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Copyright Research Assistant

Closes on Friday, August 07, 2020
Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
Remote
Full Time

About the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
Founded by philanthropist and filmmaker George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO and President of Ariel Investments, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will inspire current and future generations through the universal art of visual storytelling. The museum will present a permanent collection and rotating exhibitions for diverse public audiences which will feature illustrations, paintings, comic art, photography, and an in-depth exploration of the arts of filmmaking (including storyboards, costumes, animation, visual effects, and more). Extensive education programming designed for all ages will explore innovative ways for visitors to engage with narrative art. Designed by renowned architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects and under construction in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park, the museum will feature new public green space, state-of-the-art cinematic theaters, a research library, numerous spaces for onsite education, restaurants, retail, and event spaces. Additional information at lucasmuseum.org. 

Equal Opportunity Policy
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents and supports a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. The Lucas Museum fosters a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment, whether based on race, national origin, gender, gender expression, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. We believe that diversity and inclusion among our team is critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Applications from traditionally underrepresented communities are encouraged.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the job.

Position Summary (Intent and purpose of the role)

Reporting to the Rights & Reproductions Specialist, the Copyright Research Assistant, will conduct research and contribute to expanding rights information for current and ongoing museum acquisitions and capture the information in The Museum System (TMS). This role will also work closely with the Director of Publications on copyright and photo research for opening publications.

All staff at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art lead through a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, both within the Museum and with the communities that we serve.

This position is a Two (2) Year Contract position, the pay range is $19.86 – $21.83/hour.


Core competencies for this role

  • Writing & Reporting – Writes clearly, succinctly and correctly; writes convincingly in an engaging and expressive manner; avoids the unnecessary use of jargon or complicated language; writes in a well-structured and logical way; structures information to meet the needs and understanding of the intended audience 

  • Planning & Organizing – Sets clearly defined objectives; plans activities and projects well in advance and takes account of possible changing circumstances; manages time effectively; identifies and organizes resources needed to accomplish tasks; monitors performance against deadlines and milestones; 

  • Following Instructions & Procedures – Appropriately follows instructions from others; follows procedures and policies; keeps to schedules; arrives punctually for work and meetings; demonstrates commitment to the Museum; complies with legal obligations and safety requirements of the role.

Primary Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Copyright Research and Analysis

  • Conduct copyright research on the collection, anticipated publication and exhibition checklists, and new acquisitions using online resources and local library collections;
  • Update spreadsheets and databases with copyright research findings and copyright holder information;
  • Conduct photo research to identify print quality image assets for publication, exhibitions, and related initiatives;
  • Evaluate copyright in underlying artworks and analyze rights status in consultation with Rights and Reproductions Specialist;
  • May conduct related research to expand artist and object information for research files, including compiling maker biographical information, gathering artwork tombstone details, and developing records regarding date and place of publication (if known);

Maintaining Quality and Data Integrity

  • Correspond with rights holders to obtain permission for museum initiatives and log permission details (terms of use, credit lines, fees, and restrictions) in spreadsheets and database systems;
  • Obtain and negotiate licenses from museum and library imaging departments and photo libraries;
  • May contribute to an ongoing bibliography of material on key artists and research files related to artists in the collection;
  • Assesses image files for quality as assigned;
  • Assists with metadata templates for Digital Asset Management system, metadata entry, and data clean up as assigned;

Special projects as designated by the Rights and Reproductions Specialist, Director of Collections Management, Head Registrar, Director of Publications, CEO/Director or another designee.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent relevant experience required;
  • At least one (1) year experience with research tools and methodologies, including online resources such as WorldCat, Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, and Google Books, and local libraries and library catalogs;
  • Experience with photo research, image acquisition, and image licensing contracts and processes;

Skills

  • Excellent communication skills to correspond with rights holders, estates, partners, and ability to develop and further key relationships;
  • Image handling experience, knowledge of image file specifications, image, video, and audio file types and formats, and Adobe CC software;
  • Familiarity with Digital Asset Management and knowledge of metadata schemas a plus;

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of The Museum System (TMS), including data entry in TMS to create constituent records, object records, and capture rights information;
  • Understanding of U.S. Copyright Law, decision making about rights status, and identifying rights holders for 20th c. works that may include multiple creators, may have been created as “work for hire,” and for works that may have been published;

Abilities

  • Proven flexibility and adaptability to respond to shifting priorities as tasked; 
  • Strong collaborative spirit for working within a team; 
  • Well-organized and has the ability to work independently and with attention to detail;
  • Proven record of ability to meet deadlines, preferably with project-based work.