Job Openings

COMPANY BACKGROUND:
George Blood Audio/Video/Film/Data is a leading provider of audio and moving image preservation, digitization, and migration of obsolete data carriers. At our studios in Philadelphia, every month we digitize over 20,000 hours of A/V recordings in decaying and obsolete formats to a variety of digital formats, according to the needs of our various clients in libraries, museums, archives, corporations, and private collections across the country.

Audiovisual Preservation Project Manager

  • Full-Time, Permanent, Immediate opening
  • Salary commensurate with experience - applications welcome from any professional level
  • Post will remain open until filled; will close as soon as filled

Our project managers are the way most institutions interact with our services. The ideal candidate has excellent people skills, enjoys working with librarians and archivists with a wide range of prior experience in A/V and data migration, finds fulfillment in meeting the varied needs of large and small projects, taking tasks to completion, working in a resource-rich environment with highly skilled staff, and adapting to fresh challenges every day – mixing multi-year projects with the rapid turnaround of patron requests and year-end money.

Duties:

  • Manage audiovisual digitization projects over its entire life cycle
  • Set up deliverables based on contract specifications in FileMaker Pro database
  • Review, map and ingest client-provided metadata
  • Monitor and resolve any shipment or metadata discrepancies and/or project specifications
  • Facilitate progress of project through production, Quality Control, and approval to ensure completion at every step of the way
  • Coordinate with client on delivery, questions, and changes as they arise
  • Track progress against project budget or PO and create corresponding invoices
  • Work with staff programmers to develop tools for managing media and metadata
  • Participate in monthly staff meetings
  • Reports to the company President and the Audiovisual Preservation Manager

Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Strong project management and problem-solving skills required
  • Prior experience with A/V materials desired
  • Master's degree in library or information science, or comparable work experience, desired
  • Ability to work independently and follow instructions required
  • Time-management and stress-management skills required
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to coordinate with staff from all departments required
  • Ability to rapidly change between tasks and environments required
  • Background in metadata and archival processing and/or cataloging preferred
  • Customer service experience preferred
  • Experience with FileMaker Pro preferred
  • Mac users preferred

Benefits:

  • Eligible for company’s benefits package, including company-sponsored medical insurance; voluntary SIMPLE-IRA contributions with matching, and PTO, as well as company holidays

Application Instructions:

Please send cover letter, resume, and three references with contact information via an e-mail attachment to Eamon Dreisbach, Office Manager, at eamon.dreisbach@georgeblood.com with the subject line: Audiovisual Preservation Project Manager - Your Full Name.

Registrar

  • Full-Time, permanent position
  • Immediate opening
  • Post will remain open until filled; will close as soon as filled
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Eligible for company’s benefits package, including company-sponsored medical; voluntary SIMPLE-IRA contributions and PTO, as well as company holidays

Duties:

  • Assess and process client-provided object and metadata inventory, as assigned
  • Oversee the shipping and receiving of original materials and their digital surrogates
  • Perform a brief preservation assessment of original materials upon their arrival at George Blood Audio/Video/Film/Data
  • Monitor and resolve any media-related process failures throughout all stages of workflow
  • Direct staff on monthly maintenance tasks and maintain disaster preparedness documents
  • Coordinate media preparation with production manager
  • Inventory project originals prior to shipping back to the client
  • Manage Safe Sound Archive permanent storage materials
  • Lead creation and testing of internal wiki articles

Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Prior experience with A/V materials required
  • Background in metadata and archival processing and/or cataloging is preferred
  • A master's degree in library or information science, or comparable work experience, is required
  • Ability to work independently and follow instructions required
  • Time-management and stress-management skills required
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to coordinate with staff from all departments required
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. required
  • Effective organizational and spatial reasoning skills required
  • Ability to rapidly change between tasks and environments required
  • Experience with FileMaker Pro preferred, but not required
  • Mac users preferred, but not required

Application Instructions:

Please send cover letter, resume, and three references with contact information via an e-mail attachment to Eamon Dreisbach, Office Manager, at eamon.dreisbach@georgeblood.com with the subject line: Registrar: Your Full Name.

Video Digitization Engineer (second shift)

Reports to Director of Operations - Applicants new to the trade will work with senior staff and D.O. for training and supervision; experienced applicants will be expected to work independently after training on our systems.

Responsibilities

  • Prepare video media for digitization
  • Align playback and record parameters
  • Digitize media
  • Gather and log technical and process metadata
  • Pass completed ingested files to Finishing department
    • Mostly VHS and U-matic
    • Born digital formats such as DVD and DV family
    • Exotic formats (we support 110+ legacy audiovisual formats)

Education and Skills:

  • Associates degree desired
  • BA/BS in Audio or video engineering or BA in Media or equivalent preferred, but not required
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to interface with production staff and leadership with confidence and clarity
  • Effective organizational skills
  • Computer skills with word-processing, spreadsheet, and e-mail programs
  • Time-management and stress-management skills
  • High energy, results-driven person with strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to learn quickly, to handle multiple tasks and responsibilities, and to accept independence
  • Experience using Mac hardware preferred

Additional qualifications preferred, but not required:

  • Knowledge of legacy audio and video formats
  • Must be capable of lifting 50lbs unaided and sit for up to 8 hours per day

Application Instructions:

Please email CV, cover letter, and contact information to jon.smeltz@georgeblood.com with “2nd Shift Video Engineer-Your Name” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.