Resource Worker – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university a great place to work.

We are currently seeking a Resource Employee to join the USC Digital Repository within the USC Libraries. The Video Archivist and Post Production Specialist will assist with the digitization, preservation, and quality assurance of new and existing collections archived within the Digital Repository. The position would inspect, process, and restore/repair audio visual materials and operate the equipment and software required to handle the materials. The Resource Employee position would assist with the supervision student staff that operate all of the digitization systems.

The successful candidate should have video post-production experience; knowledge of video, film, and audio digitization and digital file formats; and experience utilizing digital technologies for digital preservation and access.

This is fixed term position with an anticipated end date of December 31, 2024. This is a Resource Employee position and the role is not eligible for USC benefits. (http://benefits.usc.edu/)

The USC Libraries actively support the discovery, creation, and preservation of knowledge. We develop collections and services that support and encourage the academic endeavors of faculty, students, and staff; build a community of critical consumers of information; and help develop engaged world citizens. USC has 23 libraries and information centers and the USC Digital Library.

Qualifications:

  • Required:
    • Experience handling motion picture film and video/audio tape
    • Specialized knowledge pertinent to materials in collection(s) and archival equipment
    • Video post-production experience
  • Preferred:
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Film/Television; Production; Media and Communication; or related field
    • Knowledge of asset management systems and video quality assurance workflows
    • Knowledge of scanning techniques and digital file formats

Job Accountabilities:

  • Oversees the collection, management and transfer area that consists of racks of broadcast video equipment, a content management system and staff that operate all of the systems. Administers educational, instructional and/or reference materials collection(s). Ensures the integrity of tapes in the archive. Oversees preservation projects concerning tapes in the archive. Provides services for patrons.
  • Provides leadership, guidance and direction to staff and/or student workers within unit, as assigned. Schedules and assigns work and sets priorities. Demonstrates techniques, equipment or procedures to others. Trains employees as needed.
  • Oversees the design and development of information systems. Defines the needs and oversees the development and/or modification and integration of software and/or software tools for the collection. Troubleshoots a system that is down. Ensures compliance with department and university policies.
  • Defines equipment needs. Selects special collection items or equipment for purchase
  • Oversees the fulfillment of access requests and responds to requests for information concerning the collection. Determines how to handle problematic requests and/or the cost for a particular access request. Inventories collection; reconciles and organizes data and reports concerning the location and condition of the collection. Uses accepted methods of protecting and preserving delicate documents, and video and digital materials
  • Modifies and implements operational procedures for the collection. Interprets policies and procedures
  • Gathers facts and figures to develop a budget. Provides projections as appropriate.
  • Receives, inventories, catalogs and shelves or stores all new acquisitions according to professional standards.
  • Stays informed of new developments and technologies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

In addition, the successful candidate must also demonstrate, through ideas, words and actions, a strong commitment to USC’s Unifying Values of integrity, excellence, diversity, equity and inclusion, well-being, open communication and accountability.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

The hourly rate range for this position is $16.04 – $28.00. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

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Justification: We would like to hire one resource employee for six months with a targeted start date of August 1, 2023. This is a Digital Repository contract-funded position and would report to Nicholas Camardo, Digital Imaging and Content Manger. The Digital Repository has recently received an influx of audiovisual materials from the Department of Defense as part of an ongoing contract. The volume of work has created a backlog of material, requiring at least 3,000 labor hours to complete, which would be the primary responsibility of this position.

We examined the workload of current staff and resource employees and determined that this new work cannot be distributed to them.
The duties of this position are comparable to those of a Video Archivist & Post-Production Specialist. This position would work in conjunction with current staff to assist in quality assurance , hands-on archival work, and student worker supervision to increase monthly output. We would like to offer one position to a former student worker at the Digital Repository, Jack Johnson. Jack has already been trained extensively on our applications and workflows, so we
intend his orientation and training time to be minimal.

He recently worked as a resource employee for the USC Shoah Foundation. His resume is attached.The hourly wage range for a Video Archivist & Post-Production Specialist is $32.78 to $47.24 We are recommending $28.00/hour for this resource position. Position has been approved by Dean Melissa Just, SBO Gretchen Lees, and Libraries Cabinet. No SHC approval is needed as this is resource worker position.

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