The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) is seeking a Project Specialist for the Arches project. This is a two year, limited term position.
Arches is a project of the GCI that addresses the data management needs of the cultural heritage field by developing a comprehensive open-source platform that is purposefully designed to meet specific challenges within the conservation field. The software integrates innovative tools such as the latest semantic, geospatial and web technologies.
Working under the supervision of the GCI’s Arches project manager, the Project Specialist will be responsible for the support and growth of the Arches open source community with the ultimate aim of advancing conservation data management practices worldwide. Responsibilities include active engagement with domestic and international partners and conservation institutions; creation and dissemination of targeted content; development of community actions; and strategic planning to ensure the continued growth of the international community. Specifically, the Project Specialist will conduct research on community engagement tools, techniques, and strategies; interact frequently with members of the community through the project’s online forum and direct contact; regularly write technical material, documentation, and content (to be included in social media posts, blogs, web materials, feature articles, video tutorials); design and implement workshops and participate in professional conferences; and design, prepare, and implement multi-phase plans for training, education, and engagement of the community. In addition, the Project Specialist will provide support and advice to the GCI’s Arches team, Getty staff, partners, consultants, and Arches users from various cultural heritage institutions.
A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in Art History, (Digital) Humanities, Archaeology, Library Science, Conservation, English, Communications, Journalism, or related field; and Post-graduate qualifications in cultural heritage or equivalent practical experience required. In addition, the Project Specialist should have 3–7 years of experience managing international projects, preferably dealing with open source/technical communities, ideally relating to cultural heritage conservation.
The ideal candidate should demonstrate a broad knowledge of community engagement techniques and technology tools, including social media; practical experience with and/or enthusiastic interest in technology, especially as it pertains to open source software, semantic data, geographic information systems (GIS), digital humanities, historic preservation/heritage conservation documentation, and non-profit/arts organizations; and the ability to work as a member of a diverse interdisciplinary professional team. Should have a working knowledge of documentation software for cultural heritage such as GIS. Previous experience with non-profit entities and an understanding of their social values is a plus.
The successful candidate will have very strong technical writing skills and be an excellent verbal communicator. He/she will be able to effectively understand, synthesize, and communicate moderately complex concepts for a broad and diverse audience, and will be adaptable, a creative problem-solver, and detail-oriented with good organizational and time management skills. Must also be adept at handling multiple activities quickly within a fast-paced and highly visible project. Must be available for international travel. Fluency in a foreign language is preferred. An excellent benefits package and salary commensurate with experience will be provided.
All candidates must apply online. Please prepare a cover letter and resume in a single PDF file. Note: When prompted by the online application system to select or submit your “resume,” please upload your cover letter and resume as a single PDF File.
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The deadline for applications is June 17, 2018.