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Visual Resource Specialist II

Job Number Full/Part Time Schedule Salary
27514968 Full Time 8AM - 5PM $59,696 - $82,664

Position Information

The Digital Specialist works under the direction of the Visual Resources Collection's (VRC) Curator to support a wide range of technical and consultative services related to the production, integration, dissemination and preservation of the VRC's analog and digital image collections and unit initiatives. The Digital Specialist has primary responsibility for completeness and accuracy of all digital imaging processes: scanning, photographing, image correction, manipulation and storage in support of instruction, research and publication. The Digital Specialist is responsible for the execution of design, implementation, and ongoing production support of the department of Art History's online image databases and end-user delivery systems. The Digital Specialist advises on the assessment of workflows and web check delivery effectiveness for the Visual Resource Center. The position provides ongoing analysis, documentation, and feedback and will inform on improvements in software management for digitization, capture, quality control, derivative creation, metadata extraction, metadata transformation, uploads, and web access workflows. The Digitization Specialist identifies opportunities for improvements, researches alternatives, writes or modifies existing software, and then tests and implements workflow improvements. The Digital Specialist acts as the departments web administrator providing design, development and maintenance of the Art History and VRC websites. The Digital Specialist provides instruction to faculty in technical aspects related to digital instruction. This position provides routine maintenance of hardware, software and is responsible for maintaining cross-platform network systems as appropriate. The Digital Specialist performs other duties related to the operation of the VRC as specified by the Curator. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, analytical, and capable of providing excellent customer service. The position requires that the candidate possess a wide understanding of a variety of technologies related to digitization, digital libraries, and digital asset management ,and be able to effectively communicate and resolve a broad range of technical issues. The ideal candidate should be comfortable working independently and in a collaborative setting. Excellent organizational skills and the ability to balance multiple priorities while achieving long-term goals are essential to the position.

**As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. **


Education Requirements

Degree Requirement
BFA or BA or equivalent subject area expertise in art, art history, architectural history, or library and information science. Background in visual arts. Preferred


Experience Requirement
Minimum 2 - 4 years of related experience working with digital images and/or digital collections in an academic setting, museum or library setting, publishing, or corporate environment. Required
Experience with digital research methodologies in support of Arts and Humanities faculty. Preferred
Experience with graphic design. Preferred
Experience working with Extensis Portfolio and Omeka. Preferred

Minimum Requirements

Understanding of metadata, metadata schemas and embedded metadata.
Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain databases and other related software to support image collections, content management systems, and asset distribution.
Demonstrated ability to manage most, or all, aspects of web operations.
General knowledge of scripting including HTML, JavaScript, PHP and Apache.
Demonstrated ability to work with image editing software to produce high quality color-correct images for print and electronic publication.
Exceptional attention to detail and commitment to accuracy while managing multiple priorities.
Familiarity with CAD products and the ability to produce architectural renderings.
Excellent interpersonal skills required to work with a diverse community of students, staff and faculty including strong verbal, written and listening skills.
Fluency in all facets of Adobe Creative Suite products, MS Office products, FileMaker Pro, and WordPress
Ability to work independently and collaboratively while maintaining a genial workplace.

Preferred Qualifications

A strong desire to create innovative intersections of technology, visual resources and digital humanities.

Familiarity working with ArcGIS and other geospatial tools.

Working knowledge of VRA Core 4.0; CCO, controlled vocabularies such as LCSH, AAT, ULAN and TGN.

Advanced knowledge of HTML, XML, JavaScript, PHP and Apache.

Problem solving and analytical skills to work with a complex image collection.

Familiarity working with A/V files and the ability to edit short video and sound files.

Additional Information

In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history, and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.

  • UC Riverside is proud to be ranked No. 12 among all U.S. universities, according to Money Magazine's 2020 rankings, and among the top 1 percent of universities worldwide, according to the 2019-20 Center for World University rankings.

  • UC Riverside is the top university in the United States for social mobility. - U.S. News 2020

  • UCR is a member of the University Innovation Alliance, the leading national coalition of public research universities committed to improving student success for low-income, first-generation, and students of color.

  • Among top-tier universities, UC Riverside ranks No. 2 in financial aid. - Business Insider 2019

  • Ranked No. 2 in the world for research, UCR's Department of Entomology maintains one of the largest collections of insect specimens the nation. - Center for World University Rankings

  • UCR's distinguished faculty boasts 2 Nobel Laureates, and 13 members of the National Academies of Science and Medicine.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview

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