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Advert Date:   Tuesday, 23rd May 2023
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Job Title:   Digital Media Technician
Organisation:   Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage
Salary:   £23,690 p.a.
Type:   Full-Time Position
Location:   Leicester, England
Closing Date:   Friday, 30th June 2023
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  Job Description
We are looking to recruit a Digital Media Technician to provide specialist technical and operational support. This post comes at an exciting time in the organisation’s development with the start the delivery phase Unearthed: Forgotten Histories and the post will be central to the success of the project.

The Digital Media Technician will play a central role in the development and delivery of Unearthed: Forgotten Histories and support the digital archive, educational, volunteer work, cultural programming and documentation and user access. Providing digitisation and editing services ensuring that all work is carried out to the relevant technical standards and provide digital content for preservation, display and engagement purposed and or specific projects.

You will work closely with the Heritage Manager and Collections Archivist to establish and maintain rigorous and robust approaches to digital archiving and preservation and advise on specifications, quality control and verification processes to meet agreed quality standards and deadlines, assisting in leading Serendipity towards relevant industry accreditations.

The role will involve providing technical support with exhibitions, commissions and educational resources, AV installations and maintenance.

Working with digital media formats or audio-visual technologies and equipment, you will be able to recognise and diagnose technical problems, understand the potential issues and challenges of digital preservation and access requirements. By providing regular and disciplined media management for central and local storage you will ensure that digital media is well managed, available and secure.

Managing all technical equipment relating to digital preservation and access operations, including software and associated data storage peripherals in order meet digital acquisition, preservation and access objectives.

Providing a range of technical functions including media management, normalisation, quality control and ingest to the organisation’s digital preservation infrastructure.

Utilising and assisting with the development of, a range of automated and manual processes to check and conform digital media to agreed quality standards, with attention to digital preservation good practice.
  Required Skills / Qualifications
• HND in media or technical subject such as Media Production or Media Technology, or relevant industry/sector experience working in a digital audio-visual media role.
• Understanding of Digital Preservation practices and technologies, and their application to audio visual media, including but not limited to NDSA and digital preservation standards, GDPR, information, privacy and copyright.
• Advanced IT skills and confidence in using complex software and digital storage systems
• Ability to recognise and diagnose technical problems with digital media and where appropriate deliver first line remedial action.
• Excellent organisational skills, attention to detail and a flexible approach to work, with the ability to prioritise to meet strict deadlines and high technical standards
• Commitment to accuracy and meticulous attention to detail.
• Ability to undertake data entry and editing with good attention to detail and accuracy
• Knowledgeable about risks that can affect the sustainability of a small organisation and their digital property, such as forward compatibility, loss of data, digital obsolescence, file integrity and the ability to recommend and implement strategies that mitigate these risks.
• A proven track record of promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion.
• Experience of working with a wide range of digital audio-visual formats, equipment and software and of transcoding, file finishing, and back-up systems.
• Experience of creating and editing structured data in tools such as Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets or Libre Office, ideally with some use of bulk data processes
• Experience of using motion picture film scanners, broadcast video equipment, editing, colour grading, digital storage systems and small gauge film, photographing 2D and 3D objects and digitisation equipment.
• Knowledge of issues around cultural diversity in the heritage sector.
• Awareness of the need for care and attention when handling collections.
  Application Instructions
To apply, please send us your CV outlining your skills and experience and a written statement and/or an audio/video presentation stating how you meet the person specification for the position of Digital Media Technician.

Your application should be sent to, with the words ‘Digital Media Technician’ followed by your name in the subject heading. The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on 30 June 2023.

Applications received after this time will not be accepted. Interviews are expected to be held the week commencing 10 July 2023.
Contact Name:   Mrs Pawlet Brookes
Contact Tel:     0116 482 1394
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Contact Email:
Address:   21 Bowling Green Street, Leicester.