Media Archivist


Media Archivist (full-time)


Portland, OR United States

Application Date

June 07, 2023

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Media Archivist  

Application instructions for this and all current OPB employment opportunities are available at OPB’s careers page.

About OPB

OPB is a leader in public media, serving diverse communities of the Northwest with fact-based, in-depth news and information about politics, the environment, science, arts, history, and cultures; business, education and more. Powered by the generous support of members, OPB seeks out a variety of voices in our communities and lifts up authentic stories of the people, places, events and issues of the region, providing context and a deeper understanding. OPB’s independent journalism and programs are available at, on OPB Radio and OPB TV. Follow us on TwitterInstagramYouTube and Facebook.

The Opportunity

We’re recruiting a Media Archivist! As a member of the Media Operations team, you will get to be involved in supporting the content that OPB creates while making sure it’s preserved for future generations. In this role, you will work with both digital and physical media assets. If you have experience with digital asset management systems and you’re interested in working on a collaborative team, we would love to see you apply!

Position Details

Reporting to the Director of Media Operations and working closely with technology and content teams and the archives steering committee, the Media Archivist is responsible for establishing and maintaining archival workflows for arrangement and description, preservation, and access; providing expertise with and guiding development of appraisal, accession, and retention policies; collaborating with technology and media asset management teams to manage and preserve digital assets; and overseeing and proactively advising content creators and other teams across OPB on cataloging, metadata, and naming convention strategies and enhancement efforts. This position acts as part of the media asset management (MAM) governance committee, to approve, create and maintain consistent workflow designs and business solutions in the MAM system.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Five years of experience leading or working in moving image or audiovisual archives, library and information science, museum studies, or relevant field.
  • Experience working with both current and legacy audiovisual formats and files and legacy playback equipment.
  • Understanding of copyright law, rights and permissions, licensing, and privacy issues.
  • Knowledge of cataloging, metadata, and digital preservation trends and best practices.
  • Experience with digital asset management systems.
  • Ability to use workplace technology effectively including email, calendar, internet, video conferencing, searching databases, creating spreadsheets.
  • Excellent communication skills and experience establishing positive and productive collaborations with a wide variety of people.
  • Comfortable working on a team that values everyone’s unique outlooks, skills, and experiences to work toward a shared goal
  • Comfortable working in a change-oriented environment. Able to participate in thinking outside of the box, propose solutions, and help implement them
  • Experience with managing digital preservation projects, including conducting preservation surveys and prioritizing materials for preservation, establishing and adhering to project metadata standards and file naming conventions, and performing quality assurance on project deliverables.
  • Enthusiasm for the services and mission of Oregon Public Broadcasting

Additional Information

  • This position reports to the Director of Media Operations, and is benefits eligible
  • The probable hiring range for this exempt position is between $63,000 – $73,000, depending on qualifications.
  • For the safety of our employees, the contractors/vendors we work with, and the public we serve, OPB has a mandatory COVID vaccination policy and all employees are required to show proof of vaccination.
  • This position has access to highly sensitive data and therefore must pass a background check.

How to Apply

For application instructions, please visit OPB’s careers page. You will be asked to create an account, upload your cover letter and resume and answer a few position-related questions. Once you click “submit” you cannot make changes to your application.

Your application materials are due by 8:59 PM Pacific Time on June 7, 2023.

OPB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.