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Classification: Term-limited (18 months), part-time, non-exempt (24 hours per week)
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Description: This position is responsible for digitizing the papers of Brigadier General Thomas Lincoln Casey (1831-1896) and his son, architect Edward Pearce Casey, as part of Transforming Washington, D.C.: The Impact of Thomas Lincoln Casey and Edward Pearce Casey on the Nation’s Capital, a National Historical Publications and Records Commission-funded grant. The Casey documents include manuscripts, ephemera, photographs, architectural drawings, and scrapbooks related to the Caseys’ work on significant government buildings (approximately 37,500 pages). The project photographer works with various staff to ensure that the project is completed on time and within budget.
Responsibilities: The project photographer digitizes the documents in the Thomas Lincoln Casey and Edward Pearce Casey papers for ingestion into the digital asset management system ResourceSpace. Reviews the images for proper exposure, focus, color balance, even lighting, and the position of the camera on the copy stand to ensure that the camera is parallel. Compares digital images to original objects and makes necessary tonal and color adjustments. Embeds metadata for all of the digital files created, following Historic New England guidelines and standards. Uses knowledge of color management best practices to calibrate studio computer monitors, maintain accurate equipment setup, and make necessary adjustments to workflow to respond to equipment and software changes.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in photography or library science and three years of related experience. Experience with digital SLR and medium-format cameras, including tethered capture; Mac and PC computers; data entry; and digital imaging software. Experience working on large digital projects. Must have excellent data entry skills and a high degree of attention to detail. Requires competency in computer applications, including Microsoft™ Word and Excel, and digital imaging applications, including Adobe™ Photoshop and Lightroom.
Experience with digital asset management software and metadata creation is required. Must be able to operate effectively in a team environment, where communication within and among teams is essential to success. Ability to interact and communicate with staff orally and in writing is essential. Must have ability to effectively manage time in order to meet project deadlines. Requires problem-solving skills, ability to work cooperatively, and ability to effectively plan and implement work processes to meet daily, weekly, and monthly deadlines. This position is based at the Otis House Museum in Boston with occasional travel to Historic New England’s collections and conservation facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts.
Submission: Applications will be accepted through February 16, 2017. Please send résumé, cover letter, and salary requirements to [email protected] or mail to Historic New England, 151 Essex Street, Haverhill, MA 01832, Attn: Human Resources.
Historic New England is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to supporting equality of opportunity and respect for diversity. We are committed to providing equal opportunity in employment to all qualified persons without regard to non-work-related factors such as race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, or sexual orientation.
Historic New England offers generous and comprehensive vacation, holiday, and health and wellness benefit packages.