Performance of Abel Gance’s 1927 masterpiece Napoleon, September 24, 2007 at the Coliseum in Rome with the Triptych being shown on an 8.5 x 33 meter screen. The screen was built next to the Arch of Constantine on the Plazza del Colloseo, with the seating area and projection room in the Via de San Gregorio. Napoleon image copyright; Zoetrope Corporation and The Film Preserve, Ltd, with permission Courtesy: Boston Light & Sound, Inc.

Project Manager, Media Preservation Initiative


Project Manager, Media Preservation Initiative (term-position)


New York, NY USA

Application Date

January 01, 1970

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The Whitney Museum of American Art seeks a Project Manager for the Museum’s Media Preservation Initiative (MPI), a collaborative effort to document, preserve, and conduct conservation assessments for time and media based works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection. The collection includes historical works from as early as the 1930s as well as contemporary works utilizing the newest technologies. The collection houses a diverse set of physical materials, from film and videotape to digital files.

The Project Manager will oversee the daily management of MPI to ensure that the goals of this complex project are completed successfully. Working with a project based team consisting of media preservation specialists, a researcher, and cataloguer, the Project Manager will provide leadership to support the multiple facets of MPI as well daily reporting on the status completed work and achievements.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage the daily operational aspects of the project, including providing documentation for work to be completed as well as tracking the progress of completed work
  • Oversee and the movement of physical materials as well as digital surrogates or born digital materials, including the tracking of movement locations in the collection management system
  • Daily reporting on the progress of the project, including data extraction from collection management systems as well as digital preservation tools
  • Authoring content that supports the visibility of the project to internal and external stakeholders
  • Provide managerial support for project staff


  • Master’s degree in Art History, or Library and Information Sciences, or Conservation
  • Project management experience
  • Fluency in media and digital preservation
  • Competency in collection management systems (such as TMS) as well as automated digital preservation workflows
  • Knowledge of contemporary art, with a focus on film, video, and new media
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Works well under deadline
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Works collaboratively


About the Whitney

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.

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The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.