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Digital Projects Manager

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 26, 1972 in job announcements |
Digital Projects Manager

Position Summary

The New Hampshire Historical Society seeks a full-time digital projects manager to help lead the evolution of the Society’s digital collections and services and to take charge of a portfolio of digital initiatives, some under way and others ready to begin the planning stages. The position is planned to be in place for a period of three years, and may extend beyond that time.

The digital projects manager reports to the assistant executive director and will work closely with the collections stewardship, interpretation, and technology advisory teams to determine, plan, implement, and support the development of digital collections and web-based services. Team members include the Society’s staff (collections, interpretation, development, and administrative), current and former trustees, outside consultants and vendors, and colleagues from partnering institutions. Priority initiatives currently under way or ready to enter the planning stages include the conversion to an integrated collections management software (MINT), and the development of an online public access system for the MINT collections catalog; the establishment of an institution-wide digital assets management system; the creation of an online resource center to engage schools and local historical societies; and the development of an online collaborative portal to share digital images and transcriptions of the collected papers of U.S. President Franklin Pierce.

About the New Hampshire Historical Society

Founded in 1823, the New Hampshire Historical Society is the fifth-oldest historical society in the nation. It is the only institution devoted to saving, preserving, and sharing all aspects of New Hampshire’s history.

The Society’s mission is to educate a diverse public about the significance of New Hampshire’s past and its relationship to our lives today. In support of this mission the Society collects, preserves, and interprets materials pertaining to New Hampshire history. It is an independent nonprofit organization that receives no financial support from the state government.

The Society’s collections offer the most complete picture of the social, economic, political, and cultural history of over four centuries of life in New Hampshire. The collections include 31,000 objects, 50,000 bound volumes and pamphlets, 800,000 pages of 18th- and 19th-century newspapers, 500,000 pages of manuscripts, 15,000 ephemera items, 3,000 broadsides, 2,300 maps, and 200,000 photographs.

The Society is located in Concord, the state’s capital city, and uses its collections and resources to serve thousands of adults and children each year through its research library, museum exhibitions, educational programs, and publications. Our school programs reach an average of 18,000 students annually, both on-site and in classrooms across the state. The Society publishes a semi-annual journal, Historical New Hampshire, and a variety of books for both general and specialized audiences.

The Society’s annual operating budget of about $2 million is supported by 4,000 members and donors; an endowment of approximately $12 million, and earned income. The Society recently launched a comprehensive campaign to raise a total of $10.7 million, including $9.2 million in capital funds, with the dual objectives of expanding access to our collections and resources, while strengthening our financial position in both operations and capitalization.

The Society is governed by a representative citizen board of 22 trustees. The Society’s staff of 13 full- and 29 part-time employees is supplemented by 80 volunteers. The Society has been accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1986.

Responsibilities

  • Lead the process to complete the conversion to and full implementation of MINT, the Society’s new integrated library, archives, and museum collections management system.
  • Lead the planning, development, and implementation of institution-wide digital assets management strategies, policies, standards, and procedures that support the creation, discovery, access, management, storage, and preservation of the Society’s digital assets.
  • Evaluate and recommend ways to integrate on-site and online offerings that are sustainable and induce people to join and donate to the Society.
  • Lead the planning, development, and implementation of a redesign of the Society’s website (nhhistory.org), including a new online public access system for the Society’s MINT collections catalog.
  • Lead the technology-related planning for the development of an online collaborative portal to share digital images and transcriptions of the collected papers of U.S. President Franklin Pierce.
  • Lead the planning, development, and implementation of solutions to make PDFs of finding aids and the full run of Historical New Hampshire available on the Society’s website.
  • Participate in the planning, development, and implementation of a collaborative statewide online New Hampshire history resource center and digital repository.
  • Provide technical support and training to staff and volunteers for the Society’s collections, digital assets, and content management systems.
  • Assist in the planning, development, and implementation of on-site, online, and peripheral digital projects related to exhibitions and programmatic goals.
  • Conduct audience research and evaluate the effectiveness of web and digital media efforts through web analytics and other research tools.
  • Participate in long-term technology planning and the determination of new digital projects.
  • Stay current with best practices, standards, platforms, and tools for digital collections care and preservation.
  • Participate in fundraising for digital initiatives.
  • Participate in promoting the Society’s digital projects and initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and three years experience developing and managing digital projects within a historical society, special collections library, or museum.
  • Broad understanding of library, archival, and museum collections management principles.
  • Experience working with digital library and museum collections systems, digital assets management systems, content management systems, and related technologies.
  • Experience with best practices, standards, platforms, and tools for digital collections care and preservation, including digital creation, metadata, discovery, access, management, storage, and preservation.
  • Commitment to the design of technology systems focused on the user experience.
  • Experience with website development and website analytics.
  • Experience managing projects to successful conclusions in a shared decision-making environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively about technology projects to both technical and non-technical people.
  • Energetic, hands-on, friendly, and flexible.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library and information science or equivalent.
  • Familiarity with MINT collections management software.
  • Previous work experience at a historical society or institution with both museum and special collections.
  • Interest in and knowledge of U.S. history.
  • Familiarity with New England history and culture.

Application Process

The New Hampshire Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

To apply, please send cover letter, including salary expectations, and resume in PDF, to Joan Desmarais, Assistant Executive Director, at jdesmarais@nhhistory.org. Subject line of the e-mail should read: Digital Projects Manager Application [your last name].

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