Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Digital Asset Manager

Employment type
11 days ago
Los Angeles

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (“NHMLAC”) was the first museum in L.A. to open its doors 107 years ago and is poised for an exciting new era as it plans for the future. Having recently completed a new strategic framework, the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County—including NHM at Exposition Park, La Brea Tar Pits and museum in mid-Wilshire, and the William S. Hart Museum in Newhall—is looking forward to new building projects and campaigns, exhibitions, community outreach, and innovative audience engagement. 

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County values and endeavors to support diversity, equity, inclusion, and access within its organization and communities. Candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC), neurodiverse, a woman, a person with a disability, a veteran, and/or a part of the LGBTQAI+ community are welcome and encouraged to apply. 

The NHMLAC is seeking a Digital Asset Manager for our Digital Strategies department.  The Digital Asset Manager works closely with the Chief Digital Officer to manage the digital asset management system at the Natural History Museum. It is an exciting time as we embark on new journeys of becoming a museum of, for, and with L.A.

Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to: 

  • Responsible for selecting and implementing a new Digital Asset Management System, including interviewing key stakeholders to determine needs, seeking and evaluating potential systems, sending out RFPs, and coordinating communications to stakeholders.
  • Responsible for preparing the existing data library for migration, overseeing the migration process, preparing new assets for ingest, and act as a vital hub within the museum’s larger digital and technological goals.
  • Define, implement, manage, and enforce asset categorization, labels, taxonomies, and metadata standards that are robust, scalable, and user-friendly
  • Work closely with IT staff and staff in departments across the institution to improve access to digital assets for daily use, special projects, and initiatives.
  • Receive and facilitate the integration of digital assets directly from stakeholders and manage those assets by adhering to and maintaining digital naming conventions, file management, metadata, and quality control.


This position has the following requirements:                                                                                      

  • Bachelor's degree in Information Science/ Technology or 3-5 years of prior experience in a museum or similar cultural collections settings with proven leadership experience managing digital asset management systems. 
  • Experience with database management and data delivery specifications, workflows via web and API, metadata and taxonomy principles, and project management experience.
  • Experience with product or program management, business systems development, or technology
  • Experience overseeing roadmap strategy and definition 
  • Experience leading process improvements and/or operations tool implementations (e.g. digital asset management tool)
  • Deep understanding of media files, including, industry-standard formats, codecs, encoding, proxies, and wrappers, etc. and industry best practices
  • Experience in DAM migration and consolidation
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills, experience educating non-technical stakeholders and working across multiple teams
  • Experience with the preservation and recording of physical assets for digital record keeping, disaster recovery, and public usage (marketing, media, exhibits, licensing commerce)
  • Highly organized, analytical in thinking, and meticulous in maintaining information using detailed record-keeping systems and metadata
  • Ability to manage projects and competing priorities with demonstrated ability to be flexible, to adapt to change, and to work successfully in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with a solution-oriented mindset 
  • Ability to take initiative and creatively manage projects both independently and as part of a team
  • Rights management experience, including understanding usage restrictions, timing, distribution, and fair use.


This position has the following preferred skills:

  • Masters degree in Information Science, Information technology or related fields
  • Knowledge of creative tools and processes
  • Experience in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Bridge, and Lightroom
  • Experience and technical proficiency on both PC and Mac computer platforms
  • High proficiency with project management tools and processes (eg. Agile, Scrum, user story requirements, etc.)


The NHMLAC is especially interested in candidates whose background and experience have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to engagement and inclusion at culturally diverse audiences in museums and in sciences.

The NHMLAC is seeking applicants who have demonstrated experience and commitment to working with a diverse community. The hourly rate for this position ranges from $35.00 - $38.00. Compensation is commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits. This is a full-time regular, non-exempt position. 

A cover letter, current resume, and list of 3-4 references are required for all applicants. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Interested candidates please visit  and click the link of the position for which you are interested or go directly to the online application.

The NHMLAC is establishing a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for staff, effective August 10, 2021. NHMLAC is requiring that all staff receive the vaccine for COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Exemptions for documented medical reasons or a sincerely held religious belief may be requested.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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