Assistant Director of Digital Collections

New Orleans, LA Full-time
The National WWII Museum is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled

The National WWII Museum is seeking an Assistant Director of Digital Collections.  Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Collections & Exhibits, the Assistant Director is a vital member of the Collections & Exhibits team and works closely with collections, archives, library, marketing & communications, and education staff members.  This position leads, coordinates, and collaborates on initiatives and activities designed to build digital collections that facilitate access to the Museum’s holdings.  The Assistant Director of Digital Collections will conceive and implement a strategy to expand the Museum’s digital presence and make the Museum’s extraordinary collections available in digital form.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Survey the needs of the Museum and set goals for future digitization initiatives of Museum collections.
  • Supervise digitization staff, plan and implement digitization projects, and manage digital collections by establishing and documenting consistent standards, policies, and procedures, planning workflows, and setting priorities.
  • Maintain departmental database systems (NetX and KE Emu), troubleshoot technical issues, and remain up-to-date with software updates and bug fixes.
  • Troubleshoot the Museum’s Digital Collection Website in collaboration with the IT department and lead the effort to redevelop the site as part of the broader initiative to redevelop the Museum’s main institutional website.
  • Develop and enforce digital asset preservation standards and practices, managing the continued preservation of and access to the Museum’s born-digital and digitized material.
  • Collaborate with the IT department to ensure database and multimedia servers are maintained and develop an integrated preservation, storage, and disaster plan for digital assets in collaboration with IT leadership.
  • Facilitate the integration of digital media assets into DAMS from all Museum departments and work closely with IT staff and others to improve access to digital assets for daily use, special projects, and initiatives.
  • Establish and maintain security and access for users and improve discoverability, searchability, shareability, usability, reliability, and integrity of digital assets.
  • Develop and update training documentation and provide functional support to KE Emu and NetX software users.
  • Develop and manage Digital Collection department budgets, contracts, project schedules, and vendor relationships.
  • Actively participate in the development and preparation of sponsorship and grant proposals and reports, as well as other revenue-generating proposals, to support Museum digitization initiatives.
  • Conduct metadata audits and create usage reports.


  • Master’s degree Library and Information Science, or related field.
  • At least five years’ experience in a museum, archives, or library image archive including experience with database management, time-based media management, digital rights management, metadata standards and practices, and data migration.
  • Strong technical skills and demonstrated knowledge of collections management systems (KE Emu preferred) and digital asset management systems (NetX preferred) as well as proven success in implementing workflows in a complex environment.
  • Experience in leadership and administrative management of teams including personnel management, project planning and management, and budget management.
  • Positive attitude, good interpersonal skills, flexibility, and commitment to collaboration, customer service, strategy, and innovation.
  • Excellent problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Strong oral, written, and visual communication skills as well as strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to lift, carry, and place objects on shelves, including overhead, up to 50 pounds without assistance.
  • Ability to climb ladders up to 12 feet.

  In addition to offering competitive wages, the Museum’s benefits package includes:

  • Medical insurance – 2 plan options; Museum pays 75% of premium
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • 401(k) – Museum matches 50% of employee contribution up to 6%; employer contribution full vested after 3 years of employment
  • Life insurance and AD&D - $15,000 policy employer paid; additional life and AD&D available
  • Long term disability insurance
  • Paid vacation and sick leave, 10 paid holidays per year
  • Free parking
  • Tuition assistance and professional development
  • Employee assistance program

 The National WWII Museum is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity in its workforce.  We are dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.  Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants may request accommodations needed to participate in the application process.

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