Outreach Specialist (Limited Term): Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame (http://ND.jobs) is accepting applications for a Outreach Specialist (Limited Term).

Applications will be accepted until 3/5/2018.

The Snite Museum of Art and the Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame seek a knowledgeable and collaborative Outreach Specialist for an approximately three-year position to end July 2021, generously funded by the Mellon Foundation. The individual in this role will serve as a coordinator, communicator, and facilitator for the development of tools to unite specialized digital collections from the Snite Museum of Art and the Hesburgh Libraries.

The Museum and Libraries will create a web-based digital image and text database describing artworks within the Museum’s and Libraries’ permanent collections. While it will be accessible to scholars worldwide, the database is most desired because it is essential to continuing and enhancing Notre Dame faculty and student engagement with the collections. At the culmination of the project, curators, librarians, and Notre Dame faculty and students, as well as external audiences, will be able to view, study, and share the University’s cultural resources through a set of shared tools. The outreach specialist will facilitate the creation of several demonstration exhibitions organized to support specific Notre Dame classes and featuring cultural resources that have been identified through the database.

Reporting to the Museum director, this individual will work with the Museum and Libraries team assembled to create the database. They will also work closely with diverse campus stakeholders, including faculty, staff, and students, to form and communicate the product vision by gathering use cases and requirements, negotiate priorities for feature enhancements, and determine which development activities contribute the most strategic value. They will be expected to understand and address the potential use of the newly developed tools in the classroom, within course curricula, and as part of scholarly research.

This individual is expected to participate in all regular planning and progress review sessions, and has authority to accept or reject completed work by development staff. They will also be tasked with designing and executing training sessions on the completed product for campus and community stakeholders including Hesburgh Libraries and Snite Museum of Art staff.

Some specific responsibilities include:

  • Engage with campus and community stakeholders to identify and prioritize feature sets for an integrated library and museum preservation and exhibition platform;
  • Work with dedicated software engineer to represent end-user needs in development of a new platform;
  • Collaborate on prototyping and testing the platform at all stages;
  • Develop sample curricula and research demonstrations to facilitate product adoption. This will include organizing demonstration exhibitions featuring artworks and artifacts from the collections of the Snite Museum of Art and the Hesburgh Libraries;
  • Train Snite Museum staff, faculty, and students in the use of web-based digital image database.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in art history, museum studies, library science, or information science
  • Experience working directly with faculty and college students to connect researchers with museum or library resources; familiarity with collection databases, image delivery systems, and metadata
  • Effective communication skills including oral, written, and presentation capabilities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with HCI (Human Computer Interaction) or UX (User Experience) would add value

The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by Rev. Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C., of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an independent, national Catholic university located in Notre Dame, Ind. For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Notre Dame has received Honor Roll distinctions as one of the top 10 higher education workplaces in the country in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual “Great Colleges to Work For” survey…and we are proud of it!

The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and others that will enhance our community. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).

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