Digital Project Manager - Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Posted on 1/23/2023

External posting
Full-Time, Temporary, Exempt , Administrative/Professional

WORK SCHEDULE:  Monday through Friday, 9am-5:30pm with occasional evenings and weekends

JOB SUMMARY:  The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum seeks a Digital Project Manager to oversee the digitization of the Museum’s Archives Collection for a period of 2 years with the possibility of extension based on available grant funds. The successful candidate will have experience in digital collection processing/imaging, demonstrated understanding of archival description and materials, and experience with digital project management and online publication. Responsibilities include writing descriptions for materials, scanning materials, transcribing correspondence, and recording appropriate metadata.

Reporting to the Museum Director and working closely with the Collections Manager and consultants/vendors, the Digital Project Manager will help lead a focused project to digitize the Museum’s entire Archives Collection. The project will include imaging and cataloging of digital assets including naming/numbering, organization and all necessary metadata as well as digital and physical preservation and access of the Archives Collection.

The Archives Collection is comprised of 200 linear feet of sculptor Marshall M. Fredericks’s correspondence and project files as well as items related to his background and interests. Media include paper, photographs, and film.

Compensation: $50,000, commensurate with experience


Manage a digitization project of museum archives containing documents, drawings, photographs, and visual media for long term preservation and internal and external access.

Prepare project proposals and the formulation of project budgets and workplans including recommendations for workflows and prioritization of materials to be digitized.

Work with museum director to identify and apply for grant funding related to this Archives Collection project.

Ensure that the digital project proceeds according to any and all grant requirements as well as the Museum’s respective schedule, budget, and workplan.

Prepare and maintain necessary project documentation including descriptive and preservation metadata creation.

Develop recommendations for appropriate preservation and access of digital assets including cataloging in Collections Management System (CMS) and any additional systems including but not limited to networked and external hard drives, cloud storage, Digital Asset Management System (DAMS), publicly searchable websites, online engagement platforms, and others.

Work with staff to integrate Archives and Object Collections into streamlined cataloging and management systems.

Research relevant copyright guidelines by category and develop procedures to protect.

Document and implement all approved recommendations and procedures.

Supervise and work with contractors/vendors as assigned. Safely deliver and return collections to/from the digitization team in Livonia, Michigan as needed.

Keep museum director and staff up to date on project activities.

Work with staff to create frequent social media, blog posts, and written communications for the public about the digitization project.  This may include media interviews, giving presentations, and other engagement opportunities about the project.

Assist other team members as needed in other museum operations as needed.

Assist in the hiring and mentoring of student interns.

Contribute to museum-wide learning, action-planning, and accountability measures around DEAI.

Other duties as assigned.


Master’s degree in Museum Studies and/or Library Science or equivalent advanced degree, preferably with an archives or special collections concentration; or equivalent education and work experience required.

Minimum of five years of relevant experience, with at least two years working specifically on digital projects and at least two years managing projects.

Experience with handling of museum and archival collections in accordance with professional standards and best practices.

Experience working with a range of digital technologies, including Collections Management Systems, preferably PastPerfect but other CMS and DAMS a plus including but not limited to ContentDM, Omeka, TMS, Collective Access, and CatalogIt.

Familiarity with metadata schema and library encoding and content standards (Dublin Core, EAD, MARC, RDA, DACS).

Strong knowledge of digital imaging and metadata standards for museums.

Strong time management and organizational skills, keen attention to detail, and a demonstrated ability to balance multiple projects and deadlines at once.

Clear written and verbal communication, and interpersonal skills.

The ability to climb ladders, bend, and lift boxes weighing up to 20 pounds.

Valid driver’s license to occasionally drive between contractors and museum.

Experience and ability to positively interact with a diverse campus community.

Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without accommodations.



Professional knowledge of collection management theory and practice and working knowledge of issues related to cataloging and reformatting library, archives, and/or museum collections including copyright and online access.

Stated interest and experience in art, history, and DEAI advancement.


Duties are generally performed inside but include outside seasonal activities.

Some weeknights and weekends, including intermittent travel, will be required.

Duties are generally performed inside and not exposed to adverse conditions.

The above reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the essential functions of the job. It shall not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements that may be inherent in the job.  It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision.  The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty.

Posted through: Open Until Filled

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About SVSU:
Saginaw Valley State University is a comprehensive university with more than 100 programs of study for its more than 7,000 students. Located on a suburban campus in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region, SVSU is committed to a supportive and empowering environment for students, faculty and staff. For seven consecutive years, SVSU has been recognized as a “Great College to Work For” (2016-2022).

SVSU emphasizes undergraduate teaching and learning, and community-based research. SVSU earned the Community Engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a distinction achieved by only 7 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. By their senior year, 84 percent of students have engaged with community employers and agencies in internships, field placements or some other component of their academic preparation.

SVSU is establishing itself as a leader in STEAM education for the Great Lakes Bay Region, partnering with businesses, foundations and school districts to improve students’ performance in math, science and the arts at the middle school, high school and university levels.
More than 70 percent of SVSU freshmen live on campus in student housing that has been rated No. 1 among public universities in the U.S. (2018-2022). SVSU fields 19 varsity sports at the NCAA Division II level. The average class size is 23 students. For more information, please visit our website

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