Are you passionate about digital preservation in the heritage sector? Can you train and support colleagues to ensure digital preservation best practice is followed?
The Science Museum Group (SMG) is all about inspiring futures. Due to our ambitious growth and development plans, we have launched a major digitisation programme and new initiatives to engage wider audiences with the stories in our collection. We are now recruiting for a permanent Digital Preservation Manager to establish SMG as a leading practitioner of digital preservation in the museum sector. We hold extensive digital content across our diverse and world-class collections, and we plan to accelerate further digitisation of our object, photographic and archive collections.
As Digital Preservation Manager, you will be the lead for digital preservation for the Group’s digital assets, including both Collections and Corporate records. You will work closely with colleagues across the Group to advocate for digital preservation, developing and implementing standards and procedures for the preservation of born digital and digitised content. Key to this will be to work with ICT colleagues to procure a Digital Preservation Management System, and establish a digital asset register for the Group. You will also be the principle SMG representative with the Digital Preservation Coalition where you will build close working relationships with the DPC and peer institutes. This role can be based at any of our sites (London, Bradford, Manchester or York), with the understanding that there may be travel across the Group when required.
Joining us, you’ll bring demonstrable expertise in digital preservation, standards and best practice including content management, access, migration and preservation. You will be knowledgeable on relevant metadata standards and data structure standards, along with Digital Preservation Management Systems. Overall, you’ll be passionate about preserving the digital heritage of museums for future generations; able to be an influential advocate for digital preservation across the organisation by building strong working relationships and being an intermediary between technical and non-technical colleagues.
As an employee, with SMG you will have the opportunity to develop your career in a world-class museum group. You’ll work in inspiring spaces within a collaborative, supportive and ‘open for all’ culture. We know work/life balance and wellbeing is crucial to our colleagues, so we offer up to 25 days annual leave in addition to bank holidays; BUPA medical and dental care; employee assistance programme; enhanced contributory pension; enhanced occupational sick, maternity, paternity and adoption leave; career breaks and Trade Union recognition.
SMG are an equal opportunities employer and we value and celebrate diversity. We want to make sure we represent the society in which we work but recognise that the museum sector still has much work to do in this area. We welcome and encourage all applications whatever your individual background or sector, and we particularly encourage applications from applicants from marginalised or minority groups.
Advertising period: Monday 14 September to Monday 12 October 2020
Hours: Full-time 35 hours pw
Salary: £36-42,000 pa DOE
Location: This role can be based in London, Manchester, Bradford or York
Does this appeal to you? If so, click here to view the Vacancy Information Pack which provides you with details of the role and the application process.