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Cultivate Learning currently has an outstanding opportunity for a Digital Asset Specialist.
The Digital Asset Specialist will be responsible for maintaining Cultivate Learning's internal digital asset management (DAM) system and at least three customized external facing multimedia collections that have inter-dependent metadata schemas. Cultivate Learning’s internal DAM hosts more than 20,000 original source videos, photos, and graphics used for our internal production of educational materials, as well as several thousand finished professional development materials for diverse audiences including educators, coaches, professional development providers, and higher education faculty through projects with the EarlyEdU Alliance, the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families, and others. This position will be responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of an asset management system, which will include inventorying digital assets, developing effective databases, monitoring all digital asset systems, and supervising new upgrades. The person hired will also manage content and providing training for system users.
The Digital Asset Specialist requires thorough attention to detail, thoughtful planning, and the ability to develop customized collections that are based on an in-house taxonomy of terms and educational practices. The person selected must be able to make independent decisions, work collaboratively with project partners, and work strategically with regard to designing, editing, maintaining, and curating internal and external collections. This role will provide end-user training and consulting on finding and using collections and assets; and should have a thorough understanding of library science and be familiar with digital library asset management and distribution technologies.
Digital Web Asset Management
•Oversee and update Cultivate Learning’s taxonomy in WebDAM to enhance and maintain an integrated back-end metadata schema. •Manage and document taxonomic and metadata schema changes. •Implement best SEO practices to optimize user experience in WebDAM. •Direct and manage taxonomy requests and maintenance strategies with Media Liaison and Production Manager. •Tag and prepare video, photo, and document assets for customized collections. •Manage routine internal communication dissemination for new assets. •Coordinate efforts to expand the internal and external library collections with other members of the Resource Development team and project partners. •Representing Cultivate Learning, liaison with asset development partners or stock collections. •In collaboration with Resource Development team members, conduct regular audits of assets to ensure they align with Cultivate Learning values. •Juggle multiple projects and exercise good judgment in an organized and professional manner, in a fast paced, dynamic and deadline driven environment. •In collaboration with the Media Liaison, oversee team of hourly video coders as needed.
Customized External Library Collections
•Build Front End Collections using WebDAM’s Brand Connect for a number of different library portals (including the EarlyEdU Alliance Multimedia Library and the Cultivate Learning Resource Library). •Curate and organize collection categories. •Customize front-end search and display options. •Write public-facing descriptions of assets. •Generate fresh content about the multimedia libraries and collections for newsletter stories, general information, and EarlyEdU Alliance member updates. •Research and recommend updated technologies and plug-ins that enhance the user experience. •Use analytics and end-user feedback to track and measure the use and relevancy of assets. •Routinely evaluate and revise strategies based on Center priorities and end user needs.
Training and Support
•Develop and provide customized media library training resources that are up to date, clear, accurate, cohesive, and appropriate for a variety of audiences. •Advise staff regarding content for professional development materials, websites, printed materials, and content developers. •Provide relevant assets to PI and Directors for Power Point presentations, letters, announcements, annual reports, and other communications as needed. •Work on other projects as assigned.
•Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science, Information Science, Information Architecture, or related field, and 2 years of experience working with web library collections or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
•Experience working with metadata, keywords, and taxonomies. •Experience with Digital Asset Management systems. •Knowledge of terminology used in early care and education. •Excellent written and oral communication skills. •Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion. •Excellent follow up and attention to detail. •Excellent organization and project management skills. •Experience designing and assessing user analytics.
•Master’s Degree in a related field. •Experience with web-management software (Drupal and WordPress in particular). •Basic knowledge of HTML and/or CSS •Demonstrated interest in early learning, adult learning, or higher education.
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