Job Posting
Project Assistant - Media Preservation Initiative
Full-Time Temporary

The Whitney Museum of American Art seeks a temporary Project Assistant 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 video tape to digital files. The position is 3 days per week and ends September 30, 2019.

Working within the Research Resources department, the Project Assistant will assist with the drafting of documentation relating to MPI as well as other general assistance to the planning of the project. The role of this position is to draft reports on internal meetings and decision making as well as planning documentation, such as workflow diagrams and related project scheduling.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Attending and reporting on project planning meetings
  • Drafting project documentation


  • MA in media preservation or history is preferred or an MLIS in Library or Information Sciences with experience in preservation planning
  • Knowledge of time based media practices and preservation (including digital preservation systems), Ability to use diagramming applications such as Visio
  • Understanding of collection management systems such as TMS.
  • Knowledge of digitization best practices for time based media is crucial, as well as an understanding of project planning
  • Familiarity with contemporary art, with a focus on film, video, and new media
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Works well under deadline
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Works collaboratively

How to Apply

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