The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is Australia’s audiovisual archive – responsible for collecting, preserving and sharing our cultural heritage. The collection of over 3.3 million items represents moving image and sound production from its earliest analogue formats to today’s digital media and includes related artefacts and documentation such as equipment, photographs, scripts, props and costumes.
The NFSA is looking for a highly motivated professional to lead the digitisation of the NFSA’s audiovisual collection. The successful applicant will be an experienced manager and leader in a digitisation or technology driven environment.
The Senior Manager, Collection Digitisation is a critical leadership role and requires an understanding of collection preservation for audiovisual formats and the ability to oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive program of digitisation. We require an effective leader and problem solver who can contribute to the NFSA’s broader strategic and operational program and who can collaborate with peers to ensure that digitisation activities are efficiently delivered to international best practice.
Collection Digitisation Team
The Collection Digitisation team undertakes a range of digitisation and preservation services to ensure the national collection is preserved and accessible. We have specific teams focussed on digitising a variety of at-risk analogue formats including audio, film, and video and supporting specialists in engineering and digital services. As well as digitising material to the highest preservation standards for long term survival and accessibility, we also provide a range of postproduction services for users of our collection including editing, remastering, grading and restoration.
The team also digitises materials required for external clients and screening organisations and provides advice and assistance to partner organisations nationally and internationally.
In 2021 the NFSA received Federal funding to support a multi-year project to preserve Australia’s audiovisual culture. AudioVisual Australia (AVA) is a commitment to digitise at-risk audio, video and film items held by the NFSA and other National Collecting Institutions (NCIs). This role will have a leadership function in ensuring that NCI at-risk collection materials are appropriately handled and digitised.
The ideal candidate will have:
- An ability to lead and inspire a large team through excellent people management, resilience and capability to manage competing priorities in a changing environment
- An understanding of the role of collection preservation and digitisation within a cultural organisation or archive environment
- Experience in a technology driven environment where there is constant change, requirements for adaption and new workflows and delivery to described standards
- An upbeat attitude towards problem solving and collaborative project delivery
- Well-developed capacity to foster teamwork, resolve conflicts and nurture collaborative and productive working relationships
- Demonstrated ability and experience in managing programs, meeting key performance indicators and achieving results
Undertake work with a high level of complexity or sensitivity and operate under broad direction to:
- Provide leadership and strategic direction to the Collection Digitisation team and ensure that the team delivers against performance indicators and key activities in the NFSA Strategic Plan and Corporate Plan
- Manage and lead the AVA Digitisation program and ensure effective and efficient operations, including administration, resource and financial management, staff management and development, procurement and program planning.
- Work with team leaders to coordinate the day-to-day delivery of digitisation activities across video, audio and film formats to ensure timely completion and appropriate quality control protocols are maintained
- Ensure technical, preservation and production services are delivered in line with collection preservation priorities and best archival practice
- Collaborate with internal stakeholders across Access, Curatorial and Engagement teams to ensure the effective delivery of digitisation services for broader NFSA programming, clients and partnerships
- Initiate, build and maintain effective relationships with both internal and external stakeholders, with a focus on collaboration and delivery of the AVA project outcomes
- Participate in a range of professional networks to keep up to date with developments in the audiovisual and digital preservation field to understand and deliver international best practice and standards
- Manage relationships with vendors who provide services or digitisation equipment, negotiating excellent outcomes for the NFSA and ensuring contractual arrangements are met
- Have a sophisticated understanding of the Work Health and Safety issues surrounding AV collections, and the capacity to implement risk mitigation measures.
In relation to the ‘Job Details’ listed above, concisely demonstrate your skills, experience and achievements against each of the following areas:
- Proven leadership experience managing program delivery in a digitisation, digital or technology driven environment, with a capacity to develop and implement workflows, manage change and build operational capacity.
- Proven successful experience as a leader of people and change including the ability to develop and maintain a team of technical specialists in a client focused and agile team environment.
- Experience in complex procurement within a government framework, ensuring high quality outcomes and effective contract management.
- Well-developed interpersonal skills, including initiative, discretion, judgement, the ability to build and maintain relationships and the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with external and internal stakeholders.
- High level organisational and analytical skills including provision of input into business plans, reporting, budgets, policies and procedures, and providing advice on delivery of strategic outcomes and key performance indicators.
- Knowledge or experience interpreting standards, delivering international best practice relating to collection preservation and digitisation practices.
Qualifications and/or equivalent experience desirable:
- Technical qualifications in archiving, collection management, collection preservation, conservation or digitisation
- Membership of relevant professional associations
- Experience using media asset management, digital asset management, collection management or other data management systems
- This position is based on site at the NFSA premises in Acton, Canberra. The nature of the work, location of digitisation equipment and security requirements for the collection mean that it is expected that the successful applicant will work on premises for the majority of time. A small number of Collection Digitisation staff are also located at the NFSA office in Sydney and infrequent interstate travel will be required.
To be eligible for this position you must:
- Be an Australian Citizen; and
- Satisfactorily complete an Australian Federal Police National Police Check.
The other eligibility that may be included in a job would also include the following:
- Obtain and maintain an Australian Government Baseline Security Clearance; and
- Obtain and maintain a Working with Vulnerable People registration.
The assessment process for this position will include:
- A written application addressing each of the selection criteria (not more than 3 pages);
- Resume; and
- Referee checking.
The assessment process for this position may also include:
- An interview
- Presentation or assessment task
How to Apply
Please apply via the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia website – https://nfsa.elmogov.com.au/careers/nfsa/jobs
We welcome and encourage applications from people with disability, the LGBTIQ+ communities, from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia is committed to ensuring a child-safe and child-friendly environment. All employees are expected to demonstrate a commitment to, and support for these principles in theory and practice.
Rebecca Coronel | Head of Collection Preservation
02 6248 2119