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Posted: 07/30/2020

American Public Media Group (APMG)

he mission of American Public Media Group (APMG) is to enrich the mind and nourish the spirit, thereby enhancing the lives and expanding the perspectives of our audiences and assisting them in strengthening their communities. We aspire to be the leader in creating trusted and meaningful listening experiences with and for curious people, and we seek to create a diverse, inclusive culture focused on growth and outcomes to serve our audiences.

Lead Archivist
Professional Opportunity
St. Paul, MN
Minimum $24.62
Open Until

Who We Are:

The mission of American Public Media Group (APMG) is to enrich the mind and nourish the spirit, thereby enhancing the lives and expanding the perspectives of our audiences and assisting them in strengthening their communities.  We aspire to be the leader in creating trusted and meaningful listening experiences with and for curious people, and we seek to create a diverse, inclusive culture focused on growth and outcomes to serve our audiences. 

APMG's primary operating divisions Minnesota Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio and American Public Media offer multi-regional FM broadcast channels, website, mobile and social media channels, live events, national content creation and distribution. Together, these divisions operate 49 public radio stations and 42 translators serving regional audiences in eight states from Minnesota, Michigan and the Upper Midwest to Idaho and California; distribute a portfolio of more than twenty national programs reaching nearly 20MM listeners weekly through 1,000 radio stations; serve rapidly growing audiences on digital, social and mobile platforms; and produce an increasing and diverse array of podcasts featuring the best in food, culture, entertainment, mental health, water, early brain development, business and investigative journalism. 

Your Role:

As the Lead Archivist, you are a critical member of the Archive Department and are responsible for the design and evolution of the APMG Archive and have direct oversight of many of the core functions of the day to day operations of the Archive. Your role will have a broad perspective on all content produced by the American Public Media Groups content areas, including MPR News, Classical MPR, The Current and our national portfolio of produced and distributed programs, and will work to create systems, projects, and relationships in service of the goals and mission of the individual business units as well as the umbrella organization, APMG.

Working with partners in Media Production, Broadcast Operations, Information Technology, Digital Products, Content, Legal, and other departments, your role will evolve and identify the Archives philosophies, priorities and goals; design and execute against strategies, staffing needs, and budget criteria; design and manage projects, systems, and user experiences; and lead staff and volunteers to implement work plans.

As the Archivist, you will take a lead role in developing, planning, and implementing training sessions for staff and regularly provide individual feedback and support to facilitators and other staff. In this role, you are responsible for the transfer and review of materials and interview materials to local, regional, and national archive partners. You are responsible for the continued growth and development of the institutional archive in accordance with the goals and priorities we have identified against company growth plans. Additionally, your role plays an essential role in supporting the continued development of our public-facing archive portal and enhancing our audience experience in accessing and representing our archival content.

As the Archivist, you will support APMG diversity and inclusion goals within in the Archive team and will work to ensure the APMG Archive serves and represents new audiences and communities. Your role will also focus on expanding community partnerships and increasing usage and accessibility of the APMG Archive materials.

Application Deadline: August 17, 2020

Minimum compensation: $24.62 hourly. Exact hourly rate determined by experience and education related to the role, organizational compensation structure and internal equity.

Position Responsibility:

  • Work across all departments and teams to develop supportable strategies for efficient and lasting content management.
  • Expand and inform APMG content preservation and access strategies, and design products, systems, and collaborations that align with those strategies.
  • Manage the physical archive and create and inform best-practices for physical asset storage as well as strategies for digitization and analog-focused projects.
  • Manage the digital media archive and create and inform best-practices for delivery, asset storage and discovery of all content produced by APMG, working in partnership with the Media Production department.
  • Curate and upload stories from the Archive to our audience-facing portal using our CMS, establishing a vision and voice for the Archives that meets company goals and works within company priorities.
  • Demonstrate competence in the realms of digital archives, analog archives, web production, database management, grant writing, project management, and program development.
  • Inform strategies and design of databases, storage, and system integrations from both an administrator and user perspective; inform product development, testing, and evolution of Archive products and adjacent products.
  • Develop documentation and maintain standards to guide and codify Archive activities. Assist in developing and maintaining statements of archival mission, policy and purpose.
  • Develop funding proposals for the Archive to ensure the continuous delivery of services. Work with Archive and Development teams to secure grants that support the Archives goals and missions, including media preservation, storage, public access, and systems development.
  • Establish volunteer, internship, fellowship, and resident management practices for the Archive and ensure their application; develop work plan for Archive projects, team, and vision.
  • Be a liaison for archive partnerships both regionally and nationally.
  • Work to simplify and streamline internal, external, and public access to APMG assets.
  • Understand end-to-end content flow from creation to publication. Work to identify improvements and reduce inefficiencies when applicable.
  • Support the development of a streamlined repository for categorizing and displaying awards won throughout the organization.
  • Participate in various organization-wide planning committees and interdepartmental teams.
  • Ensure integrity of archival assets by implementing and managing technological systems that monitor all aspects of our digital preservation workflow.
  • Promote archive through internal and external events, conference presentations, and more.
  • Perform other duties to support the department, as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

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