Rights-Reproduction Specialist/​Digital Assets Manager

Open & closing dates

08/09/2018 to 08/22/2018


$56,233 to $73,105 per year


This position is located in the National Museum of African American History and Culture of the Smithsonian Institution. The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is the largest national museum for the study and exhibition of African American history and culture. Its primary purposes are to acquire, maintain and preserve objects which document social, cultural, political, military, technological and scientific developments in the United States related to the African American experience; to conduct scholarly research designed to make significant contributions to the body of knowledge in the field of African American history, to publish findings for both scholarly and general audiences; and to interpret historical developments through public exhibits and programs as well as digital content. ATTENTION: Due to the large number of qualified applicants for positions of this type, this job announcement will close at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on either: (A) The closing date listed above or (B) The date that 200 applications are received; whichever occurs first. If the announcement closes on the date that 200 applications are received, all applications submitted by 11:59pm that day will be given consideration, including those in excess of 200. We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible to ensure their applications are submitted before the announcement closes. We will not consider applications which are late due to the announcement closing once the above number of applications is reached.


The incumbent reports to the Head of Cataloging and Digitization, Office of Curatorial Affairs, National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and is responsible for coordinating the rights and reproduction for the museum and contributing to the creation, management and distribution of the NMAAHC’s digital image and other digital assets and integrating of digital assets in the NMAAHC Digital Assets Management Systems (DAMS) with other NMAAHC and Smithsonian computer systems, including:

researching the copyright restrictions on collection items and coordinating permissions research and rights documentation; negotiating for copyright permissions or non-exclusive licenses for copyrighted works in the collection; ensuring that all images and other digital assets are distributed with the proper clearance and credit information; and helping to prepare and process high-resolution digital image files and other digital assets for inclusion in the DAMS.

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