New York Public Library: Moving Image & Recorded Sound Curator

NYPL-Moving Image and Recorded Sound Curator

Job ID : 2013-7263               
Openings Remaining: 1
Location: US-NY-Manhattan
Type: Full-Time Regular
Department: Schomburg Center, Moving Image & Recorded Sound Division


Reporting to the Assistant Director of Collection Services, the Curator, Moving Image and Recorded Sound will:

  • Provide senior leadership in the development, management, preservation, and interpretation of the audio/visual collection at the Schomburg Center.
  • Conduct periodic reviews and assessments of the collection, developing strategies for digital preservation and digital public access.
  • Promote scholarly, educational, and general use of the collection in collaboration with other divisions, including Public Engagement and Strategic Initiatives, and in coordination with the Digital Humanities Curator, Public Relations, Communications, and general media inquiries.
  • Actively engage researchers by helping them in their work, soliciting ideas for improved services, and exploring opportunities for collaboration.
  • Regularly prepare and update finding aids, e-catalogs, multi-media clips, and other research tools.
  • Identify and prepare grant proposals, applications and reports.
  • Identify and secure funding from grants and donors, prepare proposals, applications, and reports, working closely with NYPL Development staff
  • Identify and build relationships with various communities, including academic, performing arts, and technological communities, among others.
  • Cultivate collectors and donors of new material, and represent the division and the Library at various functions
  • Promote use of the collection by presenting at conferences and publishing, especially through blogs and other open, online forums.
  • Curate exhibitions and programming related to the collection.
  • Administer and coordinate intellectual property rights and copyright for loans and usage of materials in documentaries, exhibitions and programs.
  • Administer the budget.
  • Hire and supervise staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Key Competencies:

  • Strategic Thinking
  • Impact and Influence
  • Visionary Leadership
  • Change Management
  • Business Ethics
  • Diversity Commitment


  • Master’s level or higher degree with substantial experience in audio/visual preservation and archiving.
  • Subject area expertise or educational background in any of the following: African American History/Studies/Literature, Africana Studies, ethno-musicology, music or film history, or cultural studies.
  • Background in archives, research libraries, media collections, engineering/production, and/or preservation-oriented reformatting experience.
  • Knowledge of digitization and metadata standards, technologies, and workflow in a/v material.
  • Successfully demonstrated experience managing and realizing projects.
  • Knowledge of rights issues pertaining to a/v material.
  • Administrative, budgetary, and supervisory experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communications skills, including the ability to work effectively with all levels of staff and users.  Experience speaking publicly.
  • Grant writing and/or proven ability to develop and foster relationships with collectors, donors and other institutions.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, with judgment, accuracy, and attention to detail.

Work Environment: Office setting.
Physical Duties: Not applicable.