Digital Archivist

Becket, MA
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Salary: 50,000
Created: December 22, 2021


Jacob’s Pillow seeks a full-time Digital Archivist to join the Archives and Audience Engagement team. This role will report to the Director of Preservation and work alongside the Associate Archivist as well as work closely with the Jacob’s Pillow media team, operations team, and IT contractor. To further the Jacob’s Pillow mission to support dance creation, presentation, education, and preservation; and to engage and deepen public appreciation and support for dance, this role will oversee all aspects of digital archiving and digital preservation for the Jacob’s Pillow Archives.


  • Overseeing the preservation of all digital objects in the Jacob’s Pillow Archives. The largest collection of digital archives are Jacob’s Pillow’s 10,000+ moving image materials, which comprise both digitized obsolete media and born-digital assets. 
  • Managing the appraisal of digital objects and facilitating the ingestion of archival digital materials into the Jacob’s Pillow Archives. This includes acting as liaison between the Archives and digital content producers at the institution and creating and managing workflows for metadata creation, long-term retention assessment, and file transfer.
  • Cataloguing digital objects in Collective Access—Jacob’s Pillow’s content management system.
  • Facilitating digital reference and online engagement resources including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Stream, and PillowVoices: Dance Through Time.
  • Regular reviewing of Jacob’s Pillow’s digital preservation systems and implementing new or updated procedures in alignment with best practices in the field.
  • Providing occasional supplementary assistance to Director of Preservation and Associate Archivist in areas outside the Digital Archivist’s scope including occasional assistance with exhibitions, reference, and supervision of interns.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Library/Information Science or related field.
  • Two years of experience working with digital collections in a library or archival setting.
  • Experience implementing and maintaining Digital Asset Management systems.
  • Familiarity with digitization standards (hardware and software) for analog media (audiovisual, photographic materials, documents, etc.) and/or experience working with digitization vendors.
  • Knowledge of library information technology standards, protocols, issues, and trends—particularly in relation to digitization, digital asset management, digital format sustainability, digital preservation, normalization/migration, and preservation metadata standards and schemas.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and accessibility with experience enacting those values in a library or archives setting.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks from concept to completion with the highest attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well as a team and independently.
  • Experience with Dropbox, Google Suite, Vimeo, WordPress, and YouTube.
  • Must be able to lift materials of up to 25 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with performing arts archives.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (especially Premiere Pro) and Collective Access.
  • Familiarity with SQL or other relational database programming language.
  • General knowledge of dance, dance history, and/or Jacob’s Pillow history.


Published: Thursday, December 23, 2021 18:24 UTC

Last updated: Thursday, December 23, 2021 18:24 UTC