Management Systems and/or ability to quickly learn new database technologies
  • Experience working with both Windows and Mac OS
  • Extensive knowledge in the use of photographic equipment, including a variety of cameras, lenses, and lighting with the ability to troubleshoot problems
  • Skill in file naming conventions and directory structures in order to enter, search, manage, process, and retrieve information in a database management system
  • Willingness to improve and expand knowledge of best practices for photography and DAMS management by attending professional development activities and workshops
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction
  • Experience planning and directing photoshoots including those with products/objects only and those with live models
  • Excellent data management, organizational, and communication skills
  • Keen eye for clarity, composition, and detail
  • Ability to withstand regular use of strobe lights
  • Ability to lift a minimum of twenty-five pounds

Education & Experience Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in art history, fine art, photography, or related field
  • Minimum of three-year’s experience in an archive or museum setting
  • Minimum of one-year experience handling museum and archival collections
  • Minimum of five-year’s proficiency in studio photography, specifically DSLR or medium format cameras, lighting, and software, including Photoshop
  • Willingness and demonstrated ability to learn the necessary software for the management, archiving, and tracking of digital files



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The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is owned and operated by the Virginia Historical Society — a private, non-profit organization established in 1831. The historical society is the oldest cultural organization in Virginia, and one of the oldest and most distinguished history organizations in the nation. For use in its state history museum and its renowned research library, the historical society cares for a collection of nearly nine million items representing the ever-evolving story of Virginia.


The Virginia Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.