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Project Media Preservation Specialist, Video and Digital Media, Media Preservation Initiative (MPI)


Project Media Preservation Specialist, Video and Digital Media, Media Preservation Initiative (MPI) (term-position)


New York, NY USA

Application Date

January 01, 1970

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The Whitney Museum of American Art seeks a temporary Project Media Preservation Specialist, Video and Digital Media 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 Media Preservation Specialist, Video and Digital Media will work directly with all works of art that have their primary and native format in video, as well as digital surrogates made from other formats and born digital material. The position assesses the condition of these materials and reports on their current status. The position also facilitates the digitization of analog video materials by external vendors as well as the ingest of digital materials using automated preservation workflows.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct condition assessments on video carriers, digital surrogates, and born digital materials as well preparing condition reports
  • Manage the ingest of digital materials using automated preservation management system for digital storage
  • Organize video materials for digitization by external vendors
  • Quality control digitized material as well as born digital material
  • Reporting to the Project Manager on completed work on a daily basis


  • Master’s degree in film or media studies with formal training in video and digital file preservation for moving images
  • Knowledge of different video formats
  • 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
  • Experience in the management of digital assets
  • 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.

EEO Statement

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.